My Trust in My Lord

Look: I believe in Him. It’s that simple and that complex. I believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of … Continued

Look: I believe in Him. It’s that simple and that complex. I believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the God Man who came to earth, born as a tiny baby and then lived over thirty years in our midst. I believe in what we celebrate this week: the scandal of the cross and the miracle of the Resurrection. My belief is total. And I know that I cannot convince anyone of it by reason, anymore than an atheist can convince me, by reason, that there is no God.

A long life of historical study and biblical research led me to my belief, and when faith returned to me, the return was total. It transformed my existence completely; it changed the direction of the journey I was traveling through the world. Within a few years of my return to Christ, I dedicated my work to Him, vowing to write for Him and Him alone. My study of Scripture deepened; my study of New Testament scholarship became a daily commitment. My prayers and my meditation were centered on Christ.

And my writing for Him became a vocation that eclipsed my profession as a writer that had existed before.

Why did faith come back to me? I don’t claim to know the answer. But what I want to talk about right now is trust. Faith for me was intimately involved with love for God and trust in Him, and that trust in Him was as transformative as the love.

Right now as I write this, our nation seems to be in some sort of religious delirium. Anti-God books dominate the bestseller lists; people claim to deconstruct the Son of Man with facile historical treatments of what we know and don’t know about Jesus Christ who lived in First Century Judea. Candidates for public office have to declare their faith on television. Christians quarrel with one another publicly about the message of Christ.

Before my consecration to Christ, I became familiar with a whole range of arguments against the Savior to whom I committed my life. In the end I didn’t find the skeptics particularly convincing, while at the same time the power of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John swept me off my feet.

And above all, when I began to talk to Jesus Christ again it was with trust.

On the afternoon in 1998 when faith returned, I experienced a sense of the limitless power and majesty of God that left me convinced that He knew all the answers to the theological and sociological questions that had tormented me for years. I saw, in one enduring moment, that the God who could make the Double Helix and the snow flake, the God who could make the Black holes in space, and the lilies of the field, could do absolutely anything and must know everything — even why good people suffer, why genocide and war plague our planet, and why Christians have lost, in America and in other lands, so much credibility as people who know how to love. I felt a trust in this all-knowing God; I felt a sudden release of all my doubts. Indeed, my questions became petty in the face of the greatness I beheld. I felt a deep and irreversible assurance that God knew and understood every single moment of every life that had ever been lived, or would be lived on Earth. I saw the universe as an immense and intricate tapestry, and I perceived that the Maker of the tapestry saw interwoven in that tapestry all our experiences in a way that we could not hope, on this Earth, to understand.

This was not a joyful moment for me. It wasn’t an easy moment. It was an admission that I loved and believed in God, and that my old atheism was a façade. I knew it was going to be difficult to return to the Maker, to give over my life to Him, and become a member of a huge quarreling religion that had broken into many denominations and factions and cults worldwide. But I knew that the Lord was going to help me with this return to Him. I trusted that He would help me. And that trust is what under girds my faith to this day.

Within days of my return to Christ, I also became aware of something very important: that the first temptation we face as returning Christians is to criticize another Christian and his or her way of approaching Jesus Christ. I perceived that I had to resist that temptation, that I had to seek in my faith and in my love for God a complete certainty that He knew all about these factions and disputes, and that He knew who was right or who was wrong, and He would handle how and when He approached every single soul.

Why do I talk so much about this trust now? Because I think perhaps that with many Christians it is lacking, and in saying this I’m yielding to the temptation I just described. But let me speak my peace not critically so much as with an exhortation. Trust in Him. If you believe in Him, then trust Him. Trust what He says in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and trust what He says about having conquered evil; trust that He has won.

Don’t ever succumb to the fear that evil is winning in this world, no matter how bad things may appear. Don’t ever succumb to the fear that He does not witness our struggles, that He is not with every single soul.

The Sermon on the Mount is the portion of the New Testament to which I return again and again. I return to the simple command: “Love your enemies.” And each day brings me closer to understanding that in this message lies the blueprint for bringing the Kingdom of God to Earth. The Sermon on the Mount is the full blueprint. And it is not impossible to love our enemies and our neighbors, but it may be the hardest thing we have ever been asked to do.

But we can’t doubt the possibility of it. We must return to Jesus Christ again and again, after our failures, and seek in Him — in His awesome majesty and power — the creative solutions to the problems we face. We must retain our commitment to Him, and our belief in a world in which, conceivably, human beings could lay down their arms, and stretch out their arms to one another, clasping hands, and bring about a total worldwide peace.

If this is not inconceivable, then it is possible. And perhaps we are, in our own broken and often blind fashion, moving towards such a moment. If we can conceive of it and dedicate ourselves to it, then this peace on earth, this peace in Christ, can come.

As we experience Easter week, we celebrate the crucifixion that changed the world. We celebrate the Resurrection that sent Christ’s apostles throughout the Roman Empire to declare the Good News. We celebrate one of the greatest love stories the world has ever known: that of a God who would come down here to live and breathe with us in a human body, who would experience human death for us, and then rise to remind us that He was, and is, both Human and Divine. We celebrate the greatest inversion the world has ever recorded: that of the Maker dying on a Roman cross.

Let us celebrate as well that throughout this troubled world in which we live, billions believe in this 2,000-year-old love story and in this great inversion — and billions seek to trust the Maker to bring us to one another in love as He brings us to Himself.

Anne Rice is the best-selling author of 27 books, including “The Vampire Chronicles” and “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.” Read an excerpt of her latest book, “Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana.”

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  • Doug & Doris Zeug

    Thank You for your testimony for Jesus Christ We pray God richly bless you as you continue in your writing ministry.

  • bill keegan

    AMEN

    • My beloved is mine and I am his

      Anne, thank you for this beautiful article and thank you for this reminder in your following quote,”Don’t ever succumb to the fear that evil is winning in this world, no matter how bad things may appear. Don’t ever succumb to the fear that He does not witness our struggles, that He is not with every single soul.”Also, “I return to the simple command: “Love your enemies.” And each day brings me closer to understanding that in this message lies the blueprint for bringing the Kingdom of God to Earth. The Sermon on the Mount is the full blueprint. And it is not impossible to love our enemies and our neighbors, but it may be the hardest thing we have ever been asked to do.”This is true and very difficult indeed. Those who hurt us purposely do need forgiveness and love of which I have little to give regarding the same, however God’s love flowing through me should suffice. I just need to put “self” a side, which is a hard thing to do when someone has badly hurt you and doesn’t acknowledge the pain they have caused you and could care less about your tears from that pain.

    • FRIEND

      I love the Sermon on the Mount, too. And Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Gospel according to Thomas, Ecclesiastes, too many holy books to mention…I also loved reading “The Vampire Lestat”.Peace and Love.

    • hl

      “Don’t ever succumb to the fear that evil is winning in this world, no matter how bad things may appear. Don’t ever succumb to the fear that He does not witness our struggles, that He is not with every single soul.”This “evil” I believe is manifested in the naked aggression and the ruthless invasion of a country halfway around the world. This invasion could have not been permitted and maintained if it were not for the enthusiastic support from those people who call themselves Christians. Today most people of conscience are against this aggression which caused the death and destitution of millions of people but the support for this unjust invasion is unabated among the people of faith of the Christian type. And the question lends itself: why is that? How come Christians are for killing and murder? Why are the Christians causing this evil? Why? Why? Where is the outrage? Actually, you don’t need to look for evil outside, just look inside.

    • Mr Mark

      Yikes!Just…Yikes!

    • Mr Mark

      Sorry about the double post.Did I mention…Yikes!

    • Patrick Burwell

      Anne,Simply put, believing in and trusting in and entirely two different matters. No one “returns” to Christ. You are either His or you are not; Yahweh is either your Father or He is not, and you are His enemy; No one can be un-”born again”. When the Spirit of Christ resides in you He brings you to a daily conviction and surrender to His will, where you work out your salvation, trembling and in fear. But the Love of Jesus casts out that fear and this only comes through trusting yourself entirely to Jesus. Many claim to believe Jesus but few trust in Him.I salute your desire to glorify Jesus. I merely ask you to remain clear in your presentation, not deluding anyone into thinking they can leave Jesus and return.”Kiss the son while you are able…”

    • Lestat

      Thank you Anne for showing our human qualities – most people didn’t believe we existed until your fine books and excellent authorship made us real.And so it is with many important literary works throughout history – is it myth or is it reality?? A good author lets the reader discover the truth for themselves. A good book always makes me a little thirsty though………best regards

    • Anonymous

      Patrick Burwell, “”Kiss the son while you are able…””~~~~~~~~~~~You know this was not intended, the kiss on a cheek , but I can understand the confusion it may have caused. The truth of the matter, being overtaken by the generosity of kindness and compassionate acknowledgment of feelings. I only have a heart for one man. Maybe you can enjoy the taste of Kristen, which you seem to prefer. One cannot keep giving if a relationship is one-sided; truly spoken.

    • spiderman2

      The reason why Christianity, for some or many, is hard to understand is because there are a lot of false Christianity that abound. If you read the 7 Christian churches in the book of revelations, even the Lord has many complaints about them. If you think that Catholicism is Christianity, you’re wrong. It’s the devil’s religion and it’s one of the major reasons why Islam hates “Christianity” so much. They have the “history” to prove it. They view Catholicism as Christianity but, like many people like Mr. Mark and HL, they are misled.You can’t judge the beauty of gold from it’s natural state. You have to separate the impurities first before you can see it’s real value. The same is true with Christianity. You have to look at it in its pure state to understand it.

    • Not Convinced

      That is all fine and good as long as the “believers” do not impose their beliefs on those of us who don’t. Religion is and should be between you and your God or gods, no more, no less. To that extent there is and should be an absolute freedom of religion – anyone can choose what or who to believe, or choose not be believe in any deity (atheism) or choose not to choose (agnosticism) for lack of sufficient information. It is God’s fault (hmm, that might be an oxymoron there) that we are born human, with limited faculties to understand God’s designs (qualified by “if there be a God”). So to me, a rational being, I can only use my rational faculties and try to reason from what is objectively discernable. As such, there are vastly more than one single explanation as to who the historic Jesus was, and what happened to him after he was tried according to the legal process of the day, and then executed. Many of these would be vastly more plausible than that written in the New Testaments.Looking at all the atrocities being done on earth TODAY, 2008 years after Christ was supposedly born, it is hard to feel comforted that sins were forgiven and that all would be hunky dory.

    • to think I almost………whew!!!!

      FRIEND: And I was just ready to say “its all good,” but ased on pp, nevermind.

    • GAD

      What drool that was!I liked you far more when you wrote your dirty books as A.N. Roquelaure. Another pitiful sell out to the Christ cult! Out of guilt and fear over all that sex and vampires? Or did that well just run dry leaving you in need of some new fantasy to fill you head with. BTW what period of history was it when Christians were known for their love?

    • GAD

      I guess I should have also said you haven’t gone very far. Where you used to write about S&M now you have simply joined the biggest S$M club, Christianity. Now you can spend your life on your knees, bound by your superstitions, begging god to torture you in whatever way he deems fit to teach you to love serving and worshiping him for all eternity.

    • lestat

      Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, John Wesley, et al… the whole Reformation Players club – here’s a little known fact. All vampires, every last one. And people wondered why they were a bit weird. When you’re passing, you’re given to relying on all manner of disguises and various fascimiles of seemingly genuine human behavior – close replications and approximations to be sure, but look closer and you’ll see the minute discrepancies – ‘tells’, the gambler calls them. These ‘preachers’ were all such superb salesmen, but you could tell they didn’t really believe what they were saying – and yet they were so damned convincing! – if you’ll pardon an expression. They certainly hoped their ‘congregations’ believed, as believers are the perfect victims. We call it ‘bleeding the innocent’ – it’s really quite a sacrimental undertaking. But in our own special way, of course. People really should be more careful!

    • Paganplace

      Ok, well, after ‘Lestat’s post, you may at least see why this is so Mother-loving *annoying* to me. :)

    • Paganplace

      I mean, I’m not even sure I can *discuss* this reasonably, …it’s like taking ‘peeved’ to the intensity of *rage,* or something. I’m just gonna want to sputter and mutter and stutter and wave my arms around.Mothers. Forget about it.

    • GAD

      “Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, John Wesley, et al… the whole Reformation Players club – here’s a little known fact. All vampires, every last one.”Brilliant! It all makes so much more sense now! What about Jesus he did rise from the dead and all.

    • spiderman2

      The reason why Christianity, for some or many, is hard to understand is because there are a lot of false Christianity that abound. If you read the 7 Christian churches in the Book of Revelation, even the Lord has many complaints about them. If you think that Catholicism is Christianity, you’re wrong. It’s the devil’s religion and it’s one of the major reasons why Islam hates “Christianity” so much. They have the “history” to prove it. They view Catholicism as Christianity but, like many people here, they are misled.You can’t judge the beauty of gold from it’s natural state. You have to separate the impurities first before you can see it’s real value. The same is true with Christianity. You have to look at it in its pure state to understand it.I always hear unbelievers talk about “reason”. Upto now, nobody from their ranks know exactly how the grasses formed into existence. It took milleniums for humans just to generate power from the sun with it’s very crude system of silicon solar panels. The solar panel vs. the weed, it’s like comparing the distance of the star to an arm’s length. They are idiots, they are stupid and they are fools. Just like the Bible has said.What’s worse is they would burn. That’s why I’m so adamant to share my thoughts and that’s also the reason why Christ sacrificed His Life just for the opportunity to preach, and in the process, saved me and all the others that may not have believed if He hadn’t done so. The hand that kept the mystery of the grass is the same hand that holds the mystery of life, the promise of Heaven and the eternal curse of Hell. Don’t be too proud not to ponder coz nobody has ever defied death before except for One. What’s more foolish is that those can’t speak slightingly of the One who can. Very foolish. VERY FOOLISH, INDEED.

    • spiderman2

      The reason why Christianity, for some or many, is hard to understand is because there are a lot of false Christianity that abound. If you read the 7 Christian churches in the Book of Revelation, even the Lord has many complaints about them. If you think that Catholicism is Christianity, you’re wrong. It’s the devil’s religion and it’s one of the major reasons why Islam hates “Christianity” so much. They have the “history” to prove it. They view Catholicism as Christianity but, like many people here, they are misled.You can’t judge the beauty of gold from it’s natural state. You have to separate the impurities first before you can see it’s real value. The same is true with Christianity. You have to look at it in its pure state to understand it.I always hear unbelievers talk about “reason”. Upto now, nobody from their ranks know exactly how the grasses formed into existence. It took milleniums for humans just to generate power from the sun with it’s very crude system of silicon solar panels. The solar panel vs. the weed, it’s like comparing the distance of the star to an arm’s length. They are idiots, they are stupid and they are fools. Just like the Bible has said.What’s worse is they would burn. That’s why I’m so adamant to share my thoughts and that’s also the reason why Christ sacrificed His Life just for the opportunity to preach, and in the process, saved me and all the others that may not have believed if He hadn’t done so. The hand that kept the mystery of the grass is the same hand that holds the mystery of life, the promise of Heaven and the eternal curse of Hell. Don’t be too proud not to ponder coz nobody has ever defied death before except for One. What’s more foolish is that those who can’t, speak slightingly of the One who can.Very foolish.

    • Paganplace

      “You can’t judge the beauty of gold from it’s natural state.”Actually, funny thing about gold is, it doesn’t alloy by any natural processes, so, you basically can. :)

    • The Moderate

      Dear Anne Rice:”I saw, in one enduring moment, that the God who could make the Double Helix and the snow flake, the God who could make the Black holes in space, and the lilies of the field, could do absolutely anything and must know everything — even why good people suffer, why genocide and war plague our planet, and why Christians have lost, in America and in other lands, so much credibility as people who know how to love.”For my part this is a beautiful essay you have written. Thank you. I also rejected religion in the mid twentieth century because the practitioners I knew fell so short of the ideals; and of course I did too.Over succeeding decades small Theophanies crept into my oh so technological life. Like growing tomatoes one year. When I cut one open in the garden to eat it because they were so sweet and beautiful that year. In the bright sunlight I saw a seemingly infinitely fine network of capillaries in the perfection of the ruby red glistening fruit exposed to my gaze. I could not help but question my Faith that Universe was an accident. As I started to think about God as a possibility, I realized that I was not the first to think about this subject, and I began to read the works of some of the great theologians and philosophy in history including Lewis, Aquinas, Newton, Augustine, on God, and Plato on ethics. Over time I lost my Faith in Nothing, and found Faith in God. It was like coming home.As you say, the thing is, the God who created the Universe is really beyond our comprehension. After all, as God asked Job (and us), where were we when God built the foundations of the World? It is an age old question that no human can really answer. We do have to trust that God is creative, else why is there a such a perfect Universe at all?Hail Thee Festival Day!

    • Anonymous

      Hail Thee Festival Day!Thanks Moderate. Perfect words to comtemplate on this Holy Friday night:Refrain: Hail thee, festival day!Lo, the fair beauty of earth,He who was nailed to the CrossGod of all pity and power,Ill doth it seem that Thy limbs Loosen, O Lord, the enchained,Ill it beseemeth that Thou,Rise now, O Lord, from the graveMourning they laid Thee to rest,Show us Thy face once more,Out of the prison of deathJesus has harrowed hell;

    • Paganplace

      Eh, I dunno, lessons in mineralogy aside, still reads like the same stuff she saw in her BDSM writings and vampire fixations, just dressed up all ‘born again.’ I usually give folks the benefit of the doubt, even when Jesus-mongering, but I still think this is self-indulgent and …tacky.

    • LOGIC

      Paganplace: I usually give folks the benefit of the doubt, even when Jesus-mongering, but I still think this is self-indulgent and …tacky. dUHHHHHH, Then don’t read it, period!

    • Fiery Furnance

      “You can’t judge the beauty of gold from it’s natural state.””:Actually, funny thing about gold is, it doesn’t alloy by any natural processes, so, you basically can.” :) Can you say that about yourself? That under the intensity of life’s dire circumstances that you do not change in purity?

    • FF

      PP @ 12:25, What you have to say doesn’t make any sense, so your post is not worth responding to, period.

    • Paganplace

      I mean, I don’t get it, ‘Fiery Furnace,’ …if I was wound up about molecular ‘purity,’ I probably wouldn’t be all kinds of busy being a pile of complex hydrocarbons, just lately. Change is good. Change is life. Problem?

    • not a supporter of CCNL

      CCNL, your post contain empty words.

    • Anonymous

      Malachi 3:3″He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”A group of women who study the Bible together wondered what this statement meant.She asked the silversmith if he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.He not only had to sit there holding the silver- but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The answer was- When I see my face in it.” To all who are facing the trials of life-Sursum corda.

    • anonoymous

      anonoymous @ 12:36, your words mean nothing to me. You actions have spoken loudrr then your words.F/U

    • Concerned the Christian Now Liberated

      Spiderman2 aka Bible Thumper, Fortune Teller and Severely Brainwashed in that Old Time Religion,Fools are those who have read only the bible. God cannot be proud of such lazy creations!!!!

    • Terra Gazelle

      Ann Rice,I loved your vampire books, some because of how you described New Orleans. I was disappointed with the Witches of Mayfair though…those were lost possibilities to much better reading. But your Memnock the Devil, I loved, aren’t you afraid that Memnock was a foreseeing? A set up?As a Wiccan I will miss your imangination and the full characters you created.It’s a shame.terra

    • Terra Gazelle

      Spiderman2,Gold is gold..then there is pyrite.Getting the dirt out of the gold does not change the gold. Melting it down does not change it. Gold is gold.Oh and idiot…watch who you call stupid. You just might be to illiderate to understand basic english.The bible is not so hard to understand…I know alot of idiots that read it. You do don’t you?terra

    • George Samuels

      All Heavens are Up. Are they all on the same level? Are they separated by Faith? Are they different? Are Souls separate and distinct based upon Faith? Does a Baptist Soul go to a Catholic Heaven or vice versa? If Christ was Jewish when he died, which Heaven did he go to? Did he change Heavens when Christianity developed? Is one above the other?

    • drawlings

      Thank God for your testimony.Rarely will the Washington Post recognize the words of people of faith as being worthy of being printed.

    • spiderman2

      Terra Gazelle wrote “Gold is gold…”Yup, paper is also paper but when you dip it in mud, it’s still paper but a dirty paper.Now consider that paper to be gold. It’s still gold but a “dirty” gold. Is that clear now?

    • spiderman2

      Terra Gazelle wrote ” The bible is not so hard to understand…I know alot of idiots that read it.”If idiots can understand the Bible, then why can’t you? It only means one thing and that is you’re still dumber than an idiot. A hopeless case. One verse in the Bible that’s so easy to understand is this. “All the unbelievers shall be cast into the lake of fire”. Go figure it out what it means.

    • Hmmmmm

      It appears that spiderman2 is one of those arrogant aholes that we’ve all known at one time or another….a very high personal opinion of themselves but not quite smart enough or insightful enough to realize how little they actually know. All bluster and nothing to back it up. Probably either the schoolyard bully or the goofy little nerd that took a daily whipping from the bully – kind of hard to tell which is which sometimes. School’s out for everyone but spiderman2.

    • Judged by the mite you judged others

      Hmmmmm: “It appears that spiderman2 is one of those arrogant aholes that we’ve all known at one time or another….a very high personal opinion of themselves but not quite smart enough or insightful enough to realize how little they actually know. All bluster and nothing to back it up. Probably either the schoolyard bully or the goofy little nerd that took a daily whipping from the bully – kind of hard to tell which is which sometimes. School’s out for everyone but spiderman2.” March 22, 2008 10:37 AMI would say that your post is “All bluster and nothing to back it up.”

    • E favorite

      Ann Rice says, “our nation seems to be in some sort of religious DELIRIUM [emphasis added]. Anti-God books dominate the bestseller lists; people claim to deconstruct the Son of Man with facile historical treatments of what we know and don’t know about Jesus Christ who lived in First Century Judea.Definitions for delirium include: hallucination, confusion, frenzy, restlessness, disorientation, euphoria, fervor.I don’t see delirium in “historical treatments,” even “facile” ones.However, I do see delirium in her descriptions of how she regained her faith: “…the power of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John swept me off my feet.” “I experienced a sense of the limitless power and majesty of God that left me convinced that He knew all the answers to the theological and sociological questions that had tormented me for years.” I saw, in one enduring moment, that the God who could make the Double Helix and the snow flake, the God who could make the Black holes in space, and the lilies of the field,” “could do absolutely anything and must know everything — even why good people suffer, why genocide and war plague our planet….”“I felt a deep and irreversible assurance that God knew and understood every single moment of every life that had ever been lived, or would be lived on Earth.”Etc. She certainly is an excellent writer – even while delirious.

    • Hmmmm

      Judged – well, so much for your opinion. That’s all any of these postings are. Try something more complicated next time….

    • Love those endorphins

      ef, “Definitions for delirium include: hallucination, confusion, frenzy, restlessness, disorientation, euphoria, fervor.”*************If being “delirious” means having “euphoria” then that is where I want to be.It’s like eating chocolate and the release of endorphins in your brain occurs producing a good mood.Or being on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle or behind the wheel of a firebird/camaro and feeling the rumble of the engine beneath me with the anticipation that a fast ride is about to occur, or when I am on a flight and there is a pilot who has the bal*s do a fast descend prior to a landing that can almost cause me to have an organismIt beats being a nasty, revengeful, unforgiving, mean-spirited individual.

    • Free at last

      Posted on March 22, 2008 11:14 Hmmmm: “Judged – well, so much for your opinion. That’s all any of these postings are. Try something more complicated next time….”It is nice of you to admit your shortcoming, thank you.

    • Anonymous

      spiderman2: “”Terra Gazelle wrote ” The bible is not so hard to understand…I know alot of idiots that read it.””If idiots can understand the Bible, then why can’t you? It only means one thing and that is you’re still dumber than an idiot. A hopeless case.”Spiderman2, excellent post……….cheers

    • Hmmmm

      Free – no no no ……THANK YOU! An idiot by any other name is still spiderman2 and always will be. You can’t hide behind your faith-based self-righteousness. Why bother to try???

    • Free at last

      Hmmmm: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Exactly my sentiment.For you, sleazy barmaid or hookers anyone?

    • spiderman2

      An atheist wrote : “Never try to teach a pig to sing. It only wastes your time and annoys the pig.”I’m willing to waste my time if my purpose is to annoy the pigs. Who knows, they would soon jump off out of their dirty pens and be set free from their stupidity. Not doing so would surely bring them to the “slaughter house” — a place where they’d be roasted forever. Unless they’d find the reason why DNAs can’t exist without intelligent help, the prospect of Hell waiting for them would still be there. If there’s a God, there is hell. That’s the main reason why they really try hard to pretend there is no God to convince them that there is no Hell. The DNA is there at your reach to examine, so start cracking them open. Break the mystery of DNA or break your head trying. Crack it open… dream on. Change the history… delude yourself. Just remember, if you are right and that there is no God then you won’t burn. If not, you burn. You have a 50-50 chance. But as science continue to ponder what’s behind all those mysteries like how weeds were formed, etc, the equation changes and it pictures a bad scenario for atheists. But I don’t believe in a 50-50 chance. I believe that 100 percent, you guys will burn in Hell. It’s written in the Bible and I believe it 100 percent. Nothing in the Bible that has been said that didn’t happen. Without a bit of doubt , you guys would burn after this life. Those words are pure gold – 24k and no impurity.

    • Bible reader

      TERRA GAZELLE: TerraGold is not pure until it is refine, there is a difference. If people that read the bible are idiots then that make you one as well. I distinctly recall you stating that you have read the bible in the past but disavowed because your assessment was that it was an untruth.I would say that by your own admission and judgment you are an “idiot.”

    • tom lee

      Wow. I have been following these “Faith” discussions in the Washington Post for quite a while now. It appears that the level of the early questions and answers has now descended to a series of lunatic ravings. There is much to be discussed in this article, serious questions to be raised and opportunities to weigh in with point and counterpoint. Perhaps it is time to discontinue this series, as the liberty given to anyone to vent has reduced by now the subject of “Faith” to a level inconsistent with reason, discretion and respect. The society that elected George W. Bush twice is well represented here and it is, frankly, frightening.

    • Terra Gazelle

      I see that reading comprehension is again a problem with some. Now where did I call those who read the bible idiots? I said I know idiots that do read the bible, not that those who read the bible are idiots.Can you see the difference?or are you proving my point?Reading the bible does not a Christian create. If it was, I would be one. I know many nonChristians who are Non because of what they read in the bible. So it suits you and not me…so what? The biggest problem that I can see between us is you have an instant reaction of disrespect toward those who are not Christian. You are ready to jump to the worse opinion over anything. You thump the bible and expect us to take it…because it is the bible. We get bible verses thrown at us, which makes no sence since the bible is not our sacred text. If you want to change anyone, you have to use the language of that other person. You do not know my language, all you can use is put downs.terra

    • Mark

      How sad to learn of Ms. Rice’s mental illness. I hope she returns to sanity one day.I guess anything written in a book must be true now. So now we know that there are vampires in our midst who can fly. Woopee!!!!

    • GAD

      Freewill? LOL! Here meditate on this, if a someone put a gun to your head and said they were going to slowly torture you to death in the most horrible way imaginable unless you satisfied their every desire, would that be OK? I mean whatever happens is based on your freewill, right. Well that is the same “freewill” choice god has given you, please his every desire or be tortured in hell forever! And let us not forget that god created everything and that includes HELL, the greatest Evil of all, the gun that he holds at our heads.Is that the gold of Christianity that what everyone lines up for, cries over, and says is so beautiful. Torture me god until I am pure. If torture makes you pure, then the purest souls are the ones in Hell!

    • martha

      Refreshing to see someone pondering these truths and once again coming to these conclusions.

    • GAD

      Tom Lee:I was thinking somethings similar, but still, better to vent here then in the streets, right. There are worse things people could be doing…….To keep the silly “gold” theme going, these threads are like digging for gold, lots of hard work and you usually come up with nothing, but every now and then you find a nugget.

    • Mark

      Amen.

    • Moudey

      There is no god but Allah

    • gene

      huh?

    • sageplant

      WOW..I am so impressed that Google allowed this to be printed!!!what a mind blower!!!

    • andrea

      Dear Anne,

    • Ross

      God does exists, but organized religion divides people and has been responsible for many unspeakable acts throughout history. God is great but people have a lot to learn from Him and the answers are not in any book.

    • JoAnna

      Bless the Lord, someone has finally said it right. Thanks for your faith, may our GOD use you in mighty ways. Happy Easter.

    • Anonymous

      loony

    • David H. Wallace

      This is a beautiful, compelling and clear witness to the power of the Gospel. It is a fitting testimony deserving wide readership on Easter. Let us all rejoice: Christ is risen!

    • Benyamin Yisrael

      you say it due to biblical studies that you have this faith in JC? but nowhere in the so called old testament is this person ever mentioned. I challenge you to show me where the holy writings of the ancient tanak speak of a trinity or of a savior to be born of men..this new testament doctrine is false. the problems with the new testament are so vast and full of holes , that anyone who took the time to seriously study the scriptures and not be led of men would come out of the doctrine and repent for thier idolatrous belief. I say to you that you have no valid evidence based on scripture to beleive in this JC character. believe what you will but do not try and use the so called old testament to substantiate this belief. iosues=jesus= son of zeus. this is a pagan name..for a pagan belief. just as xmas and easter are truly pagan ritual days adopted into this new religion. this type of foolishness will be the demise of this country and all that follow this doctrine.

    • charles brick

      What Crap! Blind faith is blind and if America won’t open it’s eyes it will no longer be the example of Freedom of ( and from )religion. Keep your faith and hold it close if it gives you comfort but “render unto Ceaser that which is Ceaser’s”. Oil and water ,Politics and religion they don’t mix.

    • stavros

      Beautifully put. Very encouraging. Nice to come across this in the midst of all the non-so-nice daily news!

    • Craig

      It is wonderful that this woman, who spent years in the dark, has turned to the Light in time. The example will give pause to all but the most stiffnecked, for whom tomorrow’s signifigance will remain risible, anyway, until 5 seconds after they die. Anne’s literary legacy is no doubt ephemeral, but her witness in this forum and mocking age is heroic. Well done, bold sister!

    • Bettye Martinez

      It’s nice to know that someone who welds the power of the pen believes in Christ. I have always been a beliver and he has brought me through many trials during my lifetime. My life would be in shambles without the knowledge that he truly exists and is there for me. I fear no evil because I know that when I die I will be able to look upon the face of Jesus Christ. Celebrate Easter in Christ’s name not the Easter Bunny’s.I hope Ms. Rice will continue to write and believe in Christ.

    • Mark W.

      Thanks for reminding to us that: “yea, that I walk through the Valley of blah, blah blah, I shall fear no evil, blah blah blah”. Nice words if not put into practice though.Oh I could go on about money does not replace money or love but is used as substitute. Or that you can’t buy me love, no, no, no. Or if you cannot feel the presence of your God, ask yourself who moved (away from him or her). I was thinking though, oh no, there he goes again thinking but the Lord’s Prayer is probably my favorite prayer followed by a prayer attributed to St. Francais and then this dinner prayer taught to me by a Jesuit in training “Rub-a-dub- dub, thanks for the grub, YEA GOD”. Since strength is to be gained through prayer and meditation why prayer or prayers give you strenght ? Thanks in advance.

    • Tancred

      What a load of crap.

    • BEVY

      THANK YOU ANNE RICE FOR SUCH A BOLD TESTIMONY.

    • Hugh Ivie

      I have been there and done that…I welcome another sister and pray you never lose faith…

    • A10H

      what a simple, straightforward, refreshing, heart-felt declaration of glorious stupidity. praise cheese whiz! zombies rule!

    • mhr

      Anne Rice has written a moving essay on her search for Christ. I envy what she has found and hope that I, too, can experience what she has- absolute faith in God. Scoffing and doubt, the way of the sopisticates and the college educated may bring a temporary sense of superiority but but ultimately brings only emptiness.

    • Robin Lindner

      Yes, it is important to have faith in the truthfulness of these traditions. They are part of the glue that holds society together. But they do depend on faith, which has been made a virtue and necessary for the survival of these beliefs. This all relates to events that may have happened thousands of years ago.Science begins with scepticism, and only accepts results with are beyond doubt.There are two hypothesese that should qualify for scientific testing: 1) Is there any evidence AT ALL for life-after-death? 2) Does prayer change events ? Honest and impartial answers to these questions are negative. But they also challenge the validity of religion. So, if you want faith to survive, keep science out of the Church.

    • Mathew Chacko

      I am a commoner, who met my Lord Jesus Christ about 50 years ago. All through these years He has never failed me, nor disappointed me. When I look back, I can tell you with full assurance that He has bestowed upon me all kind of blessings. He also has promised that He has secured eternal life for me, to live with Him for ever and ever.

    • Jeff Alexander

      Dear Anne,In this short piece you managed to cover a lot of topics in a deep but clear way!!!! Blessings from the Trinity. If you haven’t already, read the Confession of Saint Patrick available online translated from his Latin. An idea for another book? He had i believe a true and deep experience of the Trinity like you and so many.Jeff

    • numi, Jax FL

      Hmmm. I seem to have had the exact opposite reaction to studying the Bible. Maybe because it’s a tangled mess of contradictions and outright flummery. Puhleeze!BTW, my enlightenment occured at age 10, right around the time I figured out that adults, as a group, were full of crap (Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc.) I couldn’t tell the difference between them. All BS. All just a thinly disguised excuse for command and control through guilt and empty threats.Since the vampire well has apparently run dry, a course change was in order, yes?. There’s money to be made in ignorance.Religion is the root of all stupid.

    • Richard Dimic

      Your belief in God is baseless, emotional in nature, and primitive.What proof do you have that your God exists? None.

    • michael

      remember when the Washington Post used to report the news and was respectable?

    • Brian Henry

      That was a great article! Very encouraging to see that despite what everyone thinks God is still at work in drawing people to Himself. God’s love for us never ceases to amaze me, and this article is not some lunatic rambling but rather a woman whose heart and life have truly been touched by the true and living God. Some people are still confused about the Gospel message I would love for them to know that Jesus loves them and died for their sins on the cross of Calvary. And while a dead savior would be no good (because a dead savior cannot save) Jesus rose from the dead on the third day and forever stands at the door of your heart and knocks. All you have to do is recieve the free gift of eternal life, the bible says if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead that we WILL be saved. Thats right its not about working our way to heaven all of us should recognize we have fallen WAY short of that. Rather it is about Jesus coming from heaven and reaching down to us! Thats why its good news, because the price for this free gift has already been paid. As Jesus said on the cross IT IS FINISHED! Another way to translate that is PAID IN FULL! The Lord Bless you!

    • EyesUp

      We can all see the back of God in Nature. He was here and it moves through time being constantly created each moment. The world will never conquer death especially for those who have already died. Only the Creator can give eternal life.God came as man. Man judged God and condemned him and what does the Son of Man do. Gives life to all creation. Incredible and we have the Jewish and Moslem faiths that say this is impossible. God is too transcendent. God loves them too and they are part of this gift.The scandal of the cross where we enter and so we can take part in the resurection. Death saw a new face the face of God and death is no more.Only before there is judgement. God wishes all to be save. Only those who reject the Love of God will by choice get their wish.May we pray that All will be brought to God in HIS own way. Surely is an incredible Gift and an awesome LOVE. Happy Easter to everyone and that means everyone. We are all in the same boat.

    • e_h

      thank you for writing this. i really needed to read it.

    • bob

      Why in the hell is this drivel showing up in Google News lists? And why the hell is it written in the Washington Post? What is going on here?

    • EyesUp

      We can all see the back of God in Nature. He was here and it moves through time being constantly created each moment. The world will never conquer death especially for those who have already died. Only the Creator can give eternal life.God came as man. Man judged God and condemned him and what does the Son of Man do. Gives life to all creation. Incredible and we have the Jewish and Moslem faiths that say this is impossible. God is too transcendent. God loves them too and they are part of this gift.The scandal of the cross where we enter to take part in the resurection is a wonderful Gift. Death saw a new face, the face of God, and death is no more.Only before there is judgement. God wishes all to be save. Only those who reject the Love of God will by choice get their wish.May we pray that All will be brought to God in HIS own way. Surely is an incredible Gift and an awesome LOVE. Happy Easter to everyone and that means everyone. We are all in the same boat.

    • Doug & Doris Zeug

      Thank You for your testimony for Jesus Christ We pray God richly bless you as you continue in your writing ministry.

    • mark estes

      check out zeitgeist. religion is the scourge of humanity. it divides us from each other and separates us from the true divine. its all astrology baby. sorry . this myth is just that.if it comforts your feeble mind ok.peace,

    • Not clueless

      What garbage. I thought Anne was smarter than this bible thumping propoganda, but apparently not. One asks why is it showing up in the Washington Post… not sure, mayb its on the Rev. Moon’s agenda to spread more ignorance (he owns this misinformation center)

    • Michael Malloy

      Anne, that’s all good, but the real questions are “why do you beleive?” and “what are you going to do now?”

    • godlessbliss

      Blah blah blah… Don’t you find it a bit twisted that you worship a zombie? Oh wait…you’re the vampire writer…now it makes sense. I agree, let’s celebrate the myth and hold onto some of the language of a somewhat peaceful literary figure that told us not to judge one another and to hold peacemakers in reverence. I have to make exception, however, to the melodramatic bit about not succumbing to the fear that evil is winning… Ummm…reality check ma’am. Read the news lately? When you push the actions of mankind in a good/evil corner you put an invisible wall of hands-off faith-based indifference between a personal responsibility to our global environment and the inaction that it takes to allow human rights abuses to continue in, pardon the pun, biblical proportions. Happy easter, not to be a jerk, I like chocolate bunnies as much as the next christian. And I love to get together with my family and share stories and stuff ourselves sick with goodies and wonderful ham — oops… but we always make sure to say grace and offer wishful prayers to those less fortunate.Your softcore porn literature was great though. I loved every gooey page.

    • godhimself

      Children, children. Listen. It does not matter what type of diety you worship. Just know I am real. Your beliefs should be anchored in love, kindness, tolerance, empathy. Your faith should be in humanity. Do not fear me, Love me. For loving me is to love one another.Oh, and another thing: Pick up around here, this planet looks like a pig stye.p.s. And don’t try to say I don’t have a sense of humor. Just look at the Platypus. Ah boy…still cracks me up…(It was the 7th day, I was a little punchy).

    • kevin

      I have read a few of your vampire books. They show a clear fascination with the supernatural. Belief in your invisible sky friend is no different from belief in vampires, demons, fairys, leprechauns, mystical goblins etc, etc, etc. It is a sad commentary on our times that an intelligent and educated woman finds solace in exchanging one superstition for another. The greater tradgey is you you never considered rationalism as an option.

    • Aaron

      From the vampire lady? Whatever.

    • Anonymous

      i belibe

    • Danny

      Ann,You have writthen some awesome words, to describe an awesome faith, that can overcome whatever might befall us. I am in complete agreement, with your message, as well as His message; however, I do disagree with certain aspects, of the phraseology used. You stated:”And each day brings me closer to understanding that in this message lies the blueprint for bringing the Kingdom of God to Earth.”I might remind you, that the Kingdom of God is not, and will never be, an earthly thing, but rather, a thing which exists, within the hearts and souls of men, until that glorious day, when we shall all join the Saints, along with Christ our brother, in Heaven, with the Father. Other than that, your article was OUTSTANDING!Thank you, for the inspiration to greater faith in God.Danny “Doc” Franklin

    • Bala

      This is so wonderful. As the Scriptures tell us, “He (Jesus) was delivered over to death for sins, and was raised again for our justification.” One has a right standing before a holy God based on Christ’s righteousness credited to whoever believes in Him.

    • MarkD

      I believe in the Easter bunny. I trust that once a year he will lay colorful eggs in almost hidden places that i will surely find most of.

    • MJJP

      When I read a post like this I just have to wonder. Does she really believe that the creator of the universe would really change the laws of nature or his “perfect plan” just to suit her? Does she really believe that he talks to her? Does she know and understand that outside of the bible there is absolutely no “first hand” info regarding the claims put forth in the New Testament regarding Jesus or the legend outside of the bible. First hand here means at the time in question.

    • Anonymous

      douche

    • nitsuj

      Wow! someone with intelligence and no signs of neurosis is actually stating their beliefs in Jesus Christ without pointing a finger at others in the process! Good for you Anne Rice. If more people non self righteous people could write something half as good as this once a day I think Christianity might not appear as the joke it has turned into… i.e. a bunch of self righteous, neurotic, hypocrites pointing the finger at one another in a battle over who believes in Jesus more. Thanks for a decent article on a subject that usually makes me cringe.

    • Fred Trevino

      WOW!Talk about nailing it on the head! Ann, this was a beautiful and well put article. Thank you very much. You just made my celebration of Christ all the more real.Fred Trevino

    • NatalieLeBeau

      Please excuse my shock over your recent article concerning your conversion. Looking at the past books, articles you’ve written I assumed you were a non-believer. I am filled with joy that you are now going to use the writing talent the Lord gave you to spread his good works. I and I hope many other Christians will be praying for your strength given the people that may turn from you now. You are so right, you are the better for it & someday when he returns you will be so thankful. I lost my son at age 20 in a car accident & inside I felt like I was so angry at God that I hated him. But thru prayers for me, books that moved me I am recommitted & even stronger than before. It’s as if the closer I get to him the more I understand his complete unconditional love. Thank you for sharing & may the Lord bless you many times over. Natalie LeBeau

    • Dan

      Do you believe in the Easter Bunny too?Bin Laden believes in his lord and his god…Idiot!

    • BrotherBill54

      Dear Anne Rice,Thank you for sharing your walk with us. Your honesty and sincerity are both refreshing and inspiring. I particularly enjoyed your observation; “If you Believe in Him, then trust Him.” We need this message deperately and perhaps you have been chosen to deliver it. Itching ears will not want to hear it or accept the hope that it brings but the seed that is sown in good soil will rejoice.

    • Jessi

      I don’t like seeing this crap in the Google news pages. And it deeply disappoints me to know that Anne Rice wrote this…Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, God, they’re all the same…except, while children learn to separate the fact from fiction, adults have no one to tell them that God is just as real as the Tooth Fairy.Why, Anne, WHY?!

    • Stuart Lewis

      With all due respect. As an observant Jewish man i stumbled over this article and i trust that you have a heart for THE INFINITE ONE ( YAH VEH ELOHIM) OR THE ETERNAL SUPREME ( G-d). You are very close, keep studying. Your elevation of Yeshua ( Jesus) as both human and divine how ever is a direct violation of the first Commandment of G-d and to a lesser extent the second as well. Jesus, a trust worthy Jewish man in the first century for the most part was an inspired man who lived his life within that devotion to YAH VEH AND TRIED TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO HAVE THAT SAME DEVOTION. Your consecration should be to the One G-d of Abraham ALONE. WHAT I REFER TO AS THE SUPREME SPIRIT ( ETERNAL CREATOR) OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH. THE ISSUE IS MONOTHEISM VERSUS SOMETHING THAT SAYS IT IS MONOTHEISM BUT IS NOT! ” HEAR O’ ISRAEL, YAH VEH IS OUR SUPREME ( G-d), YAH VEH IS ONE ( DUTERONOMY 6:4). Respectfully, Stuart Lewis

    • William Wood Jr

      I too have recently come back to my belief in the 2000 year old story of love. I was a Baptist and have found my way back in the RCIA of the Catholic faith. Tonight I will recieve three of the seven sacrements in a cerimony at Holy Cross, Latonia, Ky. The first communion of my new faith will officially make me a new Catholic. I hope the love and belief in Christ will deliver me unto the Kingdom of God. My continuing journey of the Mystery’s I pray will allowe me to love my enimies and brothers and sisters and self. Praise Be To God.

    • Steven Gardner

      How refreshing to hear someone speak boldly of Christ’s love for us. How great it is to not politicise the words of the gospel. The truth does not seperate men but brings them together.

    • Chuck Nelton

      This ROCKS OUT LOUD. I have read many of Anne’s books as a weavering follower of Christ and enjoied her writing, but as a convicted follower, I enjoy seeing, reading, and knowing that Christ can take hold of such a talented person and equip her to serve Him in such a powerful way. I really needed this message this Easter.

    • Richard Corcoran

      As someone who is not a Christian, I found Anne Rice’s personal story of finding her spiritual path in life both compelling and inspiring. Until I read the comments. I felt that what Ms. Rice was saying was this is the spiritual path SHE found that worked for HER and gave her a deeper understanding of life and her purpose in it. But nearly every single “Christian” who posts a comment has to turn this personal story into an attack on everyone who does not believe the way they do: it is the ONLY way and if you don’t believe it you’re evil and God is going to punish you and destroy our country to get back at you!What is either Christian or spiritual about this kind of message? It is a major turn off, and it leads me back to one of the reasons why, even though I grew up in a Christian culture, I could not use Christianity as a spiritual path for myself: “Christians” with their toxic mix of self-righteousness, narrow mindedness and fear and loathing of all who are different from them. I fail to see the spiritual growth in this kind of person. Without condemning them, I see absolutely no “redeeming” qualities in their approach to religion. It might make one of two of them pause to find out that those of us who are NOT Christian can also have a close personal connection to God and that God works in our lives in very evident and often miraculous ways, seemingly unconcerned with our failure to follow “the only true path”. I have seen so many good things on my own spiritual path that have changed and developed my life in ways I could never have imagined. And I know that while God loves every Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jew, animist, etc., even those who ignorantly spew hatred at their fellow men of different faiths, God does not “belong to” or “subscribe to” any religion or sect — if you are serious about your spiritual quest within any religious tradition you will learn that God is much bigger than that — much bigger than we can imagine.

    • Jay

      Wow. I really enjoyed her first couple of vampire books then they started getting weirder, more disjointed and further from an attempt at believability . . now it’s come to this. . .I can’t help but think part of Anne’s transformation must have root in the tragic loss of her first child and the loss of her husband, Stan. . but this text really sounds like an intervention might be in order. . .

    • catex

      I just had to say – after following this crazy thread — why can’t people just get along? The reality is that everyone is serving something or someone – a functional savior if you will…money, fame, success or themselves. I personally loved Anne Rice’s article, found amidst the latest Britney and J.Lo news to be real and refreshing. Her heart and conviction is evident but not divisive. If you are a Christian, you’ll understand where she’s coming from. If you’re not, is it impossible to simply appreciate her journey? Which ever way you slide, I think we can all agree, name-calling and aggressive negativity serves no good. peace.

    • Rage Baby

      Oh, yeah. Way to sell those Christianity books now that you’ve exhausted the revenue stream from all the vampire nerds. Nice work, Anne.

    • Steve

      What is this bunch of crap? Why are were polluting perfectly good news sites, with your religious spewings? Keep it in church, we don’t want to hear about it, mixed on perfectly good news sites.

    • A. Bierce

      CHRISTIAN, n. One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.I dreamed I stood upon a hill, and, lo!

    • catex

      I just had to say – after following this crazy thread — why can’t people just get along? The reality is that everyone is serving something or someone – if it’s not Christ – it’s a functional savior if you will…money, fame, success or themselves. I personally loved Anne Rice’s article, found amidst the latest Britney and J.Lo news to be real and refreshing. Her heart and conviction is evident but not divisive. If you are a Christian, you’ll understand where she’s coming from. If you’re not, is it impossible to simply appreciate her journey? Which ever way you slide, I think we can all agree, name-calling and aggressive negativity serves no good. peace.

    • J Razoumikhin

      Comments you would expect from someone who resides in a fictional “soft” world. Unfortuanetly, she is helping to justify the crusades in the middle east. For some hard facts check out “The God Who Wasn’t there” and “Zeitgiest” on your favorite internet video host. Happy Spring!

    • Roy Dsilva

      So?

