I understand that 100%. I don't share the Christian faith but I feel fairly certain that following Christ in no way means following the/a church.Karen
Thank you for your comment Karen:DLong Ramble Warning*"In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control," the author wrote Wednesday on her Facebook page. "In the name of ... Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen."Now, Part of me really understands this. It is for those reasons above for the most part, that I ran away from Christianity.However, MANY, MANY Christians are NOT like the ones she is talking about.It's just that it's the negative image catches the most attention.I admit that even know, as a member of the Anglican church, I have a hard time calling myself Christian. I can call my self Anglican, I can call myself a Gnostic/Esoteric Christian with Mystical leanings, lol.... but the word Christian seems to hold a lot of unpleasantries. I am a Christian. A follower of Christ, who always feels the need to add Gnostic or Esoteric in front of that title to avoid confusion with the 'fundamental' Christian, mother down the street, who is anti-everything, considers herself a Christian also. A GOOD Christian at that. She truly believes that the words in the bible are the inerrant words of God.Did CHRIST say "Gays are bad"?No... Did CHRIST say, "Kill witches"?Did CHRIST say, "Women must be submissive to their husband"?We know Christ did not say these things.My Anglican congregation has some literalists I'm sure, but they also have people that just want to live as Christs. Doing good. Spreading love. Our Priest is a good man, trying to make everything better for everyone all the time. They all call themselves Christians. Anglicans allow gay priests, women priests and have an open communion. There are Christians all over just living the word of Christ, or trying their best. In Living Buddha, Living Christ, one can see the very strong similarities between the core esssence of both.(An awesome book)Thich Nhat Hahn seems to know VERY well, the Jesus it is that Christians are SUPPOSED to be following. The one that is like so very many Light and Truth Bearers.To see the statement from Anne Rice " It's simply impossible for me to 'belong' to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I've tried. I've failed.".... I just don't get that really. Why would one TRY to fit into that? Why not instead just do your thing and work to spread the true beauty of Christianity? The Christians she speaks of are not the true Christians and it is sad to see that rather than work to perpetuate what a true Christian is, she just lumped it all in one group and kicked it aside.BIG RAMBLE DONE*p.s. I MISS hearing from you! I hope you are all well. When will YOUR blog be up and running?
Yeesh, if I get dinner made and the kids are all wearing clean clothes, I'm doing well...Not sure I can enter the creative world of blogging and still have time to read all the blogs that I like.:-)Karen
Also, yep. My Granny is a Christian in the old sense of the word. She lives her life as Jesus instructed and is a good person in every way.However, she is also against homosexuality and believes women should defer to men (so how she spawned my mother, my aunt, my sis and me is beyond me!)I can respect her so much except for her belief that the bible cannot be questioned. Questioning is human and what keeps us human. Following a book WITHOUT THINKING is not a good thing. Except my Gran calls it faith.I suspect Anne Rice doesn't want to be called Christian as she doesn't want to be lumped in with the non-thinkers.Just as I don't want to be called "pagan" in case my friends think I dance around without my knickers on...Karen
LOL!Yes, stating that one is a Pagan has it's own issues, as does stating that one is Wiccan, or any of those things... Labels are a tough one.Yes, if I say I'm a Christian, then I worry that people are going to assume I am a narrow-minded, anti everything sort of person.Yet at the same time, I feel that if I am outspoken about my non-traditional beliefs, and openly call myself Christian, maybe it helps the overall 'cause' just a little bit. Helps to dispel the myth.That being said, I'm still totally open to invites to Pagan get-togethers and witchy pot-lucks :)
Thank you for taking the time to comment. It's always fascinating to know that people read what I write.