    • Concerned the Christian Now Liberated

      Spiderman2 aka Bible Thumper, Fortune Teller and Severely Brainwashed in that Old Time Religion,Fools are those who have read only the bible. God cannot be proud of such lazy creations!!!!

    • nitsuj

      haha! what an appropriate time and place for everyone to post their beliefs. who cares? It was a well written article.. but I am sure that Mrs Rice is ridden with anxiety at what everyone thinks of her beliefs and I am so sure she even reads all of this b.s.

    • Dave Roeser

      Thanks for such an up-lifting article. After 30+ years working in the IT world and finding myself now unemployed I also have found peace in trusting Him. I have no idea what tomorrow may bring and every time depression, anxiety, and sense of despair sets in I start my prayer cycle and I am uplifted to “keep on keeping on”.May the peace of God, which passes all human understanding, keep you in His light.Dave

    • Dave

      More people have died in the name of Jesus than any other cause. It’s truly ironic that the religion that follows the man who told people to “turn the other cheek” has so much blood on it’s hands. The only thing religion does is divide people over a bunch of fairy tales- it brings people apart instead of bringing them together. Religion has always been used as a tool by the elite to keep the poor people happy, with the basic idea being “You might be poor now and have terrible lives, and I might have all the money, but when you die you will go to HEAVEN!!! And you will be SO happy then! So just please chill out and don’t rise up and try to take my money!” The opiate of the masses, indeed!

    • Jim

      I have always found it interesting the reaction people have to other people’s beliefs. So she’s found Jesus, who here has been harmed by her personal choice? Who here was forced to read her article?To the poster who thinks the Old Testament never prophesies anything about Jesus: You are merely trying to sell your potion to those who have never really read the label. You have the same problem now as they did back then, trying to play God and decide how His chosen should come.To the poster who misunderstands hell: God doesn’t send anyone to hell. Hell was created for satan and the fallen angels, the true torturers of mankind. We chose heaven or hell every day, even now. Don’t blame God for your choices, He’s willing be impart grace to the worst of us despite those choices. You life doesn’t need to be hell now or in eternity, the choice is yours.To the critical Christians: Are you kidding me? Your going to nit pick and take issue with conceptual differences? How about praying that she remain strengthened in her faith in Jesus? No wonder why the non believing posters here take issue with us. We constantly strain a gnat and swallow camel. Bigger picture people. He who has perfect understanding of God let him cast the first stone. Otherwise enjoy that fact that a high profile author has gone public with her faith in God. Zeitgeist? Please. One of the original sources for this project has since recanted when faced with having to prove what was initially stated as fact. Ann, if you have time to read any of this, thank you for sharing your faith in this way. God was honored through your testimony.

    • Nick

      The thing that’s interesting to me is that I have a trust as well even though it isn’t particularly centered on Jesus or any other personality. It’s a trust in life itself as I experience it. I guess I’m impressed by the fact that I exist and I have no idea how or why that happened. I have faith and trust in the power that got me here even though I don’t know anything about it except that. I feel like I’m living in a benevolent mystery of infinite proportions. It makes me feel humble and grateful and filled with curiousity about what’s going on and what’s going to happen next. The world is an interesting and upsetting place but by far the most intriguing thing about it is that I’m here and I, along with everyone else, am part of something truely marvelous. When someone suggests or insists to me that “Jesus is God” I have no real idea of what that could possibly mean. How can one thing or one person be another? What or who is God really? Why would one of us be so much more important than the rest of us? How can I ever come to any conclusion about any of these things and is it really necessary to do so? Why do I have to confront the Jesus question at all? Do I have to consider all of the religious ideas in the world and somehow find out if they are correct or wrong or can I just love life and the world and my experience of them as they are right now?

    • Prof. John C. Balachandra

      Bravo Anne for an insightful commentary on your faith in our risen Lord Jeshua. I came to the same realization 38 years ago as a freshman engineering student in Sri Lanka from a Hindu background. My faith walk has deepened after a Masters and doctorate in my field of electrical engineering and fleeing my homeland as a result of a terrible civil war that engulfed the land and made my family refugees in a strange land.Even a divorce and the ensuing chaos in our lives has not shaken my faith in and love for our Lord. In fact my relationship with the Lord has taken on a new and very strong meaning due to the trials that I have endured. I believe that it has been refined and become solid in the storms of life. Shalom and God bless you in your faith walk with the King of Kings!

    • Grover

      The question to answer is: Do you believe in GOD or do you believe in a Christian God? Once that is resolved a lot of conflicts will go away.

    • Prof. John C. Balachandra

      Bravo Anne for an insightful commentary on your faith in our risen Lord Jeshua. I came to the same realization 38 years ago as a freshman engineering student in Sri Lanka from a Hindu background. My faith walk has deepened after a Masters and doctorate in my field of electrical engineering and fleeing my homeland as a result of a terrible civil war that engulfed the land and made my family refugees in a strange land.Even a divorce and the ensuing chaos in our lives has not shaken my faith in and love for our Lord. In fact my relationship with the Lord has taken on a new and very strong meaning due to the trials that I have endured. I believe that it has been refined and become solid in the storms of life. Shalom and God bless you in your faith walk with the King of Kings!

    • Jimi

      Anne,Nice essay but I question your “new” writings on Jesus Christ since you are adding to the Bible. The Bible says we are not to add or take away. Your fiction writing has people who don’t normally read the Bible nor understand it, reading your fiction and believing that what you wrote about Him growing up as a child to be true. Fiction (novels) and the Bible don’t mix. I also noticed a lot of immature teens writing posts here who have no concept of God or what Jesus Christ did on the cross for ALL of us. Instead of realizing that they are sinners, they mock and belittle those with faith. Faith in Jesus Christ comes from God not from man. It is God the Father who draws us to believe in the Son of God thru His Holy Spirit. If you are not being called by God to believe in Jesus Christ, I would be concerned if I were you. Once you die, reguardless of how or when, you will be judged by every word that came from your heart (typed hands or mouth).Love and peace to the mockers who are lost.

    • MichaelK

      Such bitterness on the part of so many posters. Ann Rice offers her story of her return to Christianity and underscores the need for trust on the part of Christians. I do not read any proselytizing in what she’s written. Yet her critics are, in fact, proselytizing for scientism and atheism.For those who wonder why this is in the Washington Post, please be aware that the Post does have a section called “On Faith”; you should expect matters of religion to be discussed here and consider avoiding the area since it so disturbs some of you. You really do reveal your insecurity by way of the categorical and vile responses to Ann Rice’s essay. Except for the one poster who would object to imposing a belief on others, most of these reactions have the sound of something out of one of Ann Rice’s Vampire Chronicles or out of a Hammer film vampire film: burning flesh as holy water is poured on it. Not that you’re evil; just that you’re very angry and really do need to address that insofar as it reflects your state of being, rather than that of Ms. Rice or other religious believers.I see no difference between some of these angry posts and the anger of religious zealots who would outlaw teaching evolution. Take a deep breath, folks. What one older woman believes is not a threat to the Republic, let alone your small lives.Oh, and by the way, to the post who objected to Ms. Rice’s “returning to Christ”; re-read the Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, and you will find the theme of return and repentance. It is, after all, Christ who described himself as the good shepherd, who goes out to look for the one sheep that did not return with the others. I hope that the anti-religious zealots will take the shepherd-sheep image in the historical context of the culture from which it arose, rather than impose the “dumb sheep” image so beloved by the God-haters.

    • Sue

      Who cares what Anne Rice believes in? What’s her point anyway, that she’s so much the better spiritually than the rest of us because she’s bought into all this mythology? So much blahblahblah.

    • Mark Vangelder

      Anyone who still believes in religious nonsense has got some mental issues to deal with. I’m so sick of living around a bunch of bible-thumping crackpots (Arkansas). That is, those who believe in talking bushes, virgin births, and people coming back from the dead. Get a brain people!

    • Nathan

      In response to all the wonderfully literate responses below, making science, skeptics and believers alike look like tools:1) Proof of God removes belief (you don’t “believe” in something you know to be real, you “know”). Scientists need to keep science out of religion just as much as theologists need to keep religion out of science.2) Vampire mythology is steeped in Christianity, so its not at all a leap to move from that to finding Christ.3) Belief, as Ann pointed out, is personal. Psychologically it is a real feeling, the catalyst of real physiological reactions. Thus, emotional reaction or not, it still brings you peace. If science does that for you, congratulations – you are a believer.4) Politicians give up Christianity when they authorize a government to take up arms. “Thou shall not kill;” it wasn’t listed with a bunch of exceptions, and as pointed out here in several places, “Love thy enemy”: it usually doesn’t mean, “with a knife in his throat or a gun to his head.”5) Thank you Jim – your post is well put.

    • John Nagle

      Now that the vampire novel genre has peaked, I suppose you have to move onto something else. The second coming of Jesus Christ is the biggest vaporware marketing scam of all time. Almost two thousand years of missed delivery dates. He’s dead. Give it up, already. We need to move on.

    • L.C. Cate

      Thank you my sister for having the courage to write this wonderful testimony in such a public forum.It blessed My heart,Clay

    • L.C. Cate

      Thank you my sister for having the courage to write this wonderful testimony in such a public forum.It blessed my heart,Clay

    • bill keegan

      THANK YOUME TO!!!

    • Martin

      Hardly surprising that a woman who’s obsessed with vampires in fiction would be a Christian. After all Christianity feeds of fear and desire and is based on appallingly written fiction (just like Anne Rice). There may well be a God but the Christian/Jewish/Islamic God is just a silly mythology like the Greeks, Norse etc. There is no evidence for it and the books contradict themselves so much they are worse than Hillary Clinton.

    • Karen

      I find it hardest to believe . . .. . . that people can believe.–Karen

    • Chuck Parker

      When I saw this headline from the Washington Post on Google News, I thought I was going to be reading an ode to capitalism. Is it really true that one-third of the one true god “died” temporarily? Must be comforting to be all-knowing and have the certainty that “death” and doubt are for those hateful, evil suckers your dad created.

    • Meryn Trant

      Ms. Rice’s commentary once again proves that nothing is so firmly believed as that which is least known.

    • Victoria Pilate

      Thank you for publishing this really beautiful essay. I plan to forward it to others.

    • Ed Tred

      I think Anne Rice wrote a very good and appropriate summation of her faith. I would only add, that coming to faith in Jesus results in receiving the greatest evidence of all, the Holy Spirit (as promised in the scripts). When non-believers harass my faith because I cannot prove His existence in a visual sort of way, I just take a deep breath and pray one day they can see what I see. Furthermore, yielding to the Holy Spirit in obedience increases the belief/faith as you see all the more how real Jesus is. “Whoever has my command and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I to will love him, and show myself to him”

    • Potter

      Vampires, zombies… what could be next? “In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu lies dreaming.”

    • Hmmmm

      Spiderman2 is certain that only true believers will be going to idiot heaven, whereas the rest will burn in idiot hell – with 100% certainty yet! Really now, you have just got to believe someone who is absolutely 100% certain of anything at all!! Who could doubt that kind of objective, empirical evidence?? Just a few centuries ago anybody that believed that the earth was not the center of the universe was quickly burned at the stake. Gallileo barely escaped with his life when he recanted – Giordano Bruno was not so fortunate bacause of his refusal to recant, he was burned. All in the name of religion – I figure Spiderman2 has just awakened from a very long nap starting somewhere around 1600 C.E. No wonder he’s behind the times…..Schools out, spidey – the earth is not the center of the universe, and neither are your opinions.

    • Lori Embree

      Wow. Ms. Rice, you are an inspiring and amazing person. I only wish I could express my faith in the way that you do. All I can do is say AMEN. Happy Easter. He Lives!

    • Ike Adams

      This is an incredible essay about Anne Rice’s spiritual journey of faith that has led to intimate relationship with our God through Christ. I agree totally with her because I have had similar experiences in my spiritual journey. She has captured the joy that we can find in our intimate relationship with our Creator God. This comes through a total commitment to Jesus Christ and a daily engagement with Him through obedience. We will never understand the full extent of His love for us, but she certainly describes the character of God’s work in the universe and in us.

    • ?er

      I guess, I don’t know what I “believe” in? Nor feel the need to align myself with any one sect….(I’m a Red

    • bob

      Why must the moral philosophy of Jesus be tied to accepting the superstition surrounding his death? Is the validity of the Golden Rule or the Sermon on the Mount dependent upon believing in a tri-partite deity?

    • a

      thanks :)

    • jcd

      Only an idiot would believe in such an absurd story without an iota of proof. JCD.

    • Owen Barnes, MD

      Anne is right, and she’s wrong. Faith is faith, and no one can dissuade her from that, nor should they try. But she can’t cite “historical study” as evidence. There is no evidence outside of the New Testament that any of the events of Jesus’ life ever happened, or that he even lived. I suspect he did, but that, too, is belief, not documented fact. All of the accounts that we have of his life come from second, third and fourth-hand narratives, written at least 70 years after his (presumed) death. There are no independent historical accounts that corroborate the stories in the Bible.Besides, it doesn’t matter anyway. The message is what matters, to me, anyway. And if one looks at the beliefs of fundamentalist Christians, the message is apparently that it is OK to wage crusades against other religions, or fight for their oil in the guise of forcing “democracy” on them, or to possess personal killing appliances (handguns), or to enslave people of other races (the Southern Baptist Church only apologized for it’s role in supporting slavery 10 years ago, long after it was of any use). Frankly, I hope that Jesus physically returns. Fundamentalists will be stunned to find that he’s come to deliver them an ass-whipping of cosmic proportions.

    • Janet Whitmire

      Thank you, Anne for your brave and beautiful testimony. Satan’s goal from the very beginning was to undermine our trust in God and His goodness. Satan implied to Adam and Eve that God was withholding a “higher level” of knowledge that would open up to them if they tasted of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. From mistrust of God’s provision and goodness, Adam and Eve moved to disbelief in God’s word and then to the act of disobedience.

    • Bob Bunnell

      Thanks, I enjoyed your article a lot and agree with it.

    • Michael Combs

      A person cannot prove or disprove the existence of God. However, God could prove His existence if He will, and perhaps He has. To believe God is, or isn’t, is just belief, yet to each of us that belief or lack is our reality. Then, as Ms. Rice wrote, it becomes an issue of trust for you, regardless of others. Your existence, and your awareness of your existence, is unique. You will probably never again experience awareness of existence, so as far as each of our awarenesses is concerned, our birth and death encompass Eternity. What was before, and what comes after, are not a part of the one existence which is all any of us will ever know.Unless there is something else. And you trust there is.

    • Karen M

      Religion is just a big scam for the moron, desperate and ignorant. Their are many of those around.

    • JOHN STURGEON

      PRAISE THE LORD ALSO FOR YOU, SISTER.JOHN & KIMBERLY STURGEON

    • Anonymous

      Well said.

    • Karen M

      Religion is just a big scam for the moronic, desperate and ignorant. Their are many of those around. Rice is just exploiting the Idiocy of Religious Nuts.

    • Timothy Erwin

      Excellent article! Thanks for writing this. The power of a loving heart is much stronger than the power of a reasoning mind.

    • ELBSeattle

      Here is a story from the other side of things.I believed in God. I believed that Jesus died for my sins. I believed that prayer was always answered (even when the answer was ‘no’) I went to a church with a very fervent congregation, dedicated to living as we thought God as expressed in the Bible wanted us to. I wanted very very very much to be who it seemed God wanted me to be. I read the Bible daily and deeply. I went to three services a week, plus a Bible study. I was stoked for the Lord. But then, little by little, I began to ask questions of what we believed. I asked questions of the elders who I had identified as being my spiritual superiors. My questions were met, largely, with suspicion. The upshot was I was quickly deemed a bad seed because I asked questions. “Which version of the Bible is more authentic?” was one of these questions. I asked more questions of the elders. I finally noticed that they were only happy with me when I lied. They were only happy when I said things they wanted me to say. They were angry and suspicious when I asked questions or said things in a way that didn’t parrot the way they said things. They prescribed more prayer, Bible study and sometimes ‘drove demons from me.’ But it wasn’t just how the elders acted. I began to see deep discrepancies between how the church acted and what the Bible said. There were dozens and dozens of important verses glossed over in favor of other verses that were, somehow, deemed more important, more ‘true.’ In college I discovered that there were lots and lots of different kinds of people who had lots and lots of different kinds of belief. I also met people who had no belief at all. And, rather than being the insane, miserable people my church had assured me that such atheists must be, I found them to be intelligent, witty, compassionate people. I began to read books that had been forbidden by my church. Science fiction, biographies, commentaries, classic literature: I had a lot of catching up to do. I was still going to the same sort of church I had gone to back home. I brought a friend of mine to a service one day. After the service she said she would never go back to that church or any other of its kind. She said it was an angry, abusive God that we worshiped, and she wanted no part of it. This was a friend that I had really loved, trusted and whose company I had enjoyed. I’m sorry to say that her reaction to my church caused such a rift between us that I stopped being her friend.The real poop hit the proverbial fan when I came out as a gay man. All of my faithful, loving Christian friends did an immediate and complete about-face. The person they had laughed, cried and rejoiced with the previous week was now obviously possessed by the devil. Not a single one of them even wanted to hear about my journey and how it was I decided I needed to come out. I was naive – I thought my being honest would be the best thing for me to do. After all, we listened to one another in times of trial. We held one another, prayed for and with one another. This was just another part of my journey to my authentic self. But, no. Apparently it was better that I lie than tell the truth. It seemed to be a pattern: “Don’t tell the truth, and God will reward you” seemed to be the salient message. This stood in stark and ridiculous contrast from “The truth shall set you free.”I had known I was gay as far back as grade school. Much of my life had been carefully constructed to appear ‘normal’ around a world that celebrated and accepted heterosexuality as the norm. I had no positive role models (I grew up in the midwest in the 70s) I had not been ‘inducted into the homosexual lifestyle’ as many overzealous and undereducated ‘Christians’ today would have us believe. I simply knew, from as early as it is possible to know such things, that I wanted to kiss boys, not girls.I was very fortunate, in college and beyond, to meet intelligent, compassionate and spiritually inquisitive people. After a few years of cleaning out my inner storehouse of beliefs I investigated a lot of different systems of belief. I read many new authors, visited several different types of churches. I learned to meditate. I met my partner, with whom I will soon celebrate 17 years of being together. All through this process I prayed: God, show me your will for me, and give me the power to carry it out. And I have found my prayers answered daily. I am very glad that I have had the opportunity to question myself and the reality around me at such a profound level. If nothing else, my continual questions have kept me from being a blind, cement-minded fundamentalist in anything. It’s not that I think there are no eternal truths. It’s just that truth can be such a subjective topic, changing from person to person, day to day, region to region that I find it difficult to believe what a 75-year-old Hindu woman knows as ‘truth’ is going to be the same thing that a 17-year-old is being told is ‘truth.’ Nor should it be. This is what makes life, in all its variety, so exuberantly interesting.I believe very differently than I used to. I now see that much of what we know of as ‘Christianity’ is cobbled together from other sources, years of ever-changing social conventions and reactions to fears of the day, and the specific personal belief structures of a few key leaders. I know now that asking a question keeps me more receptive to the answer (the ‘will of God,’ if you will) than unwavering insistence on any one immutable ‘truth.’ I believe more vigorously now than I did in my narrow days of belief in that fearful, narrow church. I believe there is Creative Power in all we do. And I don’t believe for a second that this Creative Power clucks its Mighty Universal Tongue when I ask a question, or when I hold my partner’s hand.What makes me cringe today is when fear masquerades as faith. When I see a preacher railing from his pulpit (mostly on TV, when I’m surfing through channels late at night) what I see is not so much belief in God as distrust of humanity. It is not enough to believe strongly and loudly. The architects of any genocide believe strongly and loudly. Those who fly planes into buildings believe strongly and loudly. What belief must do, I believe, is enrich life for the believer, and those around her. If my belief in God makes me a smaller, more suspicious person, then what I have put my belief in is fear and not God. And this is what alarms me in so much polemic I hear from so many pulpits. It is very easy to find people to gather in strength against something. We’ve seen parades of identified ‘enemies’ in the past century. Jews, communists, Muslims, gay people: all have been identified from various pulpits of trepidation and suspicion as They Who Are Against Us. This identified enemy changes with the tide of history. But the anger, the fear, the distrust, the willingness to vilify remain the same.Wouldn’t it be more Godlike, more Christlike to gather people together rather than to drive wedges between them? Isn’t love and fellowship stronger than hate and fear? I believe so. And that is the major difference between how I believe today and how I believed 25 years ago.

    • mark

      Anne, it’s good to see how many bloggers who want to bash Christianity are viewing this site and reading your wonderful article. Apparently they aren’t completely comfortable with their chosen belief or lack of belief. Thank God we have freedom of religion in this country. I’m sure some these bloggers would outlaw all religion if they were in the position to do so.

    • Doris

      Praise the Lord for your willingness to speak out of the precious love of our wonderful Lord. If more Christians don’t take a stand for Him who died for us and rose again then the rocks will cry out to there maker. Thank you, so much. You have been a blessing to me. May the Lord mughtly bless you.

    • jwh

      anne rice is a good fictional writer.

    • StanG

      Rice states “A long life of historical study and biblical research led me to my belief,… “. But then she says “And I know that I cannot convince anyone of it by reason, anymore than an atheist can convince me, by reason, that there is no God”.But these two statements, both in her first paragraph, are contradictory. If reason led her to her belief, why can’t she convince others by reason? And conversely, why can’t she be convinced otherwise by reason? I suspect that once she found that she no longer has to look for love from mommy or daddy, who are gone, she can get all the love she ever needs from herself, in the form of an invisible lover who will never die and leave her, not even when SHE dies herself, she is happily willing to put reason and logic aside.

    • Believer

      Thank you Anne Rice, your message was received and made many think. Those offended, truly wouldn’t care if they didn’t have doubts. You were intended to touch one or more, and you did.

    • Will

      As a person of faith, though not a believer in the divinity of Christ, I have a hard time with the seeming paranoia that many Christians seem to express, including Ms. Rice, about Atheism and anti-faith messages dominating our society. “Anti-Christian” works on the bestseller list, she mentions. What about the fact that books like “Purpose Driven Life” and anything that Joel Osteen touches turn into massively popular hits? What of a recent study in which approximately 70% of Americans said they were Christians? Where is this massive push by secular society against Christians? I see a lot of finger pointing but little evidence for its existence.

    • C. Scott Littleton

      This is utter and complete garbage! How any half-way intelligent person, especially a talented writer like Anne Rice (even though I’m not a fan of her vampire fiction), could buy into this crap is beyond me. Religion–ALL religion, from animism to Zoroastrianism–is based on a pre-Enlightenment, pre-scientific, irrational world-view. What makes all this so tragic is that people are still gleefully killing one another over these inherently absurd, mythological ideas. Indeed, over the centuries, more people have died in the name of religion than for any other single reason. Ms. Rice should read Christopher Hitchens’ book, “God is not Great,” with special attention to the subtitle: “How Religion poisons Everything.” Sincerely,

    • JT Hill

      This is amazing. I wish we had more declarations of faith and testimony in our news. and discourse.

    • Send me Money

      There are many fools in the world and many people like Rice who take advantage the ignorant.

    • John Harley

      I have been about an article like this for the past couple of days. I am glad I finally came to it. It is a bright ray of hope in what can be looked at as our dark, broken, and dreary world. It seems today as if a lot of people are too worried on who’s got the right view and wrong view. I think people need to head the words of confucius when he said “Don’t critisize your neighbor for having snow on his roof when your own front steps are unclean”.

    • JT Hill

      This is amazing. I wish we had more declarations of faith and testimony in our news. and discourse.

    • Eric

      Anne Rice has it all wrong. Christianity isn’t the remedy to “evil”, but rather one of the causes of it–like religion in general. Nothing breeds an ethnocentric us vs. them mentality more than religious beliefs. How many died during the crusades? How many “witches” were burned in the name of God? How many boys molested in His place of worship? Religious texts (including the Bible) condone violence and suffering to non-believers; in fact the ultimate punishment is inflicted to everyone who simply doesn’t subscribe to the belief in “God”, ancient prophets, or messiahs (Yahweh, Allah, Jesus, Muhammad). If the God of Abraham does exist and He judges those of us who don’t believe in Him to be deserving of eternal torture in a lake of fire then He is absolutely evil.To suggest that the “golden rule” is unique to Christianity and the teachings of Jesus is ridiculous! It’s a part of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, and many more religions including those of the indigenous people of America. The same people God neglected to introduce Himself to while He hung out in the Mediterranean region.Rice got one thing right though: she cannot convince anyone of Christianity’s legitimacy by reason. The atheist can, however, support his/her position by asking the credulous believer who created God? Perhaps God came about via Darwinian natural selection? And, by the way, the atheist doesn’t have to support his/her position by proving God doesn’t exist anymore than an he/she has to prove the Easter Bunny doesn’t exist to anyone who believes in it.It’s been said many times: The burden proof falls on the religious believer. Happy Easter.

    • David E. Amos, M.D.

      Your writing” My trust in my Lord” epitomize the real meaning of why Christ suffer and died for our sin.This all about the story of The New Testament, the story of the HOLY BIBLE.Love one another wether it is your friend or your enemy.

    • John

      I love the ‘Report Offensive Comments” link. Rice’s post was highly offensive, I’d like to report… What a load of tripe. I never read one of her books, nor saw the crapulous movies based upon them… Articles of this type have no place in a news publication…

    • CC

      After reading many of the comments found here, I think there are a couple of evident conclusions:1) Some people believe.It might be good to put that in a FAQ somewhere.

    • Jess

      Anne Rice has it about right here.

    • ANONYMOUS

      Amazing essay. It couldn’t have embodied better my own personal belief in the Lord. I wish there were more people like you logged on to On Faith, and living in the real world. People don’t seem to understand that they need the trust and peace that comes with knowing Jesus and having a relationship with Him. I think you’re doing a wonderful job testifying and writing is a great way to

    • gabe

      religion is just a way to fill the empty hole in your head. there is no god, no father, no mother. no hierarchy of angles, no hell below, no satan. No buddha, no krishna. the world is as you see it, and when you die, you die. how do i know this? oh i cant prove it but i just have faith in the existence of nothing more than chaos. i bask in the power of nothingness and revel in the freedom that brings me. i do not have to worry how i will be judged in some final game show. do i get a seat in heaven or hell? none. i get to lay in the ground till my flesh rots off my bones.

    • Chris Weiss

      Having read all of Anne’s fiction before her conversion, her extremely devote claims of belief in god seem disingenuous. Maybe it was the loss of her husband, maybe it was a groundswell of guilt for having written so many “naughty” books, but this conversion seems like some extreme emotional reaction.Regardless of Anne’s intentions, this essay will accomplish nothing but affirm the faith of the faithful and garner the scorn of the unbelievers.Bringing people to god takes more than words because words are not enough. I have no faith, but I have read the bible and many religious writings. I kept looking for the way to faith because to paraphrase Darth Vader – “I found my lack of faith disturbing.” Words mean nothing when it comes to faith because faith comes from emotion, experience, and a personal sense of wonder. I have yet to find anything written that has convinced the faithful to leave god or the faithless to become believers.I think the chain of comments prior to mine confirm that Anne’s words will never reach unbelievers like me. If she is trying to undo her “sinful” books, there is no going back. You cannot erase words that millions of people have already read.I hope Anne is happy on her new path. However, as an avid fan of her previous fiction, I miss her interesting characters.

    • LB

      Ms. Rice– thank you for writing this. Many of the things jive with my experience of having returned to faith in Jesus Christ. 1. The suddenness of it, once I started searching again. The revelation from God that he is who he is (that God created the world) that Christ is who he is, and that he was resurrected from the dead. You can’t get much more confirmation that that, and the really magnificent part is that it was just so theologically sound, from a Christian standpoint. Just the way I had been taught, but a revelation from God when I turned back to him. 2. The comments about Christians as people who know how to love. I was raised in a Baptist church, and they were so loving. They really loved us little kids. It was a bright spot. That’s what Christianity is and ought to be. One time as an adult returned back to church, I was typing the pastor’s sermons. Even though I had sat through them, I thought every one could have been entitled “God is Love.” I was so surprised to find out they actually were about different things! Lol. Thanks for writing. I have not finished your essay, as it is front-loaded with reverence. So I’ll finish it later. Tx

    • Chris Weiss

      Having read all of Anne’s fiction before her conversion, her extremely devote claims of belief in god seem disingenuous. Maybe it was the loss of her husband, maybe it was a groundswell of guilt for having written so many “naughty” books, but this conversion seems like some extreme emotional reaction.Regardless of Anne’s intentions, this essay will accomplish nothing but affirm the faith of the faithful and garner the scorn of the unbelievers.Bringing people to god takes more than words because words are not enough. I have no faith, but I have read the bible and many religious writings. I kept looking for the way to faith because to paraphrase Darth Vader – “I found my lack of faith disturbing.” Words mean nothing when it comes to faith because faith comes from emotion, experience, and a personal sense of wonder. I have yet to find anything written that has convinced the faithful to leave god or the faithless to become believers.I think the chain of comments prior to mine confirm that Anne’s words will never reach unbelievers like me. If she is trying to undo her “sinful” books, there is no going back. You cannot erase words that millions of people have already read.I hope Anne is happy on her new path. However, as an avid fan of her previous fiction, I miss her interesting characters.

    • HS

      I’m Jewish and share Anne’s birthday. I think her story is extraordinary: a gothic icon and shy, reclusive “queen of the vampires” suddenly turns to Christ after researching the story of Jesus in the New Testament. I do not share your faith, Anne, but I definitely respect it, and I can detect your passion for it. As a practicing Jew, I cannot say Jesus was the Messiah, because we believe the Messiah is still yet to come; however, it must be said that if the world simply listened to and lived by the words of this young man from Galilee – the words in red in the Christian Bible – our existence on earth as humans would be immediately and for the better transformed. Kudos to you Anne on sharing your Christian faith this Easter, and from the religion Jesus himself practiced, I and the Jews wish you and the world a happy Purim.Peace on Earth- Heather

    • mhvdm

      A little puzzled at the outpourings of hate and paranoia that one lady’s column on her beliefs could produce … so I’ll just say two things:

    • Chris

      Anne, your daughter died of leukemia. You realized that no ‘loving god’ would inflict such suffering & death on a child just to teach you a lesson (the ‘lord’ works in mysterious ways B.S.). Your childhood R.C. faith broke, and you realized the truth that this life is all we have. So you’re comfortable in this atheistic truth for many years Now, you’re getting older. You realize that you have more days behind you than ahead. You fear death and you’re looking for an out. You lack the courage of your reasoned convictions. If ‘believing in Him’ is comforting to you, so be it. Just be honest with yourself – You’re scared of dying and believing that you’re not going to die helps you fall asleep at night.

    • Ptarick Kavanagh

      A Blessed and Wonder-filled Easter to you and all those who you hold close – God is near

    • scott

      Happy Zombie Jesus day you closed minded sheeple!

    • Tommy

      This is one of the silliest and most pathetic things I have ever read.

    • Bob Wilson

      Anne,Thank you for allowing God to use you to remind us of the simplicity of Christ that apart from Him is impossible to understand and live (John 15:5). I too, cannot get enough of the Gospels. We see such a complete picture of who Jesus is and who we are to be in Him. One of my favorite passages is Matthew 22: 37-40, known as the “Great Command”. In this passage Jesus tells us to love God and love others. If we follow this command, our focus will always be on glorifying God and edifying others and in doing so, it will keep our eyes off ourselves. We have become a very prideful and ego-centric people and our only solution, our only hope is Jesus.Grace & Peace,Bob Wilson

    • john doucette

      “the first temptation we face as returning Christians is to criticize another Christian and his or her way of approaching Jesus Christ” But its ok to criticize those Muslim infidels and all non-believers.

    • Alex

      Sure an Atheist can’t convince you God doesn’t exist, but why believe in Jesus and the Trinity and not Allah? Or Vishnu? If you were brought up in Iran do you think these revelations would have come to you? Proving God’s existence or non-existence is a moot point, there just isn’t any conclusive evidence either way. But why believe in something there isn’t evidence for? Maybe I should believe that there’s a perfectly formed teapot floating way out in space that I’ve never seen before. There’s nothing to contradict me. Why don’t I believe that I have an invisible pink unicorn friend that follows me wherever I go? There’s no evidence against that either. I don’t believe these things because there’s no positive evidence FOR them. And that’s how I treat God.

    • Angel

      It’s not coincidence that I came across Ms. Rice’s testimoney in a magazine last night, read it, and came across this article on the internet today. There is no “coincidence”– only God-appointed moments, and this is one. I have many family members who were once “religious,” but now need to know the Risen Christ in His true Glory like they have never known Him before. He Is Alive! I will be emailing this site to them, and pray they will take it to heart, mind, soul, and spirit. Thank you, Anne Rice, for your honesty and bravery in telling everyone about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and what He has done in your life. God Bless and keep you held tightly in His mighty, loving grip!!!

    • Bob Winchel

      You go girl. Thanks for not being ashamed to name the name of Jesus!!!!!! God is blessing you and always will.

    • Jason

      How is this newsworthy? Why is this drivel from a has-been hack writer featured on my Google homepage?”Love your enemies” — No, my enemies are my enemies for good reason and, so, are not worthy of my love. If the lesson really is that we should even have any enemies, then it’s still false: my enemies are my enemies for good reason. Question: Do Christians love Satan?Of course not. (Again, for good reason.)

    • gls

      It is called “On Faith.” And if you were offended, why continue reading?As an atheist, I am most offended by the unmerited ridicule in this comment thread. I thought we were supposed to be above such petty, ad hominem nonsense. Calling people idiots because they believe does not win merit for the cause of rationalism.

    • samuel miller jr

      Dear Ms. Rice,Thank you for your generosity and courage in sharing your beautiful and inspiring witness to your faith in Jesus Christ as LORD in your life. In the light of your superior intelligence and gifts as a writer, your witness has a special meaning to me and strengthens my resolve to surrender my life more fully to Christ as Lord. May you always be richly blessed by God.Sincerely,

    • Alex

      Follow-up. The teapot I mentioned was originally thought up by Bertrand Russel, and the original quote is this:”If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.”So there you go.

    • samuel miller jr

      Dear Ms. Rice,Thank you for your generosity and courage in sharing your beautiful and inspiring witness to your faith in Jesus Christ as LORD in your life. In the light of your superior intelligence and gifts as a writer, your witness has a special meaning to me and strengthens my resolve to surrender my life more fully to Christ as Lord. May you always be richly blessed by God.Sincerely,

    • samuel miller jr

      Dear Ms. Rice,Thank you for your generosity and courage in sharing your beautiful and inspiring witness to your faith in Jesus Christ as LORD in your life. In the light of your superior intelligence and gifts as a writer, your witness has a special meaning to me and strengthens my resolve to surrender my life more fully to Christ as Lord. May you always be richly blessed by God.Sincerely,

    • Anonymous

      thanks, Anne.

    • John

      I found the article uplifting. The message is as true now as it was 2000 years ago. All the best Anne.

    • Bob Elliott

      That article was well written and spot on.The greatest message ever to fall on the human ear is that one had conquered death. The tomb could not hold Him.Only Believe”Faith that cannot be tested, cannot be trusted”

    • Robert Johnson

      Anne Rice states she saw and understands why God created a world where “good people suffer, why genocide and war plague our planet”Yet in this same article she states”We must retain our commitment to Him, and our belief in a world in which, conceivably, human beings could lay down their arms, and stretch out their arms to one another, clasping hands, and bring about a total worldwide peace.”If there was a God this is all his plan, all the suffering all the pointless death, and destruction he created it all for his own perrsonal enjoyment.World peace has not ever been part of God’s plan. He will turn city’s to salt kill the first born of entire people all in his name. Forget the fictions then look at the History. But remember God is all knowing. The brutality’s of humanity are his creation, all part of his plan. We must make a great reality sitcom for one sadistic individual.

    • arnon

      A person’s belief, no matter how strong and sincere, proves nothing whatsoever apart from the fact that this person is capable of belief. Also, a real atheist doesn’t try to prove the non-existance of God, as it is logically impossible to prove the non-existance of anything.

    • Chris Carr

      Great job Anne! To the angry non-believers who call faith in Jesus Christ baseless. Let me ask you a question. How did my dinner taste last night? You can’t answer because you haven’t tried it. I have tasted it and I know it’s good. I have also experienced the love of Jesus Christ and I know it’s good. Taste and see. Read the Bible. Start with the book of John. Then decide for yourself. Don’t base your opinions on the behavior of the Christians that you know. Christians are pretty screwed up. So are non Christians. So am I.That’s the whole point of the Gospel. People are messed up and need a savior. Enter Jesus Christ. His death and resurrection washes us clean in God’s sight. Accept him as your savior and Lord and know the joy of a relationship with your maker. He loves you.

    • Sarah

      Thank you Ms. Rice for such a moving beautiful description of our faith. We are believers in the risen Lord!

    • Dominick Gatto

      I’ll not argue with people of faith–either you believe or not believe after weighing the ambiguous evidence.

    • Michael

      Thank you. May God bless you.

    • Doug Subovius

      Thank-you so much for the wonderful piece,”My trust in My Lord”. It was great to read, especiallyDoug

    • Clint Ellison

      Thank you, Anne. All things are indeed possible through Christ. Unfortunately for most folks, their unbelief and lack of faith prevent their success through Him. I love your article. God bless you.

    • Tom

      Dear Anne RiceHappy Easter! He has risen and will never leave us again!May God Bless and Keep you in His Loving ArmsTomLike the prodigal son each of us is called to Him and once we are held, we will never forget His Mercy and Love. Even if you should fall, go to Our Father beg him for His Forgiveness. For Catholics this act means the Sacrament of Reconciliation wherein we encounted the Person of Christ through His appointed minster.

    • lestat

      Even though I have lived since long before Methuselah and long before Babylon, and even before the days that humans dwelled in caves, I have yet to find a beginning to anything at all. After more than 50,000 years on this sphere, with saviors, messiahs and buddhas coming and going, no answer has come forth. In spite of their magical powers, not a single one has had the key that unlocks the door of true beginnings. Where I was before this life is scarcely a memory now – but the shades of other times and other places creep through. We are known as the Undead – but then, all are the undead in a manner of speaking. Each life form has a purpose – the Undead must live forever and somehow find a true beginning.This is a blessing and a curse. Everyone is resurrected countless times. The knowledge of origins are clearly not given to many, but life appears to be eternal. Those possessed of the greatest wisdom seem to have gone elsewhere.

    • Roxanne G.

      God Bless……excellent message.Stay on point, keep trusting in His word.Thank you….

    • Nerd

      I believe in the Tooth Fairy. Call it blind faith. You cannot prove that she does not exist. I don’t expect anyone to believe me. But I am convinced that the Tooth Fairy will someday make herself known to us and those who believe in her will be saved. In the meantime I suggest brushing your teeth twice a day and see your dentist once a year.

    • Nerd

      I believe in the Tooth Fairy. Call it blind faith. You cannot prove that she does not exist. I don’t expect anyone to believe me. But I am convinced that the Tooth Fairy will someday make herself known to us and those who believe in her will be saved. In the meantime I suggest brushing your teeth twice a day and see your dentist once a year.

    • Kirk Hurlburt

      I too have been effected by This Person.I am glad that He is an actor on The World-Stage still, and that HE- JESUS CHRIST- bids us be part of that play.

    • Anonymous

      Thats a bunch of baloney

    • Alexandra

      Jesus rose three days after Passover.The Beatitudes won’t save anyone, not in this dispensation. What you do to be saved is trust on Christ alone. Salvation is by grace through faith–and NOT of works. You can’t earn it.Easter, for the record, is a pagan holiday.

    • Denise Brown

      I cried for the better portion of this piece while reading it a second time.[Rice has captured, so succinctly, The Gospel she refers to in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.]This is a glorious piece, Anne Rice!How wonder-full.Blessings.

    • Dave Wallace

      Thanks Anne,This article is a great reminder of why many of us are Christians; the desire to sit at the feet of a living God who is bigger than us and our world’s problems. Thanks for your words of encouragement.Dave

    • Jon

      Heyoka wrote “Religion is one of the most serious mental illnesses of today…It affects as high as 85% of the American Society.”To be an atheist is a much larger leap of faith than to be religious. Religion has been a natural part of the human psyche since our earliest ancestors. Religion is also needed for comfort and stablity. That is why God must and does exist! It is true that individuals have committed crimes in the name of religion but it is religion that produces great acts of compassion and religiom that gave us Saint Francis, Mother Teresa, and the Dalai Lama, while atheism gave us the mass genocides and totalitatrianism of communism. Choosing between the results of these two views, I’ll take religion any time!

    • Rick High

      All is fine. Untill we abolish the dead penalty I will belive we as amricans are on the right path. till then…

    • Antheim

      “My belief is total. And I know that I cannot convince anyone of it by reason, anymore than an atheist can convince me, by reason, that there is no God.”The former I can understand, the latter is criminal.

    • MA

      Anne Rice is obviously obsessed with the supernatural and her taste has merely shifted flavor from dark chocolate vampires to vanilla gods and angels. She is an example of someone who possesses a high-functioning human brain (i.e., she has good hardware) but her “software” (i.e., attitudes and beliefs) is buggy, anachronistic old crap, and could use a series of upgrades.Sadly, there are many in this category during this transitional time in history as we achingly extricate ourselves from the tar pits of medieval superstition and progress in our evolution as a species.Along the way are many data points like Anne Rice; persons who are intelligent, articulate, and wrong, espousing notions that arise capriciously from the emotional centers of the brain, these notions having no external validity and exiting merely as artifacts of individual phenomenology, bearing no more relationship to truth or fact than the nursery rhymes we dote on as children.Caveat emptor to readers of Anne Rice and others like her; you are what you eat and if the vivid imaginings of a gifted fiction writer are offered up for consideration, the likelihood increases of your own psyche becoming infected with the same viruses, bugs, and Trojan Horses, resistant to disinfection.I hope Anne Rice and others like her continue to be seen as writers of fiction.The search for truth is a high, solitary wire without a net. It is no supernatural miracle the high defection rate and descent into unreason, into the waiting arms of baby Jesus, and the like.

    • Metro

      Would A.N. Roquelaire agree with Ms. Rice?Why should her Great Beard in the Sky be any more valid than the thousands who came before Him?Ms. Rice claims to have discovered why people suffer and die at the direction of her all-powerful saviour. Let her explain this to the rest of us.Worship of a god, any god, is not the solution to the myriad problems that plague this little blue globe.In fact, it is too often the source of those problems. Lest you doubt this, perhaps Osama Bin Laden, the Dalai Lama, the warring sects of Darfur, and Pat Robertson could thrash out a solution?If anything, the solution to the world’s problems lies in accepting the truth of atheism and coming to a new, grown-up relationship to our universe and one another.

    • Ruth Gletty

      This is a wonderful testimony from someone who , apparently has found the light in the night.

    • Lisa Holland

      Thanks so much for writing this article.Again thanks for the article. It is nice to intake something positive, something worth taking in.

    • reason

      “And I know that I cannot convince anyone of it by reason, anymore than an atheist can convince me, by reason, that there is no Flying Spaghetti Monster.”

    • marchenri

      Let’s see: Vampires vs. Jesus – who can I base a successful career on? Gary Jennings in “Aztec” said it well and I paraphrase: “Never has a society begun evolving that in very short order an order of men would appear and dictate spiritual/religious beliefs through shame, ignorance and naïveté. Later, they would be called priests.” Happy Easter or Wester – take your cherce.

    • George Webb

      Very true and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your love of Christ with usGeorge Webb

    • Jeremiah Thompson

      It saddens me that so many people who read this want to condemn a woman for having faith. I believe in life we all have to have trust, I admit its a struggle for me to have trust, but trust in God, trust in our lover, trust in our family and friends. I can never see proof of love, but I still believe it. We live in a troubled world a world troubled by hate hate for others and or hate for ourselves, but faith that is under girded by love can provide hope to life. It is not a requirement of anyone to believe in God, or find salvation in the life and resurrection of Jesus, but it seem very cruel and narrow minded to berate a person for having it

    • Tess

      With all due respect, I find it mind-boggling that anyone can seriously study the bible and conclude that it is the word of god. I also find it galling that those who embrace any of the religions of the world call those who don’t believe in them, athiests. I fully believe in a first cause or creator, but ‘not’ the god of the bible, koran, or any other religion. The main difference between ‘my’ God and the one presented in the bible: My God isn’t an angry monster who would not only kill, but torture ‘his’ creation for all eternity. Plus, any woman who can read the bible and accept its oppression of women is a person who is simply not seeing what’s right in front of her eyes as she reads this book. “If a man is fighting with another and his wife intervenes to help her husband; and if the wife happens to touch the privates of the assailant, chop off her hand, show her no mercy.” If that’s the god you want to believe in, Anne, God help you. Btw, the fact that we no longer practice slavery or beating and abusing women is because of societal and governmental changes; the bible still holds that women are to be quiet and submissive; and are to be beaten or killed if she becomes too much trouble. Christians can’t have it both ways. If you believe the bible is the word of god, then you have to believe it all. No cherry picking allowed.

    • Mike

      Exactly what is blind about faith?The existence of the supernatural is no longer in any doubt. it has been all but proven. It is accepted by almost all cosmologists. They just call it something different but the super natural is nothing more than that which is outside/beyond (super) our universe (natural) and the most popular theories of cosmological beginnings has the Universe either popping out of nothing (no matter, no space , no time) or tunneling from another universe beyond (super) our own. Check a good dictionary. We have no options for our existence or the universe’s without invoking what the word supernatural denotes. The only question remaining is – Is intelligence an invention within our own universe or does it hold no such limits. Given the implausibility of that – intelligence is a logical choice. Believing in the supernatural is no longer an option. That game has been over for some time.

    • R. W. Scott

      I wish that the part of my brain, that developed through natural selection, which allows people to have unquestionable belief in that which cannot be substantiated was more developed than my intellect. Alas, it is not, so I must go through life simply appreciating the wonders of a universe and existence that evolved through natural selection. For me the idea that something created this incredible thing we call reality in a way tarnishes the true miracle that it all came to be without a guiding hand. With respect, Randy.

    • peabody3000

      though the faithful believers of the world are a well-meaning lot, the unfortunate fact is that religion is by nature folklore. there are thousands of religions on our planet and it is people who came up with every facet of every existing doctrine, and every single word of their canonical texts. how the christian religions assumed their current form is largely traceable to events that reflect very human motivation rather than divine intervention.faith by definition is the suspension of reason. religion is a mental construct, which means it need not exist anywhere at all outside of the human mind in order to thrive as it does today.one may argue that whether true or false, religion serves as a benefit to mankind, but that is highly debateable as the ethics they (selectively) promote are not inherently religious. any atheist can and almost always does adhere to those ethics, at least those which are not dependent upon superstitions such as working on the sabbath, etc.to mankind’s detriment, religious faith requires a kind of “aggressive ignorance” which demands that facts not be explored deeply, and that faiths not be questioned. this is a truly dangerous mentality which, as a control mechanism used almost universally by political forces, has lent itself to incalculable human suffering over eons.i was raised in a religious family but i feel very happy and extremely lucky to have deprogrammed myself. examine closely the technical definition of a cult and you will see that all religions are cults. every single one.

    • dan

      Blah blah blah…Don’t you find it a bit twisted that you worship a zombie? Oh wait…you’re the vampire writer…now it makes sense.I agree, let’s celebrate the myth and hold onto some of the language of a somewhat peaceful literary figure that told us not to judge one another and to hold peacemakers in reverence.I have to make exception, however, to the melodramatic bit about not succumbing to the fear that evil is winning… Ummm…reality check ma’am. Read the news lately?When you push the actions of mankind in a good/evil corner you put an invisible wall of hands-off faith-based indifference between a personal responsibility to our global environment and the inaction that it takes to allow human rights abuses to continue in, pardon the pun, biblical proportions.I would like to take a moment to thank Jesus for his help in Darfur and Iraq. To thank him for easing the pain in the place of his fabled birth. A place where loving your enemy comes in the form of tank fire and bomb laden tourists.Happy easter, not to be a jerk, I like chocolate bunnies as much as the next christian. And I love to get together with my family and share stories and stuff ourselves sick with goodies and wonderful ham — oops… but we always make sure to say grace and offer wishful prayers to those less fortunate.Your softcore porn literature was great though. I loved every gooey page.

    • Shane

      I agree, Christians are not seen as lovers anymore! It stinks! When did we stop following the teaching of Jesus and start debating the minute details of his life? It is ironic because those are the things that do not matter. He would lovingly scold us for such debates. The big name issues like abortion that tend to get modern Christians in a huff, would not be an issue if we were open enough to talk about it and help out. People often get abortions because they are afraid of the word getting out and being judged! Which is more effective? Picketing outside an abortion clinic, or letting the person know that you will be there for them and love them regardless of their decision? Love is the answer, not hate and judgment! Judging is for God because he is the only just judge. I have felt that pull to Jesus too, and it comes and goes for me. Every time I am stressed or seem trapped in a corner it is because I have not been going to Him for support. He will take all of my burdens from my back, I just have to remember to seek Him out! But in day to day life, we push His love aside and try to do it on our own. I find ever since I was saved, which has been more progressive for me instead of instantaneous, I return to Him and He just opens up and accepts me as I am. p.s. I’m not trying to be a jerk by capitalizing He and Him, but it distinguishes (for me) that God is not a man or woman. Keep the love going! Shane

    • Sylven

      I simply wish to express my thanks to Anne and the Washington Post staff for providing such a venue to express religious faith so prevalent in American culture (and elsewhere). It was a welcome respite as I was coming the internet researching for school.May God Bless all readers of Anne’s article today – especially those who have chosen to be so critical of her words.Happy Easter my fellow brothers and sisters everywhere!

    • MIke

      Tess the reason you find it mind boggling for some one to study the bible and find it to be the word of God is because you obviously haven’t studied it yourself.If you had you would have come across Ephesian 5:25 which tells men to love their wives to the point of giving themselves in death as Christ gave himself on the cross. Powerfully romantic and incredibly uplifting to the value of women. You take submission as most people do – outside of the context of the New Testament tells us that we should ALL submit to each other valuing others above ourselves.and yes Christianity and the bible did cause the end of slavery. The movie “Amazing Grace” is a historically accurate reenactment of one of the men who based on his Bible understanding fought in the UK to end slavery. Its just one of many stories of the end of slavery inspired by the message of the Bible.

    • Tiv

      Way to go Anne..well said. This trust in Jesus Christ is the evidence of things not seen and hoped for. We cannot prove it simply because He is God. yet it will rock us to the core if we open ourselves up to the love and true connection to Him. He is chasing us with His love. It satisfies our inner craving for intimacy and destiny. By partnering with Him we can unleash our human potential partnering with Him. Connect, give, serve, and care for others. Happy Easter. from toronto canada.

    • Allen A.

      Those x-tian books certainly sell better, too, don’t they Ann? I’m sorry, but I would have expected a much better defense of x-tianity than this from Ann Rice. Once again proven an ill-advised position. Esp. considering that this is the best even published writers can do. You’re an embarassment to our state, Ann, and I wish I could somehow let you know that.

    • Amen

      Me, too. Jesus is wonderful! He is risen, indeed!I see lots of insulting and rude remarks on the Comments, which only show the lack of character of those that write them, lack of respect for other human beings.

    • Nano Bright

      Google News rightly classified it under Entertainment.There are good movies, bad movies, good writings, bad writings, but this one is off the charts. Just ramblings from a loon who some ppl. in their comments have indentified as one seeking to make some bucks off of ignorant idiots, which unfortunately the world is full of.

    • Jody

      Wow. I had no idea Anne was a Christian. These words resonate deeply in me. This is truly a Word for today. Love it! Love God! Amen and Hallelujah!

    • Jody

      Wow. I had no idea Anne was a Christian. These words resonate deeply in me. This is truly a Word for today. Love it! Love God! Amen and Hallelujah!

    • Poster

      Thank you. You are right. Many times we stumble and fall but he is always there to pick us up again. His love is without condition when we come to him. Human beings are so flawed (I certainly include myself). I have come to know that we need to love one another instead of hate, respect one another instead of tear down. I have come to this by hard lessons. I am a Christian, always have been one, though not a perfect one. GOD is the one who determines where justice meets judgement, mercy meets grace and righteousness meets truth. A lesson I have learned is to trust GOD and lean not unto my own understanding about this life. It is temporal. We have a legacy of an everlasting life if we trust GOD. GOD has it all under control and he loves each and everyone of us even though we all disappoint him time after time after time. He is forgiving when we repent with a true heart. GOD is everything. Thank you Jesus for saving people like me.

    • Walter Scott

      Amen, sister Anne!and Paul’s epistles reveal even more of these wonders.

    • Gloria

      I love your article Anne. Thank you for writing it. May all who have read it find Him. You cannot see the Holy Spirit any more than you can see the wind. You can only see the effects of the wind. Only in hind sight can you see the effects of His presence. Come Holy Spirit. I thank God for your faith and trust Anne. Thank you for your witness.

    • Clay Tritsch

      What a complete load of bunk. The bible is made up of letters written by mere men. These men had politcal agendas. They misinterpreted and intentionally left out MANY letters to fit their needs. Plus, every thing about the Christian faith is based on ancient Pagan beliefs. ALL 100% MAN-MADE.God Bless,

    • lily

      yea but you support clinton and she’s the devil

    • Wow

      I support Clinton, Obama is a racist and the devil

    • Grace Sadowski

      This was most timely, eloquent and hopeful thing that I have ever read. It is written at a time when most of us are yearning to recognize the lifeline that has been offered to us .

    • Cari

      Beautiful…Anne has such a gift in writing. (I have read every vampire chronicles book) Every time I go through a struggle or I hit a wall of fear, God brings me right back to Trust. If only we as Christians could come together more and love everyone, instead of criticize. Trust He is enough……….

    • Stephan Joseph

      Anne,Your journey mirrors my own almost exactly from darkness to light it’s that simple. I used to love your Vampire books and when I became a Christian back in 2000 (didnt know you had also) i started to see what I was longing for was eternal life and why I gravitated towards the vampire lore so strongly is that it appealed to that longing in me except of course it was more of an eternal death or an eternal parasitic life. You’re right Christ is the ultimate immortal, well because first of all He’s real, but I mean even if it were all fiction the idea and concept of Him is beyond compare. I mean here’s one with so much LIFE in Him that not only can he bear his own death, he willingly bears the death of untold millions and is so full of life that He ressurects not only His own body and soul but will ressurect the soul of anyone who calls on Him now and will do the same with their bodies when He returns…that’s just bad-ass. I’m proud of you Anne. Godbless

    • pk

      “Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resist it; ignorance may deride it; malice may distort it; but there it is.” – Winston Churchill”I am the way, the truth and the life.” Jesus Christ

    • don

      Most of the time I think that in “the end” we will all end up in heaven because good will always triumph over evil.After reading some of the postings on this site I may reconsider this.To those of you who it fits ( you know who you are )… Remember, if you choose to live your life as if there is no GOD, you better be right.Peace and Love Always

    • zhann

      Anne, although I don’t agree with your assessments, I can respect your decision. Religion has always provided man with a warm feeling that comforts and gives a sense of hope. I have always wished for there to be a God, but more so because I don’t want to accept the fact that life is so short. Regardless, I can’t make the jump, the evidence against God is immense. As for Christianity, I could never follow such a religion … a religion is only as good as its conception and history. The history of christianity is dreadful. Regardless, I wish you the best of luck. My only regret is that your novels will no longer have that evil twinkle in them.

    • Tess

      With all due respect, I find it mind-boggling that anyone can seriously study the bible and conclude that it is the word of god. I also find it galling that those who embrace any of the religions of the world call those who don’t believe in them, athiests. I fully believe in a first cause or creator, but ‘not’ the god of the bible, koran, or any other religion. The main difference between ‘my’ God and the one presented in the bible: My God isn’t an angry monster who would not only kill, but torture ‘his’ creation for all eternity. Plus, any woman who can read the bible and accept its oppression of women is a person who is simply not seeing what’s right in front of her eyes as she reads this book. “If a man is fighting with another and his wife intervenes to help her husband; and if the wife happens to touch the privates of the assailant, chop off her hand, show her no mercy.” If that’s the god you want to believe in, Anne, God help you. Btw, the fact that we no longer practice slavery or beating and abusing women is because of societal and governmental changes; the bible still holds that women are to be quiet and submissive; and are to be beaten or killed if she becomes too much trouble. Christians can’t have it both ways. If you believe the bible is the word of god, then you have to believe it all. No cherry picking allowed.

    • Eric

      How did this make the front page of google news and it’s not even news? But it’s whatever, I’ll comment either way. The Beatitudes reminds you of how we are going to go about bringing what to earth? In my opinion all the beatitudes bring to earth is the possibility in peoples minds for something better later on. It’s the promise, the carrot on a stick, that motivates you to act in a way that’s not in your own best interests. A slave morality invented by a slave culture, the jews, to deal with their socioeconomic situation under Rome/Whoever else was kicking them around at the time the beatitudes were written. The meek will inherit the earth? Nah, the strong will control the meek, it makes life better for the strong. What you are searching for, peace on earth, can only be achieved if people stop catergorizing each other. I’m a muslim, I’m a Jew, I’m a Southern Baptist, I’m an American, an Iraqi, a shia, a sunni, an atheist. Break down the barriers that hinder understanding between these groups, promote worldwide communication, and then you may be able to find this peace. Most importantly, stay out of other peoples business, let them exist the way they want to. Organized religion goes a long way in promoting these barriers. Religion was used as a tool of kings in old Europe to strengthen the sense of “identity” needed to raise armies and such. Please don’t let it continue to divide us, continue to tear us apart. It’s an ironic tragedy that what people most perceive as bringing us “together”, religion, is actually tearing the world apart. Or then again, you could just blame the people in power for using what could be such a beautiful thing so destructively. The bible belt voted for Bush right? How many people has he killed?

    • Jiles Samson

      Until I was 32 I was just like so many of the angry agnostic/atheist types posting here. I said many of the same things myself. I was confronted with the need to do my own research which challenged my preconceived notions (incorrect ones I might add) about the Bible and Christianity. At the same time I started actually reading the Bible, all of it, and not just criticizing from a point of ignorance, like I had been doing.It was a shock to find that my scientific background and supposed logical, enlightened, rational mind had been totally ignorant of the facts. Whats more, I found reason, facts, history, archaeology much more on the side of Christianity and the Bible than my really lame, previous assertions.It was then that I had to swallow my pride and realize that I had been wrong. Totally wrong. I then gave my life to Jesus Christ and He has totally transformed my life and my thinking. Now when I talk to atheists or agnostics and they throw these ignorant claims at me and I so easily refute them, with facts and citations, but I try to do so gently and with respect, they just want to change the subject, not deal with the issue that they brought up. It really is mental laziness on their part, and I remember it well. I was so sure of my atheist/agnostic position that I didn’t think I needed to really have done my homework. Boy was I wrong. So I challenge those who are making so many of these lame, angry claims to really do your homework. You may, like me, find out that you really aren’t talking from a position of knowledge at all, but from preconceived notions and prejudice and fear of being accountable to God, if He is there.

    • tom opdahl hotmail

      There’s some high powered intellect showing up on both sides and to some extent everyone has a good point, for their own reasons. The basic tenet that is missing is that, regardless of what we believe, what is, is. We tend to like to think that our beliefs can one way or another result in a change in the universe and thankfully this quite possibly isn’t so.

    • newageblues

      Not a single word of criticism in this essay, certainly not in any direct way, of non-Christians. Well done. If only all Christians were so positive about their faith, instead of so negative about their enemies or perceived enemies.

    • JeromeThomas

      Voltaire wrote “If you believe in absurdities, you wind up committing atrocities.” Just read the comments of the Rev. Bill Shanks, a New Orleans pastor, who crowed after Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans, “Now New Orleans is both abortion-free and Mardi Gras–free.” If we do not confront and challenge this sort of mindless Christian “faith,” we are in effect dooming ourselves to be its victims.To a child, their parents are gods. If you never grow up, you still need a big, benevolent Daddy who lives in Heaven, and watches you in case you break the rules. Strangely, the rules are interpreted by some illiterate goober preacher with one hand over your eyes, and the other in your hip pocket.Ann Rice, it is time you grew up. Frankly, there is no divine, omnipotent, robed ghost up in the sky. Take responsibility for yourself. What if you were born 5,000 years before Christ? Would you have been damned because there was no Hebrew god to parent you? Would you become a drug crazed, murderous thug if there were no “God” to show you the way? Of course not.The native americans who were slaughtered by the Christians were 1000 times more spiritual and holy than those TV evangelists or converted writers of vampire horror.As long as it is acceptable for a person to believe they know how a God wants everyone on earth to live, we will continue to murder one another on account of our myths.If Jesus were a real person, which has not been established except by ancient hearsay, he was hijacked. He alledgedly spoke about levels of consciousness which you never explore because you’re too busy painting a glowing image of yourself rather than facing the truth like a grownup.

    • Mark

      I’m happy Anne Rice has found solace in her christianity. I don’t agree with her literal interpretation of this book but I’m pleased she finds support and guidance.

    • Doug

      I don’t want to rain on the Christian parade right before Easter, but in my opinion, the kind of passive faith idealized in this editorial can never solve any real problems. Even if one accepts the divinity of Jesus and the omnipotence of God, there is much that we cannot know with any certainty about the divine plan, and thus we are still forced to rely on empirical evidence and our own ability to reason in order to make wise choices in life. It’s fine to take inspiration from Jesus, but to passively assume that He is just going to take care of everything is a dangerous abdication of personal responsibility in this world.

    • jason green

      It is illogical to require someone to prove a negative — ie to prove that something does not exist (God) . Your faith fails on the most rudimentary of logical axioms, and consequently you live in self-imposed ignorance and error if you use faulty thinking such as this as a basis to live your life. Logic is not a switch you can turn off and on to suit your emotionalism.

    • bob

      What a fantastic letter. I too believe in God and I am amassed by his presence, I am amassed by the bible on the pure truth it speaks, can u imagine a book written by 40 writers over the coarse of 2000 years and it kept the same principles, ideas etc…..A TRULY GOD INSPIRED BOOK!!And not to mention after I researched this book from cover to cover to find out that 90% of what this book says has come true, from the Babylonians to the Persians Alexander the Great, the Roman empire, America, Brittan and Australia, the vast increase of knowledge towards the end times, the weather disturbances that are being unleashed on the world, and many many more prophecies that have been fulfilled! Outstanding i mean even an atheist (if they have any logic)cannot argue, that this book knows something, this book was written by men but inspired by God! The beautiful part to this book is that God does not force people to go to him in fear because he is Love as well as Christ. But very soon the time of judgement will come and i would like to see the non believers argue their point then. Until then seek only the truth!

    • Dustin

      There is a verse that says “out of the heart the mouth speaks.” What you say reflects who you are. It seems like there are a lot of miserable people in blog land that could benefit from the message of the Gospel in Jesus Christ. It was obviously a good thing for Anne. It was good for me too. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • Robert John Daehn Jr.

      I came to know the Lord when I was nine. It was a hot summer and vaction Bible was on. But then my dad dropped out of church because no one came to see him while he was in the hospital. That caused his five sons to go the way of the world and he lost four to the world, and me I ran with the world, but the Lord kepted me out of harms way. Now I have been back in the Lord service again and it is a wonderful feeling knowing He is near me and my family as He always was.Thank you Lord for loving us, who deserve no love.

    • jacques Louis

      I found your article to be deeply insightful and would love to read more of your work.

    • Robert

      WOW! Very powerful! To think it’s as easy as this..trust and obey for there’s no other way…just be happy in Jesus…

    • Alan

      I now finally understand why Anne Rice’s books all turned into total trash a few years back. Finding religion tends to destroy all creativity and interesting thought.

    • newageblues

      But I do have one not really off-topic request of Ms. Rice. How in the name of your Lord do you justify killer alcohol users lording it over cannabis users. The federal government doesn’t even track cannabis related mortality because it is negligible from a public health point of view. If only the same could be said of alcohol.

    • Esther Su

      Dear Anne,

    • johann

      Dear Ann Rice

    • S.J.

      I find it interesting that so many of those criticising Christianity, or any form of organized religion for that matter, often refer to their idea of “my god”, i.e. “I believe in a god, but MY god isn’t going to punish me for…”If we all have our OWN gods who meet our OWN needs perfectly, we will lose the sense of a collective humanity. Creating a “MY god” doesn’t ask you to strive to be something more; it let’s you believe that you have everything right already. Stated simply, rather than moulding your own god to suit you, try to see it from the perspective of the millions of people who try to mould their way of life to THEIR God. Many of these ignorant comments reflect a sad and empty individualistic culture.

    • Ernst

      Those of us who did not grow up in surrounded by and peer pressured by Christians of various sects really wonder what leads people from the good morality of Jesus’ teachings to “He must also be a physicist, a biologist, a geologist and an astronomer” because “I must believe that every word of the Bible is literally true or I can’t believe anything at all”.His teachings had everything to do with kindness to your neighbors and nothing to do with plate tectonics or DNA replication.If the people who truly believe His teachings would stand up to those who pervert His name into some ignorant crusade, just as we hoped that true Muslims would stand up to the nuts like Bin Laden, then the rest of us would not be so skeptical and cynical.Ernst

    • S.J.

      I find it interesting that so many of those criticising Christianity, or any form of organized religion for that matter, often refer to their idea of “my god”, i.e. “I believe in a god, but MY god isn’t going to punish me for…”If we all have our OWN gods who meet our OWN needs perfectly, we will lose the sense of a collective humanity. Creating a “MY god” doesn’t ask you to strive to be something more; it let’s you believe that you have everything right already. Stated simply, rather than moulding your own god to suit you, try to see it from the perspective of the millions of people who mould their way of life to THEIR God. Many of these ignorant comment reflect a sad and empty individualistic culture.

    • Paul Olson

      Thank you, Anne.

    • Jim Cattle

      I have faith that you will sell a lot of books.

    • Anonymous

      “I believe in Jesus Christ. It’s that simple and that complex. I cannot convince anyone of it by reason, anymore than an atheist can convince me, by reason, that there is no God. “God is your supposistion — you are required to support it. Those who chose not to live this little fantasy are NOT required to prove that dog does not exist — to accept the lack of a negative argument as a positive proof is to show yourself as absurd and facile. Does the author really not understand this?

    • Ron Frunk

      This is a powerful testimony to the wonder that is Jesus Christ. Thank you for choosing to believe and to tell the world about it. God is great!

    • MIke

      “Voltaire wrote “If you believe in absurdities, you wind up committing atrocities.” Strange. the record of atheistic communism indicates Voltaire small minded on this issue. If it were not so then we might think that the Soviet Union and China are historically great champions of human rights. Perhaps believing in nothing is an absurdity that lends itself to committing atrocities for as far as history can tell the beliefs in the so called absurdities have created univerities , most of our hospitals and ended social injustices that found their base in power and economics rather than religion. Now is religion a great covering to wrap around the usual human avarice for power, wealth and pleasure? Of course. So are democratic politics in The US but it is hardly an indictment of our democracy. What men do in the name of an institution of power is an indictment on the men not the institution. How can a book thst tells it followers to turn the other cheek, love their enemies, and forbids them from committing murder be indicted because alleged followers ignored the edicts central to the beliefs.

    • Michael Birch

      When I was a child I was sure I was the most important thing in the universe. When I became a man, I learned that God Is, and I am not He. To borrow from St. Polycarp, for sixty-eight years have I served him, and he has done me no wrong. There is joy in the presence of the Angels of God that Anne in not faithless, but believing!

    • vandemiere

      In these days, these trying times, it is no wonder that people flock the to the “head in the sand” position of the ostrich. It is FAR easier to believe in any god – and to decide we do not bear responsibility for what is happening in the world than to face up to the reality of life today.The abdication of knowledge and personal responsibility in relation to the world is one of the reasons we’re in the middle of such a culture of entitlement – “well its the idea of the deity, so I don’t have to care or fix anything” (i don’t differentiate or discriminate among any particular religion’s supreme being).Religion is a wonderful way to avoid taking any ownership for the condition of the world or your personal actions. Faith is merely a way to blame someone else for whatever is happening in your life while maintaining a self righteous attitude regarding your own personal value and your superiority. Doesn’t really strike me as a far cry from the hedonistic attitudes of most of Ms. Rice’s books – its merely the same attitude repackaged with a thin veneer of piousness and I find it wretched.

    • ThinkFirst

      What a load of bunk! There is NO such thing as a ‘God’ – duh! No rational, sane, thinking person could possibly believe in this ‘invisible friend for grownups’ . I challenge ANYONE to prove that this so-called ‘divine’ entity exists. ANYONE at all! To believe in religion requires that you suspend your brain. Come to think of it, that’s a perfect metafor for ‘true believers’. If I told them I was the Second Coming, would they believe me? Nope, just like they wouldn’t believe anyone else. So tell me, just how will they know when the ‘Rapture’ comes? I guess they will just have to keep on suspending their brains ! Lemmings, all of them.

    • newageblues

      it’s very hypocritical to use killer alcohol and claim others are criminals for preferring far less deadly cannabis. Didn’t Jesus hate hypocrisy. Yeah, he sure did.

    • PrazingHym4ever

      This was really beautiful. I also experienced such a moment. I solidified my faith, made me to know without a doubt that all my sins were forgiven, and gave me a love for Him that is unquestionable, and unquenchable. I thank God everyday for the faith he has given me, because I know I could never conjur up such faith. I know myself to be too lazy and careless. But my faith in God is solid and real, probably the only turly real thing in my life.But I also know there will be no true peace on earth. Not until the days talked about in Revelation are complete. There will come a day very soon when the Church will be taken. Excuses will be made for why this happened. The seven year tribulation will begin. It will be horrible. Then the Lord will return. And only then will there be true peace on earth.

    • Veronica Sangster

      These words of Anne Rice really touched me and actually brought me to tears. I will forward the article to my unbelieving daughter–and maybe other members of my family who have rejected the Word.

    • ThinkFirst

      What a load of bunk! There is NO such thing as a ‘God’ – duh! No rational, sane, thinking person could possibly believe in this ‘invisible friend for grownups’ . I challenge ANYONE to prove that this so-called ‘divine’ entity exists. ANYONE at all! To believe in religion requires that you suspend your brain. Come to think of it, that’s a perfect metafor for ‘true believers’. If I told them I was the Second Coming, would they believe me? Nope, just like they wouldn’t believe anyone else. So tell me, just how will they know when the ‘Rapture’ comes? I guess they will just have to keep on suspending their brains ! Lemmings, all of them.

    • Amy Hatfish

      I trust you will sell a lot of books.

    • R. Holbrook

      ‘Tis mystery all, the Immortal dies!In vain the firstborn seraph tries,’Tis mercy all! Let Earth adore;Amazing love! How can it be,”And Can it Be”We question everything, it’s in our nature to do so. We’d like to think that we can read a few articles, or study vast volumes of tomes for years on end, and in the end, feel somewhat confident that we understand these things and can decide for ourselves what is and isn’t true. And, of course, we are all free to do just that, decide for ourselves. Simple.Yet, the things of faith are often not discerned by the learned. The things of faith are often discerned by the weak, and the small. It’s not to say that the learned or the mighty, or even the adequate cannot come to faith. Of course they can. However, in all this discourse about what’s right and what’s wrong, who’s good and who’s bad, what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable, the fact that God took it upon Himself to redeem mankind to Himself by offering Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for sin, gets lost. For it is by grace we are saved, through faith. And that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.For as many as received Him (Him being Jesus Christ) to them gave He power to become Sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.My point? Simply this, that we want to be in control. We want to decide. We want to understand the circumstances that lead us to certain beliefs in order that we can be confident that what we decide makes sense, especially before those who may or may not judge us for those beliefs. We are the judge of what is ultimately right or wrong for us. However, when faced with Jesus Christ, there is really nothing about Him that makes good, Earthly sense. He claimed to be the Savior of the world! He claimed to be the One all could come to and be healed! He claimed to be God!! He wasn’t some “good teacher” Who was going to show us a better way. He did not come to provide us with an example of how to live and make life better. He came in order to prove to us that we are dead in our sins, and that only by accepting His sacrifice on the cross to pay for our sins can we be made alive to God.He came to die, that we might have life.And we are now faced with one of two rather untenable choices; either He was Who He claimed to be, God in the flesh, or He was an utter mad man! There’s no middle ground.This really puts a monkey wrench into our trying to makes sense of it all so that our decision to follow Him can be accepted as plausible by the world’s standards.Jesus radicalized our existence, and we are all are faced with the realization that He cannot be comfortably placed into a neat and tidy pigeon hole that is easy to defend logically and rationally.The Bible says that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Faith is not a code of ethics, it is not moral behavior, it is not adherence to rules and regulations. Faith isn’t a means by which you can make your current existence better. It isn’t a means by which society can be transformed for the better. Faith is when an individual suddenly realizes they are a sinner by nature, going to hell, recognizes that God has provided the sacrifice for them through Jesus Christ so that their sins can be washed away, and they can have a living relationship with the Father, and accepts this as a simple fact. Faith is realizing these things are true, that there is no other name by which they can be saved, except that of Jesus Christ, and as a result, accepting Him as their Savior without thought of any consequences that may result.The above may offend; Jesus promised that the Gospel would offend. However, let each decide for themselves, and let no other condemn them for their decision, as it is between them and God, and no one else.It’s all of grace!Bob

    • rdf

      Late life “conversions” are a common occurrence. The psychological reasons have been studied since St. Augustine.There is no point in arguing with such people. Their psychological need as death becomes more possible is the underlying cause.The promise of an afterlife becomes irresistible. Save your breath…

    • whm99

      What a load of crap. There is no other god than Zeus! Anne, it’s all fiction. Make believe. You know, like a trashy novel.

    • BOB

      I would have to reply to the unfortunate few non believers who i presume believe in nothing! Well i think that you do and are believers of a certain faith and boy does you belief need faith because it has some seriously flawed logic but hey its you funeral! LOL Do then atheists believe in evolution? Did we come from monkeys who in turn came from birds that came from reptiles that came from sea creatures that came from a cell in a pool of water that came from a planet that came from an EXPLOSION? I mean to date i have not seen any type of explosion that did not tear, reap, and shred an object apart. An Explosion is pure chaos and yet atheist argue that order came and formed out of chaos, a severe explosion through chance brought gave birth to what they call life here! Very misguided thought indeed but this argument will not be finished her, today or tomorrow! Some will

    • John Alexander

      Remarkable are these personal thoughts you share of your faith in Jesus Christ. Thanks for sharing your faith. My prayer is that you and all those who have an “ear to hear,” may be mightily blessed over Easter.Indeed…He’s alive for evermore!

    • dapetey

      Right… So who cares if there is an almighty alien creature playing puppetmaster with our destinies? The point is to keep it out of politics, and we’ve failed at that. “Jesus this, and Jesus that.” Give me a break. Focus on issues.

    • AR Fan

      Good for you, Ann Rice. I’m happy that you have found that which makes you happy. Interestingly enough (or not), I have come to the opposite conclusion after years of study myself.

    • John

      It is so sad to see such delusional states of mind amongst seemingly intelligent beings. I wonder if the brainwashing of childhood is the cause of such a transformation or the relentless barrage of the “faithful” attempting to convert any and all to their version of the God Delusion. I see no need to convince anyone of my belief. Since Islam is the last of the true religions, I must say with conviction La ilaha il Allah…. or fittingly translated as “there is no God….”Cheers

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    • winnie luzzi

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    • Bobbi Izlar

      I would like to say that religion is a genetic characteristic of probably over 50 percent of our population. It is not logical or provable or scientific, hence the word faith. If we look at history, it is also the single segrigating factor of our and all societies. Different faiths have always been irreconcilable and the source of hatred, war, prejudice. By the way, I did not say god, but religion or organized worship of a common faith. Logistically speaking, there are 4 major religions and thousands of smaller or sub-category religions. Your chance of getting it right if there is such a thing is less then 20%. In other words, 80% of the world religious population has to have it wrong. Do the math for yourself. I have to say that, I personally cannot see any intervening power in this world we live in. War, starvation, genocide, over population, desease, just watch the news. So if we have a god and his intent is not to improve our current condition. He could at least unit the faiths by presenting him/her/it self. I have to say, I don’t like the way the Christians portray god in the bible. First of all, his love is conditioned upon faith, as is salvation. In the old testimate he is revengeful and dominating. The way he is portrayed, he has too many human traits to be a god. Another problem I have with the Christians is the accountability for sin. According to the bible, any sin can and will be forgiven if faith and prayer for forgiveness are presented by the sinner. Of course most Christians have issues with this also. I thinks salvation or fear of dying is the carrot that drives Christianity. I say that Christianity would not exist without the promise of salvation. This is not unlike a woman that marries a man for his money. Conditional love.

    • Nick Weston

      “When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.” –Emo Philips”I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” –Stephen RobertsThe church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the churchMan created God in his image : intolerant, sexist, homophobic and violent.The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.

    • Nevermark66

      Belief is helpful to all of us, it simplifies the world. But when we forget or decide no longer to question our beliefs we lose something important. We forget that not everyone accepts our beliefs and also that it is within the realm of possibility that we are wrong. Good people often do bad things, small or great, when they lose sight that belief and reality are not the same. So believe what you want, but remain humble enough to be able to understand and tolerate other views.One reason I don’t believe the Bible is the incredible intolerance and religiously condoned violence throughout the Old Testament. While Christ in the New Testament seems to have been a very tolerant person not all the New Testament is.This problem with strong belief creating arrogance and intolerance is mirrored from the Old Testament in many people who claim to be “Christians” but don’t seem to have his tolerance and love for societies outcasts, poor, and sidelined members.Of course, strong belief in the Bible seems to be compatible with cherry picking the best teachings and examples from that book and leaving out the atrocities. That does not seem rational to me, but I am glad that good people are able to take the good and leave the bad and be better people for the inspiration they get from that book.

    • MIke

      “What a load of bunk! There is NO such thing as a ‘God’ – duh! No rational, sane, thinking person could possibly believe in this ‘invisible friend for grownups’ . I challenge ANYONE to prove that this so-called ‘divine’ entity exists. ANYONE at all! To believe in religion requires that you suspend your brain”Um. Okay. Name the forum you would like to have this debate but you will also have to defend the irrational, insane, non thinking position that everything came from absolutely nothing. I challenge you to prove this. I guarantee I can do a far better job at proving that the divine exists than you can the supernatural concept that everything can come from nothing.

    • newageblues

      Happy Hypocrites Day tomorrow, all you alcohol using, marijuana hating bigots.

    • eric

      I just wanted to say that faith is something that you have to pray for it is a gift that is constantly being pried from our hearts. Only God can give it and let you keep it. I remember footprints when I am on lacking in my faith or feel anxiety or depressed ‘it is than that I carried you my precious child. We must be child like in our trust and our kindness tword others. Simple not complex as the world tries to be so smart but fails to even make sence of anythiong with out God and Jesus Christ King of Kings seated at the right hand and every knee should bow as he is truley the only one deserving of worship.

    • Pam

      I am so happy to read that you have returned to faith. Please, then, give no more credit to Satan or glorify him and those things of evil and the occult. Continue to spread the news of Christ. Leave the vampires and other evils to the father of evil. God bless you.

    • Alice Blackhall

      Thank you for this beautiful and inspiring article. To see this on the front page of the internet is a joy. We are bombarded with so much of the opposite.I loved the way you wrote about coming back to your faith. I identify with you and thank you for this wonderful inspiration on the eve of Easter morning.God bless you. Alice

    • K Gayl

      Thank you Ann Rice for your witness to the Truth. Our GOD truly does have everything under control and is a God of love and mercy. But please know there will not be true peace on earth until Jesus/YAHUSHUA in Hebrew returns and before that will be the man of lawlessness, the imposter. Many will be deceived by him in the cause of “peace” and one world religion. YAHUSHUA/Jesus himself said he came with a dividing sword, separating parents from their children, etc., the true from the false. Do not be lulled into a false sense of peace. Light and darkness have nothing in common. Only in Jesus/YAHUSHUA is light. All other roads lead to hell. YAHUSHUA/Jesus himself said, “I am the truth, the light and the way. No one comes to the FATHER but by ME.”

    • Cliff Truman

      Beautiful thoughts, but one vital element is lacking. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become the children of God.” There is not one word about recognizing yourself as a lost sinner separated from God and that you personally accepted Christ by faith into your heart. That is what gives one eternal life. If you have not clearly done that at a moment of time in your life, you are still unsaved. Head knowledge of theological truths does not constitute salvation.

    • eric

      I just wanted to say that faith is something that you have to pray for it is a gift that is constantly being pried from our hearts. Only God can give it and let you keep it. I remember footprints when I am on lacking in my faith or feel anxiety or depressed ‘it is than that I carried you my precious child. We must be child like in our trust and our kindness tword others. Simple not complex as the world tries to be so smart but fails to even make sence of anythiong with out God and Jesus Christ King of Kings seated at the right hand and every knee should bow as he is truley the only one deserving of worship.

    • melinda

      Been there.

    • les

      God bless you Anne.Someday soon every tongue WILL confess that JESUS is LORD,CREATOR, and JUDGE.

    • Dale T.

      What a pleasant surprise to hear honest talk about one person’s doubts turned to faith. America once believed in Jesus and trusted Him. For this reason I believe that America is the great nation that it is. May we never shrink from the knowledge that Jesus was not just a historical person, but was savior of the World. May the world come to this saving knowledge.

    • Thad

      ” GOD is like the sun. You cannot look at it, but without it, you cannot look at anything else!”

    • Anonymous

      what crap!

    • m jackson

      It’s so exciting that Ms Rice now believes in Jesus… isn’t it? Why… it must be another miracle!?

    • Jorge

      Awesome that a respectable author as Anne Rice can declare her faith and speak of her experience beholding God and His word in an eloquent, public way. Somehow, I hope that cynics and Christian nay-sayers can suspend their unbelief during this season of Easter and experience what Rice describes as faith returning to her. Such faith in God can help us ordinary people to see hope towards a Peace and love for our neighbor that all of us Chrisitian and non alike agree is the pinnacle of our human aspirations.

    • Lane Adams

      wow, what a blessing to read this and see it’s link on the FRONT main part of my Google News. Thank you for adding our celebration of the Risen Lord!

    • getcentered

      End Worship! It’s funny to me how people would rather accept an easy answer for questions about our existence. I think it’s kind of lazy and self-righteous, but more and more these days I see people wanting the easy answers for everything.I believe in God but I do not try and assume I know what it is. Even our holidays like Christmas; our children connect the giving of presents to the birth of Jesus. At a time when their minds are most susceptible to influence, we tell them, the reason they get what they want is because of some God. My mom celebrated Christmas every year with tree and lights, but never connected the events to something chimerical. For her, GOD is LOVE and the best she could do was give LOVE to us so when we went out into the world we could understand it and pass it on.Religions are the political systems of the past.Just like TIME, GODS are man made. Deep down in every one of us IS a philosopher. Our society has grown ignorant to the fact that the Christian God is MYTH, just like the Greek Gods and Egyptian Gods.The concept of GOD today is mostly a politically exploitable inveterate of society which distracts us from using our MOST POWERFUL philosophical minds. Get back to being a philosopher.

    • Santa

      It’s so sad to read what most people on here left comments about. Anne if you had written a very dark and graphic article instead of the honest one about God, these responses would have been very different and positive because most people in this world harbor darkness in their heart.

    • john comeaux

      Yaaaay! Someone is speaking up for the Good Guys! Thanks, Anne Rice.

    • Ben

      In a perfect world, we would all accept the core of Jesus’ message, namely, “love thy neighbor as thyself”, and leave it at that. The problem though, in that the real world, we can’t just leave it at that because everyone has their own fervent beliefs in this or that. And it seems to me that with any fervent belief system, whether it be political, religious, etc., always seems to lead people back to the age-old habit of grouping their fellow man into Them and Us…which inevitably leads to conflict, disagreements, and ultimately, death. Maybe it’s just humanity’s nature – a left-over trait that benefited us in the age of tribes and cavemen, but unfortunately which leads to conflict and wars nowadays…

    • Danusha Goska

      Anne Rice, thank you so much for your excellent, articulate, simple, humble, and true essay on your faith.

    • tt12

      I believe in One Everliving who originated and created this Universe out of nothing and whatever is in, came in, or gone.

    • Unkadon

      “. . .Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil.2:9-11) Soon, very soon pilgrims. . .

    • Tim

      ELOQUENT!!! The gospel is so simple but some cannot grasp it. Isn’t that how Jesus said it would be? I am glad for those who can share their faith with others in an open and sincere way.Thank you Anne,Tim

    • Sword Of The Lord

      ‘I’m driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, “George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.” And I did, and then God would tell me, “George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …” And I did. And now, again, I feel God’s words coming to me, “Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East.” And by God I’m gonna do it.’”

    • Exeterite

      “He?”God is a “he?”Who knew that God had genitalia!! But why start with that absirdity, when dear, dear Ms. Rice’s post is so fraught with them. I believe in a force that knits the universe together physically, but that force likely has no penis.

    • Steve

      I believe in the flying spaghetti monster, too.

    • Anthony Austin

      What a nutcase.

    • Sportin’ Life

      Ugh.No wonder our country is so messed up. A huge percentage of Americans are, essentially, children who believe literally in fairy tales.The world needs sane, strong, capable, rational people to make sure justice is done here on earth as well as we humans are able to achieve it.The self-righteous, self-focused, self-aggrandizing, self-deluded “saved” are dead weight, at best. Often, they’re the ones creating problems through their fanaticism and zealotry in the first place.It’s as embarrassing as it is depressing.

    • Martin

      why is this on the front page of my google news? terrible

    • Vince

      Well, like George Carlin said: I prefer to worship the Sun, he brings me warmth, light, food, and the occasional skin cancer, but at least I can see it.

    • Mona

      And Jesus invented vampires why? Riddle me that ms rice

    • Harriet

      What I want to know is what did Anne Rice do with the time machine she used to go back in time in order to formulate this pre-Enlightenment crock of infantile self-delusion and incurious capitulation to fairytales?

    • Get real!

      Steve, “What is this bunch of crap? Why are were polluting perfectly good news sites, with your religious spewings? Keep it in church, we don’t want to hear about it, mixed on perfectly good news sites.”~~~~~~~~~~~~~This is an On Faith site, is it not?? I guess I am wondering why anyone would go to a “faith” base web site and be surprised to see faith based articles.

    • Ken

      This article is a Sermon in and of itself. It is easy to hear or read , but to apply with Faith/Trust/Honesty each day is the “kicker” and , for me, seems to be the perverbal double edged sword. Knowing and doing must converge and GOD, through HIS Son , Jesus , offers this so plainly, simply , without judgement and to me it is that “no brainer” that I just weave in and out of for some reasons that I cannot put my fingers on. Thank you so much for this, I am so , personally, glad I saw it on my homepage to check out. It now has me thinking of the next steps and how I may also help others that are” in the same boat” with me.

    • Amora

      Anne,Thank you for your eloquent post. You could not have put it better.Thank you, Ami

    • Casey C

      I’m offended that that the Washington Post and Newsweek would allow you to write an article like this. I certainly respect your beliefs, but I think that this is an unfair and inappropriate forum to express such beliefs. I understand that this an editorial and you have probably worked many years to place yourself in such an influential position to be able to write such articles at will without questions, but I find it to be a manipulation of power. All editorials are opinionated, but they are based off of aruments derived from fact. It astonishes me that you can use the word faith to back your opinion in an otherwise neutral and well-respected publication. I would expect to read or hear about this at a republican convention or on a Sunday morning preacher show.Your article solidifies all of theories out there that the media is nothing more than a puppet that is mastered by our current administration. If the media really was interested in addressing real issues backed by facts or theories from fact, they wouldn’t allow such a lofty and weak article to be published for the masses to read. You have the right as an American to express your beliefs, but you also have the responsibility as a member of the media to suppress your theological beliefs and write from fact.

    • Mona

      This link was on Google News in the ENTERTAINMENT section…..that’s why all of us heathens were allowed to read it.

    • Christ is the answer

      Jim, “To the critical Christians: Are you kidding me? Your going to nit pick and take issue with conceptual differences? How about praying that she remain strengthened in her faith in Jesus?”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!What wise counsel you give. Too bad people won’t adhere to it.

    • Max

      Nice, but if you listen closer you’ll see the “sleigh of hand” or “ruse” being committed here, namely that “Belief in God does not necessitate belief in Jesus”! Belief in “…the God who could make the Double Helix and the snow flake, the God who could make the Black holes in space…” applies to every faith, and you can easily conclude (with this very same ‘ruse’) that Moses or Mohammed or even the Dalai Lama, is the true prophet, and hence all their teachings are supreme. Listen carefully and be fully cognizant of what the preacher/author is concluding.

    • Josiah Wartak

      Anne,

    • Fred

      I also believe.

    • Anonymous

      Casey C:Ohh AND I don’t think atheist really exist, but people who don’t know much of philosophy, are usally call atheists by those who are very “religious”.I belive in philosophy.It”s funny to me how people would rather accept an easy answer for questions about our existence. I think it’s kind of lazy and self-righteous, but more and more these days I see people wanting the easy answers for everything.I believe in God but I do not try and assume I know what it is. Even our holidays like Christmas; our children connect the giving of presents to the birth of Jesus. At a time when their minds are most susceptible to influence, we tell them, the reason they get what they want is because of some God. My mom celebrated Christmas every year with tree and lights, but never connected the events to something chimerical. For her, GOD is LOVE and the best she could do was give LOVE to us so when we went out into the world we could understand it and pass it on.Religions are the political systems of the past.Just like TIME, GODS are man made. Deep down in every one of us IS a philosopher. Our society has grown ignorant to the fact that the Christian God is MYTH, just like the Greek Gods and Egyptian Gods.The concept of GOD today is mostly a politically exploitable inveterate of society which distracts us from using our MOST POWERFUL philosophical minds. Get back to being a philosopher.

    • Johhna

      I am in my 50s. I never believed in this god-jesus-bible nonesense. Never. It just seemed so preposterous, so contrived, so obviously the result of human story-telling. No matter how much I have tried, I simply know at the core that I can never believe it.Why, if god-jesus-invisible ghost exists, would the all-powerful creator fail to endow me with the ability to believe, particularly when such belief is presumably a pretext to “salvation”? What kind of a sick, twisted, sadistic omniscient being predicates the difference between eternal salvation and eternal suffering on the ability to believe, while depriving one of the very faculty which makes the ability to believe possible?

    • Ruben Hernandez

      Anne Rice…your faith is a source of strength and joy for all us. Thank you for so eloquently reminding us of His love for the human family.

    • Eric Stubbs

      Wow, there are still people out there that believe in fairy tales and imaginary friends?

    • Evans Narh

      Thank you for your words. It is reassuring to hear such views again and again. In this world where it sometimes seams that being a christian is without rewards, where everyone thinks more of the material things more than things of God, such words recandle our love for the lord. Thank you again and keep on the good work.

    • reading and laughing

      It’s hilarious to see all these atheists react with such horror….horror, like a vampire seeing sunlight – at someone simply posting their religious views….like a fundementalist creationist who can’t stand to here someone talk about evolution….like the shrill reaction of the ADL to “The Passion” movie…what are you so afraid of? after all, it gives you the perfect opportunity to spew your ‘flying spagetti monster” beliefs (could you all think of a new analogy that one is rather tiresome).

    • StanG

      Hear ye, hear ye. The Lord, your God, Creator of the Heavens and of the Earth, of Good and yes, Creator of Evil, hat spoken unto ye. Listen and have faith in the Lord …Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

    • Ray in Charlotte, NC

      Blech. Anne, who really cares about your writing anymore? Now all you do is pander to the masses with your pablum. What a waste your prose has become.

    • Mark

      How wonderful to see Washington Post online finally presenting someone in defense of Christianity who actually seems to be a genuine believer Christ.Anne has told us about her experience of the God who is there. Many responses have focused on our so-called rational ability to decide for ourselves whether something beyond ourselves exists, and if so what are its bounds and characteristics.Do you who argue this way see the incoherence of it? If man decides that man is the measure of all things, that violates the most basic scientific principle. Would you trust a piece of test If God exists, we can only know him so far as he chooses to reveal himself. If you summarily shut out the testimony of all who claim to have experienced this revelation, you will have only yourself to blame if you miss the most important fact of our existence, that we exist by and for something/someone far beyond our natural horizon. Others refuse to make distinctions among Theistic claims, saying that if one concept of God is bad, then all are equally so. Still others come to the opposite conclusion, saying that any claim that one particular concept of God is uniquely true is to be discounted out of hand. The irrational character of both these assertions is self-evident.If God is there (and I know he is), and you really want to know Him as he is, then look for signposts in this world that point you beyond it. This does not require you to discard your reason. Faith is not against reason, but above it- and working in harmony with it.Faith is not irrational belief against all evidence, or something proposed and adhered to arbitrarily. These are modern caricatures of it. The Christian concept of faith is not mere belief, but believing and trusting IN something or someone, namely Jesus Christ. Faith has an object, adhered to by the heart, but presented to the mind. The mind grasps this object and comprehends it with reason.My faith is irretrievably interwoven with my rational apprehension of the world, because faith is a predicate applied to the whole person. Which of us can really separate our reason from other aspects of our being? Can you do that in how you love your children, how you fulfill your sex drive, or how you choose a career path?For the Christian, reason is not god, but that does not make us irrational. I mentioned signposts above, that point us to a reality beyond us. The Bible is one such signpost. Have you applied your reason to understanding and assessing it, to comparing it against other so-called holy books?Or have you given it cursory consideration, arriving quickly at conclusions about in consonance with the world view you have acquired through a complex of causes? Answer yourself honestly. How much have you REALLY considered the world view presented by the Bible? It’s much easier to just conclude that we’re all madmen and brain-dead, we who claim to believe the Bible. To be sure, there are many Christians who lend support to that conclusion, but there are MANY who do not. Do you consider this evidence as well in your assessment of Christianity, that many otherwise sane, rational, intelligent, well-adjusted people are convinced that the Bible is true?The signposts are there, and Anne Rice is merely one more. You may ignore them at your ease, but it will also be to your great loss and peril. I tell you the Bible is true. Look into it.

    • Bob

      Wow,this is one of the clearest, most lucid and candid comments on faith that I have ever read. I believe the first line is the most telling: faith really is that simple and that complex. And in a world such as we live in, why are we, as believers so hesitant to talk, share and display our faith. I have no agenda, no desire to attack others for their belief system. A God of love must have given us the ability to talk in a non-threatening way of Him and His message of love. Anne’s article renews the belief inside of me that I can spread Christ’s command to love thy neighbors as effectively as she can. Thanks. Christ is risen indeed!

    • Este P

      If Jesus exists, then he and his father have done an absolutely terrible job in creating the heavens and the earth. I mean, is it so freaking difficult for an omniscient master of time and space to refrain from introducing into “his” creation, oh, say, cleft palate? What an incompetent, bumbling nincompoop.

    • Shane Snyder

      Anne -Thank you for your post. I simple, humble and clear testimony of the true gospel message. “Love you enemies”. Indeed, we need to pray to those who were offended by the gospel message. They are the enemies of Jesus. Not enemies in wordly combatant terms, rather folks who still walk in darkness. We cannot overcome them with our words or arguments. Only through the Spirit will they recieve the same enlightenment Ms. Rice so eloquently posted earlier. Let us pray they are touched in the same way Anne Rice was on that afternoon in 1998.Blessings and Happy Easter

    • Evans Narh

      Thank you for your words. It is reassuring to hear such views again and again. In this world where it sometimes seams that being a christian is without rewards, where everyone thinks more of the material things more than things of God, such words recandle our love for the lord. Thank you again and keep on the good work.

    • Enzo

      Mike said, “Um. Okay. Name the forum you would like to have this debate but you will also have to defend the irrational, insane, non thinking position that everything came from absolutely nothing. I challenge you to prove this. I guarantee I can do a far better job at proving that the divine exists than you can the supernatural concept that everything can come from nothing.”So Mike thinks atheists believe everything came from nothing. Huh? And by sticking a god in there somehow answers where everything came from, ignoring, of course, the absolutely obvious question: where did god come from? Lose the god, and keep asking the tough questions. How did the universe get started? Stop relying on your imaginary friend for the answers.

    • Anne

      Ann,Thank you for so beautifully demonstrating that the limitations of human knowledge necessarily proves the existence of an invisible man who lives in outer space, and who loves me … who really, really loves me.Now, can we please attack Iran?

    • Simon

      This is scary, that people believe stories that were written thousands of years ago and base their life and belief system on them. There is a total lack of historical evidence to support the Gospel stories, and the Bible as a whole. Religion does not free you, it binds you and blinds you.

    • John N

      While I was reading this article, I kept thinking how difficult it is at times to really keep trusting Jesus – Thank You Ms. Rice – I have found my lenten message from Jesus in your article – Your faith has brought a light into my world -

    • believer

      Thank you, Anne. Your writing came at just the right time for me. I’ve been grieving a terrible situation…. and you reminded me that God is bigger than any difficulty we may encounter. God bless you.

    • Steve

      AnneAll I have to say is “Welcome to the Family of God”. I’m so glad you found him. I know you have hurt deep in your heart seeking why but he was always patiently waiting for you to seek him. He is a God of Love and will now be with you always. No one can take away His gift of eternal life that Hee has given you and you will never lose it.Now seek his Spiritual Gift that the Holy Spirit has given you to use for HimA Spiritual Gift is a God given assignment, capacity, and desire to perform a function within a body of Christ with supernatural joy, energy, and effectiveness.I Peter 4:10Congratulations again on finding HimS.W

    • Gene R Hall

      You believe as i do christ is my hope of life here after and i will dwell in his house forever God bless you. Your brother in christ jesus Gene Hall

    • Ogbazghi Sium

      Hi Anne,The LORD God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Christ bless you and keep you strong in your faith. As you opened your heart and shared your faith in the LORD and His Christ, you will likely be reducled by scoffers. But as you stand up to such reducle your faith will be strengthened to new level. Thank you for sharing your testimony to the Lord Jesus. I was very edified as I read it.Ogbazghi Sium

    • Shane Snyder

      God So Loved The WorldGod so loved the world that he gave his only Son.

    • Paul (no, not THAT one)

      Thought of a few things as I was reading through the responses–might be helpful to some folks here.First off, religion is created by humans–it’s important to remember this, especially for those of us who are religious, for “all fall short of the glory of God.” Many religions (and people) are too arrogant to recognize this.It may be true, however, that religions point to the same reality: a God that is too “large” to be comprehended by humans. The image of the blind men describing the elephant comes to mind: one thinks that it’s like a tree because he feels its leg, one think’s it’s like a hose because he feels its trunk, and so on. All of them have a piece of the truth; none of them has the whole truth. Humility is always in order–and it’s a key attribute, I think, of those who follow God.I’ve heard it said that the opposite of faith isn’t doubt, it’s certainty. That makes sense to me: as soon as you’re certain, especially for someone else, you set yourself up as God.When I read C. S. Lewis’s *Mere Christianity* a few years ago, it became obvious to me that the call of God to us (or at least me) was to give my all for God. That raised a couple of very interesting questions for me. First, does this God-thingy exist at all, or have we as humankind been fooling ourselves for thousands of years? Second, if this God-thingy exists, can it be trusted? I’d submit that these are among the most important theological questions, and they caused me quite a crisis.I asked some people (including a minister who I regard highly), but I couldn’t reason out an answer. Then, a couple of months later, I, like Ann Rice, realized that the questions weren’t important to me anymore. That was the beginning of my faith. The questions weren’t answered, but that didn’t matter. I was able to believe, and, more importantly, to trust.I’m not Eastern Orthodox (I’m a devout Episcopalian–such creatures DO exist), but I deeply appreciate some of the ways the Orthodox look at the world and God. For instance, their theology has a wonderful sense of mystery that’s lacking in most Western theology. As an example, the question of what happens during the consecration of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ can’t be answered, so there’s no need for theories of transubstantiation, consubstantion, etc.–nor the schisms that result from those questions. And they tend not to separate the Crucifixion and the Resurrection…through those acts, God redeemed ALL of creation–not just humankind, not just believers. While Orthodox believe that salvation exists in the Church, they leave the question of the salvation of those outside the Church to God. Would that Western Christians would do the same.A priest I know who was a counter-intellegence officer during Vietnam defines evil as “causing someone pain or suffering in order to get them to do what you want them to do.” He goes on to give a small example of evil: giving someone the silent treatment. Is there anyone over the age of 8 who hasn’t done this to someone? This example shows that we’re all capable of evil.I don’t know how to explain evil (nor suffereing from other causes), but I think that part of it has to do with free will. It seems to me that, for whatever reason, God prefers allowing us free will–to be independent beings, making our own decisions–to not allowing evil acts. I’m not sure I agree, but God didn’t ask me (“Where you you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Speak, mortal!”)My experiences have convinced me that God is all-loving, and always forgiving. This should not be surprising: in the Christian story, we kill God, and God forgives us anyway. I don’t know what to do with the images of God in Scripture that imply otherwise, except to remember that all Scripture, even if divinely inspired and profitable for study and instruction, was written by humans from a human perspective. The humans didn’t always get it exactly right. For instance, neither Paul nor Jesus explicitly condemns slavery, even though we know that it’s wrong nowadays. Why? They were human (especially Paul!) and probably couldn’t conceive of a world without slavery–perhaps the thought never occurred to them. In the same way, perhaps the idea of a God who loves all of creation unconditionally never occurred to many of the folks who wrote Scripture. But we’re not limited by Scripture: we can use the traditons of the Church and our own experience and reason to come to a better understand of who we are and who we shoudl be.What about the reality of the Resurrection? Well, I sure don’t know what happened. Look at the Resurrection narratives in the Gospels. They’re plain old weird. Jesus appears to the disciples and walks and talks with them, but although they were his constant companions for years, they don’t recognize him until they sit down to eat and break the bread. At that point, Jesus mysteriously disappears. In other narratives, he shows up mysteriously in locked rooms. On the other hand, he eats–and invites St. Thomas to touch his wounds so that he might believe. The only thing I can say is that the disciples and others clearly experienced it, whatever it was–so I believe in that mystery too.Peace be with you all, regardless of your beliefs or path.Paul

    • Jesus is Human not God

      Jesus is Human.How can a Human be a God!If human’s fight on earth, why then, they would fight in the sky.There is not evidence of God’s fighting.Therefore, there is either no God orThere is one God!Why would God be 3, father, son and spirit!This world has too many repetitive things at the same time each is different.No way that happened by itself.Therefore, there is a God.God is only one.Wake up and stop being lost.Believe in one God, the one who really is a God.The God who really can create and do things.Jesus was just human. Humans don’t fly.Do you think that if there is a God,And God is only one,Do you think that God needs.Having a Son is a need. That is only human.If you have everything, why do you need a Son.that he would creat us for play?or that he created us to put us in a real test.A test that if we pass, we would be rewarded.If he would appear before us, the test would be broken.The true test is for him to not appear, but give us all the signs.The sign of his creations.Remember, God is one, does not need a son.However, he would like us to pass the test.So he sends us Mohammad, Why would he choose Jesus to be the favorite and make him a SON ?????????????He is just a man ….wake up … how lost can you beAnd if you think that there is no heaven and no hell ..well .. may be you are ok .. there is no reason to live .. why don’t you kill your self .. because life is not that much fun anywaysbut if there is a God .. well have you done your homework ????Have you done your Job ???Can you get money without working ???Can you learn without going to school or reading a book or watching the environment ???were is your mind ???Do you think this life is a Game? Who’s game is it? If so,God or yours?

    • Big AL

      Please stop making money out of religion it’s a grotesque abuse of the poor vulnerable souls who feel the need to believe in this fantasist nonsense and shame on the Post for giving this nut job a platform to do so.

    • Monte

      There seems to be a general spiritual awakening at work which is pulling all people to making individual decisions what or who to put their faith in. Some choose money, some choose the environment, some choose Budahism, Islam, New Age religion,or satanic magic. Each will choose which god he wishes to put his trust in to save him. I, personally have returned to Jesus, for many of the same reasons as Anne described.

    • Jim Edwards

      Are you a Zionist? Let me re-phrase that:Do you believe every historical reference in the Bible, like the mythical Exodus. Or are you, like all other Christians selective of what you choose, and don’t choose to believe in?Oh and just to burst your bubble:

    • Clay Johnson

      I, too, had a similar experience after almost 30 years of being a spiritual seeker and apostate. I realized in 2000 what I had been experiencing for so long was the Holy Spirt knocking on my door to return to the faith of my upbringing. The amount of joy which it brought into my life is immeasurable. I thank God every day for what he has done for me and my family. I know like yourself that I can never convince anyone that my experience is not a delusion or an abdication of reason, but that really doesn’t matter. I know that the saying is true that before I loved God that He loved me first.

    • Bill Coffman

      This is simple and beautiful and exactly what the universe of intellectuals and literati need to hear. It is not the history of Christianity or the sectarian disputes or the theological quandararies but the words of the Gospels themselves and the Jesus to be found there in which we can find the Answer to all of the questions that life flings at us. It is not the stuff of Christianity we need but Christ himself. She is exactly right.

    • Jesus is not a God

      Jesus is Human.How can a Human be a God!If human’s fight on earth, why then, they would fight in the sky.There is not evidence of God’s fighting.Therefore, there is either no God orThere is one God!Why would God be 3, father, son and spirit!This world has too many repetitive things at the same time each is different.No way that happened by itself.Therefore, there is a God.God is only one.Wake up and stop being lost.Believe in one God, the one who really is a God.The God who really can create and do things.Jesus was just human. Humans don’t fly.Do you think that if there is a God,And God is only one,Do you think that God needs.Having a Son is a need. That is only human.If you have everything, why do you need a Son.that he would creat us for play?or that he created us to put us in a real test.A test that if we pass, we would be rewarded.If he would appear before us, the test would be broken.The true test is for him to not appear, but give us all the signs.The sign of his creations.Remember, God is one, does not need a son.However, he would like us to pass the test.So he sends us Mohammad, Why would he choose Jesus to be the favorite and make him a SON ?????????????He is just a man ….wake up … how lost can you beAnd if you think that there is no heaven and no hell ..well .. may be you are ok .. there is no reason to live .. why don’t you kill your self .. because life is not that much fun anywaysbut if there is a God .. well have you done your homework ????Have you done your Job ???Can you get money without working ???Can you learn without going to school or reading a book or watching the environment ???were is your mind ???Do you think this life is a Game? Who’s game is it? If so,God or yours?

    • Anonymous

      I wish I could “return to Christ” all of the awful Anne Rice books I’ve purchased over the years. Give me a break.

    • Cynthia Smith

      Anne has put into words, what I have been trying to say, but not skilled to put into words…It is a much needed gift given to me on this Easter weekend. A reflection of what he is to be in all of our lives and a reminder that I will trust in my Lord.

    • matthew

      Dear Anne Rice:Reading through the posts -I notice so many are personally inspired by your words.Please write a book of meditations. So many need a daily word or in times of trial seek comfort in uplifting meditations. I often take little books of insight to our Children Hospital’s Critical Care waiting room. They are always picked up and treasured. Thanks for being brave enough to share your heart.

    • Apikores

      This is what happens when you spend your entire life writing about imaginary fantasy characters…you eventually start to believe one is real. At least you’re not worshipping vampires…

    • Brenda

      Thank you Lord You have risen!!! I am here to say that YES my Lord is alive and well, He is living inside me! No matter what the struggles i may have each day i know that God will never leave me; but He is making me stronger and stronger. And as i carry my cross each day; i ask the Lord to never cut a piece off of it. I want to carry it no matter how heavy the load, because i know that when i come to a valley and need to walk over it my cross is there to help me along!!! God is good, and He has brought me out of bondage and sin. I am still a baby Christian but Praise the Lord i am alive with HIM!!! HAPPY EASTER!

    • KJM

      Ms.Anne Rice,

    • John Galt

      Okay fine. But can’t you do this somewhere else?

    • KJM

      Ms.Anne Rice,

    • D E

      I thought this was a tasteful article. I have found a similarly tasteful blog recently, and I would encourage those who appreciate open-mindedness in the realm of religious discourse to check it out. If nothing else it is worth the read for the fairness it treats the subject.

    • Lucien Beauley

      I’m not versed in all the geological locations mentioned in the Bible, I believe the Word and its Truth and mainly John 3:16 that God loves the world and all salvation is through Jesus Christ and I believe that along with my family.

    • Amy

      For I know that my redeemer liveth and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: Job 19:25

    • Mike Spenard

      Jesus saves, as the mind withdraws.

    • tashekor

      Does the world need to come together in a common spirit of love and compassion? Yes. Does Ms. Rice’s faith conversion hasten that moment? Who knows. Does she conveniently edit out the church’s abysmal history of achieving the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth? Absolutely. Hard to trust what has achieved the opposite.

    • just asking

      I have a question for all you Richard Dawking types who feel this should not be published in the WP or as ‘news’ should we then too, ban Dawkins, Sam Harris and his ilk? Or is it just any public religious expression that should be banned or ‘done somewhere else” as poster “john galt” (talk about a fanatical ‘religion’ objectivists called for (literally) nuking afghanistan)

    • frank marshall

      what a wonderful message. thank you, and enjoy Easter; Christ has risen. for those who doubt Christ. Explain how the human ear is formed and works as it does. a God does exist. and i think that Jesus is the son of that God. i have sent your message to my son and daughter. Thank you again…

    • Ed

      Thanks Anne: Trust is the most difficult human emotion, but one that will find us eternal life. Blessed Easter. Ed

    • Patricia S. Knutson

      Dear Anne Rice,

    • ed

      Why do you need, God, Christ, faith or any other form of control to ‘be a good person?’Are you suggesting that since I don’t believe in Christ; I am less informed than you, or just plain wrong? Why am I the ‘lost’ one; when you have to give up rational thought to achieve faith? Why is your religion better than any other? Why do you just say;And then feel now that you believe in God that;Yeah, everything does get easier when you give up critical thinking for being laziness.Humanity doesn’t require religion; that should be enough proof.

    • Ry

      Amen Sister! Meet you in heaven on faith with Jesus My Savior, My God, My Redeemer, My Friend, Three in One

    • bongo

      Hallejuah! She just sold another copy of new book and the paperback of the old one!!Just in time for Easyter, too.Hallejuah!!

    • Simon

      Anne, how do you know that your religion is more valid than the thousands of other religions in the world, and that it is not a myth? What evidence do you have? Let’s take a look at what the “Lord” has done in your life, quoting your story:”It transformed my existence completely; it changed the direction of the journey I was traveling through the world.” -Yes, if you confine yourself to reading the Bible, praying, going to church, and trying to conform to biblical commands, I think it would tend to change the direction you are going. But do we need to believe in mythical stories to change our lives?”On the afternoon in 1998 when faith returned, I experienced a sense of the limitless power and majesty of God that left me convinced that He knew all the answers to the theological and sociological questions that had tormented me for years.” -I believe this is similar to what happens when a child is reading a story or watching a movie that takes their mind into a fantasy land. Another example is a dream. The mind produces all kinds of strong feelings when you’re believing a fantasy. The feelings don’t correspond to reality. You are basing your entire belief system on such feelings!!Anne, how can you believe such things in an age when you have all the means at your disposal to think rationally and obtain all kinds of information? I’m sorry that you plunged back into the Christian myth. It was created long ago by religious leaders who exploited followers for their own gain. And now, 1900 years later, you are letting them bamboozle you again? You should know better.

    • John Galt

      Nuke Afghanistan? Uh, no. Instead, let’s send all our bible thumpers there to liven the place up.

    • Black Sheep

      And your personal reason for being a religious fanatic is?God is certainly real, no argument there. Now if you can manage to put aside all that you’ve been told about what God is, and go back to that experience and see only what you really saw and not what you added in, then you’ll understand. Right now you don’t. You’re still trying to make physical, concrete sense of the ineffable and that’s like trying to spray a coat of house paint on a cloud.

    • Ben

      stupid article. your faith is ridiculous. use your brain and suspend belief.

    • Fred

      OK what Anne writes about has nothing to do with the church or Christ.The bible is the only source to learn the last will and testament of Christ and there’s nothing about this spontaneous “returning” to Christ to be found.You must hear or read the word. Believe it. Repent, and be baptized. Then live faithfully unto death and you willl receive a crown of life.There’s no sinners prayer or interleading of the holy spirit. Read God’s word instead of making up this emotional denominational mumbo jumbo.The catholic church and it’s history is no reflection of the church Christ purchased with His blood on the day of Pentacost.His kingdom was and is alive today. It is the church (comprised of the churches) or Christ. Seek one out that is sound and learn the truth instead of ever learning yet never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.

    • Ry

      Amen Sister! Meet you in heaven on faith with Jesus My Savior, My God, My Redeemer, My Friend, Three in One

    • Jack

      Puuuleeeze. Take 2 marshmallow easter eggs and call me in the morning.

    • Marci

      Thank you, Anne! Your words are eloquent and honest. A true experience with Christ is life changing. You are right, He is beyond reason–yet so worth reaching out to in this life! I am forwarding your thoughts to my kids. How wonderful to find this in Google News today!

    • Ian

      I don’t get it.Why are you picking on this one historicalMany humans over the ages have realized the divinity in their own brains/heads.Why are you singling out this particular one of Jesus ??Give the guy a break……….

    • Janet V

      I am not Christian, but I do fervently believe we can all get along. I applaud Ms. Rice for saying what she believes, and why. We should all of us, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu and Pagan alike, know why we believe what we do. An unexamined life is not worth living, and an unexamined faith is not worth believing.

    • jon

      Brethren- Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and Truth.Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”, that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

    • Christian

      Thank you for your thoughts. Reading through the posts I guess I found it interesting that so many people seem so concerned about what you believe and whether or not you should. Thanks for presenting your perspective in a way that helps me understand where you are coming from.

    • The Viking

      Ms. Rice makes the point that she will not change her mind on the subject of Christ being a deity, and, by her own admission, does not expect by her article to change the mind of anyone holding an opposing viewpoint. I accept her views describing the nature of immutable, unsubstantiated belief and share them. But why then is she writing about her unwavering theory publicly? If no discussion is possible, and I heartily agree that is true, what possible value is there in her discussing it? To make herself feel better about being, in a word, closed-minded (I do sort of get it that Ann is made rapturously happy by the concept of a God-man)? Is she actually writing to exhort fellow Christians to yet more evangelical fervor as she claims??? I cannot believe this is actually possible, one of this fabulously creative Christian culture is the leader of the FREE WORLD for a little longer and has invaded other NATIONS killing hundreds of thousands (go ahead, question my numbers if it makes you feel better) of CIVILIANS based on his conversations with GOD for Christ’s sake (not blasphemy in this context, surely,) and I do not actually believe that this is Ms. Rice’s actual mission in any event -though, perhaps, she is this callow? I know real estate agents who are likewise extraordinarily faithful.I’m not the first one to question the unspoken precept that a divided culture coexisting with two totally divergent worldviews is even a remote possibility, for uncountable people throughout history have scratched their (heads) and yawned when foreign, “Christian” missionaries showed up with boxes of bras and bibles. What those now absent people fatally overlooked was that the missionaries were inevitably followed, accompanied by, or were themselves armed men who weren’t content to simply agree to disagree as Ms. Rice apparently believes our happy divided culture should proceed. Those of us who think at all are well aware of the inevitable fate of the non-believers so you will forgive me if her cheerful tone does not stir paroxysms of joy in me. God may, as Ms. Rice suggests, be with every single soul, but CLEARLY he treats some of these souls FAR more cavalierly than others even to the point of vaporizing children (I missed that part in Matthew, but I’m confident it’s there somewhere. The Bible and the God-man myth has been written and rewritten many times by many people for nothing more divine than their own ends*. Many busy hands are scratching out, “Thou Shalt Not Kill” and writing, “Thou Shalt Not Do Murder” even as I write this. A small thing, perhaps, but if ever there was an immutable precept, surely this is (was) the one.) I personally won’t ever blindly follow the same mistaken thinking that Ms. Rice enjoys, I hope you don’t either, though I wouldn’t deign to change anyone’s mind on the subject it’s just something I felt like writing at length about here… for no particular reason. I mean no harm by it, of course, so please don’t shoot or bomb me, God. Neighbor?The end is, indeed, near, dear friends, but the *end I refer to is my hairy, Irish ass, (I refer explicitly here to, Shamus, a gray, long-haired, useless, but lovable beast I acquired from a true-believer in Tipperary, lest any innocent party feel I was abusing their modesty by misusing the language.)

    • RPC

      Simon:You should apply the same standard, that you demand of the article, to yout post.That is, what evidence, and rational argument do you have to back up your argument that Christianity is false? Without evidence, or logic argument, your post is just merely an opinion, and not a piece of truth.

    • Gerry Pellegrino

      Thank you -

    • Barry Jones

      Anne Rice’s passion for her religion is undeniable, but she seems to conclude from her reconnection with Christ that all we need for a peaceful world is for all people to “believe and seek to trust” Christ as “billions” already do. The problem here as with all proselytizing religions is the absoluteness of the assumption that ours is the way not yours… not you billions who believe equally as fervently in your own paths to God.

    • Mark VanOuse

      Anne, that was simply beautiful. As a Christian myself, I was deeply touched by your wonderful and ongoing experience with the greatness, wonder and majesty of the Lord. Your encouragement to trust Him is refreshing. Indeed, trusting the Lord Jesus Christ is everything. Bless you, sister!

    • Adrian Bennett

      Praise the Lord! This article was an encouragement to me, and I am simply stunned to find it here. Jesus Christ is Lord and the Lord of my life. He has redeemed me and has always been faithful. God is so good! It is wonderful to read this article. Thank you, Ann, and God bless you.

    • David

      Thank You

    • jad

      Another courageous, hard-hitting, journalistic piece from the WaPo.

    • Bill

      Most criticism I hear aimed at Christianity centers around “how dare you say yours is the only way”. As a Christian, I admit it up front to be a fair and accurate statement. Christianity, based on the teachings of Christ, does indeed to claim to have the only way to God. What Anne says here, to me, is not that we need to go convince everyone else it is the only way, but rather that we need to live our own lives as if we believe it to be the only way. If we trust God and do that, then the world can judge for themselves. After all, God lets everyone make up their own mind; all we need to is live our lives as if we actually trust the God we claim to believe in.

    • cathy ellard

      HOW REFRESHING TO LOG ON MY COMPUTER AND SEE THIS MESSAGE AT THE TOP OF THE BOARD , INSTEAD OF THE TRIVIAL THINGS THAT ARE USUALLY FIRST AND FORMOST ….

    • Paul Kennedy

      “There’s a sucker born every minute and two born to take him (or her)!”

    • Simon

      RPC,No, you are mistaken, what awful logic. The burden of proof is on those who say Christianity is true, not those who say there is a lack of evidence for it.If I claim Martians are about to attack the Earth, can I say the doubters have to prove that I am wrong, that the burden of proof is on them?? If I make such an outlandish claim, surely the burden of proof is on me, not them.How convenient for you to simply put the burden of proof on those who question that there is any evidence for this mythical religion. The burden of proof is on you, RPC, because you claim this belief system is true without any evidence. Sorry I didn’t fall into your trap.

    • kme

      How the belief in any specific god or religion can survive globalization, I’ll never know. Even if you reject the athiest arguments, does it occur to you that there is someone in another country speaking another language, reading some other holy book who is as devout as you are about another god/prophet? Are you right and they’re wrong (and therefore damned) or are you both fantasizing? How many more wars should we have to iron this ridiculous argument out?Humanity will–of necessity to global peace and prosperity–inevitably outgrow this nonsense; everything else just perpetuate historical turmoil, suffering, and death.

    • Mothe sucker

      Posted on March 22, 2008 20:00 Paul Kennedy: “”There’s a sucker born every minute and two born to take him (or her)!””~~~~~~~~~~~~

    • No, God is not Jesus!

      Jesus is Human.How can a Human be a God!If human’s fight on earth, why then, they would fight in the sky.There is not evidence of God’s fighting.Therefore, there is either no God orThere is one God!Why would God be 3, father, son and spirit!This world has too many repetitive things at the same time each is different.No way that happened by itself.Therefore, there is a God.God is only one.Wake up and stop being lost.Believe in one God, the one who really is a God.The God who really can create and do things.Jesus was just human. Humans don’t fly.Do you think that if there is a God,And God is only one,Do you think that God needs.Having a Son is a need. That is only human.If you have everything, why do you need a Son.that he would creat us for play?or that he created us to put us in a real test.A test that if we pass, we would be rewarded.If he would appear before us, the test would be broken.The true test is for him to not appear, but give us all the signs.The sign of his creations.Remember, God is one, does not need a son.However, he would like us to pass the test.So he sends us Mohammad, Why would he choose Jesus to be the favorite and make him a SON ?????????????He is just a man ….wake up … how lost can you beAnd if you think that there is no heaven and no hell ..well .. may be you are ok .. there is no reason to live .. why don’t you kill your self .. because life is not that much fun anywaysbut if there is a God .. well have you done your homework ????Have you done your Job ???Can you get money without working ???Can you learn without going to school or reading a book or watching the environment ???were is your mind ???Do you think this life is a Game? Who’s game is it? If so,God or yours?

    • gz

      The message of the cross is foolishness…isn’t that what the Bible says? It is interesting that some people reading your article see it as exactly that. I, along with many others posted here, agree with this “foolishness”. It is a message that is spiritually discerned–which is what you seem to have described in your coming to know and understand that Jesus is the Christ.I would say to those who are considering your confession to be foolish to stop repeating what they’ve been taught and to consider “what if”.What if people would stop and consider that the message of Christ and relationship with Christ is to be received and understood on another level–in the heart–the place where all that matters, matters…By his stripes we are healed…

    • steve wells

      Ms Rice must have used a different set of books than the ones I have for her many years of historical research and study of the story of god and jesus. And just because billions, as she says, have believed the story does not make it true. There is not one shred of credible evidence that the jesus she professes to believe in ever existed, and if there is a god we know absolutely nothing about him or his nature. Everything christianity teaches about god and jesus is pure speculation.

    • Dave

      Don’t kid yourself. You and everyone else (including me) have a fundamental desire for belonging and acceptance. Christianity happens to be the biggest and baddest club out there and when the little clubs come along, you like to feel better about yourselves by calling them names (cults) and throwing fits and tantrums (brimstone and fire). Because you guys were the best at getting members here in America, you guys surely do feel better about yourselves. Not to say this doesn’t apply to the contrapositive! There are many out there who like to join the “let’s not believe in religion” group because it feels kewl to be part of that club because you feel as if you’re “different” but still “same” because you’re in a “different same” club! You see how it works?Btw, to assume that “atheists” and their “reason” are nothing like you religious folks, if you REALLY think hard about it, you will find that religious people are the worst culprits of using “reason” but their version of reason is a bit less refined and a bit more susceptible to flaws. Oh, and just because you say you have “triumphed” over this “reason”, does it make you feel better about yourself? Are you so petty as to seek affirmation through a response to some weird editorial rather than seeking GODS AFFIRMATION by actually doing something like going after those bad people that you are afraid to really write about for fear of retribution?

    • A fan

      Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed reading the erotica you wrote under the name A.N. Roquelaure. Talk about doing unto others and loving your enemies. Great stuff.

    • Proof via History

      Simon: “No, you are mistaken, what awful logic. The burden of proof is on those who say Christianity is true, not those who say there is a lack of evidence for it.If I claim Martians are about to attack the Earth, can I say the doubters have to prove that I am wrong, that the burden of proof is on them?? If I make such an outlandish claim, surely the burden of proof is on me, not them.There is no history to prove that there are Martins, however there is history that proves biblical happenings and occurences.martins do not count. That is a fer-fetched example.

    • Jim Lewis

      Thank you for sharing this clear commentary on personal faith.Althouth I haven’t written any books since my personal awakening, I have been privileged to share my faith on many occasions.How very kind of you to do so at this time.

    • Anonymous

      “Don’t kid yourself. You and everyone else (including me) have a fundamental desire for belonging and acceptance. Christianity happens to be the biggest and baddest club out there and when the little clubs come along, you like to feel better about yourselves by calling them names (cults) and throwing fits and tantrums (brimstone and fire).”What a crock, Christian did not write the bible. So anything regarding “fire and brimstone” needs to be taken up with the author of the same, God.Stop fasley accusing Chrisitan because you have a underlying anger at God for his method of judging certain sins and non-believers.

    • He has risen!

      steve wells, “Ms Rice must have used a different set of books than the ones I have for her many years of historical research and study of the story of god and jesus. And just because billions, as she says, have believed the story does not make it true. There is not one shred of credible evidence that the jesus she professes to believe in ever existed, and if there is a god we know absolutely nothing about him or his nature. Everything christianity teaches about god and jesus is pure speculation.”Nice try but no cigar! There is plenty of history to substantiate Christ birth, death, and resurrection.

    • Simon

      RPC,Keep believing that since it settles your conscience. I was a born-again Christian for 9 years before I opened my mind and woke up. I’ve seen the supposed “evidence”. Sorry, it doesn’t measure up. Only those inside the belief system hold the view that the Bible is all backed up by historical evidence. Unbiased secular scholars do not draw the same conclusion.

    • grt123

      A supernatural being that serves blood to his followers to whom Ann Rice is devoted — hmmmm

    • grt123

      A supernatural being that serves blood to his followers to whom Ann Rice is devoted — hmmmm

    • Bill

      Anne Rice is nothing more than the worst kind of Christian bigot. She insults decent Christians

    • Bernadette

      Anne

    • RWC

      Thank you, Anne. What a special thing to read this Easter-eve. Blessings to you!

    • JEFF

      I don’t understand why Ms. Rice limited God’s gift to us as “ONE of the greatest love stories”…I say it is THE greatest love story because no other love story provides salvation. Add the fact that Christ had to experience unimaginable emotional and physical pain to get through to us.

    • Truth speaks

      don distef: THIS MAN IS A JOKE AND A FRAUD!I AM A REPUBLICAN AND I WILL TAKE HILLARY AND BILL OFVER OBAMA OR MCCAIN ANY DAY.CHANGE IS THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE. NOT BS RHETORIC WITH NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE REAL POWERS OF OFFICE. OBAMA HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE IS DOING. WAKE UP!!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Truely spoken!

    • Michal

      I find it a nice article. Critical thinking is important to avoid fanaticism, however, I have a feeling that many readers commenting here fail to understand the concept of belief. Even the meaning of the word escapes them.

    • Curious

      Don, “Sounds like a great religion to me.”Me too. God doesn’t deny anyone, however he does despise the act of sin known as homosexuality.As far as women, I know of no rigths that God denies. please give examples.

    • Not so!

      stitt, “And if so, don’t be so unfair to others. How about Sasquatch?Other religions take up more space then Christianity. In fact, this is the first one based on belief in Christ that I haveseen posted here in a while. Its just like the non-blievers to cry and whine when a Christ ceneterd article is posted.

    • Anonymous

      Michal: “I find it a nice article. Critical thinking is important to avoid fanaticism, however, I have a feeling that many readers commenting here fail to understand the concept of belief. Even the meaning of the word escapes them.”**************Then by all means educate us, please.

    • man cat

      Most religions require obedience to ritual.Christianity is the only faith that transforms through belief in a personal Risen Messiah. It requires only faith and relationship.Anne Rice’s life is true witness to this. She has made an overwhelming (humanly impossible) change in her life. She is making worldly sacrifices- not through obedience to ritual or law but in response to her love of Jesus and his greater personal LOVE for her.Her experience brings Life to words-”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

    • Gloria

      Anne, thank you for writing. Your words reveal the truth in your heart. I also believe. Once you know how much our God loves each of us, we are never the same. It is that love that sustains us. God is with us! God bless the works of your hands!

    • Roxcy

      Janet V: “I am not Christian, but I do fervently believe we can all get along. I applaud Ms. Rice for saying what she believes, and why. We should all of us, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu and Pagan alike, know why we believe what we do. An unexamined life is not worth living, and an unexamined faith is not worth believing.”Janet, your post id good truth.

    • Matt

      An intersting article… I do have a question though…As background, I consider myself an agnostic. I was raised Presbyterian, attended church almost every Sunday with my family from childhood, attended a Presbyterian college. I made a transition to my agnostic beliefs over an 8 year period during the ages of 22-30.To the question – in your paragraph you speak of the complexities of the universe (“the double helix and the snowflake”, etc). I find that many people who profess to believe in God and Christ often use this reasoning as a basis for their faith. The fact that the universe and everything in it are so complex that the only explanation is that there is a supreme being responsible for creation. Have you considered an alternative explanation? That we as human beings, at this stage in our development, have yet to possess suffient knowledge to explain the answers to these complex questions. Questions like our existence, our purspose, where we came from? consider what we didn’t know 2000 years ago, or 1000 years ago, or even 500 years ago. We as human beings have a long way to go in our developement.I often wonder if we as humans lack the strength to accept the possible truth that we simply do not have the answers, and do not possess the capability to obtain that knowledge. And the millions of people who are not strong enough to live without knowing the answer rely on a 2000 year old faith.I am interested in your perspective.Thank you.

    • Melody L.

      I’m a little confused. Is this the same Anne Rice that wrote about vampires and sex between angels and people on earth? I’m glad that she found Christ again but I wonder does this mean she will not be writing about those subjects anymore? Its hard to reconcile how you believe in two different things.

    • Eeyore

      Anne, thank you so much for bestowing upon us this stupid, mushy pablum. And thank YOU, Washington Post, for descending to the level that you actually print it. I’m astonished. This is not one of your brighter days. You used to be a NEWSPAPER.

    • The old rugged cross still speaks to hearts

      Matt, “I often wonder if we as humans lack the strength to accept the possible truth that we simply do not have the answers, and do not possess the capability to obtain that knowledge. And the millions of people who are not strong enough to live without knowing the answer rely on a 2000 year old faith.”I agree with you to an extent, however that 2000 year old religion is beleived by most because personally we can attest to the basis of its truth in our lives.But yes, I beleive that we do not have all tha answers scientifically and there is much to be learn.

    • Lets be fair across the board

      Eeyore: “Anne, thank you so much for bestowing upon us this stupid, mushy pablum. And thank YOU, Washington Post, for descending to the level that you actually print it. I’m astonished. This is not one of your brighter days. You used to be a NEWSPAPER.”All beliefs have the right to have thir articles posted; entreat us, please.

    • Mr. Mike

      “I believe in [the tooth fairy]. It’s that simple and that complex. I cannot convince anyone of it by reason, anymore than a [dentist] can convince me, by reason, that there is no [tooth fairy].”

    • Eeyore

      “All beliefs have the right to have thir articles posted; entreat us, please.”Okay then! Let’s just devote the rest of the month to simpering statements of faith by Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Pagans, Bokononists, Rastafarians, Jainists, Shintoists, Zoroastrionists, Cao Daists, and whatever other opiate you want to give equal time to.In fact, the Washington Post can just devote itself entirely to posting heartfelt treatises by followers of various beliefs. The rest of us can just go around you, no problem.

    • E favorite

      Dear “Love those Endorphins” – I like eating chocolate too, and motorcycle riding, and of course orgasms.Tell me, what does this any of this have to do with Christianity, or “being a nasty, revengeful, unforgiving, mean-spirited individual?”

    • mary

      Love thy neighbor. Honor thy mother and father. Offer the other cheek. etc. etc. etc.I practice all of the above yet do not believe in god or jesus or what have you. Why should I? what difference does it make?

    • E favorite

      Mathew Chacko: – How nice that your lord has been so good to you. Why so you suppose he’s let others suffer in poverty and disease and die horrible deaths?

    • Russ

      Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake. If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense.If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.

    • “Dear “Love those Endorphins

      E favorite: “Dear “Love those Endorphins” – I like eating chocolate too, and motorcycle riding, and of course orgasms.Tell me, what does this any of this have to do with Christianity, or “being a nasty, revengeful, unforgiving, mean-spirited individual.”It had to do with your definition of being delirious and writing about christianity. So my point was if “delirious meant “euphoria” those things that I listed included “euphoria” and I would rather feel “euphoria” then ““being a nasty, revengeful, unforgiving, mean-spirited individual.”It is about having a good attitude, and the things that I listed give me an euphoric feeling; plus some other things that is not appropriate to list here.Anyway, you get my point?? Incidently, I forgot to buy a chocolate bunny for myself for tomorrow. :~(

    • lestat

      Let them try to censor me now that their riches are secure. In 100,000 years of life on this sphere, I have discovered no answers to the true beginning of life, nor the true destiny of man.Do not be fooled by religion. The saviors, messiahs, and buddhas over the millenia did not possess these answers either. The Undead live forever, and everyone is undead.You will need to find the answer for yourself.

    • Cindy Parker

      I love my baby Jesus white man with blue eyes and a blond beard who loves me and cares for me and promises me that when I die I will get angel wings and float around in heaven and be happy and get lots of free candy and stuff. Jesus is a nice white man who loves you. He is. He really really is. Thank for you loving me and storing up lots of candy and rides and stuff in Heaven for when I get my halo and wings and white gown when I die. Can’t wait. it’s gonna be so much fun! Love. Little Cindy.

    • I love chocolate bunnies.

      Eeyore: “Okay then! Let’s just devote the rest of the month to simpering statements of faith by Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Pagans, Bokononists, Rastafarians, Jainists, Shintoists, Zoroastrionists, Cao Daists, and whatever other opiate you want to give equal time to.In fact, the Washington Post can just devote itself entirely to posting heartfelt treatises by followers of various beliefs.”The rest of us can just go around you, no problem.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It always amazes me that someone who is dirgruntled has to ruin it for everyone. I was excited about this article and the celebration tomorrow until your negatitivty put a damper on it. You have a good evening.

    • Bob Browning

      Given that all regular people must eventually die, what’s the big deal about the all-powerful, eternal God ‘coming down’ and experiencing ‘human death’, only to be magically resurrected to his full ‘awesome majesty and power’ – three days later? On the fourth day he was back in tip-top, ‘awesome’ shape, … right? And why is it such a ‘scandal’ for God in human form to experience the same suffering and death that regular humans have experienced since the beginning of time?Is God somehow more noble than the millions of starving, terrified, disease-ridden children that have been dying every single day since Mr. ‘Awesome Majesty and Power’ created this ‘immense and intricate tapestry’ that you seem to be so impressed with?

    • Annie

      I haven’t read your book “Jesus….” But, if it is anything like this article then I believe it is brilliant and spiritually uplifting read. Your article is, as you might have guessed are met with crude/venomous criticisms by “few” unfortunate unbelieving people.Yet, if they only think “how” on earth they came to be on God’s universe….They might honestly want to stop and ponder with a few thought provoking questions like: Our term here on earth is temporary, so we all are on a lease term basis. Meaning, no one owns any of the land, properties, talents and all they possess…Also consider that our Benevolent God gave us this planet earth a part of the vast universe our temporary place rich and bountiful, with breathtaking beauty… Let me ask you atheists out there…. don’t you share in God’s gift everyday? God who has perfectly put everything on schedule day in/out…from sun shine to sun down, from summer, winter, spring, and fall seasons? Seen the intricate design of a snow flake lately? Why beautiful flowers bloom on Spring… then…leaves change colors on Fall……Or, how about the mere fact that “gravity” makes us stand upright without falling…. Atheist who claims to not believe in GOD only has to see within their beating hearts the answers are right within them. To obstinately remain blinded even as the sun shines through ….. is SIMPLY something I COULD NOT UNDERSTAND… where are the atheist’s illogic’s coming from?….God our creator…the intelligent designer, the architect, the choreographer, the weather maker, nature’s landscaper whom we owe everything, sent HIS only Son, Jesus Christ to meet with us so that we truly believe His omnipotence and saving grace so we can go home to him at the end of our lease here on earth. Jesus’ mission was for us to open up our eyes to GOD… Jesus our Lord, was here on earth to put a face of GOD, to give voice to GOD to give flesh to God so we can touch Him, see His countenance, … With Jesus’ death, a new life, His death was a salvific death. We too will be resurrected after our earthly death to continue to live with Him in heaven. After Jesus’ death almost 2000 years, ago present day believers (including me) receive grace from God in the Eucharist, we consecrate our lives to give GOD a human voice and declare that JESUS is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. GOD BLESS YOU ANN…

    • Eeyore

      LESTAT: Is that from Cat People, or is it Anne Rice? BTW, if you have not seen Cat People, it is a great movie, with much insight. “An Erotic Fantasy About The Animal In Us All.” Nastassja Kinsky, Malcolm McDowell, 1982.If you haven’t seen it, rent it.

    • Marc

      Thank you, Anne. You put many of my thoughts into words in just that one post. May you and your family have a blessed Easter!-Marc

    • No One

      I’m glad for you Ann, that you have found salvation. However I find your article just as offensive as anyone else trying to tell me what religion I should choose for eternal salvation, whether that be christian, muslim, buddahist, jew, or whatever. I am comfortable in my own skin, I’m a good person, but I am offended by the christianity of this nation, and the way the media plays to it. I would like to remind everyone of this simple quote from a simple man:When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.

    • Bill

      TMI, let’s get all this religious crap off the front page of the online WP……..!!

    • PsyHye

      god is a delusion, there is no evidence or reason to believe any gods exist. http://www.godisimaginary.com study the evidence and reason for yourself you’ll see it’s a delusionbesides why would you want to follow something so illogical as christianity and so full of hate and intolerance? =/ Griff in MADISON WI USApeace

    • Griff

      god is a delusion, there is no evidence or reason to believe any gods exist. http://www.godisimaginary.com study the evidence and reason for yourself you’ll see it’s a delusionbesides why would you want to follow something so illogical as christianity and so full of hate and intolerance? =/ Griff in MADISON WI USApeace

    • gnsetty

      I don’t believe in any God but I lead a good life,taking care of my family and the community around.Be human.God is invented to put fear in us,not to bring any good.Priesthood loves Gods because otherwise they can’t lead life of leisure with little physical work.George Bush loves Jesus and kills hundreds of thousands of Muslims with his genocide policies.Still so-called evangelics in USA love him.Ordinary living human beings can die in Asia & Africa but unborn babies can’t die.Where is God when Bush attacked Iraq for no valid reason.Where is God when Hitler killed millions of Jews.Do social service and get a life worthy of praise from people around you and stop bleatings about any God.All Gods were invented by kings with themselves as God ( Abraham,Mohammed,Rama and countless others).If we were living in 2nd or 3 rd century,Bush will be called God !

    • Lemongrass

      How nice. Tell me, Anne, are you still living in that big house? Still raking in those royalty checks? Still rolling in the dough? How much did you give away to the poor this week? How many hours did you spend visiting people in jail? Working in a soup kitchen? How many starving orphans have you adopted?What’s that? You say you haven’t done any of those things? Your house is still nice and big and full of expensive things? You’ve no intention of giving up all your worldly good LIKE JESUS TOLD YOU TO?Imagine my surprise.

    • Legion, for We are Many

      Events retold through Genesis do certainly seem to hint towards a more complicated story than that which is commonly supported by modern accepted dogma. Yahweh does indeed lie to Man. In no less than his first act as creator of a new species, Yahweh tells humanity that to eat of the tree of wisdom will bring them death. At that point in the story, it’s worth noting that Man accepts the lie and believes it to be truth. Why the need to lie? We could assume that it was some form of test, maybe a plan to examine humanity’s loyalty.However, if we accept that idea, it only raises further questions. Why the presence of the serpent? Would the serpent have been commanded to tempt humanity? If so, then Yahweh is surely unjust to punish humanity as he does. If not, then the serpent exists outside of Yahweh’s powers – and is a god not omnipotent? My point is, considering this lie as a test only serves to raise further questions on the validity of Yahweh’s claim to godhood.Let’s consider the threat here – death. There seem two schools of dogma that approach this. The first is that of a metaphor, a ‘spiritual death’, the result of which created the idea of original sin, the shackles by which Yahweh binded his creations for all eternity into the cruel game. This metaphor, however, becomes confused when we bring in later events (often considered pre-destined) such as the death of the Nazarene. The other school is that of literal death, that eating the fruit would literally kill them, eventually, by allowing them to age. We shall debunk this idea later. Let’s move on to the serpent.It seems almost logical that the serpent acts with its own agenda, outside of the greater machinations of any god. Modern interpretations typically state that the serpent was Lucifer, the Shiatan, but this is never stated explicitly in the text. If we accept this as true, however, we have to ask ourselves why Yahweh’s adversary is willing to give humanity the truth that their own creator hides from them.It’s easy to understand the idea that the Shiatan acted with the intention of sabotaging Yahweh’s creation out of spite, or rage, or arrogance. Yet it is undeniable that he acts with truth, where Yahweh’s first act was deception. This in itself, if we consider the reliability of the record, throws into doubt quite a substantial amount of biblical rhetoric. Consider, if you will, the nature of the lie. Yahweh acted to prevent humanity from eating from the Tree of Wisdom. Why? It is often considered that the consumption of the fruit robbed humanity from their connection with their god. Yet even that makes little real sense. We must ask ourselves, what does ‘wisdom’ entail? In some translations, the ‘wisdom’ that the fruit grants them is the understanding of the nature of good and evil. When mankind ate from the fruit, they GAINED something. Wisdom. Understanding of the nature of good and evil. The first thing they gain is awareness of their own nakedness, and then the awareness of the world around them. We could compare this to awakening from a slumber. Quite literally, man gained Free Will. We could say, the serpent gave mankind their awakening.Follow this path to its conclusion. It seems now that the serpent (who we assume to be Lucifer) has aided humanity. Why would Yahweh NOT want humanity to eat from the Tree of Wisdom? Let’s remember that there is another tree, the Tree of Life, mentioned often in Quabbalah. By eating thus, humanity earn life eternal. Yahweh, upon learning of mans disobedience, ushers them from Eden before they can consume the fruit of life. If Yahweh created humanity in his own image, why would he NOT want to grant such wisdom and life to them? Why would he go to such lengths as lie to them, to ensure that they would not attain such? This second tree, the giver of life, throws into question the nature of the human life in Eden. If, as the second school of thought on the nature of the threat of death (mentioned above) is correct in stating that eating of wisdom would cause man to age and die, then we must assume that prior to this point, man did not age – through the consumption of the fruit of life. Yet as we can see, Yahweh would have no reason to allow man to eat of -either- tree. Without wisdom, and without life, man is rendered a dumb, weak creature; mayhap better than the animals around them, but certainly not by much. Perhaps the lie, then, is all Yahweh has. Perhaps he lies to humanity because he has invented something that cannot be ‘un-made’ (and consider, when in biblical text is any person simply un-made by their creator? Even those who are damned continue to exist in some plane of existence or other). The only real purpose for a lie of such level, if not a test, is out of fear. Could Yahweh have created a people so much alike himself that, if by gaining free will and life eternal, they could become alike Yahweh himself? As a creator, wouldn’t it be terrifying if your own creation actually surpassed you? Remember, of course, that later on in the same bible we are recounted the tale of the Tower of Babel, humanity striving to reach godhood and stand equal with their creator. Yahweh destroyed this, not out of anger, but for fear that like Lucifer’s own forces, humanity itself will rise up and depose him. The truth painted in the bible is not of a loving deity if we are to consider actions against words; yes, Yahweh tells man that he is a loving god, but also a jealous one, so much so that worship of any other god (and Yahweh, you will note, does not deny the existence of other gods) is forbidden.If it were so, then it would paint the image of a god no more powerful than an Elohim, one of the higher-ranking archangels. Is the ‘God’ of Genesis bound by pre-existing laws, so much so that the presence in Eden of both Trees of Wisdom and Life cannot simply be un-made or uprooted for the protection of humanity? If so, then it hints that Yahweh may be no more in power or rank than Lucifer, and perhaps himself child of something far greater.What matters is, it’s the act of Yahweh to lie and deceive humanity for his own ends. It’s the act of the serpent to tell the truth to humanity – perhaps for his own ends as well, but the end result is a step towards ascending for humanity. For that step towards apotheosis, should humanity not consider gratitude to the serpent who aided and guided us?The strong amongst man is guided still. The followers of The Adversary, that which gifted us with enlightenment and the capacity to view the fallacy of the false god, exist and serve in all walks of life. Behind the facade of the polished world, we decry the lies and treachery of Yahweh, that he is but a god in title alone, and give of our support in his desecration. Unlike the worshipers of the false god and his bastard get, the accursed Nazarene, we recognize with the great gift of wisdom and witness. We witness humanity built with the potential not simply to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Yahweh, but to depose him entirely. And for unlocking this understanding, our enlightener was bound in agony – bound, but not un-made, for Yahweh lacks that power – until such times as the breaking of the bonds.Make no mistake, the mere pain that the bastard Nazarene felt upon the cross was merely a splinter of the agony endured by Our Father, The Adversary, The Shiatan. His followers are Legion. His followers are everywhere. Within every nation, within every workplace, within every government. In our True Fathers name, we work for the day when we shall avenge His torment. We work for the day of apotheosis, when the body of the Nazarene and the soul of Yahweh is torn asunder, and when man reaches his final destined position of godhood. Know this, and forget it not.

    • Dawn

      Now that you’re writing mythology, I hope the gods find your prosy platitudes as entertaining as your former vampire stories.

    • HighlyBlessedOne

      Yes, Anne! Thank you for sharing your belief. I am a believer also. Wasn’t raised in a church. My mother was a twice divorced feminist (after the divorces, of course), and my childhood less than rosey. But one day while driving down the road to college I asked God to let me know if He were real or not. In a moment I sensed His presence and knew that Jesus was indeed His Son, sent for the sins of mankind. Can’t explain the moment any better than that except that I was honestly seeking Him and not just venting anger or screaming obscenities at the clouds. He is real. He is risen. You hit a chord and pinched a nerve with many of the bloggers who have yet to experience the Love of the God of Love. His Love answers every pain, hurt, terror, resentment, bitterness, and horror. His Love never fails. It is people who fail when they try to do things their own way instead of Love’s way.

    • Legion, for We are Many

      Events retold through Genesis do certainly seem to hint towards a more complicated story than that which is commonly supported by modern accepted dogma. Yahweh does indeed lie to Man. In no less than his first act as creator of a new species, Yahweh tells humanity that to eat of the tree of wisdom will bring them death. At that point in the story, it’s worth noting that Man accepts the lie and believes it to be truth. Why the need to lie? We could assume that it was some form of test, maybe a plan to examine humanity’s loyalty.However, if we accept that idea, it only raises further questions. Why the presence of the serpent? Would the serpent have been commanded to tempt humanity? If so, then Yahweh is surely unjust to punish humanity as he does. If not, then the serpent exists outside of Yahweh’s powers – and is a god not omnipotent? My point is, considering this lie as a test only serves to raise further questions on the validity of Yahweh’s claim to godhood.Let’s consider the threat here – death. There seem two schools of dogma that approach this. The first is that of a metaphor, a ‘spiritual death’, the result of which created the idea of original sin, the shackles by which Yahweh binded his creations for all eternity into the cruel game. This metaphor, however, becomes confused when we bring in later events (often considered pre-destined) such as the death of the Nazarene. The other school is that of literal death, that eating the fruit would literally kill them, eventually, by allowing them to age. We shall debunk this idea later. Let’s move on to the serpent.It seems almost logical that the serpent acts with its own agenda, outside of the greater machinations of any god. Modern interpretations typically state that the serpent was Lucifer, the Shiatan, but this is never stated explicitly in the text. If we accept this as true, however, we have to ask ourselves why Yahweh’s adversary is willing to give humanity the truth that their own creator hides from them.It’s easy to understand the idea that the Shiatan acted with the intention of sabotaging Yahweh’s creation out of spite, or rage, or arrogance. Yet it is undeniable that he acts with truth, where Yahweh’s first act was deception. This in itself, if we consider the reliability of the record, throws into doubt quite a substantial amount of biblical rhetoric. Consider, if you will, the nature of the lie. Yahweh acted to prevent humanity from eating from the Tree of Wisdom. Why? It is often considered that the consumption of the fruit robbed humanity from their connection with their god. Yet even that makes little real sense. We must ask ourselves, what does ‘wisdom’ entail? In some translations, the ‘wisdom’ that the fruit grants them is the understanding of the nature of good and evil. When mankind ate from the fruit, they GAINED something. Wisdom. Understanding of the nature of good and evil. The first thing they gain is awareness of their own nakedness, and then the awareness of the world around them. We could compare this to awakening from a slumber. Quite literally, man gained Free Will. We could say, the serpent gave mankind their awakening.Follow this path to its conclusion. It seems now that the serpent (who we assume to be Lucifer) has aided humanity. Why would Yahweh NOT want humanity to eat from the Tree of Wisdom? Let’s remember that there is another tree, the Tree of Life, mentioned often in Quabbalah. By eating thus, humanity earn life eternal. Yahweh, upon learning of mans disobedience, ushers them from Eden before they can consume the fruit of life. If Yahweh created humanity in his own image, why would he NOT want to grant such wisdom and life to them? Why would he go to such lengths as lie to them, to ensure that they would not attain such? This second tree, the giver of life, throws into question the nature of the human life in Eden. If, as the second school of thought on the nature of the threat of death (mentioned above) is correct in stating that eating of wisdom would cause man to age and die, then we must assume that prior to this point, man did not age – through the consumption of the fruit of life. Yet as we can see, Yahweh would have no reason to allow man to eat of -either- tree. Without wisdom, and without life, man is rendered a dumb, weak creature; mayhap better than the animals around them, but certainly not by much. Perhaps the lie, then, is all Yahweh has. Perhaps he lies to humanity because he has invented something that cannot be ‘un-made’ (and consider, when in biblical text is any person simply un-made by their creator? Even those who are damned continue to exist in some plane of existence or other). The only real purpose for a lie of such level, if not a test, is out of fear. Could Yahweh have created a people so much alike himself that, if by gaining free will and life eternal, they could become alike Yahweh himself? As a creator, wouldn’t it be terrifying if your own creation actually surpassed you? Remember, of course, that later on in the same bible we are recounted the tale of the Tower of Babel, humanity striving to reach godhood and stand equal with their creator. Yahweh destroyed this, not out of anger, but for fear that like Lucifer’s own forces, humanity itself will rise up and depose him. The truth painted in the bible is not of a loving deity if we are to consider actions against words; yes, Yahweh tells man that he is a loving god, but also a jealous one, so much so that worship of any other god (and Yahweh, you will note, does not deny the existence of other gods) is forbidden.If it were so, then it would paint the image of a god no more powerful than an Elohim, one of the higher-ranking archangels. Is the ‘God’ of Genesis bound by pre-existing laws, so much so that the presence in Eden of both Trees of Wisdom and Life cannot simply be un-made or uprooted for the protection of humanity? If so, then it hints that Yahweh may be no more in power or rank than Lucifer, and perhaps himself child of something far greater.What matters is, it’s the act of Yahweh to lie and deceive humanity for his own ends. It’s the act of the serpent to tell the truth to humanity – perhaps for his own ends as well, but the end result is a step towards ascending for humanity. For that step towards apotheosis, should humanity not consider gratitude to the serpent who aided and guided us?The strong amongst man is guided still. The followers of The Adversary, that which gifted us with enlightenment and the capacity to view the fallacy of the false god, exist and serve in all walks of life. Behind the facade of the polished world, we decry the lies and treachery of Yahweh, that he is but a god in title alone, and give of our support in his desecration. Unlike the worshipers of the false god and his bastard get, the accursed Nazarene, we recognize with the great gift of wisdom and witness. We witness humanity built with the potential not simply to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Yahweh, but to depose him entirely. And for unlocking this understanding, our enlightener was bound in agony – bound, but not un-made, for Yahweh lacks that power – until such times as the breaking of the bonds.Make no mistake, the mere pain that the bastard Nazarene felt upon the cross was merely a splinter of the agony endured by Our Father, The Adversary, The Shiatan. His followers are Legion. His followers are everywhere. Within every nation, within every workplace, within every government. In our True Fathers name, we work for the day when we shall avenge His torment. We work for the day of apotheosis, when the body of the Nazarene and the soul of Yahweh is torn asunder, and when man reaches his final destined position of godhood. Know this, and forget it not.

    • JasonS

      You are a false prophet and god is a superstition.Now, pass the milkshake!

    • So-Cal Michael

      Anybody who believes that the world was created in six days and is only 5,000 years old is a member of a cult, pure & simple. No different from folks who worship rocks or trees, Jupiter & Mars. I’m happy that Jesus gives you that feel-good feeling Anne, but too many people have been and are being beaten, discriminated againts, & murdered in his name. All you’re born-again buddies can’t stand the thought of it, but the fact was that Jesus of Nazareth was a loud-mouthed liberal, a left-wing lover of the poor, the sick, the powerless, who had women disciples and railed mightlily against the Jewish aristocracy of his time. For that, he was one of thousands just like him that were crucified by the Romans because he was an annoyance. Makes a great movie or two, though.

    • Corleonis

      Dear Ann, a wonderful testimonial. Keep your eyes on the crown of life. I will translate this, if you approve, and publish it in my page.

    • Kevin Fitzgerald

      Well, if someone believes in an extraordinary thing, and that person requires no extraordinary evidence that such a thing is true, all I can say is, I understand what you’re trying to say, what evidence do you have to support it?

    • Marc Schlee

      Anne, I believe you’re a dimwit. With all my heart and soul.

    • Soja John Thaikattil, Sydney, Australia

      Dear Ms RiceI wish you a wonderful Easter 2008!Thank you for sharing your faith with the world on this forum. We need more and more atheists who have returned/turned to a faith in God to speak up and share their journey with others. Only so can the world know that faith in God is fully compatible with reason and one does not remain/become a believer because one was brainwashed in childhood.Keep up your great work! May our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, whose Resurrection we remember and celebrate today, use you as a powerful instrument in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.Soja John Thaikattil

    • Kenneth

      When I realize I’m getting old and scared of dying, my faith grows, like your faith, Ann Rice

    • Discordia

      Hail Satan :D

    • J. Schnabel

      Excellent and eloquent. – An experience of God, and continual answers to prayer is proof enough, to believe. After years of striving, when I accepted Him, it was sudden, utter peace. Since giving my life to Jesus, My Savior and Lord, I have seen His faithfulness, and witnessed so many miracles for myself and others – small, gentle touches and mighty overwhelming healings and victories. No one can dispute our experience with a God who cares about every detail in our lives. Oh what a gracious Lord. Nothing can separate us from His Love! – Thank you, Anne Rice, for your testimony.

    • Chaotician

      Thank God it was not the Tooth Fairy or the Great Pumpkin that turned you on!

    • Tom

      While it’s charming that Anne Rice has seen fit to tell us about her faith in her lord, it’s worth noting that her lord hasn’t seen fit to make her a half-decent writer. Her books are cliche schlock, as is her column here.

    • Tom

      While it’s charming that Anne Rice has seen fit to tell us about her faith in her lord, it’s worth noting that her lord hasn’t seen fit to make her a half-decent writer. Her books are cliche schlock, as is her column here.

    • Brenda Spencer

      I read this not once, not twice, but three times, and I must say, that the ring of truth was never clearer made than in this modest piece. Well done, well said, and God Bless. This is a call to all Christians living everywhere to declare a desire for a clean heart.And you know, the funny thing here, is that although I know who Anne Rice is, I do not know what her denomination is. It doesn’t matter. Christians of all denominations who read this will understand the truth and spirit of humility contained in this message.Thank You.

    • Brenda Spencer

      I read this not once, not twice, but three times, and I must say, that the ring of truth was never clearer made than in this modest piece. Well done, well said, and God Bless. This is a call to all Christians living everywhere to declare a desire for a clean heart.And you know, the funny thing here, is that although I know who Anne Rice is, I do not know what her denomination is. It doesn’t matter. Christians of all denominations who read this will understand the truth and spirit of humility contained in this message.Thank You.

    • Faithful

      WOW! I find it so interesting that so many people out there would read an article about Jesus in the first place, since most have never actually read the New Testament. Jesus talks about the dangers of hell even more than he talked of heaven. He came to save us from hell! WHY? Because he loves us. Yep, thats right folks, I’m one of those freaky, “hate filled” right wing Christian fundamentalists. I actually DO believe that those of you who never accept Him as Savior and Lord WILL burn in the lake of fire, traditionally known as HELL. But don’t stop reading just yet. Gosh, I must be a nut, right? Unfortunately for you, I am not.The truth is, because of my faith in Jesus, I cannot hate you. I cannot judge you. My Lord told me to love my enemies and pray for those that hate me. If you read the posts by the believers on this thread, there is no hate, only disagreement with those of you who do not believe. However, we fundamentalists are called irrational, immature, insane, illogical, and full of hate.Lets evaluate my beliefs and my attitudes. I believe that God created mankind in order to have perfect fellowship with a creature who has free-will. We (mankind) chose to rebel against God even knowing the consequences was death (physically and spiritually). God loved us so much that instead of leaving us to rot, he provided a way (Jesus) that our rebellion (sin) is forgiven. We all put Jesus on that cross. We all share the responsibility. All we must do to be saved is accept God’s free gift of forgiveness through Jesus. In doing so, you have restored fellowship with GOD!! Jesus told his disciples to go and spread the good news of God’s forgiveness and grace. So that is what I am doing now. You can accept Him or deny Him, its your choice. That’s the gospel of Jesus in a nutshell.So, what is so hateful about that? What is illogical? Insane…? Think about this, if I truly believe these things (and I do) then how could I in good conscience NOT share this message? I would be most evil by keeping the good news to myself, letting those that pass me by go on though their lives never to hear God’s saving message. I do not hate you, I will pray for you.You cannot judge Jesus by all the “churches” that claim to follow him. You cannot judge Jesus because of all sorts of evil that has been done in His name. Don’t judge Jesus because some “Christian” that you know is more of a hypocrite than anything else. Seek Him, and He will reveal Himself to you. So you don’t believe anything that I’ve said right? Those who are “good” go to heaven and those who are “bad” don’t, right? Well, I guess we’ll discuss that later if your correct. But if you’re wrong, well, then enjoy your life, because your eternity is going to be quite uncomfortable.Happy Resurrection Sunday folks.

    • John

      Guilt is a grand and blinding motivator.

    • E favorite

      Sean Snyder: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.”Why couldn’t God have more children? And why to murder the one he had “for us?” I don’t consider it a big favor to torture someone on my behalf. Pretty gruesome, actually.Jeff: “Christ had to experience unimaginable emotional and physical pain to get through to us.”But why? I think we could have understood an offer of Salvation without death on a cross. Besides, Jesus’ death is not so special. Lots of people have suffered horribly throughout their lives, then died even longer and more painful deaths.

    • Mark

      How wonderful to see Washington Post online finally presenting someone in defense of Christianity who actually seems to be a genuine believer Christ.Anne has told us about her experience of the God who is there. Many responses have focused on our so-called rational ability to decide for ourselves whether something beyond ourselves exists, and if so what are its bounds and characteristics.Do you who argue this way see the incoherence of it? If man decides that man is the measure of all things, that violates the most basic scientific principle. Would you trust a piece of test If God exists, we can only know him so far as he chooses to reveal himself. If you summarily shut out the testimony of all who claim to have experienced this revelation, you will have only yourself to blame if you miss the most important fact of our existence, that we exist by and for something/someone far beyond our natural horizon. Others refuse to make distinctions among Theistic claims, saying that if one concept of God is bad, then all are equally so. Still others come to the opposite conclusion, saying that any claim that one particular concept of God is uniquely true is to be discounted out of hand. The irrational character of both these assertions is self-evident.If God is there (and I know he is), and you really want to know Him as he is, then look for signposts in this world that point you beyond it. This does not require you to discard your reason. Faith is not against reason, but above it- and working in harmony with it.Faith is not irrational belief against all evidence, or something proposed and adhered to arbitrarily. These are modern caricatures of it. The Christian concept of faith is not mere belief, but believing and trusting IN something or someone, namely Jesus Christ. Faith has an object, adhered to by the heart, but presented to the mind. The mind grasps this object and comprehends it with reason.My faith is irretrievably interwoven with my rational apprehension of the world, because faith is a predicate applied to the whole person. Which of us can really separate our reason from other aspects of our being? Can you do that in how you love your children, how you fulfill your sex drive, or how you choose a career path?For the Christian, reason is not god, but that does not make us irrational. I mentioned signposts above, that point us to a reality beyond us. The Bible is one such signpost. Have you applied your reason to understanding and assessing it, to comparing it against other so-called holy books?Or have you given it cursory consideration, arriving quickly at conclusions about in consonance with the world view you have acquired through a complex of causes? Answer yourself honestly. How much have you REALLY considered the world view presented by the Bible? It’s much easier to just conclude that we’re all madmen and brain-dead, we who claim to believe the Bible. To be sure, there are many Christians who lend support to that conclusion, but there are MANY who do not. Do you consider this evidence as well in your assessment of Christianity, that many otherwise sane, rational, intelligent, well-adjusted people are convinced that the Bible is true?The signposts are there, and Anne Rice is merely one more. You may ignore them at your ease, but it will also be to your great loss and peril. I tell you the Bible is true. Look into it.

    • jd

      absolutely amazingly delusional.

    • BobbyG

      “Look: I believe in Him. It’s that simple and that complex. I believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the God Man who came to earth, born as a tiny baby and then lived over thirty years in our midst…”Yeah, right. Whatever works for you.Anthropomorphic silliness.

    • realist

      when are christians going to realize that the fable by which they lead their lives is just a fairy tale ignored by 80 percent of the world?

    • twhite

      We celebrate the Son of Man, who submitted His will voluntarily to the Father’s will, became sin for us, in order that those who trust in Him might become righteous before God through Him. And before He died He asked the Father that those who were given to Him might be with Him, and behold His glory. For those who see this, it cannot get any better. For those who cannot see this, this is foolishness and greatly offensive. Christ said it would be this way. Blessed Easter to all.

    • Brenda Anderson

      This is beautiful.

    • J

      “We celebrate the Son of Man, who submitted His will voluntarily to the Father’s will, became sin for us, in order that those who trust in Him might become righteous before God through Him.And before He died He asked the Father that those who were given to Him might be with Him, and behold His glory.For those who see this, it cannot get any better. For those who cannot see this, this is foolishness and greatly offensive.Christ said it would be this way.Blessed Easter to all.”What way is this way? What is God getting out of this setup?I really do feel like an ass anytime I try to believe and just have faith? Am I just ill? I don’t know because I can’t see, I can’t see because I don’t know. Help me here people.

    • J

      “Christ said it would be this way.”What way is this way?What is God getting out of this setup?I really do feel like an ass anytime I try to believe and just have faith? Am I just ill?I don’t know because I can’t see, I can’t see because I don’t know. Help me here people.

    • Bill

      WOW!

    • fc

      who cares why you are a born again wacko? you’re still a born again wacko. you are a religious psychotic, who thinks the world should revolve around your twisted, and unfortunately enabled, beliefs. jesus hates you and those like you.

    • Cheryl Robbins

      When I was a teenager, I considered myself “very Christian”. I went to services, traveled long distances to attend large revivals, and my faith was enormous.Then, I hit some hard times, followed by some very interesting philosophy courses in college. I was an athiest for a while, and then agnostic. Now, my faith is enormous again. However, I’m uncertain as to whether or not I consider Jesus as the son of God. I’ve come to the personal conclusion that this detail is actually trivial compared to his wonderful teachings, and the beautiful message he brought to the world. I don’t like my faith being tied down to a specific religious descriptive word or classification. Rather, my faith is my own, and it’s bigger to me than any category it could be placed into. I don’t call myself a Christian, but I wouldn’t say that I’m “not” a Christian, either.I enjoyed the part of your essay most directly where you mentioned that the barriers between Christians is small, that they have a tendency to criticize each other over details that are trivial compared to the bigger message. I feel that way about all religions. Maybe the Hindus and the Buddhists may also be onto something as well, perhaps celebrate the same greater message of love and understanding in their own cultural way.I’m not writing to criticize your faith. I believe that such faith is a wonderful thing. But, I am writing to say that I agree with this smaller message of yours, in a much larger scale.Kudos to you, and happy Easter.P.S. – I’ve really enjoyed your books – will probably pick up your more recent works once I have time to actually read again.

    • Ed Caudwell

      Oh, dear… Her ‘Vapmyre’ worship was less offensive to Our Lord than this….

    • Jay

      Wow! All I have to say after reading that is God bless you and keep you.

    • LB

      To the person below who does not know if Jesus is the son of God. That is exactly the question I suffered with for years. I felt foolish to try to believe that. I actually asked that question of the person who was “leading me to Christ.” That I was not quite sure I could believe that. She “thumped” the Bible, yes, thumped it. And said “The Bible is the Word of God and it is true.” That’s when I had the revelation from God, the immediate, sudden, revelation–God created the universe, Jesus is the son of God, and he was resurrected from the dead. To preface this, this was the stumbling block I had hold up on for ? 12 years after high school. But, I got tired of looking for God or ignoring God. I got tired of waiting for him to come to me. So, I came to him. I said to God, in a 4-month or 6-month period of actively seeking him, “If it’s Jesus, I am ready to accept it.” Because I was tired of looking for God or waiting for him, as I have said. Within 4 months I went to a little Baptist church and recommitted my thoughts to him, God, after so many years of not knowing. Anyway, just recently I heard a pastor say that if you are searching for God, it is Jesus you are searching for. This is the way it was, Jesus is our access to God. If you want to know God, you have to accept Jesus as just who the Gospel says he is. It is an elegant thing, almost. God created the salvation plan, but we participate in it by coming to God by faith. Fortunately I memorized Bible verses in my youth, and I remembered “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light, and no man comes to the Father but by him.” So I decided I was going to have to believe. Shortly after that, God revealed himself to me. After 12 years of searching, and a really intense period of less than six months. Doesn’t take long, you just have to want to know. Just ask. God is not against you asking. I love the paraphrase, “When John the Baptist said his worst about Jesus, are you the one?, Jesus said his best about John.” I said my greatest fear to God, probably beyond my shame of being seen as not intelligent for believing in Jesus, my fear that I would never know who God was and if these things were true, and if Jesus was true. Anyway, it was. The confirmation, as Ms. Rule has suggested, the sudden confirmation of who God is [when we admit that we believe in Jesus], what God’s nature is, and lastly, that millions of Christians have had the exact same experience from the exact same God and Jesus. This is how I know it is true. And a million other things that have happened. Blessed Easter.

    • AndyB

      If it makes you happy…but now you have made Zeus and Mithras and Thor and Odin sad because you don’t believe in them.

    • lucky

      anne rice? is this a joke? i guess if it can happen to bob dylan..

    • Barry Jones

      Anne Rice’s passion for her religion is undeniable, but she seems to conclude from her re-connection with Christ that all we need for a peaceful world is for all people to “believe and seek to trust” Christ as “billions” already do. The problem here as with all proselytizing religions is the absoluteness of the assumption that ours is the way not yours… not you billions who believe equally as fervently in your own paths to God.

    • L

      Wow, I had to drop LSD to get hallucinations like that. Self-delusion, the coward’s way out of the reality of life. You can see how desperate is this lady, one second of convincing otherwise and she dissolves into a puddle.What are you going to do when that 100% faith is only 90%?

    • Mark

      Wow! Thanks for your testimony!

    • rapswork

      based on what? what you want to believe? have you ever examined the words and phrases you use? you’re not thinking for yourself, you are simply regurgitating.

    • rapswork

      i also studied the religions of the world while in college. that’s what led me to realize religion existed only to answer seemingly unponderable questions. in 2008, we have reached the point where we know what we don’t know and no longer need religion of any sort.

    • Jai Khosla

      I was born into a Hindu family and was partly educated in Christian schools where priests did their best to convert me to Christianity. But the message of Jesus, while some of it good, had nothing to offer to me that was not already in Indian scriptures or better than what Hinduism taught. In fact Jesus’s assertion that his was the only way was very distasteful. The Hinduism I grew up in was very tolerant and accepted all paths to God as equally valid.

    • cpg

      Ms. Rice’s refreshing personal message on her transformation after returning to Christ is inspiring. On this Easter morning, this article is especially meaningful. Glad I read it before sorting through the secular, routine news.

    • Jim Conrad

      How strange it is that if she said she believed in anyone (or thing) else she’d be considered nuts. She is nuts. I would say it’s the waste of a good talent, but I was never able to finish her books anyway. As Ben Franklin said, “The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”

    • brian

      jesus was the son of joseph not the son of god . god does not exist and was invented by man. MAN MADE GOD IN HIS OWN IMAGETHE ONLY CANDIDATE IS MAN

    • Concerned the Christian Now Liberated

      Reasonable Not Hateful,If it were just the studies of Professor Crossan that concluded there was no physical resurrection of Jesus, I would not consider it as being useful. However, when many other NT exegetes come to the same conclusion and when the same conclusions are being taught in Catholic graduate schools, then we must consider the physical resurrection as being wishful thinking and/or hallucinations wrapped in the superstitions of first century Palestine, superstitions that were not questioned until 200 years ago.

    • Cynthia

      It’s interesting to see how Ms. Rice’s simple confession of personal faith has touched so many nerves.Ms. Rice, thank you for sharing your story. Jesus Christ is risen. He is risen, indeed.

    • Anonymous

      Amen. Alleluia! We are all one.

    • Christ is no longer on the Cross

      It is great to see and read an article about Christ. I never knew Ms. Rice and the books that she wrote before, but from reading some of the post I take it that she has written books about vampires.What bothers me is how many non-believers are criticizing Rice for spreading the gospel of Christ. Apparently, Rice was in their “good standing” when she wrote what they wanted to hear but as soon as she changed her writings and the subject became Christ they no longer had anything thing positive to say. In fact many of their post try tried to persuade those who believe in Christ away from believing in Christ. Some of these same people have posted on other On Faith sites how open-minded that they are and that they respect all religions no matter what someone’s faith is. But what I see from their post here is that they really do “hate God” and those that believe in “God.”Can’t we all get along? Can those that don’t believe in Christ accept us that do? I’m not asking you to change your belief system but what I am asking is that you accept me, others, for what we believe in without the hate, without the criticizing, without trying to lead us away from our belief to your belief system. Happy Easter to all believers, he has Risen! To others, have a great day whatever it is that you do today!

    • anonymous

      Hallelujah! “Did the grass sing?over and over

    • Rejoice, in the Lord, Rejoice in life~

      anon @ 8:10 am, beautiful post!anon@ 8:01, yes, truly spoken.

    • Mike in Colorado

      Not all of us had an instant conversion, though I believe it happens to many evey day. For other christians, like me, this has been a developing relationship. What maintains and strengthens me is that every time I go to Him, he’s there for me. Keep walking the road.

    • Dwight

      With the resurrection of my Lord jesus Christ, My woes have passed and I have been saved…

    • Kim

      Philippians 2:10-11 declares “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” One day, everyone will bow before Jesus and recognize that He is the Lord and Savior. At that point, though, it is too late for salvation. After death, all that remains for the unbeliever is judgment (Revelation 20:14-15). That is why we must trust in Him in this life.

    • Michal

      Anonymous:Michal: “I find it a nice article. Critical thinking is important to avoid fanaticism, however, I have a feeling that many readers commenting here fail to understand the concept of belief. Even the meaning of the word escapes them.”**************Then by all means educate us, please.**************You should by all means consult a dictionary, please.PS: My last comment was directed to those talking about the burden of proof.

    • Dwight

      American Christians are the original spin doctors.Neither Jesus nor God’s commandments give any flexibility to kill people who are evil. They say we should accept suffering at the hands of the evil if such is inflicted upon us, and we will receive our rewards in the next life.American “Christians” contort this. They duck it. And thank God for that. Now it is time that Christians own up to the fact that Christ has some interesting ideas, but not ones by which we’d choose to run a country. Hitler raises a nasty and killing army? Let’s kill them. And so we did, thank God.It’s past time to stop the charade. Americans aren’t Christian. And they shouldn’t want to be. Christ chose to take his chances on letting bad guys kill him without resisting. The rest of say, all power to you fella, but no thanks. The bad guys come after me, I’m going to lay waste to ‘em.America is not Christian. Doesn’t want to be. Shouldn’t want to be. America uses its god given human conscience to seek to enter only into just wars. Spin it as you may, there is no space in Christ’s or the Biblical God’s teaching for just war.End the folly. Leave the church. Your god given human conscience, developed by a wise and loving society, is enough. You sully your integrity, honesty, and dignity by saying you are Christian, when you are not. Trying to dress up Christ’s words makes American Christians, many of who live criticizing Bill Clinton, be adept spinners like him.

    • david ullrich

      Anne Rice’s comments are an inspiration. She reminds us that belief in Jesus the Messiah involves a vision or a “belief in a world in which, conceivably, human beings could lay down their arms, and stretch out their arms to one another, clasping hands, and bring about a total worldwide peace. This vision of a new world, the “new heaven and the new earth” as scripture calls it, that is the most underplayed part of the New Testament message. We need to be reminded of it. Thanks to Ann Rice for doing that so compellingly.

    • Nuclear MIdnight

      If people only had as much faith in themselves and their fellow human beings as they have blindly devoted to an illogical assumption of a supreme creator that has granted us the free will to choose, yet offers us only one choice for redemption, this world would know far better days.

    • spiderman2

      “AND THE VISIONS OF MY HEAD TROUBLED ME. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.” I hope this article by Anne Rice continue for a week. There are a lot of good posts that needs answers. Here are just 2 among so many :1. “I have yet to find anything written that has convinced the faithful to leave god or the faithless to become believers.”2. “As a practicing Jew, I cannot say Jesus was the Messiah, because we believe the Messiah is still yet to come;”The Bible is a book of knowledge. It’s not an easy to read book. Even the authors of the Bible ask for answers for the visions they see. I myself have to wait years just for me to understand some of the more difficult passages. It’s not thru my own intellect that I understand them, it just flash to my mind when the time is ripe. A big portion of my faith in Jesus Christ is thru the prophecies in the Bible. After a lot of waiting and searching for the meaning of these prophecies, they have become so clear and accurate. Thru these prophecies, I now know which wars are coming soon and in what succession. The same Bible which told of very accurate prophecies speaks also of Jesus Christ and the coming “second Death” which is Hell. Any person of average intellect would surely pause and ponder and would strive to resolve what could be awaiting him/her after death when confronted with such a very accurate Book which not only speak of accurate prophecies but also the prospect of Hell.”AND THE VISIONS OF MY HEAD TROUBLED ME. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.” Please save this post for future reference. “I Run Next to …”

    • Concerned the Christian Now Liberated

      More words to ponder:Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley et al, founders of Christian-based religions, also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of “pretty, wingy, talking, flying, fictional thingie” visits and “prophecies” for profits (especially the Easter collection) analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immaculate conceptions).

    • Anonymous

      My goodness…why not believe in the flying speghetti monster or a celestial teapot. Your faith is curious since it is based on nothing but superstition and primitivism. Nothing has happened on the religous side for about 2,000 years. Thanks to the ingenuity of the human mind, however, we have now a reasonable understanding of the natural world and we do not need religous hocus pocus to explain it anymore.

    • fred

      how very sweet.I would rather believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster than an imaginary Jew.the good part of that is the fact that nobody has or will die in the Name of FSM.So take your invisible friends of hate and intolerance and shove them really deep,Ms.Rice.I’m taking mine to the beach.

    • spiderman2

      Fred wrote : “I’m taking mine to the beach.”Nobody’s going to the beach yet. There’s another war coming. The Bible has spoken and it does not lie. Just wait coz it’s coming. The Bible doesn’t want war. It just says the truth of things to come.

    • daphne

      There wasn’t enough blood in the vampire books, she’s got to have the blood of religion. Drinks the symbolic blood in church no doubt, feels all squirmy righteous.

    • Ng.Lightson

      Hi!

    • george crupper

      and how would you believe if you were born a Muslim…forget all this nonsense…however this Garden of Eden got here is unknown…praying for thousands of years should reveal to common sense that the creator does not give a damn…but IT gave us this earth, Garden of Eden to enjoy…but we haven’t done such a good job in taking care of it…so go right on praying, Muslims, Christians and Jews and whomever but for your sake, for my sake and for Christ sake,for Moses sake, for Mohamand sake leave the rest of us alone…get a life

    • Neal:

      Anne Rice:–”Look: I believe in Him. It’s that simple and that complex. I believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the God Man who came to earth, born as a tiny baby and then lived over thirty years in our midst.”When I reflect on “the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity”, I can’t get around the inescapable facts that this same baby Jesus, at an earlier time and under a different guise, is said to have drowned 99.999% of all of Earth’s living creatures in a great flood and commanded his military leaders to commit unspeakable atrocities against Canaanite babies.

    • spiderman2

      george crupper wrote : “leave the rest of us alone”.If he’s referring to false religion then he has a point. But clearly, he’s not. In the parable of the ten virgins, the fools shouted in unison, “please open the door; give us of your oil “. We tried to but you never listen. “leave the rest of us alone”. It may come to that whether we like it or not.

    • DL

      How can one hope for peace on Earth while there is such a thing as an evil force called islam?And though modern-day versions of Neville Chamberlain try as hard as they can to make us Westerners believe that islam is a religion of peace, its followers are brought up hearing that their inferior ideology and religious beliefs actually gives them a status of superiority over all the so-called ‘infidels’, those who haven’t sumbitted to their violent and supremacist cult, and over all other religious beliefs.There can be no peace with those who blindly believe that domination, subjugation and imposing their religion on others by force is their sole purpose in life, and that such ‘obligations’ are given to them by a God.If islam is wiped off the face of the Earth, then I believe we’d be able to start talking about world peace. Otherwise, it can only be wishful thinking.

    • Francis

      Ms. Rice,Forgive me if I am wrong, but it sounds like you have fallen in love with God. I’ve always thought that, ultimately, that’s what we mere mortals will feel when we come to know God: the deliriously delightful bliss of being in love with Someone so sublimely perfect in every way.To know God is to fall in love with Him, and to lose Him is literally unbearable: it would be Hell. If people who love cannot bear the pain of losing their loved ones, and so seek to end their suffering by ending their lives, how much more painful would it be to lose One who is Love Itself.That’s why there really could be unending hymns of praise to God in heaven by the choirs of angels and saints. When we fall in love, isn’t it true that we cannot stop singing paeans about the virtues of our beloved? That stops when reality sets in and we see the flaws and faults of our beloved. But with God, you are forever in love because God is flawless and perfect.Sadly, I know not God myself.Nevertheless, a Happy Easter to you and to everyone! God rules!

    • Steve

      Ann – I couldn’t be more disappointed in you. I thought your Vampire books were brilliant. I thought you were more intelligent that this. Please come back to your old self, pre-1998.

    • Critch

      This would be a whole lot more believable if:A. Every book she ever wrote didn’t deal with the most anti-religious messages possible.B. She wasn’t approaching the end of her life and starting to get scared about ‘where she goes’.More hurting, wars, and death in this world have been done in the name of one ‘god’ or another than any other cause. And if he exists, his silence makes him complicit in these actions.I can not and will not worship a murderous uncaring god, no matter the consequences. Fortunately, since the Christian faith is wholly based on visions, dreams, and basically ripping off every other religion from Paganism to Ancient Greek (What, you thought Christmas and Easter were Christian holidays?), there is about as much chance of the Christian god existing as the Roman gods, or the Greek gods, or any other gods.

    • DL

      How can one hope for peace on Earth while there is such a thing as an evil force called islam?And though modern-day versions of Neville Chamberlain try as hard as they can to make us Westerners believe that islam is a religion of peace, its followers are brought up hearing that their inferior ideology and religious beliefs actually gives them a status of superiority over all the so-called ‘infidels’, those who haven’t sumbitted to their violent and supremacist cult, and over all other religious beliefs.There can be no peace with those who blindly believe that domination, subjugation and imposing their religion on others by force is their sole purpose in life, and that such ‘obligations’ are given to them by a God.If islam is wiped off the face of the Earth, then I believe we’d be able to start talking about world peace. Otherwise, it can only be wishful thinking.And I say this as a follower of NO religion whatsoever, but as someone who is concerned that the blind eye that many have turned to islamic extremism supposedly for the sake of ‘promoting tolerance’ could eventually do away with all the hard-won rights for people of ALL faiths (including atheists), homosexuals and women in developed countries (since it’s to those countries, mainly in Europe, that the hordes of intolerant muslims have been flocking non-stop for the last few decades.)

    • spiderman2

      DL, atheist countries also will in the future could eventually do away with all the hard-won rights that you’re talking about.

    • spiderman2

      “AND THE VISIONS OF MY HEAD TROUBLED ME. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.” I hope this article by Anne Rice continue for a week. There are a lot of good posts that needs answers. Here are just 2 among so many :1. “I have yet to find anything written that has convinced the faithful to leave god or the faithless to become believers.”2. “As a practicing Jew, I cannot say Jesus was the Messiah, because we believe the Messiah is still yet to come;”The Bible is a book of knowledge. It’s not an easy to read book. Even the authors of the Bible ask for answers for the visions they see. I myself have to wait years just for me to understand some of the more difficult passages. It’s not thru my own intellect that I understand them, it just flash to my mind when the time is ripe. A big portion of my faith in Jesus Christ is thru the prophecies in the Bible. After a lot of waiting and searching for the meaning of these prophecies, they have become so clear and accurate. Thru these prophecies, I now know which wars are coming soon and in what succession. The same Bible which told of very accurate prophecies speaks also of Jesus Christ and the coming “second Death” which is Hell. Any person of average intellect would surely pause and ponder and would strive to resolve what could be awaiting him/her after death when confronted with such a very accurate Book which not only speak of accurate prophecies but also the prospect of Hell.”AND THE VISIONS OF MY HEAD TROUBLED ME. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.” Please save this post for future reference. “I Run Next to ….”

    • Keesha

      I just wanted to know how God and Christianity comfort the parents of children who are raped and sometimes murdered? Is it God’s will that this happen? Because it sure is ‘His will’ if He blesses a believer with a new car, job, extra cash, etc.

    • Steve

      Found this so powerful I linked to it on my blog… COMMON CENTS. Happy Easter to everyone!Hope you like today’s COMMON CENTS blog. Godbless youSteve

    • Jen Silver

      “I believe in Jesus Christ…”Well, good for you. Now, shut up.

    • Linore Rose Burkard

      What a beautiful and eloquent testimony of God at work in your life–and in the life of the whole planet. How we do need to be reminded of this in our current anti-Christian culture! Thanks for the timely message. I thank God for calling you to Himself. Linore Rose Burkard

    • donnolo

      How much longer are you going to keep printing this garbage? Wouldn’t you rather have a feature on people who believe that the Earth is flat? The Post is supposed to be a NEWSpaper, not a bulletin board for the superstitious.

    • Alan

      Wow. There are a lot of misguided people here who stating a not of false information. Before you discount Christianity, please research:- The Gospel’s historical reliability as compared with other writings in the 1st centuryThen read “Case for Christ” by Lee Stroble… then you can make your own decision.

    • Rudeness is not a virture

      Jen Silver,You are just plain rude, but you are acting just like someone would that is without God.Good riddance to you.

    • Paganplace

      ” Steve:Ann – I couldn’t be more disappointed in you. I thought your Vampire books were brilliant. I thought you were more intelligent that this. Please come back to your old self, pre-1998.”Eh, still sounds like the same thing to me. :)

    • Brian Walker

      Despite a long history of having witnessed the grace of God in my life, I struggled these last several years with my faith in Christ and my own intellect until I realized that human rationality is a frail construct built upon pride. When I returned to the cross as a child in heart once again, then I began to see the wondrous beauty of my salvation and the actual work of God in my life in amazing ways.Everyone must have faith in something because none of us have proven everything that we believe with scientific certainty. Science and scholarship are no substitutes for faith although they have a place in our dialogues. Even like evangelical atheists like Dawkins must live by faith. The work of the cross of Christ is the source of spiritual life, love, hope, joy, and peace. I am grateful that I was allowed to rediscover this amazing grace.

    • Anonymous

      BGone:If you would like to read the history surrounding the origin of the notion of man’s resurrection on earth its on the web at

    • Onward Christian soldiers

      Well I see all the “Christian haters” and “bashers” are out in full force.Keep the faith brother and sisters and forge on.And I mistakenly though that we could all get along dispite our differences with beliefs, the operative word is “mistakenly.”You cannot reason or speak logic to a closed mind, period!

    • Anonymous

      donnolo, “How much longer are you going to keep printing this garbage? Wouldn’t you rather have a feature on people who believe that the Earth is flat? The Post is supposed to be a NEWSpaper, not a bulletin board for the superstitious.”Go to another site if you do not like it.

    • Sargam

      Most of what people mean when they say they believe in Jesus Christ is a projection based upon fragmented and heavily doctored texts, and an old psychological need for a scapegoat for sin. My experience with born again evangelicals – people who put all their faith in their idea of who JC was – is that it is a substitute for the more authentic psychological work of understanding our own personal lives and taking responsibility for healing our selves. Tools for which we have had for a century. Giving responsibility to someone else always comes at a price; in this case, a huge one. The Christian Right wants to return us to a state of religious tyranny. Most of them are simply too uneducated even to begin to grasp such a concept in an objective manner, but Anne Rice should know better. Merely being a southerner isn’t enough of an excuse.

    • Vampire Bob

      This is whacked. Delusional. Take responsibility for your own “salvation,” Ms. Rice. You will do the world a service instead of promoting drivel designed to solve the 3rd century political problems of a “Christian” church dedicated to its own preservation.I have always found the new and old testaments incomprehensible as texts, though perhaps understandable when viewed as the allegorical writings of numerous “informants” with numerous motives at numerous times; the result being that of the major organized and historically prevailing religions, Christianity is arguably one of the least close to its origins and least functional in conveying essential truths about our humanity. It has been most effective at institutionalizing abusive practices, including colonialization and resource exploitation and justifying inequities based on gender and race.Ms. Rice’s position serves to glorify these traits and tactics and deny the obvious artifacts of delusional god referencing self identification.It’s so stupid it makes me gag. Love, Vampire Bob, friend to Carl Jung and the infinite universe of our own evolving self understanding.

    • Logan

      The U.S. election should not be about religions, but it may help to a better understanding of them. Countrary to some countries like Iran, in the U.S. there is, in principle, a separation of religion and potitics. Preachers are supposed to put God’s issues before political issues. And one of God’s commandement is that “one shall not murder”. During the war in Iraq, the U.S. has murdered prisonners after torturing them. When Saddam Hussein was an ally against Iran, the U.S. closed its eyes on a genocide against the kurdes that killed thousands of children and women (secretary of states Rumfeld at that time was meeting with Saddam giving him his benediction to solidify the alliance against Iran). There are too many examples of this type. Many preachers from the right and from the left can often not close their eyes on these types of events without criticizing the system responsible for them. Those who do close their eyes are not men of God, they are politicians.

    • Vampire Bob

      Word.

    • gcw

      I’ve got a good book idea of Anne Rice: Jesus Christ: Vampire

    • pilgrim

      Thank you for sharing your testimony, Ms. Rice– and for your bravery and courage to stand for the Truth no matter what the consequence. May the Son of Man continue to bless you in the heavenlies and bring your faith and trust in Him to a completion. Grace and peace…

    • Jesus

      It’s hard to imagine that people can be so stupid in the 21st century. I’d rather see infants thrown in the fire so that the sun can rise again. Wait, this already happened, and for many years. Doesn’t look like the human mind has evolved much further. Too depressed to even think more on the subject.Jesus

    • Zero-Equals-Infinity

      I believe in hope that is grounded in realism. I believe in the spirit of inquiry that drives man to explore that which is beyond his understanding.I believe that there is no separability, that each is intimately bound together, that unity in fact is expressed through diversity of form.I believe in renewal of the human heart; that suffering is an intrinsic part of life, but that love erupts when we confront suffering with sympathy, conviction and courage.I believe that though the exoteric forms of religion are many and varied, that the religious impulse is common to all men, even those who call themselves atheist. It is not that religious form is adequate, or that it is true in itself, but that it is can guide, and open doors through which what is in itself can be experienced. Some do not require religion, and they are fortunate to have the freedom to perceive the wonder that lies behind the veil directly, to apprehend and reflect without qualification. The key as I see it is to be gentle with oneself and others, to learn through experience, to never condemn but always see intrinsic beauty, even in the horror. While I am not a Christian, the message of the Sermon on the Mount still speaks to me, just as art, music, other sacred texts, and natural wonder speak to me. It is so unimportant for me to carry an exclusive and rigid belief-set. If what is labeled God is, then it is not separable from us anymore than an unfolding fractal is separable from the equation it expresses.Let us learn to appreciate each other, to find value in places where in the past we found fear. Let us be grateful to exist this day, to be alive to see all the wonder that unfolds. That is the renewal I want to see, and my approach to life, is what determines whether I experience that, without regard to what labels I do or do not associate.May each find within a peace and joy, an optimism for the future, and a commitment to sharing that in ways subtle and profound, material and not.

    • Greg Thomas

      She has gone off the deep end….

    • Karen W

      >Excuse me, but it was *man* who brought the hurting, wars and death. Why are you blaming God what for what man does (sometimes in God’s name)? He gives free will to all men. You’re free to choose Him, or not. He wants you to choose Him, but He won’t force you. He’s made a way for all men to come to Him for salvation through Jesus Christ. Again, your choice whether or not to accept this gift. If He takes away free will, then you will have no choice about what you do, what you believe. You’re just a robot. So which do you want? Free will and choice, or a existence of robot-obedience? Admit it, you want free will. And that means a lot of evil men are going to make bad choices. You’re assuming a great deal when you assume that God is in agreement with the evil in this world. You couldn’t be more wrong.By intervening now, even when we would most want Him to intervene, isn’t God taking away someone somewhere’s free will? He could do that, but He’s chosen not to until His own appointed time. He’s God. He made us and the whole world. Do you feel comfortable taking on the living God? Truly, I’d like to see that. And I’ll be relieved that I’m on the side of God when the time comes. God’s silence is a myth. He speaks to people today, maybe not in the same ways that He did in the past, but He’s real. Christians believe in God’s word, yes, but we believe in God because His Holy Spirit is inside of us. I couldn’t understand the Bible either, until God called me and made Himself known to me personally. I pray that all of you will someday have the same thing happen to you. Some of these ridiculous comments posted here–based on a wonderful testimony of faith–must sound to God like tiny ants, shaking almost non-existence fists at Him. What has He done so wrong, especially in Anne Rice’s case? He’s given her faith, love, peace. And so many of you want to steal it from her? *Why?* Does this make sense even to you? Why do you wish evil on others if you consider yourselves the ones in the right? To me, that sounds truly evil.

    • Kit

      Your testimony truly demonstrates the awesome power of Jesus Christ. He truly is the ultimate Agent of change in the life of every believer. Thank you finding the courage to share your faith. You approached your examination of Christ as a sceptic and became a believer. A living miracle!As I scientist, I meet so many colleagues who reject God based on superficial arguments. The arguments are often based on superficial secular treatments of Christianity or on unfortunate anecdotal stories that have been warped to lead themselves to the conclusion they personally desire. If they made these same type of arguments in their scientific work, I assure you, they would never get published.

    • Respect diferences in beliefs

      Greg Thomas : “She has gone off the deep end….”Why because shedoesn’t believe like you………..how egocentric.

    • donnolo

      How about inviting Ms. Rice to write another piece in The Post: “I believe in Vampires.”

    • SteveL

      Kit,”As I scientist, I meet so many colleagues who reject God based on superficial arguments. The arguments are often based on superficial secular treatments of Christianity or on unfortunate anecdotal stories that have been warped to lead themselves to the conclusion they personally desire. If they made these same type of arguments in their scientific work, I assure you, they would never get published.”How could you reject any type of argument, given the one you are proposing in your belief in the Christian god? Try publishing that evidence in a journal. There is none. There is tremendous evidence against the existence of the Christian god, which people choose to ignore by shielding themselves with “faith.” Believe what you want, but don’t suggest you’re a scientist when you choose to believe the most un-scientific explanation for the world and what happens in it. Whatever field you’re in – come up with an example. If you can argue there is a Christian god, I can use the same arguments to prove anything – Zeus exists, we can transmutate lead into gold, I can turn myself invisible … whatever. Everything is game if you succumb to “faith” as an explanation. See, it’s not just the facts against Christianity, it’s the whole method of coming up with it that’s flawed. So good luck with that.As for Anne Rice, given the quality of her writing, I am unsurprised that someone with so little intelligence has given up thinking in favor of “surrendering” her life to a ghost, a zombie, and a vicious dictator-god and their hate-filled writings.

    • Karen W

      Think of free will in this way:We are our children’s “makers”, so to speak. We have created them for good–what parent would want a child to do evil? Okay, so in this horror-world we live in there are some who do. But my point is, we love our children, want to protect, want them to choose to love us and choose to do what’s right. But we can’t make those choices for them, much as we might want to. We have to give them free will…to choose what’s wrong, what’s evil, what will hurt them, what will give them no peace, what will destroy their lives. We can only intervene so much. You DON’T have to go to hell. You make that choice on your own. God is good and right and holy, and He wants what any maker wants for His children. He wants you to love Him, wants you to choose Him and choose what’s right and holy. He won’t stop you from making the wrong choices. But in the end, yes, we’ll all have to face the consequences of our actions. Just like a child who’s gone astray and made wrong choices will face the consequences of their actions. We can intervene, but we can’t make the choice for the child. God can intervene and try to save us from our action–and He did, when He sent Jesus to die in our place–but He can’t make the decision for us.There is no gun to your head. Just a choice. And a consequence. I truly want to be with God. Even without the promise of heaven, I would follow Him. I love Him. I haven’t always loved Him because I didn’t know Him and didn’t understand who He is and what He offered me for a long time. I know now what He’s done for the whole world. For me. Because He loves everyone, including you, including me. He doesn’t want anyone to go to hell.And, by the way, God created man to be perfect but he gave him free will. Free will to sin, which man did immediately. We can’t seem to help it. That’s why we need a Savior. We can never be good enough on our on. And without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin. That’s why God gave us His own Son, man and God, to die once for all. All we have to do is accept this atonement. We can’t save ourselves. Good or bad, we’ve all sinned. None of us can stand next to a holy God.I’m flabbergasted at the *ugliness* of humanity as I read all these evil, horrid comments. Anne Rice simply told her story–not a fictional story (and her other stories are fiction–who doesn’t know fiction from reality now?)–but the story of what led her to faith in Christ. Why is she being attacked like she was telling everyone here they’re wrong, they must repent, must do this or that? I’m reminded of Stephen in the Bible, who started talking about the Scriptures and was stoned to death for it because a vicious mob didn’t like what he had to say. So many of you speak of allowing others to have the freedom to believe what they want, yet you deny Christians the same freedom you ask for.I started to say I don’t understand what’s happening here, but then John 8:44-47 popped into my head and it add made sense.

    • steve howze

      How can anyone be so self delusional to believe in anything so obviously contrived and untrue as the God of abraham, the divinity of jesus, or christian dogma. its all so preposterous!!

    • spiderman2

      Steve howze,How can you say the Bible is untrue when you are not able to interpret just a single metaphor in it? Even the wisest man in their time asked for guidance to understand the vision given to him.The truth is that even those prophets do not know what they wrote coz much of the prophecies shown to them refer to countries that don’t even exist during their time. They are written for the people of today so those who believe would never burn forever. The prophecies are now currently happening and just a few years from now a big portion of this world would be wiped out because of ignorance for the said prophecies. And that may just include you.”AND THE VISIONS OF MY HEAD TROUBLED ME. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.”

    • Stuart

      Believe any crazy thing you want. I believe you are using this Jeebus to sell more books. Good for you!

    • Ken

      Hello Anne Rice, No, I did not waste time reading your article. Ya see, I think religion is like sex; it is a private(no pun intended)thing. I am glad that you believe and trust God. But why exactly are you wasting time and ink telling us about it??????? Ken

    • Dr.Melfi

      Beautiful, Karen W, but let me fix that for ya!”You DON’T have to go to hell. You make that choice on your own. Tony Soprano is good and right and holy businessman, and He wants what any businessman in the waste disposal business wants for His employees. He wants you to love Him, wants you to choose Him and choose what’s right and holy for the family. He won’t stop you from making the wrong choices. But in the end, yes, we’ll all have to face the consequences of our actions. Just like a child who’s gone astray and made wrong choices, or like when Adrianna sold out to the feds, they will face the consequences of their actions. We can intervene, but we can’t make the choice for Adrianna or Big Pussy. Tony Soprano can intervene and try to save us from our action–and He did, when He sent Silvio, Paul and Christopher to have talk in our place–but He can’t make the decision for us.There is no gun to your head. Just a choice. And a consequence. And maybe a baseball bat and a lengthly hospital stay.”Much better!

    • john

      When you die you are dead. No Gods will help you or me. Get over it.What is so horrible about this fact?

    • spiderman2

      Gad, you make a good analogy. Yes it’s a big gun aimed over your head. But you have no idea that it’s real and that is why you’re behaving like a fool despite the fact that that big gun is ready to explode.

    • yoyo

      Anne;I urge you to read the recently published paperback “The Portable Atheist”; containing exciting mind bending essays by great thinkers like Carl Sagan, Albert Einstein, Lucretius, Omar Khayham, Boswell, Shelley, Mark Twain, Orwell, Updike, Ian McEwan,and many others who offer profoundly interesting views and responses to the great questions that we all ponder, from the cradle to the grave.For anyone with a curious mind who doesn’t settle for simple tales of magic to explain what we know about existence and our origins; and is interested in what many ‘great thinkers’ have said regarding these big questions over the centuries, this is a must read. “The Portable Atheist” (Essential Readings For The Unbeliever)published by Dacapo Press.2007.

    • WJones

      Oh, thank you, KAREN W! Thank you! I’m saved! Praise Jesus! I’m so happy, I think I may just talk in tongues! And I’m sure as Hell going to buy Anne’s new Jesus book! Praise!

    • Mary Jarvis

      How good it was to read Ann Rice’s testimony of her conversion. I read some of her books years ago. Thought she was a good writer but didn’t appreciate where she was coming from at the time and some of the elements in her writing. I will take a second look at her newer books now. What a great definition of faith and trust that she expresses. She writes with such talent and I think will show a new depth in her writing.

    • Betsy

      As a fellow writer and a Christian, I sincerely admire the courage it took for Anne to stand up for her newly discovered faith and risk the persecution of her devoted readers. She’s taking a huge step here, one of obedience that is honoring God and I applaud that faith. Its just another example of how the power of Christ can touch anyone’s life – ANYONE’S – and use people’s talents to bring glory to His name. I don’t think this is a ploy from Anne to get new readers or sell more books. I can’t know for sure, only she and God can know for sure, but her words ring sincere and her faith true. I think God has truly done a work in her life and she’s trying to share that with others and explain the change in her writing. A lot of authors have gone from writing secular fiction to what is considered “Christian fiction”. Its a brave thing to do and risky when you’re already known in the market for a particular type of non-Christian genre. But I really believe God will bless Ann’s faith and obedience and take her writing to an entirely new level. Who knows the plans He has for His children! But we can trust they are good. This is Easter Sunday and I can think of no better way to celebrate our risen Saviour than by reading the testimony of a life changed for Him. Congrats, Anne! Blessings!And for those who posted negative comments about the Christian faith and about Jesus and the church, know I’m praying for you, that God will touch your life much like He did Ann’s, and lead you to the cross and to an eternity with Him. Think of it this way – if you believe in Christ, die, and realize it was all a lie and there is nothing after death, isn’t that better than rejecting Jesus, dying, and realizing that there is very much indeed a heaven, hell, and judgment seat? Choose wisely! Heaven can be your home, salvation is a free gift, all you have to do is accept it and invite Jesus to live in your heart and change you to His will. You don’t have to clean up your act first, just go to Him as you are – He’ll accept you. I promise. Just pick up a Bible and see for yourself the truths therein. Happy Easter!

    • Ray

      “I believe in Jesus Christ. It’s that simple and that complex. I cannot convince anyone of it by reason, anymore than an atheist can convince me, by reason, that there is no God.”Good answer.I find most Atheists hard to talk to about Christianity because they seem to know everything anyway. I’m wrong they are always right, it really gets old after a while.If you don’t believe then so be it, but personally speaking I have had many things happen to me in my for me to believe in Christ then not to. It’s a personal relationship that I will always treasure.Again, a personal relationship with Christ.Ms. Rice is sharing her thoughts, not asking you to convert. Learn to open up your minds, sheesh.You’ll get farther in life(and after). :):PPS – Sorry haters, there really is evidence that Jesus existed. Even scholars won’t argue that.

    • spiderman2

      An atheist wrote : “Never try to teach a pig to sing. It only wastes your time and annoys the pig.”I’m willing to waste my time if my purpose is to annoy the pigs. Who knows, they would soon jump off out of their dirty pens and be set free from their stupidity. Not doing so would surely bring them to the “slaughter house” — a place where they’d be roasted forever. Unless they’d find the reason why DNAs can’t exist without intelligent help, the prospect of Hell waiting for them would still be there. If there’s a God, there is hell. That’s the main reason why they really try hard to pretend there is no God to convince them that there is no Hell. The DNA is there at your reach to examine, so start cracking them open. Break the mystery of DNA or break your head trying. Crack it open… dream on. Change the history… delude yourself. Just remember, if you are right and that there is no God then you won’t burn. If not, you burn. You have a 50-50 chance. But as science continue to ponder what’s behind all those mysteries like how weeds were formed, etc, the equation changes and it pictures a bad scenario for atheists. But I don’t believe in a 50-50 chance. I believe that 100 percent, you guys will burn in Hell. It’s written in the Bible and I believe it 100 percent. Nothing in the Bible that has been said that didn’t happen. Without a bit of doubt , you guys would burn after this life. Those words are pure gold – 24k and no impurity.

    • Ray

      “When you die you are dead. No Gods will help you or me. Get over it.What is so horrible about this fact?”Since when did you die and come back to life to tell us this presumed fact?

    • Dr. Ruth loves Freud

      SPIDERMAN2, How big is that gun, anyway? How long has it been since you had a good…explosion? You seem a little tense.

    • J

      Why must there be a hell if there is a God?

    • John

      “When you die you are dead. No Gods will help you or me. Get over it.What is so horrible about this fact?Since when did you die and come back to life to tell us this presumed fact?”If I told you, would you believe me?

    • E Favorite

      Karen W – regarding free will – what about people born in a place where they don’t hear about Christianity?They never have the opportunity to choose Christ freely, because they never hear about him.Do they go to hell?

    • Ben Matheny

      Should we believe in something as the result of a coercive threat that we will burn if we do not? I reject that and do not belive that the creator of the Universe is that small minded.

    • Kathy

      Thank you for your beautiful testimony to the truth of God, and His Son, Jesus Christ.

    • Jesus

      John 44-47, ” (44)Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.(45) And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. (46)Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

    • albutrym

      I never knew the writer of those vampire stories could be so deep!But considering the whole contest of the stories and this meditation, I guess it shouldn’t be surprising.

    • It is your choice

      Ben Methany, “Should we believe in something as the result of a coercive threat that we will burn if we do not? I reject that and do not belive that the creator of the Universe is that small minded.”~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Then what is it that you think God should do with non-believers. The basis of believing in God in faith, faith means having to trust God tom be who he say he is and that he will do what he says.After all no Father will let children run rampant and amuck. Read John 8:44-47, it tells what God thinks about those who resist him through non-belief. It is your choice; remember God gave all a choice.

    • Linton

      send any info for me please, i am a believer that Jesus Christ is our Savior

    • What, meditation?

      “I never knew the writer of those vampire stories could be so deep!But considering the whole contest of the stories and this meditation, I guess it shouldn’t be surprising.”~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    • meg

      Faith is nothing to brag about.Faith it was that removed the World Trade Center on 9/11, the greatest act of pure faith I have ever seen…pure and unselfish faith of the highest order…to give up your life for Allah. To slaughter infidels by the thousands.To be persuaded that that is what god wants you to do…kill infidels…and to then go ahead and do it in the most outrageous way takes faith. The faith that there is a god, and that this is what this god wants you to do.What enables this is the respect that society gives to Faith. It’s supposed to be correct, even virtuous to switch off your brain and just have blind, unquestioning faith. 9/11 screams out loud that faith is totally irrational, is way out of place in a 21st century civilization, and is quite possibly going to destroy the world in the not too distant future.

    • Cum again??

      Dr. Ruth loves Freud: “SPIDERMAN2, “How big is that gun, anyway? How long has it been since you had a good…explosion? You seem a little tense.”If you studied psychology you would know that Freud was a very sick man, he wore his mother’s underwear. Still i9nterested in using his advice?

    • Bible Faith is good

      Meg, “Faith is nothing to brag about.Faith it was that removed the World Trade Center on 9/11, the greatest act of pure faith I have ever seen…pure and unselfish faith of the highest order…to give up your life for Allah. To slaughter infidels by the thousands.To be persuaded that that is what god wants you to do…kill infidels…and to then go ahead and do it in the most outrageous way takes faith. The faith that there is a god, and that this is what this god wants you to do.What enables this is the respect that society gives to Faith. It’s supposed to be correct, even virtuous to switch off your brain and just have blind, unquestioning faith. 9/11 screams out loud that faith is totally irrational, is way out of place in a 21st century civilization, and is quite possibly going to destroy the world in the not too distant future.”The faith you reference is not biblical faith. Faith is something to brag about in conjunction with God’s word. Take Abraham he had a son as God promised well past his age to conceive children and his wife Sarah too had a child when she was past menopause.Hebrews 11:6, Without faith it is immpossible to please God……….

    • Dr. Ruth loves Freud

      Bwahahahaha!No, really. LOL!Score!

    • love to hear him moan, groan, and snore, then i know he is close to me

      Dr. Ruth loves Freud: No, really. LOL!Score!Good then I am done since we finanly agree on something and are at peace with one another.

    • Franklyn Suliveres

      There is no greater feeling than having the Blessed Assurance of being a child of God and realizing that we are eternal beings in an infinitesimal blip in the spectrum of eternity. Blessed be the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of Almighty God. It is through God’s Holy Spirit that His children experience the reality of the living eternal, almighty and merciful God. It is God’s desire that none are lost. All are given endless opportunities to acknowledge God and accept Him as God. Worship Him and pray to receive the Blessed Assurance in your spirit that you are a child of God. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

    • Neal:

      Ray and spiderman2:If you guys insist on using a dodgy probability rationale for believing in the Christian god, then please have the common decency to credit the man who invented that dodgy rationale, Blaise Pascal!BTW, your stated 50/50 odds only work if (among many, many other considerations):–You’ve chosen the correct god.

    • Keesha

      Ok, believers, answer the following:1) Why does god allow little children (or anyone for that matter) to be raped? He intervened in human life in various ways in the Old Testament, why not now?2) Can you prove that god exists without using the word ‘faith’? If yes, then please explain.3) Can you prove that your religion (Christianity) is THE path to god and that other religions have it wrong? If yes, explain – please do not quote the Bible. That’s like writing a book about the Spaghetti Monster and then quoting your book as proof that SM exists.4) What happens to those who never hear the salvation message, do they go to hell? Why/why not?5) How many of you believers are living as Christ intended? Do not use the ‘I am not perfect’ excuse either. If someone was offering you a million dollars to live as Christ intended for 30 days you would do it without any excuses.Awaiting your kind replies :)

    • Lthree

      I remember when I was “unsaved.” I remember saying I would never believe. So to all who say “I don’t believe this,” “I don’t believe God would …. (fill in the blank),” just know that it really doesn’t matter what you “believe.” Faith is what brings belief. Saying belief doesn’t mean a thing without faith. I can say I don’t believe in cement, but it doesn’t mean a thing, cement, doesn’t exit. God is that concrete. A pun. The beauty is it really doesn’t matter what you “think” God would do, or is, or should be, or should allow, or whatever. What matters is who God actually is. And another matter is, I guess the God of the Universe could figure out what to do with the people who have never heard of him. Do you think? Or, is he limited? Anyway, I have enjoyed the items people have brought up, those who don’t believe and those who obviously have a relationship with God, through Christ. Just to let you know, the atheists among us, all of your questions have been answered about ? 1700 years ago. There have been numerous books, treatises, and creeds, etc., and the big issues in Christianity have been settled for about ? 500 years. Since Martin Luther, anyway? So, maybe instead of saying “I don’t think this” you could Google your main concerns, like “Christian theology” and “what about people who don’t believe.” In case you actually were interested in that issue. Bigger minds than mine have tackled these questions, but, I hasten to add, the mind of an ordinary Christian is capable of tremendous insight into God and his nature.

    • al

      A wonderful testimony to the hope that only Christ can bring.

    • spiderman2

      I always hear unbelievers talk about “reason”. Upto now, nobody from their ranks know exactly how the grasses formed into existence. It took milleniums for humans just to generate power from the sun with it’s very crude system of silicon solar panels. The solar panel vs. the weed, it’s like comparing the distance of the star to an arm’s length. They are idiots, they are stupid and they are fools. Just like the Bible has said.What’s worse is they would burn. That’s why I’m so adamant to share my thoughts and that’s also the reason why Christ sacrificed His Life just for the opportunity to preach, and in the process, saved me and all the others that may not have believed if He hadn’t done so. The hand that kept the mystery of the grass is the same hand that holds the mystery of life, the promise of Heaven and the eternal curse of Hell. Don’t be too proud not to ponder coz nobody has ever defied death before except for One. What’s more foolish is that those who can’t, speak slightingly of the One who can. Very foolish.VERY FOOLISH, INDEED.

    • Bob Browning

      Regular people suffer and die every minute of the day. 40 or 50 million people died violent deaths in World War II alone! Millions die each day due to starvation. I’ve never understood what the big deal is about “God’s son” doing a long weekend’s worth of suffering on our behalf … Can’t we just give him a medal of some sort be done with it?

    • spiderman2

      Dr. Ruth loves Freud wrote : “How big is that gun, anyway? gad used that analogy of the gun but don’t worry, you would know how big that “gun” is soon. Every Bible word is true and the last time I checked, the next coming war is with Iran. If it doesn’t happen, then you’re free to believe in anything. Just wish that it won’t happen and let’s see what your will power can do.

    • William

      LTHREE:I remember when I was “saved”. I remember saying I would never NOT believe. So, to all who say, “I believe this”, “I believe God will…(fill in the blank),” just know that it doesn’t matter what you “believe”. Bigger minds than mind have tackled these questions, but, I hasten to add, the mind of an ordinary NON-Christian is capable of tremendous insight into man and his nature. To understand man’s fear of death, his need for certainty, significance, contribution, comfort, and growth. His wish for connection and love. Human beings created deity and religion to “meet” these needs and to explain the natural world. Religion is as ancient as early mankind, and as primitive.

    • spiderman2

      Neil wrote : “BTW, your stated 50/50 odds only work if (among many, many other considerations):”I don’t believe in that 50/50 myself. I’m 100% sure, all unbelievers and atheists are going to Hell. God is like pure gold. He doesn’t deal with impurities. His words are pure. It’s always 100% and not 99.9% let alone 50%.

    • Spiderman2

      gad wrote: “A war in perfect Heaven “I told you the Bible is not an easy to read Book. Even the prophets asked for interpretations to guide them. Just accept it that you flunked the course. You guys need a tutor in order to pass the course. Have you guys heard the word “failed” during your school days? How many times do you have to read the word before you understand it.

    • DR. RUTH LOVES FREUD

      SPIDERMAN2 wrote:Dr. Ruth loves Freud wrote : “How big is that gun, anyway?gad used that analogy of the gun but don’t worry, you would know how big that “gun” is soon.SPIDEY, did you really not understand that by “gun” I meant your penis? And by “explosion”, I meant sex? And by “tense”, I meant sexually? Hint: Dr. Ruth/FreudDo you think you are pleasing god with all that vindictive rage spewing out all over the place? Where are your “fruits of the spirit”? Remember? Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control?

    • DR RUTH LOVE FREUD

      Oops, SPIDERMAN2, I forgot “kindness”! Probably because you’ve been demonstrating SUCH kindness in all your words today.

    • Eric Hansmeier

      To Keesha:Okay, I’ll give it a try.1. I would not insult anyone who has suffered rape, or suffered in any other way, by offering an explanation that could only appear to be a justification of their suffering. I don’t believe there is a satisfactory answer to this question, which is one thing about my faith that continues to trouble me. What I do believe is that God suffers with those who suffer, and that he offers comfort and healing.2. No, I cannot offer proof of God’s existence that does not require faith. But I must admit that I’ve always found this whole discussion to be kind of strange. I believe God to be a real being, not a proposition. To ask me to prove that God exists makes as much sense as asking me to prove that my wife exists. My response in either case would be to invite you to meet them.3., 4., and 5. I find that the older I get, the less I worry about proving that Christianity is the only path to heaven, or to decide who is and is not saved (whether they’ve had a chance to hear the message of salvation or not). I’m much more concerned about where I am with God, and how God is judging me. Besides, I figure that God didn’t give me the job of deciding who goes to heaven and who goes to hell, so it’s probably not something he needs me to worry about. And the reason I need Jesus’ atoning sacrifice is that even for a million dollars I could not live as he wishes me to.

    • spiderman2

      DR RUTH LOVE FREUD wrote: “I forgot “kindness”! Probably because you’ve been demonstrating SUCH kindness in all your words today. “If a man shouts “FIRE” in front of your BURNING house, it means care and kindness. He’s hoping you’d run away from your burning house. You guys are still sleeping. Wake up.

    • Brian Whitmore

      Thank you for the reminder that it is all about Him and not about us.

    • Neal:

      HIGHLYBLESSEDONE wrote:–”It was never God’s intention to create hell and send man to it.”If god is omnipotent and omniscient, then at some point *before* god created the first angel or the first atom of our universe, god *knew* that angels and men would fall short of his standards and that he’d also have to create a hell to which to send them. If he didn’t know *beforehand* that it wouldn’t turn out so bueno, then he isn’t omniscient. If he couldn’t prevent it, then he isn’t omnipotent.

    • GAD

      HighlyBlessedOne:How typically Christian:- Sheol is not Hell. There is no Hell or Satan in the OT, these beautiful things are brought to us in the NT.Lest we forget, Sheol is not Hell. There is no Hell or Satan in the OT, these are the gifts of Jesus. Look it up and read it and weep.

    • Kevin

      Great article..Well said..I think I have the same disbelief you had in the beginning..

    • Anna Herring

      Very beautiful, Miss Rice, beautifully stated. Your words “the God who could make the Double Helix and the snow flake, the God who could make the Black holes in space, and the lilies of the field, could do absolutely anything and must know everything” remind me of the passages in Job 38 about God’s greatness in creation compared to Job’s or man’s understanding. And the rest of the essay is equally full and inspired.Thank you for writing this. I am passing it on to others.

    • Joe

      Belief is mind based. It is based on the activity of mind. It is a beginning. A deeper crossing-over is Realization. The examples of Realization I have found are mostly from the East. Devotees of God swoon ecstatically in the Divine and are passed beyond themselves into Oneless with That One. They leave mind behind and are Absorbed in Him. Gone in the Lord, finally not separate from Him.

    • Albert Richie

      Well then Anne Rice,Now why is it that I have a feeling that I will not get an answer to these questions that makes any sense? Maybe it is that whenever a person claims that God talked to them, al they can do is describe is a feeling of euphoria that they can’t explain.The problem is not that you can’t proof these things. The trouble is you can’t explain these things, and if this al knowing God did really speak to you should be able to.

    • Ricardo

      Look..i don’t believe in him…it’s that simple….and not so complex……and it’s highly annoying to have religion shoved down my throat wether by radio…TV or otherwise…and of course…this country was founded on christian principles…oh yes..what a lord….genocide of the natives…by christians…slavery by christians….meddling with political affairs of other countries strictly for our government’s(the corporation)benefit….if this is the god whose principles you all follow….wow…what a god?!

    • Ricardo

      Look..i don’t believe in him…it’s that simple….and not so complex……and it’s highly annoying to have religion shoved down my throat wether by radio…TV or otherwise…and of course…this country was founded on christian principles…oh yes..what a lord….genocide of the natives…by christians…slavery by christians….meddling with political affairs of other countries strictly for our government’s(the corporation)benefit….if this is the god whose principles you all follow….wow…what a god?!

    • Dave

      When we’re young, many of us believe in silly stories about the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, and of course the Easter Bunny. As we learn the truth, we put our simple ideas aside and view reality. One story many of us can’t give up is the one about a god who cares about human life. It’s perhaps the silliest story of them all. Why believe it? Because none of us has the capacity to fully understand the whole of reality; belief in a god is a sort of shorthand way to explain why we exist, just as Santa Claus is the simple explantion for presents under a Christmas tree, the tooth fairy is the explanation for money under pillow, and the Easter Bunny suffices for candy and Easter eggs hidden in the house. Because none of us can understand the meaning of reality, some of us prefer to stick with the stories we grew up with, even though they are patently absurd. People like George Bush and Ann Rice and perhaps the person reading this comment. There is no god, though, just as there is no Easter Bunny, no Santa Claus, no Tooth Fairy, except as they exist in our minds as electro-chemical reactions. There is an elaborate story about god, and for Christians, about Jesus, which, when closely examined, is obviously impossible, but it suffices for some because it’s easier to accept, silly as the story about god is, than to accept that reality itself can never be truly revealed to human eyes. And thank goodness, or reality would be borning.

    • Dave

      When we’re young, many of us believe in silly stories about the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, and of course the Easter Bunny. As we learn the truth, we put our simple ideas aside and view reality. One story many of us can’t give up is the one about a god who cares about human life. It’s perhaps the silliest story of them all. Why believe it? Because none of us has the capacity to fully understand the whole of reality; belief in a god is a sort of shorthand way to explain why we exist, just as Santa Claus is the simple explantion for presents under a Christmas tree, the tooth fairy is the explanation for money under pillow, and the Easter Bunny suffices for candy and Easter eggs hidden in the house. Because none of us can understand the meaning of reality, some of us prefer to stick with the stories we grew up with, even though they are patently absurd. People like George Bush and Ann Rice and perhaps the person reading this comment. There is no god, though, just as there is no Easter Bunny, no Santa Claus, no Tooth Fairy, except as they exist in our minds as electro-chemical reactions. There is an elaborate story about god, and for Christians, about Jesus, which, when closely examined, is obviously impossible, but it suffices for some because it’s easier to accept, silly as the story about god is, than to accept that reality itself can never be truly revealed to human eyes. And thank goodness, or reality would be borning.

    • David Crosby

      How can intelligent people believe in a Roman Emperor’s fabrication from 1700 years ago?

    • David Crosby

      How can intelligent people believe in a Roman Emperor’s fabrication from 1700 years ago?

    • PK

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    • You Gotta Be Kiddin

      Anne Rice is a fiction writer, so she continues with it in this diatribe. I read every word in the bible, and if it is the word of God, and you don’t find that troubling at all? Then someone goes on to say that those who disagree have not read the Bible, ooops, wrong, I have and it was what drove me away from it, read lots of other religious text and wow talk about ghosts, goblins and other fairytale stories. Those who are Religious, be it Christian or whatever may need a Divine Lie to be good and moral, I don’t, I am moral and decent because I want to be, not that I will be damned or rewarded but because I have the common decency to do so because it is the right thing to do, not for any ulterior reason or for rewards, just because it is moral. And if you believe your fairytale God will damn me for being moral without believing in him, oh well I will continue to be helpful, kind, loving and all without the thought of reward or damnation. If your petty God wants to Damn me for having the moral fortitude to be good without belief oh well, so be it.

    • spiderman2

      I don’t think any kind of explanation would soothe you coz in the first place why won’t you believe a person who can raise himself alive after being bled to death and buried in a tombstone for 3 days? He has turned water into wine, walked over water, calm a storm thru his words, and multiplied fishes and bread into thousands. He can easily call an earthquake or lightning bolts to overcome his captors but he chose not to but let himself die instead. I don’t know why He chose that path but the harder question is why you chose not to believe. Why is it easy for you to blame God when we know in fact that our knowledge is so limited compared to Him. In the first place, your question alone might be faulty by itself. Didn’t you thought of that? Coz if we stopped Bin Ladin earlier when he was starting to rule over Afghanistan or Hitler when he was starting to make hate speeches, all these things could not have happened.

    • spiderman2

      Albert Richie,I don’t think any kind of explanation would soothe you coz in the first place why won’t you believe a person who can raise himself alive after being bled to death and buried in a tombstone for 3 days? He has turned water into wine, walked over water, calm a storm thru his words, and multiplied fishes and bread into thousands. He can easily call an earthquake or lightning bolts to overcome his captors but he chose not to but let himself die instead. I don’t know why He chose that path but the harder question is why you chose not to believe. Why is it easy for you to blame God when we know in fact that our knowledge is so limited compared to Him. In the first place, your question alone might be faulty by itself. Didn’t you thought of that? Coz if we stopped Bin Ladin earlier when he was starting to rule over Afghanistan or Hitler when he was starting to make hate speeches, all these things could not have happened.

    • Southernlight

      Anne Rice, What a great testimony…you bear witness to the greatness of the Lord…thanks for the awesome piece!!!

    • spiderman2

      Dave wrote : “There is no god, though, just as there is no Easter Bunny, no Santa Claus, no Tooth Fairy, except as they exist in our minds as electro-chemical reactions.”.Nobody believes on Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, or Tooth Fairy but I’m interested about your so called electro-chemical reactions. If you truly understand the workings of the brain then why can’t you make yourself a smarter one? Remember, your brain started from just a series of AT & GT nucleotides which are very much simpler to what it has become. A lot of things in this world are still unknown and it may not be in your best interest if all things will finally be revealed in time.

    • J. D.

      “R-O-U-S’s? I don’t believe they exist.”

    • dick bohanon

      anne i thrilled that you believe.

    • J. D.

      “R-O-U-S’s? I don’t believe they exist.” I’m a believer but I’ve always struggled with the idea that God can justly send people to Hell because they were ‘born sinners.’ I lead a decent life–I’m working hard for my wife and daughter–I volunteer my time–I donate sacrificially to non-profits–I recycle everything–I even declare hobby income on my tax returns. I suppose I have as much or more reason than most people to consider myself ‘a good person.’ But, I would in no way consider myself ‘pure.’ If there is no God–I’m in pretty good shape. I’m one of those people who says, ‘I’m decent for decency’s sake.’ Even though a naturalistic philosophy is inherently deterministic (hence naturalists can’t be decent for decency’s sake and should only argue with theists if they are caused to by the determinitive forces of nature). On the other hand, if there is a God, I will have to deal with that one way or another. People who are trespassing in the fire swamp will have to fight rodents of unusual size whether or not they believe they exist. I believe I really love God and I am thankful for my life and the many things I enjoy and have experienced and received. But the simple motivation for the time I knelt before God (a God or ontological or epistemological reality?–we’ll have to see) and asked for forgiveness for my lack of purity is the same motivation for recycling, working for my family, or declaring hobby income on my taxes. RELATIONSHIP. In order to be in a right relationship with my family I have to serve my wife and daughter. I recycle because I live on the earth, and I want to be in a right relationship with it. I do not own the earth and I know I cannot do as I please with it and expect to escape the consequences. Not believing in global warming doesn’t keep my house from flooding. I pay taxes because I live in America and I am under authorities that I prefer to maintain a right relationship with. Not believing in the IRS will not prevent a audit. I took the time to write this because I honestly understand how silly the Christian gospel can sound at times. Some of you will take that perspective to your graves. If you’re right, you’d better get your gloating in here on earth because there’s no ‘I told you so’ in the naturalist’s grave. To me, it seems silly that the US government can tax me on hobby income just because I was born in the US and work and play here–but that doesn’t absolve me of my responsibility to pay taxes. It also seems strange to me that I have to make peace with God just because I was born ‘a sinner.’ But, if God (Jesus) actually was willing to die in my place so I could have peace with Him, I know a good deal when I see it.

    • Anonymous

      It’s barely worth responding to Spider2, since he can’t bother to respond to my actual words and refutes what he already knows is true.For example, “Nobody believes on Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, or Tooth Fairy”Not true. Immature minds by the millions belive in these imaginary entities. “I’m interested about your so called electro-chemical reactions. If you truly understand the workings of the brain then why can’t you make yourself a smarter one?”I never claimed I “truly” (whatever “truly” means) understand the workings of the brain. I merely said thoughts about the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and god are electro-chemical reactions in the brain.”A lot of things in this world are still unknown and it may not be in your best interest if all things will finally be revealed in time.”If you were capable of understanding my last sentence, you’d see you’ve merely repeated, in your own words, what I’d already written.

    • Duff

      It’s always fascinating to come upon a person who seems so complex and intelligent and then find out they are nothing more than a garden variety simple person.Ah, the power of religion.

    • pv

      believe all you want.I do not trust the church.

    • Phil

      Homosexual murderous vampire author loves Christ! News at 11.

    • Michael

      I guess Anne believes God is a person and that Jesus wants to be her “lord”. While I admire her belief in Jesus I am amazed by how many intelligent people are misinterpreting the New Testament.

    • bob biles

      Very well written piece…worth reading and following. I agree with Ms Rice.

    • bob biles

      Very well written piece…worth reading and following. I agree with Ms Rice.

    • william kraal

      oh jezus maria anne you the great writer how can you possible go for this scam ??religion is a total fraud run mostly by homophobic men to get your hardearned dollars!! religion poisons everything and everyone it touches!! just look at what this preacher has done to mr obamas presidential run!!

    • Cane

      It is simply academically dishonest for anyone, religious or athiest to profess to know the truth of whether a god exists or not. If we did know, we would not use words like “faith” or “belief” when discussing religion or god.In our discourse, this should be the starting point. No one has EVER proven the existance of god and its dissapointing that someone who is clearly an intelligent academic can come so close to saying so yet lose all credibility with statements like their belief is “total”. Please have the academic honesty to say that total belief is as misguided as total disbelief. It is reason that guides athiests to believe what they do, it is “faith” that guides those to believe a proposterous narrative based on fantasy.

    • Cane

      It is simply academically dishonest for anyone, religious or athiest to profess to know the truth of whether a god exists or not. If we did know, we would not use words like “faith” or “belief” when discussing religion or god.In our discourse, this should be the starting point. No one has EVER proven the existance of god and its dissapointing that someone who is clearly an intelligent academic can come so close to saying so yet lose all credibility with statements like their belief is “total”. Please have the academic honesty to say that total belief is as misguided as total disbelief. It is reason that guides athiests to believe what they do, it is “faith” that guides those to believe a proposterous narrative based on fantasy.

    • spiderman2

      Cane wrote: “It is reason that guides athiests to believe what they do, it is “faith” that guides those to believe a proposterous narrative based on fantasy.”If that is true then why am I able to know what’s the next coming war and the other succeeding wars but you can’t? The language of God is so smart that no atheist is capable of comprehending it. Their level of intelligence is so low that they can’t distinguish a metaphor to a fantasy.

    • deb

      An incredible, wonderful testimony! Thank you, Anne Rice, for sharing your faith. As Christians, our only obligation is to live as witnesses to Jesus’ love and power. You have done that.

    • Stan

      Spiderman2 – I think you mean (to pick only the most glaring of several grammatical errors in your post) “distinguish a metaphor FROM a fantasy.” We atheists may be lacking in intelligence but by gosh we know our grammar. But please tell us more about these wars that your faith and high level of intelligence allow you to predict.

    • anonymous

      Atheist know their grammer, then tell me where does “gosh darn” fit at in proper sentence structure?Atheist cannot stand on their own, if you notice it not “I” or “me” it is always “we” and “us.” Spiderman2, you are the man!

    • anonymous

      Atheist know their grammer, then tell me where does “gosh darn” fit at in proper sentence structure?Atheist cannot stand on their own, if you notice it not “I” or “me” it is always “we” and “us.” Spiderman2, you are the man!

    • BUNKERMAN

      It’s obvious from these comments that many don’t buy into Christianity. But “love your enemies” transcends religions. Anne and Christians believe what they believe, and it IS that simple. It often cannot be explained, nor should it have to be explained to the satisfaction of anyone. Stop wasting time arguing about who is right and tend to your own beliefs,whatever they may be.

    • Art Paine

      I never would have guessed, with her earlier writings, that Anne had been or would become again a person of strong faith.It just underscores Jesus’ teaching about not judging other people. You never know what is in store in the future.Kudos to Newsweek for posting this and not bowing to pressure some want to push so hard – that faith be completley removed from reasoned dialouge. Art Paine

    • Art Paine

      I never would have guessed, with her earlier writings, that Anne had been or would become again a person of strong faith.It just underscores Jesus’ teaching about not judging other people. You never know what is in store in the future.Kudos to Newsweek for posting this and not bowing to pressure some want to push so hard – that faith be completley removed from reasoned dialouge. Art Paine

    • moe

      Have you seen your shrink latelly? Besides, how gives a hoot if you believe in a mythological idea? Why do you push it on others? I believe in the Toothfairy but don’t go around selling it to everyone I meet.Try growing uP!

    • Lee

      It’s easy to write anti-Christian books. Christ taught us to love our enimies. Write an anti-Muslim book and you die.

    • anonymous

      David Crosby wrote: “And before you rebuke and condemn me, I’d like to see gods signature authorizing you and the rest of the flock to speak for him.”Jesus’s mandate to his Disciples was, “Go and make believers of all nations.” If you believe that the scriptures are the inspired word of God, that’s about as close to a “signature” as you’re going to get. They have God’s proxy. I have no problem with that. I do have a problem with any religion that excludes so many. I find it hard to believe that an inclusive god would condemn someone to eternal damnation simply because they didn’t pick the correct flavor of religion.

    • OMGosh

      bman, your a crock. more believers have posted then anyone else. it just that during the night someone posted “hatred” against believers while others slept. take a look at yesyrdays posting if you want a tue picture of the writers supportersafter I woke this morning and saw what someone spent the night spreading hatrdd of christiansit made me sick!I love God and Jesus and nothing a cruel mean-spirited arheist says will change my mind. Atheist are full of hatred for God’s people and the two sects will neve get along. I know that now.

    • OMGosh

      bman, your a crock. more believers have posted then anyone else. it just that during the night someone posted “hatred” against believers while others slept. take a look at yesyrdays posting if you want a tue picture of the writers supportersafter I woke this morning and saw what someone spent the night spreading hatrdd of christiansit made me sick!I love God and Jesus and nothing a cruel mean-spirited arheist says will change my mind. Atheist are full of hatred for God’s people and the two sects will neve get along. I know that now.

    • Gobble D Gook

      Don’t reject the message because you don’t like the messenger.

    • muhammad

      well im not an atheist but i know one thing i respect, follow & love jesus (pbuh)more than you do it in u’re way… the question is how?Well i follow the commandments of which the 1st one says that “their is no god besides one true Lord”that is Allah (SWT) cuz the commandments were passed on to him by moses hence…. which lord moses is talking about … ? Allah (swt) it is so neccessary for us to beleive n respect … him that if we dont … a muslim is not truely muslim untill he doesnt believe in jesus miraculous birth & that he was not crucified & will return back i can show you so many refrences regarding the topic that jesus never NEVER NEVER claimed divinity…neither did he claimed the he is the son of god by literal sense… its a provervic expression the God Almighty used for he’s servants… & i have so many references where God call david as is begotten son, enos & ejil He’s son.. but again its just a proverbic sense… if i say life is like an ice cream .. eat it before it melts… WOULD U BELIEVE THAT LIFE IS MADE UP OF VANILLA N CHOChOLATE… N IT MELTS… OR RATHER you would understand the meaning behind it … similarly read the bible … again … as it has many differences & the meanings…. ONE MORE THING GOD IS ALMIGHTY HE IS WAY MORE ABOVE IN ATTRIBUTEs THAN TO BEGET OR TO TAKE A HUMAN FORM TO COME TO EARTH… HE CREATED ALL THIS HE KNOWs IT … HE’S ALLAH THE ALMIGHTY LORD HE CAN CREAT MATTER FROM NOTHING & CAN TURN MATTER INTO NOTHIN… for further help do not hesitate to contactthanks

    • Rodney King

      Can’t we all just get along?

    • anonymous

      To all those who believe that theirs is the one true religion:God gave you a head that turns so that you might look in more than one direction.

    • Anna

      I feel certain my late, esteemed father Sigmund would diagnose mr. spiderman2 with a powerful father fixation – and he very probably engaged in auto-erotic fantasies about his mother.We have here all the ingredients of a devout believer in an all powerful God, such as we find in the Old Testament. This is a very deep-seated neurotic complex, and will not easily be pried out of mr. spiderman’s psyche. Of course his whole world revolves around this fantasy. Extensive therapy is recommended immediately, before he becomes a danger to himself and others.

    • Anonymous

      Duff,You wrote:”It’s always fascinating to come upon a person who seems so complex and intelligent and then find out they are nothing more than a garden variety simple person.Ah, the power of religion.”Perhaps the person is not so simple. Perhaps, instead, faith is more complex and intelligent than you suppose.

    • jkoch

      Rice writes, “A long life of historical study and biblical research led me to my belief.”Sorry, but there can be no historical “proof” of the tenets of Christianity nor that the Bible is the universal or perfect basis for belief. The basic Christian creed consists of things beyond proof. To say they rest on faith, meanwhile, does not make them a particularly acute basis on which to make decisions. For instance, no religion advocates blanket killings, yet people of all faiths or no faith occasionally kill, sometimes in large numbers and for reasons (they claim) are consistent with faith.To say, “Trust in Jesus,” may furnish a sort of inner comfort, but what does it really mean? If it signifies, “He died that we may be redeemed of sin,” exactly how does that alter one’s propensity to sin further? How does one measure the attainments of any particular faith? Let’s strip away the stained glass and mystical inner orgies. If the rate of homicide is any index, religious America is more damned than secular Denmark of Japan.Faith is a very useful form of branding if one wants to share experiences with like-minded people. If one wants to run for office, sell books, stay out of trouble with relatives, or simply attain respectability in a community, there is great reward in joining. However, if one needs to operate in a world of multiple creeds, each of them affirming their own perfection, it is not particularly productive to go around proselytizing or boasting. There are positive beliefs that we can share and promote without meddling in other people’s private tastes or traditions.

    • jkoch

      Rice writes, “A long life of historical study and biblical research led me to my belief.”Sorry, but there can be no historical “proof” of the tenets of Christianity nor that the Bible is the universal or perfect basis for belief. The basic Christian creed consists of things beyond proof. To say they rest on faith, meanwhile, does not make them a particularly acute basis on which to make decisions. For instance, no religion advocates blanket killings, yet people of all faiths or no faith occasionally kill, sometimes in large numbers and for reasons (they claim) are consistent with faith.To say, “Trust in Jesus,” may furnish a sort of inner comfort, but what does it really mean? If it signifies, “He died that we may be redeemed of sin,” exactly how does that alter one’s propensity to sin further? How does one measure the attainments of any particular faith? Let’s strip away the stained glass and mystical inner orgies. If the rate of homicide is any index, religious America is more damned than secular Denmark of Japan.Faith is a very useful form of branding if one wants to share experiences with like-minded people. If one wants to run for office, sell books, stay out of trouble with relatives, or simply attain respectability in a community, there is great reward in joining. However, if one needs to operate in a world of multiple creeds, each of them affirming their own perfection, it is not particularly productive to go around proselytizing or boasting. There are positive beliefs that we can share and promote without meddling in other people’s private tastes or traditions.

    • spiderman2

      Anna wrote : “Of course his whole world revolves around this fantasy. “Anna, it’s metaphor, not fantasy. Why can’t you atheists distinguish metaphors FROM fantasy? Please elevate your level of thinking a bit higher. It’s hard to stoop too low.

    • Anonymous

      Duff,You wrote:”It’s always fascinating to come upon a person who seems so complex and intelligent and then find out they are nothing more than a garden variety simple person.Ah, the power of religion.”Perhaps the person is not so simple. Perhaps, instead, faith is more complex and intelligent than you suppose.Some very “complex” thinkers devoted their lives to the study of their faith. Viz. CS Lewis, GK Chesterton, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, etc.

    • G Q

      Congratulations for such an inspired exhortation.Giulio Varsi

    • Keesha

      The ‘why can’t we all just get along’ and ‘you have your religion/belief system, and i have mine, so leave me alone’ – type comments, though often comical, are stupid. Asking to be left alone with your beliefs while you (Christians) ‘spread the Word’ or while Muslims threaten death for even accidental depictions of the Prophet or while Jews claim that god gave them a certain parcel of land and everyone else (*ahem* Palestinians) be damned or while Catholics push abstinence to populations dying of AIDS rather than preach abstinence AND provide them with condoms… well, you get my point (I hope). Your religions do not leave the rest of the world alone. Furthermore, you all claim that your religions are true, and for the most part, necessary for the proper functioning of society. Don’t be surprised when some of us ask for 1) PROOF and b) PROOF.As an aside, I would like to thank religious zealots worldwide for inflicting torture, pain, genocide and murder on non-believers, both now and in the past, in the name of their religion. Whether rightfully or wrongfully so, acts are committed in the name of religion by believers who believe that they have a mandate from god to do so. Encourage reason and rational thought, believers. It’s silly to encourage people to believe or have faith, but not encourage them to question the foundation of that faith.That is all.

    • E Favorite

      Lthree says, “I guess the God of the Universe could figure out what to do with the people who have never heard of him. Do you think? Or, is he limited?”So why didn’t he tell us about these people? He told us about everything else of importance. Are you saying it’s not important to spread the Good News? I thought that was in the Bible too. But still, God doesn’t mention the issue of people in different cultures that missionaries never get to. To JD – so when all is said and done, you’re still afraid of going to hell, right?To OmGosh – I wonder if your idea of spreading “hatred” about Christianity is any a statement about not believing in it.

    • mwone

      There is an old hymn that is entitled…Trust, Perfect Trust….and at the core of this realization is to stop relying on oneself for all the answers and to open up oneself for the possibility of something new and completely wonderful.

    • mwone

      There is an old hymn that is entitled…Trust, Perfect Trust….and at the core of this realization is to stop relying on oneself for all the answers and to open up oneself for the possibility of something new and completely wonderful.

    • Claudia

      I was named after Ms. Rice’s character in “Interview with a Vampire.”God, how I miss her vampire books.

    • danl

      well,

    • neil

      Man, has she turned in a nut case. Wonder how long THIS phase will last.

    • Judy

      I have read both “Out of Egypt” and now “Christ the Lord”. “Christ the Lord” is one of the MOST beautiful books I have EVER read. I was hesitant to read anything you had written because of your previous subject matter. That has all changed and I so look forward to your next two books about Christ. I have recommended “Christ the Lord” to family and friends. God does work in mysterious ways – your life is a testament. God bless.

    • Jim Keener

      This is moving testimony.

    • Anonymous

      Well goody goody for you. Your belief system is another way to try and overcome reality. By believing in superstition and primitivism you have suspended reality for a fairy tail of a supernatural resurrection. People who believe have been able to use religion to alter their minds much like drugs and alcohol can do. Religous belief suspends reality and replaces it with a mind altering feel good experience. However, reality is by definition real and faith is the exact opposite. Dream on Anne Rice.

    • Evan Burroughs

      That’s nice, Anne. Now stop the preaching and get back to writing something scary.

    • spiderman2

      Danl wrote : “worship him or die….or worse be tortured forever in hell.”It can be liken to a person on top of the building and somebody said , “don’t jump” but he jumped anyway. The choice is really ours — to be foolish or not. But sadly, many choose to be foolish.

    • anna

      My esteemed and deeply revered father Sigmund was very clear in his analysis of religious fanaticismThe pious follower of religion is caught between two fundamental psychic forces: Eros and Thanatos – the will to live and the very covert desire to die (and accompanied by a preoccupation with all things related to death). Thus, we must die in order to live, and so forth. Unfortunately, the true believer projects these psychic confabulations on the world at large under the power of mysterious psychic figure, the Shadow – who rules the world of death, and is unknown to the pious follower, who nevertheless remains completely committed (often fanatically) to their religous beliefs but without any external or empirical basis in fact. And thus we witness the machinations and the unconscious actions and projections of the Shadow (a deep seated neurotic complex). In other words, believers do believe with a force of will, but without any knowledge of why they believe as they do. Our esteemed departed colleague, Carl Gustov Jung, had great insight into this deep psychic conundrum. Extensive therapy was the only ‘cure’ – the Shadow is expunged by bringing it up out of the depths of the Unconscious realm and purified by exposure to the light of consciousness and conscious knowledge. The process of Individuation can then go forward as the natural ‘spiritual’ goal that was originally intended for each person, as their inalienable birthright. What those goals may be can only be identified for and by each individual – in the end, they are very likely to transcend a preoccupation with religion as we commonly know it. The followers of any faith are typically stuck at a psychically proscribed developmental level that commonly remains the primary fixation and chief pursuit over a complete lifetime. In that case, we must believe that the Shadow remains as a powerful if hidden operational factor for those individuals.

    • FAN of FSM

      Anne, I believe in the flying spaghetti monster. It’s that simple and complex.

    • rr

      One Church-Roman Catholic. Two-Last four things-Heaven, Hell, Death, Judgment. Three-Three persons in one God, Blessed Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Five-Reject Vatican II, false council.

    • Dave

      Spiderman2 wrote: >Why can’t you atheists distinguish metaphors FROM fantasy? Please elevate your level of thinking a bit higher. It’s hard to stoop too lowI’ve met people – and seen them and heard them and read their words – who say everything in the bible must be taken literally. To these people, who seem legion, metaphor does not exist in the bible. Spidey sounds like a non-believer, one headed for hell for doubting the complete truthfulness of the bible. Are all these Christians right and Spidey is wrong? Which parts of the bible does he think are metaphorical, and which parts does Spidey think describes things that really happened? Or is all the bible metaphor to Spidey?

    • spiderman2

      Anna wrote : “In other words, believers do believe with a force of will, but without any knowledge of why they believe as they do. “How can Freud possibly know that when he’s not a believer himself? How can he possibly know the taste of a certain exotic fruit like mangosteen if he had not tasted one? Try asking him what it taste like and you’d begin to think that he’s a nutcase if he really tries to without tasting it first. Sorry Anna, you have to ask for it first, to get it. “Ask and it shall be given”.

    • Stop the hate

      Keesha:The ‘why can’t we all just get along’ and ‘you have your religion/belief system, and i have mine, so leave me alone’ – type comments, though often comical, are stupid. Asking to be left alone with your beliefs while you (Christians) ‘spread the Word’ or while Muslims threaten death for even accidental depictions of the Prophet or while Jews claim that god gave them a certain parcel of land and everyone else (*ahem* Palestinians) be damned or while Catholics push abstinence to populations dying of AIDS rather than preach abstinence AND provide them with condoms… well, you get my point (I hope). Your religions do not leave the rest of the world alone.Furthermore, you all claim that your religions are true, and for the most part, necessary for the proper functioning of society. Don’t be surprised when some of us ask for 1) PROOF and b) PROOF.As an aside, I would like to thank religious zealots worldwide for inflicting torture, pain, genocide and murder on non-believers, both now and in the past, in the name of their religion. Whether rightfully or wrongfully so, acts are committed in the name of religion by believers who believe that they have a mandate from god to do so.Encourage reason and rational thought, believers. It’s silly to encourage people to believe or have faith, but not encourage them to question the foundation of that faith.That is all.You don’t won’t proof you want to argue. I have witnessed so many people answering your questions only to have you and others be rude, obnoxious, and argue their answer.Why ask if your intention is to argue the point. If you cannot be mature about the commenter’s response then don’t ask the question.I do not mind a healthy sometimes heated debate but I’ll be damned if you or any other non-believer, Atheist, or anyone else is going to set me up to start an argument, period.

    • Nan

      Anne Rice, thank you. This is a powerful essay … a fresh, articulate, contemporary expression of the conversion experience and its implications. I appreciate it very much.In such a disordered and hostile world, it takes courage to share one’s sincere spirituality with others. I’m glad you took that risk.

    • Rob L/

      Insanity is sad. Rice is sad.

    • Jack

      There are three types of people in this world:Anyone who claims that their belief is knowledge sounds arrogant,foolish, or both. To ridicule those who don’t share your belief is childish – whether your belief is correct or not.

    • Keesha

      To ‘Stop the Hate’: If I were in the business of laying a trap, judging by your response, you fell for it :) I’m not here to ‘argue’, I’m too busy for that (I still have to clean my bathroom, fold some laundry and buy food for my fish – i think he’s obese).If you take issue with something I wrote, then debunk it.

    • MayorOfNW

      congrats on finding Jesus lady, maybe us atheists would be less critical if you kept it to yourself. If I find Jesus will he help me make millions of dollars selling books to provincial american rubes which distract them from concrete ways of improving their lives? something about a rich man entering heaven, camel through a needle — bah, forget it. you all started worshipping the golden calf a long time ago.

    • spiderman2

      Dave wrote : “Which parts of the bible does he think are metaphorical, and which parts does Spidey think describes things that really happened? Or is all the bible metaphor to Spidey? “Simple Dave, I always ask God. And gladly for me, He answers. But you have to be patient coz it took me years to get some of the answers. And honestly, I’ve gone thru “rough roads” before God answered. Boasting aside, the metaphors in the Bible are so intelligently made that it makes me believe that God is it’s true author and not man. It’s very accurate and clear as it describes the current events we have now and the things to come and yet so cleverly disguised to avoid being interpreted easily. By God’s grace I know all the coming wars which are about to happen. Also the victors and all the slain. In terms of casualty, WW2 would be a piece of cake.The God who made those awesome metaphors spoke also of eternal Hell. Most people don’t understand it’s concept but it’s there.”And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

    • Maitland
    • Scot

      Wow!! Are you all mad about what she said or are you just mad that Anne Rice said it???

    • Believer in God and Christ

      MayorOfNW:”congrats on finding Jesus lady, maybe us atheists would be less critical if you kept it to yourself. If I find Jesus will he help me make millions of dollars selling books to provincial american rubes which distract them from concrete ways of improving their lives? something about a rich man entering heaven, camel through a needle — bah, forget it. you all started worshipping the golden calf a long time ago.”You have a lot of nerve. You Atheist/pagans hoard almost every forum on this site and post negative condemning, poisonous, comments about believers in God.Atheists lie when they say that they do not hate God, in fact that is an understatement!

    • Ethan

      Matthew 5:–Ms. Rice, welcome home. May God give you the strength to face your insulters and persecuters with faith, hope, and charity.

    • Anonymous

      It seems to me that religious systems boil down to a few fairly simple common components. I use the term religious systems somewhat loosely, because this is just as true of groups as large as nations down to groups as small as mafia families.You have a leadership who claims to have a direct line to the “higher authority,” either literally (as with messianic leaders), figuratively (where the higher authority is a particular ideological, tribal, or racial/ethnic identity), or both. Next you have a faux moral system where a few common sense truisms are intermingled with far more dubious claims that equate morality with group/ideological fealty.Then you have a dehumanizing of members of competing tribes, ideologies, races, and so on which is cemented by an indoctrinated persecution complex intended to create fear of the “others,” and equate them with the opposites of the faux moral system. Non-believers become heretics, liberal become commies, war opponents become traitors. All of which points to how easily led people become when their sense of self and their relationship to others is wrapped up in their tribal identity.Then you have ritual and symbols designed to both reinforce the group identity and the link between the pseudo-moral system and group identity, like worship, ritual prayer, ceremonies, pledges of allegiance, rites of passage, flags, crosses, and so on. Put those all together and apply them on a population and what you get are loyal drones ready to do the bidding of the tribe or nation without much critical thought and who’ll feel good about doing it. They’ll be able to do incredibly immoral things while feeling that doing them obediently makes them more moral.I’m not sure I believe that people are smart enough to have designed religious systems (in which I include nationalism) with these things in mind, but I think it’s inarguable that this is how they’ve come to be applied. It’s also why I have no love of them and believe that humanity must work towards dismantling them, and must teach our children a morality and ethical system based on rationalism, critical thinking, and humanism, and individualism.

    • not the clinging type, only on a softail

      But I’m sure that if something came up to suggestSuggestions is what we have given time and time again to Atheist, but what you are looking for is impossible proof. Christianty and belief in God is by faith, you know that.Faith is not tangible. And what you call “cling to religion,” is loving the God we serve, there is a difference. I enjoy my walk with God and the things that we share in prayer.I don’t care if someone else doesn’t want that, it is okay, it is not for everyone. People do believe and worship God differently, hence different types of churches. Refusal to believe is your choice and it is between you and God, period.

    • anon

      It seems to me that religious systems boil down to a few fairly simple common components. I use the term religious systems somewhat loosely, because this is just as true of groups as large as nations down to groups as small as mafia families.You have a leadership who claims to have a direct line to the “higher authority,” either literally (as with messianic leaders), figuratively (where the higher authority is a particular ideological, tribal, or racial/ethnic identity), or both. Next you have a faux moral system where a few common sense truisms are intermingled with far more dubious claims that equate morality with group/ideological fealty.Then you have a dehumanizing of members of competing tribes, ideologies, races, and so on which is cemented by an indoctrinated persecution complex intended to create fear of the “others,” and equate them with the opposites of the faux moral system. Non-believers become heretics, liberal become commies, war opponents become traitors. All of which points to how easily led people become when their sense of self and their relationship to others is wrapped up in their tribal identity.Then you have ritual and symbols designed to both reinforce the group identity and the link between the pseudo-moral system and group identity, like worship, ritual prayer, ceremonies, pledges of allegiance, rites of passage, flags, crosses, and so on. Put those all together and apply them on a population and what you get are loyal drones ready to do the bidding of the tribe or nation without much critical thought and who’ll feel good about doing it. They’ll be able to do incredibly immoral things while feeling that doing them obediently makes them more moral.I’m not sure I believe that people are smart enough to have designed religious systems (in which I include nationalism) with these things in mind, but I think it’s inarguable that this is how they’ve come to be applied. It’s also why I have no love of them and believe that humanity must work towards dismantling them, and must teach our children a morality and ethical system based on rationalism, critical thinking, and humanism, and individualism.All of the above is probably overly simplistic but it’s the way I see things, and so as not to have strayed way way off topic, it’s also why I don’t want to see politics where atheists attempt to field an atheist candidate simply because he/she is an atheist. That isn’t progress. It’s just the same old same old.

    • GAD

      You mean not faith like this?Num 31:17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. The bible says Moses got 32,00 virgins to be divided as booty among those who fought. It is estimated that the Israelites would had to have killed over 100,000 women, pregnant women, male babies and little boys to yield such haul.So this is a different kind of faith then the faith that flies planes into buildings?

    • Albert Richie

      To Spiderman2,Whether Id or do not believe in a god is not the point here. Nor do I blame a God.But I do have a problem with people who claim that there is al knowing god who’s power is limitless.The nasty side of claiming that God is al knowing and al powerful is that you say to every victim of rape and torture and to every one who looses a loved one be it by murder or accident that it happened because it was the will of God.So there they go telling parents who lost a child in an accident or some one who’s girlfriend was raped and killed that it was the will of God. God the supreme good that rules over everything has ruled that it was the right thing to happen.I don’t like people who say that there’s an al knowing al powerful God, because they ad to the suffering of people who have already suffered more than enough.

    • daphne

      Religious belief, of any kind, becomes by definition, closed, separative and ultimately violent. Once you take the first step into childish irrational belief systems, any subsequent violent behavior can be justified or, just as bad, tolerated.

    • Anticipation is great

      anon, “All of the above is probably overly simplistic but it’s the way I see things, and so as not to have strayed way way off topic, it’s also why I don’t want to see politics where atheists attempt to field an atheist candidate simply because he/she is an atheist. That isn’t progress. It’s just the same old same old.”I agree, it takes out the anticipation of the differences in one another. Hell, I don’t want to predict my soon to be husband’s actions every time we have sex, no fun there.I want him to surprise me, even if it is just in the different way he kisses me this time round. He can’t touch me differently though, his touch is and always will be new and exciting each time, not because it is different but because it is “his” touch. To me the feel of his touch will always be new and exciting.Did I get your point?? A bit off topic, sorry. I need to go home now………

    • yoyo

      Religions are a human response to the fear of death and nothingness that awaits us all when our lives end.If we never died…if death didn’t exist…we wouldn’t need religion.We wouldn’t need to waste timeBut of course we DO die,and it’s hard to get our heads around that grim idea. Death is scary. We would rather not think about it,or talk about it.And we’d prefer our kids not hear about it,either.Enter Religion,offering eternal life, God, and fear management.Believe the BS and be saved from death.Religion is for the fearful and deluded.

    • Godfree Mann

      George Carlin, You Are All Diseased.– George Carlin Politically Incorrect, May 29, 1997

    • L.Kurt Engelhart

      Anne,Do you realize that the condition you honestly describe may sound to others, like myself, as symptoms of an obsession bordering on serious mental problems? What if I made a similar confession to you but the object of my faith was Santa Claus? That might be acceptable in a child but not in an experienced adult. My explanation of why you or others would knowingly adopt such an obsession is that the world is otherwise too evil to survive in. I’m glad that my world isn’t like that.

    • Yoyo

      to Not The Clinging Type..I agree with you. Faith means never having to make sense.Down with irrationality! Down with prehistoric mumbo jumbo.Lets hear it for reason and common sense!

    • E.Ponsonby – Smallpiece

      For the religious who say atheists hate god,I mean what’s to hate? One can hardly hate what one believes is fiction.As an atheist, it makes more sense to me that gods are all make believe,In the 21st century I find it outrageous that people still don’t get it.

    • Not The Clinging Type

      yoyo:to Not The Clinging Type..I agree with you. Faith means never having to make sense.Down with irrationality! Down with prehistoric mumbo jumbo.Lets hear it for reason and common sense!Okay, I’ll give you the reason and common sense that makes sense. Maybe some of the other too, but I want to believe how I want and what works for me and give you the latitude to do the same, agreed?You are not being a smart as* are you?

    • heaven will be my home one day

      Godfree Mann:George Carlin, You Are All Diseased.Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man — living in the sky — who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time! But He loves you.– George Carlin Politically Incorrect, May 29, 1997~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Too bad, George Carlin will never see God and in his beauty and greatness.

    • Jimbo.

      yoyo;Excellent posts. Its good to see that all posters are not simple minded superstitionists who believe in the patently ridiculous notions of their very ancient ancestors. Hopefully,this will be the century that will put the supernatural nonsense of religions finally into history’s garbage can.As a species we get smarter all the time. Religion cannot survive our increasingly greater access to knowledge.God ideas are thousands of years out of date, and are foolish and dangerous, as September 11,2001 showed us quite clearly.I’m encouraged bt the sheer number of intelligent responses from nonbelievers on this thread. We are definitely moving in the right direction.

    • bodhi

      To the atheists who have belittled Anne’s article or Christianity as a whole, I ask you to ponder & answer the following as you too have to have reasonable explanations for our existence:1. What is the source of all Laws of Physics?Since true faith is the use of evidence to back up what is unable to be substantiated (i.e. since no one was around to witness the Big Bang we use the best available evidence to discern the truth) what are your explanation for chaos being ordered & for something coming from nothing?I’ve always been in awe at the amount blind faith that atheists exhibit….especially in light of recent scientific evidence.

    • Believer in God and Christ and proud of it

      Jimbo.:yoyo;”Excellent posts. Its good to see that all posters are not simple minded superstitionists who believe in the patently ridiculous notions of their very ancient ancestors. Hopefully,this will be the century that will put the supernatural nonsense of religions finally into history’s garbage can.As a species we get smarter all the time. Religion cannot survive our increasingly greater access to knowledge.God ideas are thousands of years out of date, and are foolish and dangerous, as September 11,2001 showed us quite clearly.I’m encouraged bt the sheer number of intelligent responses from nonbelievers on this thread. We are definitely moving in the right direction.”~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~You are a fool if you think that Christianity is headed to or going to be a “religions finally into history’s garbage can.” Good luck with that hope; you are going to need it. Isn’t it ironic how the overwhelming post on this particular thread were from Christian believers but in the mind of a non-believer such as yours you see it through your eyes and not through the eyes of truth. Check out the posts from yesterday, almost all the post were from believers in God and Christ, sorry that that bothers you so much, but get used to it, it is “life in the real world.”Your post is not even reasonable, in fact it is so immature I feel like I am reading a “teenagers” competitive edge such as “we won” type of premises. So sad, I pity you.

    • Jack Robinson

      Christianity, like all religions, promises huge rewards (eternal life) for it’s members, and either eternal suffering or at best non-existence for members of rival religions, or no religion at all.People are becoming more secular because they have seen with their own eyes the triumph of science, and the worthlessness of empty superstition. The Black Death killed proportionately as many priests as peasants – prayers did not stop it, where modern medicine would have.Science and medicine will defeat disease – not fairy stories and prayer. Let the scientists have their hybrids, and we can consign genetic diseases to history. Along with superstition.

    • Well rounded and ready for a change

      Jack Robinson:”Christianity, like all religions, promises huge rewards (eternal life) for it’s members, and either eternal suffering or at best non-existence for members of rival religions, or no religion at all.People are becoming more secular because they have seen with their own eyes the triumph of science, and the worthlessness of empty superstition. The Black Death killed proportionately as many priests as peasants – prayers did not stop it, where modern medicine would have.Science and medicine will defeat disease – not fairy stories and prayer. Let the scientists have their hybrids, and we can consign genetic diseases to history. Along with superstition.”Mr. Robinson, you are only one opinion out of 100 of thousands. If you hang around people that agree with you, most likely you will get the same opinion as yours.Try hanging around and surveying Christians to get a “well rounded” view of the world. It will broaden your horizons much.

    • E Favorite

      To Bodhi: And what do any of your “reasonable explanations for our existence” have to do with an ancient story of a Jewish carpenter, really the son of God, who is born of a virgin, crucified, died for our sins, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and gives us eternal life if we believe in him; If not, then eternal damnation? Nothing – these are old stories, obviously myth, with no scientific evidence to back them up and totally unrelated to the Big Bang, the “fortuitous circumstances” for life on earth and DNA. Whatever came before the big bang is likely science that we do not yet understand. It certainly isn’t that mean old testament God who waited millions of years after the big bang to send his son to earth – to be murdered – to save us. Science has provided much more imaginative and benign ways of taking care of ourselves.

    • bodhi

      Jack Robinson, perhaps you’ve misunderstood the message of Christ, as it isn’t about avoiding bad things for the eternal good thing (afterlife) as to why you should believe in Christianity. After all, this would take away from the idea of freedom of choice that God gives us, rather it is a relationship that is focused on love & service.Christians never claimed to be immune from any bad thing, Christ himself predicted his undeserved gruesome death so how or why would we assume that we would escape pain when it affects the entire world equally?Did you get married just to avoid paying higher taxes? Probably not. A person enters marriage because of a friendship with their spouse & that friendship transforms their outlook on life….for example it makes irresponsible young men more responsible.In fact, Jesus promised those who followed him that suffering was guaranteed….so we accept it. Also, Christians don’t denounce science…..we embrace it!!! I have a bachelors degree & would love to dig more into Astronomy & Physics if I had the opportunity. Science is Christianity best friend…..which is why so many atheists hate the inevitability of what the Big Bang infers….

    • Brokeness is no fun for anyone

      ef, “it certainly isn’t that mean old testament God who waited millions of years after the big bang to send his son to earth – to be murdered – to save us. Science has provided much more imaginative and benign ways of taking care of ourselves.”~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~God is not mean. I am very sorry that you see him that way. If I could help you in any way understand that he is not mean I would.I am not in the market to deceive, lie, or have the majority of the vote here. What I am in the market for is in any way possible help to lessen the burden of pain on others by telling the truth.I have been misled, lied to, and hurt very badly by a so called friend, which I did not appreciate. But people have negative traits that bring pain on others, sometimes on purpose and sometimes by mistake. Hurting is no fun and sometimes the pain seems like it never goes away completely. I am on my way to forgiving him and hope that we can mend our friendship. But, I do not want to hurt anyone purposely or by default if at all possible.God through his son Jesus Christ has always been there for me, never leaving me alone. God never promised us that we would not be hurt or feel pain, but what he does promise is that he will help us through it, as you and I would want anyone to do as our friend. Now you might say that I m not sure what I know as truth is really the truth and I would say that you are right. But we all are in that same boat and personal experiences do help people sometimes. So if I can say this, with all due respect, God is real to my broken heart and has been there to comfort me in the lonely nights. Do I wish he was tangible, yes, and yes again, but I would rather go through my pain and hurt with him as he is then go through it alone, without him.

    • bodhi

      E-Favorite:Your faith is inspiring, as much of what you have prescribed as “myth” is actually proven fact…Genesis starts with “In the beginning…” for a couple of hundred years scientists argued the universe was eternal….that there was no beginning. Turns out Einstein proved them wrong with his Theory of Relativity. The existence of Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation has pretty much solidified the Big Bang, so at least the first line of the Bible is true. Any unbiased look into other claims that Bible has would also find merit as well.Next I’d say that archeologists within the the Middle East & the Mediterranean don’t share your views on the accuracy of the Bible (Old or New Testaments) as it is the singular most complete documentation for life in that region as well as best map on where to find what has been lost to antiquity. No other book has the credentials or the reputation for accuracy in the field of archeology that the Bible does.Your statement, “Whatever came before the big bang is likely science that we do not yet understand.” is pure blind faith. If anyone else said such a thing you’d wonder if they were a religious zealot. For example if I started saying that eventually there’d be evidence that everyone would be able to see that would prove the existence in the Great Pumpkin…you’d laugh. Rightfully so I might add….well your statement is equivocal to that. The belief in a Designer of our universe has evidence, it has merit & I embrace science without hesitation in proclaiming my faith. There’s nothing in my faith that precludes science…nothing. The Bible & it claims can be researched & you’re free to follow where the evidence leads you, but a statement such as yours that everything will be explained someday….can’t be justified by or sort of science…it is an opinion, not fact.Finally, I would argue that God isn’t interested in making anyone do something they don’t want to do. Free will is explicitly taught by Jesus & is featured throughout the Bible…so if you really don’t want to be around God he will allow you to be separated from him…..i.e. Hell. Hell is a state or place not for punishment, rather it is where people who do not want any part of God & as such God respect that decision & allows their choice to be exercised. Now Hell is not a good thing, but anything where God is not a part of can’t be good, so yes, it will be a place/state of suffering. But if you’re forced to go to Heaven & be in the presence of a God that you’ve spent a lifetime of rejecting…wouldn’t that too be torture?You’re claims of myth are without evidence or backing. BTW, Christians are the founders of the scientific method & we welcome all open minded investigations.

    • L.Kurt Engelhart

      Posted on March 24, 2008 13:50 bodhi: “you must come up with an acceptable explanation”Yes, bohdi, that is the problem. We have not yet discovered a mutually satisfying answer to the question of what is acceptable. Many people are dead set against allowing the answer to evolve. It will evolve, nevertheless, but many will suffer in the process.

    • Rachel Wilder

      It is possible to leave Jesus, to ignore Him and pretend He doesn’t exist. But He never leaves you, never stops trying to bring His children back to Him. Anne, I am so glad you listened to His call. You testimony is such a shining example of how God can restore anyone from anything.Keep the faith and continue to write the words God has given you.

    • bodhi

      L.Kurt Engelhart:Either the universe is eternal & thereby without a creator….or the universe has a finite beginning & was created. There is no middle ground. The Big Bang argues for a beginning & all of the evidence of the Big Bang points toward a Creator.

    • j

      The faithful like to point to the complexity of the human eye as evidence of a Creator force, but, of course, they haven’t actually researched what is known about the evolution of the eye.Here is a start — and you get to see Kirk Cameron taken to task, too!(about 2 mins. in)www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5J0cSnYnFg&feature=related

    • bodhi

      J:, unfortunately I’m at work & can’t watch the YouTube clip now, but even though I think Kirk Cameron is a swell fellow (even though our theology isn’t the same) I wouldn’t use him as a source. Rather, I’d be much more comfortable with Dr. Michael Behe talking about specified complexity, especially when discussing the alleged evolution of the eye.

    • complexity

      The essence of science and scientific thought today does nothing whatsoever to confirm religious convictions regarding the ‘created’ universe or the liklihood of a creator or intelligent designer. The fact that this particular universe may have had a beginning only means that other universes are either beginning or ending somewhere else – in the past, the present, or in the future. There is no reason to imagine that the Meta-verse is not in fact infinite and self-existing, with no beginning or end. It’s quite possible that an infinite number of universes are currently co-existing at this very moment….read ‘the many universes’ theory. Quantum mechanics has established both the rule of Uncertainty and the Reality of Non-locality. Be sure and look into their meaning. What may lay beyond the apparent universe is quite unknown – as are the origins of everything you see before you. Believe anything you want, because people always do that very thing. The fiery faith of the true believer is ever so convincing – to other true believers. Passing this off as ‘the truth’ is another matter altogether, and this is what the religious faithful inevitably do – that of course is their first mistake.

    • Craig

      bodhi wrote:We don’t know… yet.”2. Given the Big Bang appears to have definitely happened, what is the explanation for the source of the singularity?”We don’t know… yet.”3. How can you explain the extreme set of fortuitous circumstances that the inhabitants of Earth find themselves in? The 20+ cosmological constants that exist at just the right amounts for life on this planet to thrive?”You’re proceeding from a false assumption. The 20+ constants (and where did you get that number) are only needed for life *as we know it*. If the constants were different, there might be some other form of life that we can’t even imagine. And if you’re going to argue that the universe is fine-tuned for life, then why is the vast majority of it cold, empty vacuum and most of the rest of it hot plasma?You also have to consider the anthropic principle, which says: If we didn’t exist, it would be very difficult for us to marvel at how the universe was made for us. Consider this: Is it a sign of God’s intervention that fish are always surrounded by water?”4. How do atheists explain the assembling of massive amounts of information within DNA without an an assembler of said information?”The same way we explain the assembling of massive amounts of water molecules into a beautiful intricate snowflake: chemistry and physics.”5. On the topic of design & DNA, what is your explanation for the specified complexity that is seen with various mechanisms such as blood clotting, the human eye (or any eye for that matter) the bacterial flagellum?”Blood clotting:Eyes:Flagellum:

    • j

      The clip contains a rebuttal to Cameron’s “theory” of the eye. Watch it and learn.

    • Craig

      spiderman2:There is *always* another war coming. Predicting another war is like predicting that tomorrow, water will continue to be wet.Can you tell us the exact date the next war will start?

    • Arminius

      Let’s get some terminology straight here, please. There is but one cosmological constant:Another Wikipedia article says that there are 18 basic physical laws in the universe. Perhaps that is what was meant.Overall, this particular blog has exhibited more name-calling, general mud slinging, and even outright hatred than anything I have ever seen. Small wonder that the world is in such a sorry state if we can’t even hold a civil conversation.

    • Sonia

      A preacher once went to proselytize under the bridge where a bunch of homeless, junkies, sick and disenfranchised members of society hung out. The preacher seeing the kind of hell on earth these individuals lived in every day decided to show them a picture of a mansion. He said to the group “Believe in Jesus your savior and repent of your sins and your next home will look even better than these in paradise”. Many of them raised their hands in acceptance and the preacher left feeling accomplished. Before leaving he took a picture of the run down bridge and of his raggedy looking dwellers.

    • Sonia

      A preacher once went to proselytize under the bridge where a bunch of homeless, junkies, sick and disenfranchised members of society hung out. The preacher seeing the kind of hell on earth these individuals lived in every day decided to show them a picture of a mansion. He said to the group “Believe in Jesus your savior and repent of your sins and your next home will look even better than these in paradise”. Many of them raised their hands in acceptance and the preacher left feeling accomplished. Before leaving he took a picture of the run down bridge and of his raggedy looking dwellers.

    • bodhi

      Gad:While you’re correct in saying Einstein believed in an static universe at first, & even came up with his “fudge factor” to prove it after first postulating relativity…his “fudge factor” was proven to be incorrect within a few years (I’ve read in several places his error was dividing by zero). After his initial postulating was proven correct & that the universe is expanding his belief in a static universe was discarded. Sir Eddington was so disgusted by the thought of an expanding universe he wrote on several occasions wishing out loud against it….but eventually was persuaded by both Einstein’s original calculations & Edwin Hubble’s discoveries in the “red shift” of distant galaxies…thereby proving these galaxies were moving away from us. Einstein’s original calculations predicted expansion but he hated the implications of what that meant…so his bias for a static universe led him to incorrectly revise calculations…he died though believing in a dynamic expanding universe.Next point, CMBR points toward a singularity. It points to the finite universe….a beginning. Many would think that it bolsters the idea of design, I know I do. I’m not sure what you mean by saying that CMBR makes the Bible story a myth?Next in regards to supernatural history. To some extent I’ll grant this point to you…but if the (66 different authors I think) writers & authors of the Bible who’s authorship spans 2000+ years, took such great care in recording what you describe as natural history…then in the very least you have to give them some benefit for their apparent honesty. Now when you take that many of the supernatural events in the New Testament can be verified by some extra-Biblical sources…..I’m giving the benefit of the doubt to the Bible. Also, the greatest supernatural event of all had no witnesses but we all know it occurred….the formation & apparent birth of the universe. It was born out of something…..as prior to it’s existence no laws of physics could have existed outside the space-time continuum….what would you call that other than supernatural?In regards to your definition of faith (“That’s way it is call faith, belief in the absence of, or contrary to fact and reason.”) I think your definition is wrong….faith isn’t the belief in something that can’t is contrary to facts….it’s the exact opposite. Faith is the belief in that which all evidence leads yet can’t be proven. All of the evidence to the origin of the universe points toward the Big Bang….we weren’t there to see it happen but the facts gathered so far say that an incredibly dense singularity went boom….faith says, “I didn’t see it but all signs point to the Bing Bang.”Your point on God & his desire to allow free will (“They why does the bible show him repeatedly killing or having killed millions upon millions of people for not doing or even knowing what wanted?”) I guess we’re not reading the same Bible because I’m not sure what you’re talking about….the God of the Bible doesn’t do these types of things. I can say that the Bible records a lot of things, even things that are against God’s will & that can’t be confused with what he wants. Many bad things have been recorded that were anti-God, yet they were recorded. You seem to be genuinely troubled by the killings of innocents as am I (& most Christians). I wonder if you’re just as troubled by the murder of millions of innocents that have occurred in the last 100 years alone by atheists? Maybe you’ve never thought about it in that sense but Pol Pot, Stalin, Idi Amin, Hitler, Mao, & Ho-chi Mihn were all atheists….were there crimes just as bad as atheism is directly to blame for their murderous actions?So you reject free will for the state of the world? Did your DNA dictate you say that? As you apparently have no choice in the actions you take…do you dance to the tune that fate has already sealed for you? So if free-will is a farce ,then all has been decided or could it be possible that those who don’t agree with you just don’t have it in their make-up to be able to discern your obvious intellect? Maybe you’re right & free-will has no place in the state of our current affairs & this argument is for the weak minded? On a final note, if you truly want a discussion of beliefs, do your best not to be condescending or dismissive of those you disagree with. Don’t assign motives to someone just because you don’t find their argument compelling…be civil. I’m not repeating free will as an option for pain & suffering because someone else said it, rather I find the argument to very compelling. I should like to ask you if free will can be dismissed so readily then why is it that pain & suffering matters at all? If a genetic pre-destination is all we have to hope for then where dod this idea of good or bad come from? And what’s more…..why should it matter….

    • spiderman2

      Dave wrote : “Which parts of the bible does he think are metaphorical, and which parts does Spidey think describes things that really happened? Or is all the bible metaphor to Spidey? “Simple Dave, I always ask God. And gladly for me, He answers. But you have to be patient coz it took me years to get some of the answers. And honestly, I’ve gone thru “rough roads” before God answered. Boasting aside, the metaphors in the Bible are so intelligently made that it makes me believe that God is it’s true author and not man. It’s very accurate and clear as it describes the current events we have now and the things to come and yet so cleverly disguised to avoid being interpreted easily. By God’s grace I know all the coming wars which are about to happen. Also the victors and all the slain. In terms of casualty, WW2 would be a piece of cake.The God who made those awesome metaphors spoke also of eternal Hell. Most people don’t understand it’s concept but it’s there. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved”. Read the Bible yourself and learn of Him directly as I did. There are a lot of false religions that will send you to Hell. Don’t believe everything they say. Verify it yourself.”And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”HEAR YEA, HEAR YEA !!I’ve notice that a lot of atheists’ posts here are based on PURE IGNORANCE. Im just awed of their PURE IGNORANCE. They don’t know THE COMING DAYS OF THIS EARTH and what awaits them because of their PURE IGNORANCE. This world is coming to it’s almost near end due to the REIGN OF IGNORANCE. “The pigs are slowly building their own fireplace to be roasted by the same fire they built.” “Oh what blindness, what lack of undersatnding!”

    • bodhi

      Gentlemen I would sincerely love to continue this conversation but the day is over & it’s time for me to pick up the kids…maybe another day…..

    • Neal:

      BODHI wrote:–”Now when you take that many of the supernatural events in the New Testament can be verified by some extra-Biblical sources…..I’m giving the benefit of the doubt to the Bible.”If it isn’t too much trouble, could you please reference some of these “extra-Biblical sources” you cite?–”Also, the greatest supernatural event of all had no witnesses but we all know it occurred….the formation & apparent birth of the universe.”It would seem that no matter what was happening, or not happening, before TBB, once it started rolling nothing after that instant could be considered “supernatural”.–”It was born out of something…..as prior to it’s existence no laws of physics could have existed outside the space-time continuum….”Although I’m not scientist, you seem to making claims that have not been proven. For instance, when was it proven that the universe hasn’t always existed? –”…what would you call that other than supernatural?”And therein lies the rub… Supernatural claims, because they are inherently untestable, non-predictive and uncorroborative, are pretty much whatever anyone wants to say they are. If someone wants to plug in the Christian god prior to the “Big Bang” then fine, but this same person cannot object if someone else wants to plug in some other, perhaps malevolent deity, or a pixie, or a brain in vat. In the supernatural realm it seems it’s pretty much all good.Aloha

    • Mike

      Love story? Not quite. Bloody useless death of some ones son, so that so called sins going back to a non existent Adam and Eve “original sin” can be forgiven. Downright sick and paganistic. The only way to prove this nonsense is to die. Right. Not me, I woke up from this mismash of ancient religions recently. Try logic and reason, not fear of death.

    • anonymous

      keesha, “To ‘Stop the Hate’: If I were in the business of laying a trap, judging by your response, you fell for it :) I’m not here to ‘argue’, I’m too busy for that (I still have to clean my bathroom, fold some laundry and buy food for my fish – i think he’s obese).If you take issue with something I wrote, then debunk it.”~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Debunk it, what school did you graduate from?? Oh, I get it, none.If your fish is obese thelogical thing to do is to stop feeding it. But then again………..consider the source.

    • Think balance

      Posted on March 24, 2008 20:47 Mike: “Love story? Not quite. Bloody useless death of some ones son, so that so called sins going back to a non existent Adam and Eve “original sin” can be forgiven. Downright sick and paganistic. The only way to prove this nonsense is to die. Right. Not me, I woke up from this mismash of ancient religions recently. Try logic and reason, not fear of death.”~~~~~~~Mike, are you all good? Do you do everything sweet, nice, politely, with courtesy, and 100% all knowingly right? No of course not. There needs to be a balance, you do not live a balanced life so stop condemning God for not living what “you” consider a balanced life and start talking to him about it.You will never know the answer to an issue unless you go to the source and ask.

    • AtheistArchon

      “And I know that I cannot convince anyone of it by reason, anymore than an atheist can convince me, by reason, that there is no God.”Well. At least you admit it. Most Christians deny that statement with ever fiber of their being.What other things do you believe in that aren’t reasonable? Pots of gold at the ends of rainbows?

    • Arminius

      AtheistArchon, you said:”And I know that I cannot convince anyone of it by reason, anymore than an atheist can convince me, by reason, that there is no God.”Well. At least you admit it. Most Christians deny that statement with ever fiber of their being.What other things do you believe in that aren’t reasonable? Pots of gold at the ends of rainbows?My reply:First, more Christians than you know agree with that statement. You are judging the majority by the noisy minority. I am a believer. Is it reasonable? Of course not. Do I care? Hell no. Do you object? Your problem, not mine. I’m not out to convert. I will gladly explain if asked – politely asked, if you please.What else do I believe that is not reasonable? Well, for starters, that our world is a beautiful and wonderful place. Is that a reasoned statement? Good grief, no. It is totally subjective. I could go on and on…..Most of what I see here is finger-pointing, mud slinging, verbal bullying, and self-justification. On both sides of the fence.Note, before someone starts in on me: I am a liberal Christian, in no way a fundamentalist. I find Spiderman2 totally offensive. But I also find the rabid atheists who accuse my sort with being demented equally offensive. Where is the dialog? Where is the urge to learn from each other?

    • Jim M

      I never read an Ann Rice book and I expect I never will. I’ve never been big on McDonald’s either and really don’t consider it gormet food. Although, I do expect I may eat at McDonalds once every couple of years, I really doubt I’ll read an Ann Rice book.

    • Ian Blood

      “A long life of historical study and biblical research led me to my belief”You would have to elaborate for your argument to have any persuasive power at all. Keep in mind that many people have the same feelings as you about a plethora of different “God Men”. Your suggestion that the world needs Jesus is, frankly, insulting to people of different faith traditions or none at all. I also find it scary that you are comforted by the idea of an all-powerful, all-knowing god capable of solving all of mankind’s problems. I can’t help but suspect that anyone with such a conviction would be hypocritical if they didn’t focus on spreading their faith to the detriment of every other cause that might vie for their attention. Your faith might be very powerful in making you feel better about yourself and this world. But it is questionable as to whether it actually makes you a better person, or makes the world a better place.

    • Lily S.

      This is such a beautiful piece and you are such a beautiful writer!Zuri For Life!

    • Michael J. McNeal

      I believe in the flying spaghetti monster. Quit deluding yourself about “Jesus” and “God”, “sin” and “salvation”; the flying spaghetti monster is real!

    • spiderman2

      Craig wrote : “There is *always* another war coming. Predicting another war is like predicting that tomorrow, water will continue to be wet.”WRONG. That is the big difference between an ignorant’s point of view against a knowledgeable person’s. Without exception, all atheists’ views here are based on ignorance. The time will come when the so called “age of enlightenment” (read : age of ignorance) will rule this world and see what kind of trouble they will bring.The reason why this election is so important to liberal democrats is that they want a president that would stop the war. But sadly for them (or maybe us also), it aint gonna happen. “Nobody is going to the beach yet. There’s another war coming.” The real question is, who do you want to be president if the U.S battles with Iran or North Korea? The Bible states that it’s smaller than China so I’m not quite sure yet which of the two coz the two certainly fits the bill, although I’m inclined to believe that it’s Iran.But there is no question that it’s gonna happen. The Bible is not engaged in lies coz it’s the book of God. Whatever it says, it’s going to happen just as how it describes Hell as real. So beware folks, coz there’ll be a lot of burning soon if you’re not careful. The burning is real and no doubt about that.Sorry to dampen the thrill of this election guys. The fact that the event is written on the Bible means it doesn’t matter anymore who you vote for coz whether we like it or not, war with Iran or Korea is coming and it is as sure or certain as what Craig has described that, “tomorrow, water will continue to be wet.” BULL’S-EYE.The good part is that there is no date so you can try to delay it. But I doubt it coz if my interpretations are correct, 3 years is way too long for it not to happen.Craig, satisfied?Arminius, the Liberal Christian, what does your doctrine say about the coming events? Or are you still as ignorant as the people you want to convert? Also , Im interested on what I said in my previous posts that you find offensive. Are you a Catholic? I don’t hate Catholics coz I have many Catholic friends but I hate Catholicism. It’s one of the devil’s religion.

    • Margaret Smith

      AMEN! We can see Almighty God’s hand in every aspect of our lives as individuals and as a nation. In the coming election I keep reminding myself of one thing: God’s put them in and God takes them out for His purpose and plan.

    • Nym

      I’ll believe in Jesus when I see him on CNN. Until then I’d rather try to live a morally responsible life that does not depend on forgiveness of irresponsible acts by an imaginary friend to be able to do it.

    • Stuart Day

      There’s no reason to begrudge anyone a state of rapture such as yours. But there may be not all that much reason to envy it either.Why so? The stuff of self-fulfilling prophesy seems a little odd, at least to those of us more swept up in innocent curiosity than in attaining states of bliss. Belated reconciliations such as yours always seem obliged to trace the source of an amino acid that eventually evolves into cell-structured beings such as ourselves (examples of which occasionally go haywire and form monsters) to an all-caring deity whose creations range from microbes to universes, and beyond. Why would such a miracle-worker bother?Incidentally, you might also want to drop the idea that Christ lived in ‘first century’ Judea. Since the occidental calendar dates from his birth, it sort of ‘begs the question’, don’t you think?But, from the trust first (and last) perspective, I’m sure I’m missing the point, circular though it remains to be.

    • Linda Bunting

      Dear Anne,Just this note to say how blessed I am to read your words: “And when faith returned to me, it was total.” What a brilliant testimony to the God who is a faithful ‘hound of heaven’ ever staying with us until He finds US faithful. Reminds me of the verse in 11Tim. that says; “Even if we believe not, He abideth faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”He was faithful to me also, even in my ‘Dark Night’ and ’caused me to walk in His ways.’If you have time you may want to take a look at my web-site, http://www.christasus.com and our sister site http://www.normangrubb.com.I pray our paths cross at some point.Lovingly in Jesus,Linda Bunting

    • Anonymous

      nym, “I’ll believe in Jesus when I see him on CNN. Until then I’d rather try to live a morally responsible life that does not depend on forgiveness of irresponsible acts by an imaginary friend to be able to do it.”1 Corinthians 7:10-15, {10} “And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: {11} But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. {12} But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. {13} And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.

    • Jai Khosla

      The problem with your faith is that your faith is an idolatrous one. Worshiping a man who may not even have been historical is pure idolatory.I would like you to explore the Hindu concept of Brahman instead which says that we are part of this Brahman, the Universal Soul and that this Brahman is inside us and that there is no external God, the type Jesus preached.Since we together constitute God, it is up to this God to strive for perfection. Earthquakes, floods, will always be there. Bu we can reduce human misery by our actions.Closer we get to perfection, the more perfect this God becomes. Jesus saw some of this but his message was flawed. His trip to India was not entirely productive. he should have studied Buddha a little longer, read the Bhagvada Gita a few more times.Had Jesus’ teaching been better, had he not claimed nonsense such as “salvation is thru me only”, Christian would not have committed the massacres they did, such as the killing of the six million Jews.

    • perplexed

      Anyone want to spend eternity with Spiderman2 ??just wondering …….

    • Steve

      For all those people who thought this was a argument for Christian faith are completely wrong. She wrote to encourage those of the faith and declare her own faith. As I was reading all these comments so many were so quick to pick apart her words. She encouraged those who believe in Christ to trust. She was sharing her life as to what that meant to her life. By the way, I think she has problably done a little more research than the average Joe. I think she has written a few popular books in her time.

    • R.S.Newark

      Very lovely, very beautiful, I’m one too. The dificulty is that Secularism is rather faschist and totalitarian – I’m right,your wrong,and you’d better believe it….cause it’ll only get worse later, you know,like another”kristalnacht”.

    • Steve

      For all those people who thought this was a argument for Christian faith are completely wrong. She wrote to encourage those of the faith and declare her own faith. As I was reading all these comments so many were so quick to pick apart her words. She encouraged those who believe in Christ to trust. She was sharing her life as to what that meant to her life. By the way, I think she has problably done a little more research than the average Joe. I think she has written a few popular books in her time.

    • Mobedda

      Cool. So I assume you gave all the money back you made selling books about fornication and the undead – WITH the undead? Naaaah, of course you didn’t; it’s not as easy to believe in fantasy worlds if you’re flat broke.

    • perplexed

      R.S.NEWARK – the fact is, secularists find Christian fundamentalists fascistic, unbending,BTW, you don’t have to simplify your agruments to a more understandable format – they’re very easy to understand. We just don’t buy them…..Faith is faith, and facts is facts – sometimes the twain shall not meet. For all the bible-thumping, scripture quoting, and declarations of faith on this thread, it’s doubtful that a singular secular humanist, atheist or otherwise, has been converted.The great divide is not only political in the USA these days – although it’s safe to say most fundamentalists and born-again evangelicals are of the republican persuasion…. a perfect fit.Sometimes it’s hard to separate politics from religion these days, and that’s unfortunate in the secularist view. It’s exactly what the Founders hoped to prevent……..

    • luv2bblondeagain

      ometimes the twain shall not meet. For all the bible-thumping, “scripture quoting, and declarations of faith on this thread, it’s doubtful that a singular secular humanist, atheist or otherwise, has been converted.”Isn’t it ironic how u speak as “we” & overlook all the demeaning, belittling, comments made by your sect in hopes to make christians feel embarassed & as deviants to steer us away from God.I like spiderman2′s post and others as well. Why can’t we just accept each other w/o trying to change one another? Different beliefs can coexist. If that is to hard for u then by all means leave it alone. But the put downs & name calling & saying we have “imaginary” friends like we are “sick-minded” people is just wrong.Let us reside peacefully together, please.

    • luv2bblondeagain

      ometimes the twain shall not meet. For all the bible-thumping, “scripture quoting, and declarations of faith on this thread, it’s doubtful that a singular secular humanist, atheist or otherwise, has been converted.”Isn’t it ironic how u speak as “we” & overlook all the demeaning, belittling, comments made by your sect in hopes to make christians feel embarassed & as deviants to steer us away from God.I like spiderman2′s post and others as well. Why can’t we just accept each other w/o trying to change one another? Different beliefs can coexist. If that is to hard for u then by all means leave it alone. But the put downs & name calling & saying we have “imaginary” friends like we are “sick-minded” people is just wrong.Let us reside peacefully together, please.

    • spiderman2

      Perplexed wrote : “Faith is faith, and facts is facts”TRUE and I haven’t seen any atheist/secularist having both of them. Ignorance is ignorance… that one, they’ve got hoards of it and overflowing. No wonder Doomsday is the immediate result of their rule. Yes, ignorance will soon rule this earth. Just wait and see. I’ve heard Dawkins will visit the States and some people are eager to meet him. His message?”I’ve got good news for you guys. My science tell me that you’re a bunch of developed monkeys. Hmm, you don’t agree? Ok then, we’re a product of our common ancestor. And our common ancestor is a product of a man who spoused a monkey. I’m a busy person and I need to go now. Now where’s my talent fee?”I can see Perplexed falling in line and gleefully pay the bill and exclaims,”Wow, what great science I just heard. I feel great coz I’m told that I’m smarter than monkeys.”

    • perplexed

      Spiderman you’ve got you’re physical anthropology all wrong – but that’s no surprise is it??Humans are much closer to chimps than monkeys, genetically speaking. While primates be primates, including orangs, gorillas, chimps and humans, none are monkeys.We did have a common ancestor several millions of years ago – a prosimian primate very similar to the present-day Lemur which is found in Madagascar and the Comoro Islands….but not to worry, as I’m sure you’re nothing like a Lemur – are you?? No, more like a bad-tempered chimp I would think…..

    • spiderman2

      Perplexed, There’s nothing in DNAs which tells that it can change from one specie to another. It’s either you are human or not human. And since you’ve said that your ancestor is a prosimian primate, I would not contest that. It shows.

    • perplexed

      Spiderman2 – like it or not, your ancestor too.And who ever said chimps were human? Only 98% of their DNA is the same. In fact, humans share the bulk of their DNA with all the various life forms found on earth (not in heaven) – just consider yourself a wonderful ‘accident’ of nature! I know you’ve got the ‘wonderful’ part down, and now for the next step….embrace Mother Nature in all her glory – amen. Remember the ‘facts are facts’ rule – you may not like it, but it’s true anyway….kind of like your rules, only based on science rather than religious hyper-mania. Good luck with your personal crusade ….

    • Luv2bblone

      Preplexed, “And who ever said chimps were human? Only 98% of their DNA is the same. In fact, humans share the bulk of their DNA with all the various life forms found on earth (not in heaven) – just consider”This is wrong, human DNA biologically is just that, human. No other species shares human DNA, none.

    • Neal:

      BODHI:Thanks for responding.I’m familiar with the extra-Biblical sources you referenced, among others, and do not regard them as any kind of “proof” for the supernatural events in the NT. Some of these do nothing more than refer to a Christian movement at some later time and others, such as Josephus, are regarded by many Biblical scholars as either partial or total interpolations. I find it curious that you would accept any of these as proofs, especially in view of the extremely high standards you seem to require for scientific hypotheses. Please don’t feel obligated to respond, but thanks for the discussion. Have a good one.

    • Godfree

      from The Globe and Mail, Canada.MICHAEL VALPYMarch 22, 2008That triumphal barnburner of an Easter hymn, Jesus Christ Has Risen Today – Hallelujah, this morning will rock the walls of Toronto’s West Hill United Church as it will in most Christian churches across the country.But at West Hill on the faith’s holiest day, it will be done with a huge difference. The words “Jesus Christ” will be excised from what the congregation sings and replaced with “Glorious hope.”Thus, it will be hope that is declared to be resurrected – an expression of renewal of optimism and the human spirit – but not Jesus, contrary to Christianity’s central tenet about the return to life on Easter morning of the crucified divine son of God.Generally speaking, no divine anybody makes an appearance in West Hill’s Sunday service liturgy.Section A Front Enlarge Image There is no authoritative Big-Godism, as Rev. Gretta Vosper, West Hill’s minister for the past 10 years, puts it. No petitionary prayers (“Dear God, step into the world and do good things about global warming and the poor”). No miracles-performing magic Jesus given birth by a virgin and coming back to life. No references to salvation, Christianity’s teaching of the final victory over death through belief in Jesus’s death as an atonement for sin and the omnipotent love of God. For that matter, no omnipotent God, or god.Ms. Vosper has written a book, published this week – With or Without God: Why the Way We Live is More Important than What We Believe – in which she argues that the Christian church, in the form in which it exists today, has outlived its viability and either it sheds its no-longer credible myths, doctrines and dogmas, or it’s toast.She is considered one of the bright, if unconventional, minds within the United Church, Canada’s largest Protestant Christian denomination. She holds a master of divinity degree from Queen’s University and was ordained in 1992. She founded and chairs the Toronto-based Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity.Other Christian clergy and theologians have talked about the need to dramatically reform the doctrines of a faith that, with the exception of its vibrancy in the United States, has lost huge numbers of adherents throughout the Western world it once dominated as Christendom. In Canada, where 75 per cent of the population self-identifies as Christian, only about 16 per cent attend weekly services.Addressing those statistics, what Ms. Vosper proposes is not so much reform as a scorched-earth approach.A number of leading theologians in Britain – where the decline in adherents is more dramatic than in Canada – are on the same path, people like Richard Holloway, former bishop of Edinburgh and primate of the Scottish Episcopal (Anglican) Church, who has likened the Christian church to a self-service cafeteria stacked with messy trays of leftover food urgently in need of being thrown out.Like Bishop Holloway, Ms. Vosper does not want to dress up the theological detritus – her words – of the past two millennia with new language in the hope of making it more palatable. She wants to get rid of it, and build on its ashes a new spiritual movement that will have relevance in a tight-knit global world under threat of human destruction.She says there’s been virtually a consensus among scholars for the past 30 years that the Bible is not some divine emanation – or in Ms. Vosper acronym, TAWOGFAT, The Authoritative Word of God For All Time – but a human project filled with contradictions and the conflicting worldviews and political perspectives of its authors.And yet, she says, the liberal Christian churches, including her own, won’t acknowledge that it is a human project, that it’s wrong in parts and that, in the 21st century, it’s no more useful as a spiritual and religious guide than a number of other books.She says now that the work of biblical scholars has become publicly accessible, the churches and their clergy are caught living a lie that few people will buy much longer. “I just don’t think we can placate those in the pews long enough to transition into a kind of new community that doesn’t keep people away.”She wants salvation redefined to mean new life through removing the causes of suffering in the world. She wants the church to define resurrection as “starting over,” “new chances.” She wants an end to the image of God as an intervening all-powerful authority who must be appeased to avoid divine wrath; rather she would have congregations work together as communities to define God – or god – according to their own worked-out definitions of what is holy and sacred. She wants the eucharist – the symbolic eating and drinking of Jesus’s body and blood to make the congregation part of Jesus’s body – to be instead a symbolic experience of community love.Theologians asked to comment on her book said they wouldn’t until they’ve read it.But one of her colleagues who knows her well, Rev. Rob Oliphant, the progressive pastor of Toronto’s Eglinton St. George’s United Church, said, “While I’m somewhat sympathetic to the aims of it all – getting rid of the nonsense and keeping the core faith – I think that there is something lacking in it all. Gone is metaphor, poetry, symbol, image, beauty, paradox.”Ms. Vosper said she and her congregation have tried hard not to lose those elements in their search for the sacred and the transcendent in life.She met with members of her congregation last Sunday to discuss what the impact might be of her book.She said it would take only a single vote of a presbytery – a local governing body of the church – to bring her before the church courts if a complaint against her is made, and the courts could be interested in examining what it means to be in “essential agreement” with the church’s statement of faith.”I can find myself in there [the statements of faith] but there’s whole parts of it where I go, ‘Oh my goodness, this is terrible.’ If someone says to me, ‘Do you believe in God?’ I can come up with an answer that would satisfy the courts of the United Church. But would it reflect what’s stated in their statement of faith? I don’t think so. But it wouldn’t be very far from what my colleague down the street, and what his colleague down the street from him, would say. That’s the problem.” Seems in order to save religion, Jesus has gotta go. God too. Sounds like my kind of religion.

    • Andrew

      Godfree;That’s beautiful; a religion that dumps the supernatural seems like a brilliant idea. While I haven’t been inside a church since 1981 when I got married, I don’t see that changing anytime soon. But my main objection to religion has been the Mickey Mouse mentality which insists on the ‘reality’ of a supernatural sky god and the life everlasting pipe dream, which has always been religion’s big drawing card.Dump those silly ideas and religion will resemble Buddhism which draws on the inner person and the ability to transcend banal reality with a deep awareness of the wonder of actual existence.There is no supernatural world. There is only this real world which superstition blinds us to.Regards, Andrew

    • Neal:

      Luv2bblone:Like it or not, if you arrange genes in a certain order you get a human; if you arrange some of these same genes in a different order you get a ham sandwich.

    • CF

      Anne, Wonderful testimony of your love for Christ and your new found faith. I stand with you in your belief as I love God and Christ too. It seems that some would rather remember you in your “before Christ” status and not respect your new decision to follow Christ and his teachings. Really, it is none of their business what religion you choose to practice. It is solely your decision regarding what faith you choose, no one can make that choice for you. Let those that want to find fault, act childish, and criticize you, stay strong and don’t look back.Your sister in Christ….

    • Luv2Bblonde

      Neal,That was my point, there is no proof of human DNA being arranged any where or in another form that matches human DNA.As far as a ham sandwich, go figure, but still not human DNA.

    • Dennis Dirksen

      To GodfreeInteresting article.I often wonder how religion of the supernatural kind continues (in the USA and the Moslem world anyway) while more enlightened countries in Europe and Canada show attendence dwindling and nonbelief rising (especially since 9’11).Its the skygod thing that makes religion impossible to take seriously. Without religious indoctrination nobody would fall for it. to remove superstition from religion will lose lots of fans, but maybe gain credibility as at least not being full of hocus pocus, like, say, astrology is.Christianity may go, but we will still be stuck with Islam. Maybe they’ll be next to dump Allah and the celestial virgins. Then the world will finally be at peace. An reality will finally come of age.

    • GAD

      bodhi said:”While you’re correct in saying Einstein believed in an static universe at first, & even came up with his “fudge factor” to prove it after first postulating relativity…his “fudge factor” was proven to be incorrect within a few years (I’ve read in several places his error was dividing by zero).”You said that Einstein’s “Theory of Relativity” proved that the universe had a beginning, that was and is incorrect as it didn’t and doesn’t.bodhi said:The BB is NOT compatible with the bible creation, if the BB is true then the bible is false. There is no way to make them compatible except by pure imagination.bodhi said:Point taken.If you want to discuss these issues in more detail contact me on my blog.

    • Neal:

      Luv2Bblonde:If you agree that humans and ham sandwiches can share some of the same genes, as you seem to, why do you not agree that humans and chimps can share 98% of theirs? No one is saying that humans are chimps, but there’s pretty good evidence that they are very close genetically.Do you think human DNA can change over time?Please take your time responding–I’m feeling a little hungry. ;)

    • Luv2BBlonbe

      Neal, “Do you think human DNA can change over time?Please take your time responding–I’m feeling a little hungry. ;)”~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As far as you hunger, I suggest that you avoid McDonalds, very non-nutritious and unhealthy food for human consumption. Stick with the pig. :~}

    • Darlene

      thank you for this wonderful insightful message of hope. I will copy this and reread it on days that the world looks bleek and that I see so many turning their back on Jesus and my heart breaks for them. But God is in control and HE is a God of love, sovereignty and hope. Mercy and grace are even more attributes of HIS alone. thank you

    • Anonymous

      “Scientific studies indicate that DNA remains stable and void of change outside human manipulation.”LOL! and which “Scientific studies” would those be?

    • Luv2Bblonde

      anon, “LOL! and which “Scientific studies” would those be?”Great minds think a like!! Agree?? I am Laughing Out Loud, (LOL) because I anticipated your, this very response. I have six doctors on staff in the clinic today and will get back to you after I have a round table meeting them. Thanks for being patient.

    • Magda

      Anne.In your fortunate and successful life, you must be persuaded that somebody up there likes you. So it follows that there must be somebody up there.If,instead of a wonderful life, you had experienced the agony of the holocaust, you might feel differently.There is no semblance of justice in this world. Life for much of the world’s population is hellish.There is no intervention from the man upstairs ever. Prayer achieves nothing.(Tests and experiments show this). The good die along with the bad.It was outrageous on 9/11 that certain survivors thought God had intervened to save them from certain death, while thousands of other people died. That’s religion for you. It make people think really dumb things.It is ridiculous to believe in god as it is to believe in fairy stories. But yes, if life is a great success with fame and everything, it would almost follow that there really is a god. But you shouldn’t be so easily fooled. The holocaust would have made you think differently. There is no god.

    • perplexed

      LUV2BBLONDE – you see, this is what Wikipedia is for….go there and get a quick de-briefing on DNA and you’ll know ever so much more!! DNA coding programs the development of all life forms on this particular planet – arrangement is the key to results. Only humans have the human DNA program…..thus the arrangement of the human ‘code’. Surely you didn’t think we were different in kind from our other sentient, furry and feathered brothers and sisters, did you?? That even includes the hermaphrodites among us – both sexes in one package… which does tend to cut down on dating behavior. Mother Earth and ALL of her children in one big happy family!!! That includes us………

    • Cane

      Spiderman 2 wrote:For starters its “distinguish a metaphor FROM a fantasy” not “to”, Mr. super high intelligence and secondly you contradict yourself when you say “Their level (athiests) of intelligence is so low that they can’t distinguish a metaphor to a fantasy”, then you go on to say Jesus literally turned water into wine etc in another post. Is that a metaphor or a fantasy? As I said in my original post, have the academic honesty to admit that we don’t fully know these things, we don’t know if Jesus was the son of god, he either was or he wasn’t, he’s either the real deal or a fraud, I dont know, and neither do you, that is an honest intelligent starting point for discourse and I can’t respect someone like yourself that is so blinded by religious dogma that you can’t see this.

    • spiderman2

      Godfree wrote : “Seems in order to save religion, Jesus has gotta go. God too. Sounds like my kind of religion. No supernatural nonsense”WRONG. God doesn’t go anywhere. It is Him who decides who’s going and where that person is going. And for all those people who want God to go, God had already reserved a place where it it always better to shout just to ease the pain. And lucky for you guys, God is not there to hear your shout for mercy. As the Bible had said, the next war will be with Iran or Korea, next is with C**, next is with *** (you may not like to hear it) and finally all unbelievers will roast alive. Please believe it coz now is the day of mercy. The Day will come when there is NO MERCY. Crying in absolute pain but NO MERCY. I don’t understand it myself but that’s the truth. When Jesus said that it would be better for you if you cut your hand if that hand would send you to hell, that is literal and He means it. “Seek and ye shall find”. He tells it to everybody. I did and after years of blindness and stupidity, I found it. The Day is fast approaching, and to tell you frankly, so little time is left.

    • Cane

      spiderman 2,You posted: “why am I able to know what’s the next coming war and the other succeeding wars but you can’t?”Seriously, read this again and see how much of a loon you sound like. You know the next coming war and the other succeeding wars? Well, let us know. What are they, where will they be and when? List them in order, time and place and we’ll see if your right.You undermine your own arguements with ridiculous comments like that. How can I respect you or your opinions with posts like that, seriously.

    • paul c

      I thought Anne Rice wrote a very positive, uplifting essay. It told of her personal spiritual journey and explained why she believes as she does. In no way did it condemn anyone else for contrary beliefs. I wonder how such an essay can engender so much negativity. Why do people feel compelled to ridicule people who feel differently than they do? Does the belief in God really mean someone is naive? Or could it mean that they evaluate the data available to them in a different way. Frankly, I think Anne’s story is far more compelling than the standard Atheistic argument that ” if I can’t prove there’s a God, He must not exist.”

    • Karen

      Magda, living through horrific events does not necessarily make you loose faith in God. I went searching for God in the midst of a bloody civil war that I barely survived and in which many people that I loved were killed. I explored different religions and was agnostic for a brief period. The only thing that made sense to me was Jesus and the Bible.

    • Reasonable not hateful

      Concerned the Christian Now Liberated-There are many scholars that believe the eye witnesses’ accounts to be true. You’ve come to the conclusions that you have based on faulty speculation by “scholars” that “think” they know what really happened but don’t really know. This is why we base our belief in Christ and His resurrection on Faith- It’s interesting that you can’t , or won’t believe those that took the time to write this down and believed it to the point of death but will believe the speculation of liberal theologians that are not in lock step with the actual beliefs of the Catholic church or any real church that bases its beliefs in what Paul or the other Apostles have to say in the various epistles. I suspect that you just can’t believe that man is sinful and needs Christ’s redemption and conquering of this condition. It’s too bad, as the crux of the message. You are not liberated, you are running from your liberation- Jesus the Messiah- who died and rose again.

    • Reasonable not hateful

      Concerned the Christian Now Liberated-There are many scholars that believe the eye witnesses’ accounts to be true. You’ve come to the conclusions that you have based on faulty speculation by “scholars” that “think” they know what really happened but don’t really know. This is why we base our belief in Christ and His resurrection on Faith- It’s interesting that you can’t , or won’t believe those that took the time to write this down and believed it to the point of death but will believe the speculation of liberal theologians that are not in lock step with the actual beliefs of the Catholic church or any real church that bases its beliefs in what Paul or the other Apostles have to say in the various epistles. I suspect that you just can’t believe that man is sinful and needs Christ’s redemption and conquering of this condition. It’s too bad, as the crux of the message. You are not liberated, you are running from your liberation- Jesus the Messiah- who died and rose again.

    • spiderman2

      Craig wrote : “There is *always* another war coming. Predicting another war is like predicting that tomorrow, water will continue to be wet.”WRONG. That is the big difference between an ignorant’s point of view against a knowledgeable person’s. Without exception, all atheists’ views here are based on ignorance. The time will come when the so called “age of enlightenment” (read : age of ignorance) will rule this world and see what kind of trouble they will bring. Doomsday will be preceeded by that event and it’s the primary reason why Doomsday will occur. The reason why this election is so important to liberal democrats is that they want a president that would stop the war. But sadly for them (or maybe us also), it aint gonna happen. “Nobody is going to the beach yet. There’s another war coming.” The real question is, who do you want to be president if the U.S battles with Iran or North Korea? The Bible states that it’s smaller than China so I’m not quite sure yet which of the two coz the two certainly fits the bill, although I’m inclined to believe that it’s Iran.But there is no question that it’s gonna happen. The Bible is not engaged in lies coz it’s the book of God. Whatever it says, it’s going to happen just as how it describes Hell as real. So beware folks, coz there’ll be a lot of burning soon if you’re not careful. The burning is real and no doubt about that.Sorry to dampen the thrill of this election guys. The fact that the event is written on the Bible means it doesn’t matter anymore who you vote for coz whether we like it or not, war with Iran or Korea is coming and it is as sure or certain as what Craig has described that, “tomorrow, water will continue to be wet.” BULL’S-EYE.The good part is that there is no date so you can try to delay it. But I doubt it coz if my interpretations are correct, 3 years is way too long for it not to happen.Craig, satisfied?Arminius, the Liberal Christian, what does your doctrine say about the coming events? Or are you still as ignorant as the people you want to convert? Also , Im interested on what I said in my previous posts that you find offensive. Are you a Catholic? I don’t hate Catholics coz I have many Catholic friends but I hate Catholicism. It’s one of the devil’s religion. I have read the King James version Bible and I don’t find any passage in there that warrants its burning but thru-out history, burning they did. Only devils hate the Word of God.Cane, satisfied?

    • paul c

      Spiderman2:

    • GAD

      Luv2Bblonde:All you did was beg the question i.e. people have DNA, frogs have DNA, people don’t look like frogs, therefore human DNA is different………. Still waiting for those “scientific Studies” that shows that DNA doesn’t change over time. Better ask some creationist scientists for them, because any REAL scientist who believes in EVOLUTION is going to tell you and show you that it has to, or we’d still have tails, at least more us anyway………..

    • Al

      There is such an interesting set of responses on the board.My personal thanks to the original author and all who have participated. Good souls in essence all.I’m moved to give an alternative view of things for those that might be receptive. May each find his or her way in the great Quest.Just as Plato said the gods and goddesses were to be found in heaven, and Aristotle that the gods and goddesses were to be found right here on earth in human form……reflection and most importantly profound inner serenity imparts the intuition that both were correct.And I feel inclined to add that though both believed creation was administered thru a pantheon, they also believed there was only one ultimate, indefinable God or Power (the One) at the root of existence.The Platonic “One” was not a personality, but a supreme principle upon whom all creation depended (or from which all was suspended); and this Principle was paradoxically closer and more immediately available to individual experience than any personal god could ever be. This experience was reserved however for those who adopted the philosophical (love of Sophia) life and through self-discipline, repose, daily refinement of character and behavior, and exercise of reason…..fitted themselves to merit at some point intuitive experiences confirming or justifying faith in the teachings.It is interesting perhaps to ponder that most of the older religions (Hindu, Buddhist, Cabalism, Taoism, etc.) had actually arrived (at an even earlier date in history) at similar or largely compatible core spiritual underpinnings as the Greeks and Egyptians, though the mainstream versions of the two most recent members of the world fraternity broadly speaking have not.Carrying the opening remarks a little further, a few readers of this column may sense in some authentic manner that everyone posting here is “right”, regardless their view.One cannot grow and evolve on this planet without understanding that nuance, contradiction and paradox are woven into the fabric of mortal life & physical creation.We must let the scientist, the atheist and the believer each be right. The older religions in affect teach that by natural and spiritual laws all is as it must inevitably be at each moment, yet within each moment all that apparently is not right can in some measure be transmuted.What is not always easy to digest is the fact that knowledge or truth is ultimately determined by what a person is, structured in a person’s essence or consciousness.”truth” is in fact relative (unless you’re an enlightened being of some kind); it is almost a kind of fable, depending ultimately on what might be termed an alchemical synthesis of all the states of consciousness that exist awake within a person at a given moment.These states change over time of course. New experiences bring new insights, wisdom and realizations. Truth for each individual is ever changing (at least until the never-changing has fully awakened within).So with all of this said, we should perhaps each seek to change ourselves, transmute our non-purposeful judgments and opinions, habits and shortcomings first through the religion or program of unfoldment natural to our heart; then as a result and by extension our community or “world”.It seems we can do it if we sense we are ultimately of one spiritual family. To survive we must.

    • spiderman2

      censor testing

    • spiderman2

      testing the word fool or fools (censorship testing)

    • Anonymous

      testing the word Cain (censorship testing)

    • spiderman2

      Cane wrote : “Spiderman 2, Mate, for starters if your going to call people unintelligent at least construct a gramatically correct sentence! “Yup, and deal with your own errors too like “your” instead of “you’re”.

    • spiderman2

      Stay there. It makes me feel safer here. (censorship testing)

    • Anonymous

      Cane wrote : “Glad I live in(censorship testing)

    • Anonymous

      Australia..” (censorship testing)

    • spiderman2

      Cane wrote : “Glad I live in Australia..”Stay there. It makes me feel safer here.By the way, have you heard of the phrase “sensitive information”? The Bible wrote it’s “sensitive information” in codes so fools like you won’t be able to decipher it. What could be worse than to be treated as a fool by the most revered Book in history? Cane? As in sugar cane? Isn’t that supposed to be Cain? No wonder you really can’t understand the Bible. You even can’t spell correctly.

    • Neal:

      Luv2Bblonde:Wow. I think you’re in danger of approaching a critical mass of strawmen and red herrings with your last post. I can see why you don’t want to continue arguing your position; even pseudo-science isn’t all that easy.To paraphrase: “If only you hateful pagans would just abandon the stupid scientific method and accept what I claim, without proof, about the nature and intent of *my” god, the nature of the universe, the veracity of *my* holy book, and anything else I don’t understand, then this world would not only be a lot simpler, but we’d save a ton on test tubes and petri dishes.”If you really don’t trust science as much as you seem not to, I think it’s only fair that you turn in your cell phone. After all, for all you know, Jesus placed them in our midst so that the Devil could text message us with false prophesies.Aloha

    • Luv2Bblonde

      spiderman2:Cane wrote : “Glad I live in Australia..”Stay there. It makes me feel safer here.By the way, have you heard of the phrase “sensitive information”? The Bible wrote it’s “sensitive information” in codes so fools like you won’t be able to decipher it. What could be worse than to be treated as a fool by the most revered Book in history?Cane? As in sugar cane? Isn’t that supposed to be Cain? No wonder you really can’t understand the Bible. You even can’t spell correctly. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~I know that I shouldn’t say this but, I almost fell out of my seat from laughing so hard over your “witty” post.

    • Luv2Bblonde

      Neal::Luv2Bblonde:Wow. I think you’re in danger of approaching a critical mass of strawmen and red herrings with your last post. I can see why you don’t want to continue arguing your position; even pseudo-science isn’t all that easy.To paraphrase: “If only you hateful pagans would just abandon the stupid scientific method and accept what I claim, without proof, about the nature and intent of *my” god, the nature of the universe, the veracity of *my* holy book, and anything else I don’t understand, then this world would not only be a lot simpler, but we’d save a ton on test tubes and petri dishes.”If you really don’t trust science as much as you seem not to, I think it’s only fair that you turn in your cell phone. After all, for all you know, Jesus placed them in our midst so that the Devil could text message us with false prophesies.Aloha~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I don’t hate pagans, I just don’t believe what they believe, nothing more. Don’t over analyze my post.Good-bye

    • GAD

      Luv2Bblonde:Well that was a convoluted mess…………. I think these little gems say everything that needs to be said about you.”first let me establish that the mere fact of evolution is nothing but a hypothesis, based on a hypothesis.”State these things up front so people don’t waste their time thinking your serious.”I would rather make love then make war anyway, it is a lot more fun and beneficial.”Well for all our sakes lets hope you don’t believe that birth control is a, hypothesis, based on a hypothesis, utter foolishness and a heathen and pagan practice.

    • GAD

      Luv2Bblonde:What, you mean you didn’t nearly fall out of your seat from laughing so hard over my “witty” post!I know I fell out of my seat from laughing so hard over your “witless” post to Spiderman2.”I admire your intelligence, candor, knowledge of history, and quick critical thinking attribute, I would like to see you portray meekness in the image of God for those that are not in need of a strong rebuke; educate them.”I’m still laughing!

    • GAD

      These seemed soooooooo relevant to the DNA discussion……..

    • perspective

      LUV2BBLONDE -Don’t know if you’re still participating, but it’s clear you have the swearing gene – which I admire in a spirited woman – making love not war is kind of hot too!! And congratulations, you’ve done enough research to know that every life form has it’s own DNA code – but the question remains …. what is so unique about being unique, when the common thread of life under discussion is DNA?? Every critter has it, from the lowest single cell ameoba to the highest – maybe Einsteins’ brain??If it’s religion we’re discussing, then as far as we know that cognitive/cultural complex is unique to homo sapiens, although there is some small amount of evidence that perhaps even our now extinct first cousin, homo neanderthalis may have had religious inclinations – based on burial site artifacts, etc. As to yet another human creation, physics and mathematics, in an article today regarding discovery of the Higgs boson (often called the God particle) nobel laureate Steven Weinberg, and admitted atheist, was asked in an interview whether or not the discovery of this elusive particle might forever disprove the existence of God. He admitted that even the development of a Grand Unified Theory of Everything would probably not disprove God in the minds of many, but he did say with confidence that religion continues to evolve along with science – humans don’t change so much physically these days as they do cognitively – information builds on information until one day we have a whole new view of reality.Religion tended to provide answers to the deepest mysteries of life in ancient times, and up until the time of Newton, Gallileo, Copernicus, et al, when science began to provide empirical answers to the deep mysteries. This continues today…smart religionists seldom take on established scientific theorems, such as evolutionary theory, for example. Educated believers know this truth about life is so factually well established as to be beyond doubt. The origins of life in a material world appear without doubt to be materially based. Granted, some fundamentalists rail on and on about ‘all that evolutionary hocus pocus’ but they’re really the exception rather than the rule in these days of higher education, the internet, and The Discovery Channel. Atheist/physicist/mathematician Steven Weinberg believes religion will continue to evolve along with science. He states that as far as he’s concerned, it would be easier to prove the existence of God than to disprove it, but this would require incontrovertible evidence from God (he doesn’t expect proof in his lifetime) – however, for all we know, seemingly divergant paths become parallel roads and then suddenly one day converge!! At that point, it’s doubtful that religion will really look anything like it does today as regards, beliefs, rites, rituals, doctrines and theocratic hierarchy. In the end, change is the only constant…….

    • Anonymous

      Don’t hate the player, hate that you are to ignorant to play the game.

    • GAD

      perspective:Nicely stated.

    • Neal:

      It’s beyond ironic that when some religious people attempt to discredit the reliability of science they frequently accuse it of being “just another religion.”

    • Craig

      spiderman2:Care to place a bet then?”Craig, satisfied?”No.

    • Cane

      Spiderman2:Just answer the questions buddy. I know how to spell my own name and as shown before lets not get into correct useage of the english language.Aussies are no danger to you, a fundamentalist like yourself talking of wars with access to a bomb is however. Isn’t that what you are fighting against at the moment?The world doen’t revolve around the bible mate, it may be a great book sure, but it’s just a book. Answer the questions. Your such an easy target because beyond the bible you clearly have nothing other than crude insults and poor grammar from your poor schooling.

    • Cane

      Spot on Gad. I think he might be worse.

    • Luv2Bblonde

      PERSPECTIVE: ~~~~~~~~~The question was “is there a difference in human dna and animal/plant dna, The original commenter that asked advocated that human dna evolved from animal/plant dna and as a Christian I do not believe that as you can tell by my post.There was an acquaintance I met in a bar/pub setting where I frequent and discussions were non-intimate by my choice. Until politics came up in a discussion we seem to have amicable talks about generalities in life. This person immediately attacked me in the sense that his voice became loud as if he thought that I would him better, he was somewhat aggressive with his body language, and he would let me get a word in the discussion constantly overriding my voice as if what I had to say was of no significant. After I noticed that his demeanor had gotten the attention of others around us and I had to make an “excuse” for the way he acted to them because they thought that we were “arguing which was a total embarrassment to me. Needless to say I no longer talk to this individual, so thanks Tim you have proven yourself to be a real as*hole.This is the some kind of responses I get from what I believe is the same group of commenter’s but using different screen names with their post. The premises is what they accuse Christians of “our way is the right way.” My point there is no discussions and opportunities for sharing ideas and personal experiences that may have an impact on someone else’s life. I am done here; there is no point in dragging this out any further.I did not want to be rude and not acknowledge you efforts, which I might add are noteworthy as a gentleman that is careful with the feelings of others as not to offend. Even though I don’t agree with you I still like you and your method of appreciating my feelings and post. I almost didn’t answer you because of Gad’s post that followed your post because he was so rude and obnoxious.

    • Neal:

      Luv2Bblonde:”The biggest problem is that pagans, non-believers, haters of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit attack you when you post the same which of course is contrary to what they want to hear and believe. This is a very immature response and only drives people away. They do not know how to agree to disagree.”FYI, there are many, many Christians who do not share your Biblically derived view of the nature of the universe. It’s not only unfortunate that you regard anyone who disagrees with your strange, unsubstantiated opinions on the physical world as “god haters”, but also sadly demonstrates just how uninformed you really are.

    • GAD

      Neal:To be fair to Luv2Bblond, I am a god hater. To be fair to me, Luv2Bblonde was severing up a big steaming pile of BS and acts as if it is beyond reproach because it was wrapped in the love of god. “scientific studies” that prove DNA has never changed, LOL! God is magic, god doesn’t need no stinking science, stop trying to use science to disprove science to prove god! Stop the madness and just say god is magic and be done with it all!”FYI, there are many, many Christians who do not share your Biblically derived view of the nature of the universe”Well they must be the ones with the best imaginations because there is noway to reconcile what’s written in the bible with reality.

    • Anonymous

      Neal, “It’s not only unfortunate that you regard anyone who disagrees with your strange, unsubstantiated opinions on the physical world as “god haters”, but also sadly demonstrates just how uninformed you really are.”I take it that you missed the point that this person was making in their post, “you have proven yourself to be a real as*hole.”

    • Luv2Bblonde

      Gad, “To be fair to me, Luv2Bblonde was severing up a big steaming pile of BS and acts as if it is beyond reproach because it was wrapped in the love of god. “scientific studies” that prove DNA has never changed, LOL! God is magic, god doesn’t need no stinking science, stop trying to use science to disprove science to prove god! Stop the madness and just say god is magic and be done with it all!”~~~~~~~~~~~ Wasn’t wrapped up at all, all my belief and opinion based on medical and scientific knowledge which obviously you lack severely. FYI God created the science and he doesn’t have to prove anything to you or anyone. I can assure you that he is quite capable of taking you out of the game and stopping your arrogance and madness at at time he chooses. Not that is a man a woman can love, talk about magic……whew!!!!!!!

    • not home yet

      Anne, This is wonderful. I think a couple of people missed your point. Which makes it all the more poignant: our trust is not in the cacophony of voices around us.A commentary from Chuck Swindoll on Proverbs 1 says:May the Lord bless you as you seek His wisdom and trust Him to “handle how and when he (will approach) every soul.”

    • GAD

      Luv2Bblonde:”Wasn’t wrapped up at all, all my belief and opinion based on medical and scientific knowledge which obviously you lack severely.”No, thank you for making my day! LOL! “medical and scientific knowledge” LOL!…..LOL!Speaking of DNA, I am throughly convinced that if Luv2Bblonde were to mate with Spiderman2 their offspring would be the Anti-Christ, tail and all!

    • Luv2Bblonde

      Gad, “Speaking of DNA, I am throughly convinced that if Luv2Bblonde were to mate with Spiderman2 their offspring would be the Anti-Christ, tail and all!”Your comment was uncalled for and despicable to say the least. However, it just shows the low caliber of a person you are. I wouldn’t bother asking for an apology, which you owe me because “egocentric imbeciles” don’t give them.

    • Amy Kulesa

      Amen!

    • Perspective

      LUV2BBLONDE – Thanks for your comments. While I’m not religious, I’m not a materialist in the strict sense of the work either. I think we need to acquaint ourselves with as much science as possible, but of course this is pretty limited for non-scientists – which includes most of us. On the other hand, sometimes science doesn’t see the forest for the trees either. Oftentimes their specialized areas of research are consuming to the point of excluding other points of view.I’ve studied religion formally and informally since the 1960′s and various mystical traditions in particular – mystics tend to know what they know, but find it difficult to share these ‘spiritual’ discoveries with others. In the end (and in my opinion) mysticism and the meditative arts and the deep personal knowledge that can come with the territory is the true and ‘essential’ form of religion to pursue, if one wants real gnosis, or knowledge of the numinal or spiritual kind. This is why I find certain schools of Buddhism a good fit with the discoveries of quantum physics as a method of unraveling the ‘hidden’ mysteries of our only apparently material world. I think religion can benefit from science, and occasionally, the reverse is also true. However, science is based on firm empirical evidence as it must be….religion abides in a different realm altogether at present, so I expect we will all be having discussions and disagreements for some time to come!!best to you -

    • Luv2Bblonde

      Perspecttive, “However, science is based on firm empirical evidence as it must be….religion abides in a different realm altogether at present, so I expect we will all be having discussions and disagreements for some time to come!!”~~~~~~~~~~According to American Heritage dictionary the following is the definition of science,a.The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena. b.Such activities restricted to a class of natural phenomena. c.Such activities applied to an object of inquiry or study. (2)Methodological activity, discipline, or study: I’ve got packing a suitcase down to a science. (3)An activity that appears to require study and method: the science of purchasing. (4)Knowledge, especially that gained through experiencePlease note that definition “a” states , “The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena,” this does not mean that science is based on “firm empirical evidence” in fact science is often based on many observations and experiential investigations before it becomes item (2) 4, “Knowledge, especially gained through experience,” or as you called it “firm empirical evidence.” Forgive me if I do not understand you correctly. It is not my intention to demean you or your reasoning or belief in any way. If fact, you are one of the most reasonable people that I have had any intellectual conversations with. I am a Christian that believes in God, Christ, and the Bible, but that does not mean that I do not give credence to the truth of science or the power of nature to develop into scientific use.I find it amazing that God created things in nature to treat medical conditions and provide healing. In Brazil there is a plant with a milkish content in the stalk that willl treat the virus that causes warts. Many countries do not use medicine like the US does but I believe in the use of both. I completely understand that not all people believe as I do and am ok with it. I don’t like getting criticized when I state my beliefs or being “attacked” verbally for not believing in someone’s else’s way. I give you space to believe what you want to believe and I expect the same respect in return, fair enough?nice talking to u, take care

    • Tommy O

      Trust in the Lord2008-03-27, WESTON, Wis. (AP) — Police are investigating an 11-year-old girl’s death from an undiagnosed, treatable form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her rather than take her to a doctor.

    • Neal:

      Luv2Bblonde:–”Please note that definition ‘a’ states , ‘The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena,’ this does not mean that science is based on ‘firm empirical evidence…’”With all due respect…nonsense. Perhaps you’re thinking of Creationism? Creationism isn’t science. Creationism is pseudo-science. Feelings, personal revelation and the authority of holy books are not regarded as evidence in real science.–”I find it amazing that God created things in nature to treat medical conditions and provide healing.”Have you ever wondered why an intentional god also created lots of other things that can kill humans at the drop of a hat? Have you ever wondered why an intentional god didn’t just create humans to be immune from disease and without medical conditions in the first place? (With apologies to Tommy O whose poignant post deserved to be the final word in this long thread.)

    • My heart is sick and so sad

      Trust in the Lord2008-03-27, WESTON, Wis. (AP) — Police are investigating an 11-year-old girl’s death from an undiagnosed, treatable form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her rather than take her to a doctor.~~~~~~~~~~That is not trusting in the Lord nor is it Christianity. Nothing in the bible supports parents eluding their God given responsibility to ensure their child’s safety.Yes Christians pray for healing but if the healing doesn’t come in the fashion that you expect then it is time to take another course of action. God also gave us common sense and we as Christians are supposed to use it. Go to God first in prayer, if there is time, not in the case of an emergency, then look for God’s remedy. God can and will use anything and anyone to bring about healing or meeting the need of those who trust in him.The little girl must have been terrified and lost all faith and trust in a God she was told would be there for her. It is understandable that children who were raised in families like this have difficulty trusting God, and rightfully so.Even God as our heavenly father set an example of “leaving” his children that were safe and secure to venture out and seek his children that were lost in order to save them. This story embarrasses me as a Christian. The parents believed in a false doctrine which stems from taking scripture out of context. What weak-minded parents. The parents were wrong, wrong, wrong and failed to protect their child entrusted to them by God.

    • Neal:

      My heart is sick and so sad:It seems like the epitome of “trust in the Lord” to me. You seem to be saying: Trust in the Lord, but not too much.

    • Cane

      My heart is so sick and sad:You can’t have it both ways, either he exists and intervenes or he doesn’t. How stupid is that family. That is faith in it’s most pathetic form, despite their child dying before their eyes, they still believed an as yet unproven deity could save it.That is a fair example that god doesn’t exist and prayer is no more than a placebo.I’ll take faith in medicine and science anyday.

    • Cane

      How can u be spiderman2 if you dont believe in evolution?

    • Tommy O

      “I believe in Jesus Christ.”We know more about the physical appearance of Socrates, the ancient Greek philosopher (469-399bc), than that of Jesus Christ of which the Bible says nothing.Jesus is “the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the God Man who came to earth, born as a tiny baby and then lived over thirty years in our midst” and nobody can remember what he looked like.Imagine Dragnet’s Joe Friday questioning The Apostles: “Did you get a good look at the guy?”

    • My heart is so sick and sad

      My heart is so sick and sad: “You can’t have it both ways, either he exists and intervenes or he doesn’t. How stupid is that family. That is faith in it’s most pathetic form, despite their child dying before their eyes, they still believed an as yet unproven deity could save it.That is a fair example that god doesn’t exist and prayer is no more than a placebo. I’ll take faith in medicine and science anyday.”It is apparent to me that you do not know scripture at all to know that people can take it out of context and misapply or misuse it. Hell, even Satan quotes and believes scripture, he knows his end. His goal is to lead as many people to hell as possible in the end and it seems that he has succeeded with misleading you.God chooses when to intervene, not man chooses when God should intervene, get it right.You have no compassion and are mean-spirited to the core. I want nothing to do with your kind. How anyone can find fault and criticize my post of compassion for the 11 year old child is beyond me.I regret even posting again and trusting that you could or would be civil, but I see that I was wrong. Keep your forums to communicate at a distance because that is all you know.All I did was give the opportunity to you to once again demean, belittle, and criticize my efforts to communicate in a civil, compassionate way. And all you have done is drive me away.

    • Luv2Bblonde, again

      With apologies to Tommy O whose poignant post deserved to be the final word in this long thread.)YOU DO NOT DICTATE TO ME WHERE AND WHEN I SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT POST, GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!KMA, m/f’r

    • Cane

      So sick and sad:I am willing to be honest enough to say I dont know if god exists or not. You should be honest enough to admit the same. Nobody knows, thats why we are here debating your biblical semantics. Anne Rice in a passing reference was starting to say the same. Your belief is faith. Faith = belief in something you do not know to be true. Its not a jab at religion, its just fact.If we can start at this point, I am happy. It seems a reasonable place to start a discussion where both parties are willing to take a realistic stance and then use logic, reason and evidence beyond mere scripture to enter a dialogue.My concern is people that can’t relate to anything beyond the bible. Frankly, its scary and sad. Its just a book. Take what you need from it, but keep it in perspective.

    • GAD

      Notice the common theme here of the faithful, they are not to be criticized! But more then that, they are not to criticized by the likes of those who don’t believe as they do. And those who do are mean and despicable. Which is to say that they know what they believe is right and righteous and anyone who thinks differently is lowly and beneath them.

    • ME

      Neal, “”KMA, m/f’r”Are you posting under different user names? It’s your prerogative, but it makes things confusing. The comment I made to Tommy O had nothing to do with you in particular. This thread does not revolve around you.Since I began this discussion I’ve politely asked questions and had them ignored, misdirected, overwhelmed by strawmen or interpreted as “attacks”. You’ve accused everyone who has disagreed with you of being, “rude”, “mean”, “hateful pagans”, “god haters” or Satan’s little helpers. Are you the only one allowed to hurl vulgarities and ad homs?In all fairness, and purely out of a sense of compassion, I feel obligated to inform you that your invective, hand-waving, self-righteousness and simple-minded responses are quickly contributing to you replacing Spiderman2 as “the atheists’ best friend”. You really aren’t doing your team any favors.”As if you do not post under other scene names, give me a break! Talk about self-righteous you are it. All you want to do is argue, but know this if you continuall treat someone with disrespect it will come back on you. Consider my “slur” your just due; overdue just due!Funny, you never seem to mention my kindness and consideration in any of my post and that is becuse you alway look for fault. Knock yourself out, I have plans tonight and I am not going to let you ruin them. This conversation is over, period. Have a good evening.

    • GAD

      Neal:I admire your efforts, but I do believe you have now been cursed at more then me……..Also using different screen names is dishonest, I’ve never done it, but I especially love how when the righteous get caught doing it they claim it is justified because the bad guys do it……..

    • Neal:

      To whoever you are now:I’ve used the same user name for months, none other. You are wise to leave the field.

    • Neal:

      Gad:Thanks for your comments. The funny thing is I was even trying to be nicer than you!Ever notice that when the questions get tough everyone suddenly has “plans for the evening” or “important matters to attend to”?Speaking of which, it’s way past my nap time…Aloha

    • me

      u r a horemonger

    • Luv2Bblonde

      Neal, “Are you posting under different user names? It’s your prerogative, but it makes things confusing. The comment I made to Tommy O had nothing to do with you in particular. This thread does not revolve around you.” March 28, 2008 12:26 PMIf it is my prerogative then why mention it? After all did you think that I would suddenly be a good person when all the while you have done nothing but demean and belittle me? Of course not, your goal like always has been to make me look bad.There is an old saying when men engage in conversation with a woman will “read between the lines.” Well that should not be done because the woman might not be thinking or feeling at all what the man thinks she is. Being kind, nice, and paying someone a compliment in no way says “I am interested in you intimately and want you.”I ran into an acquaintance last night and it appears that he perceives that I was interested in him on an intimate level, that couldn’t be further from the truth. I thought that a friendship was developing based on some personal things that have we had shared but nothing more. I believe that where this person’s impression came from was because he unknowingly helped me through a difficult time by acting kind and saying things with a positive approach, which helped me put things together in my mind. I complimented him on his approached with great thankfulness and was completely unaware that he would take it as a “I want you” type of indication. Patrick, unless a person states, “I am interested in you intimately and want you,” don’t assume anything. The best way to know if what you are thinking is on target is to always ask the person, never assume what a person is thinking or feeling. Asking for clarification is the best medicine; assumptions are like this in most cases “things are not always what they appear to be.”Neal, things are not always what they appear, stop assuming what I mean or what I am thinking. My screen name sometimes changes because I am state my feelings about what I am commenting on, such as “My heart is so sad” was based on the little girls death.Not dishonest in any way and not trying to deceive anyone, I readily admitted when asked that yes I use different screen names.

    • Glenda Buelow

      I couldn’t agree more Anne. What a great reminder to read this too. There are times when I get frustrated “with People”….and it’s a good reminder to “let it go and let God.”Thank you. :)

    • Anonymous

      Be careful what you ask for.

    • Luv2Bblonde

      Neal,Secondly, I, as many others do, will choose what questions to respond too; of which I am sure you do the same.Lastly, perhaps you do not see your demanding tone in your post that come off as being “demeaning, condeseding, self-righteous, & “my way or the highway” attitude.” As far as cursings you have no room to talk. Your derorgorty statements to me & others surpass any emotional distress that I have ever inflected, if any.Let’s get one thing straight you do not dictate to me when I should stop posting on any public forum.I bet that you are the type that everytime your girlfriend makes you angry you “threw” her out by telling her to leave because that is your favorite line everytime I upset you.Doesn’t say much about your ability to effectively resolve personal conflicts. But hey I don’t want argue with you. I will apoligize and hope that you accept my apology and move on from here.Take care, friend

    • Neal:

      Luv2Bblonde:Let’s see…Straw man…check.Mis-representation….check.Unwarranted assumption….checkImaginary abuse…checkAnswers to any pertinent questions…not so muchOK then.Adios

    • Paul H

      There should be little doubt that strong belief is comforting and that it can generate great happiness and contentment. It would be logical to find that the average child who believes in Santa Claus is happier about the experience of Christmas than one who doesn’t. This is not meant as a trivialization of religion, by the way. Religion is far from trivial, but belief in it or in Santa means little. There is nothing that occurs that can only be explained by religion. The basic foundation of religion is that there is a god who creates the world – its matter, energy, and laws of physics and chemistry. This same god steps in at times to subvert these laws. Atoms fail to combine as they normally would or items are not subject to gravity for some period of time. If a god does not go outside these physical laws, there is no real purpose for this god. The world would be in the equivalent of cruise control mode. There is nothing, however, to show that it isn’t. Anne Rice exhibits a level of desperation that is frightening. We all like to feel that someone is watching over us; most of us have such a person when we are infants. The need or desire remains as we grow older. Wanting it to be so doesn’t make it so.

    • Anoymous

      aul H: The basic foundation of religion is that there is a god who creates the world – its matter, energy, and laws of physics and chemistry. This same god steps in at times to subvert these laws. Atoms fail to combine as they normally would or items are not subject to gravity for some period of time. If a god does not go outside these physical laws, there is no real purpose for this god. The world would be in the equivalent of cruise control mode. There is nothing, however, to show that it isn’t. Anne Rice exhibits a level of desperation that is frightening. We all like to feel that someone is watching over us; most of us have such a person when we are infants. The need or desire remains as we grow older. Wanting it to be so doesn’t make it so.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Deosn’t make it not so either.

    • Gerry

      The superstitious spiderman2 calls everything and everybody ignorant who does not follow his particular brand of superstition. It is the most blatant sign of incurable ignorance. Stupidity is the “faithful” conviction and promise to refuse to learn anything new.Sp. shows so embarrassingly little knowledge of natural science, that one has the hunch all he reads are the emanations coming out of the particularly funny fundamentalists from Seattle.We can imagine a state of affairs without the “god” proxy. “God” is a proxy concept for ignorance, adapting to change through history (Zeus does not throw a lightning anymore, the earth ceased to be flat.). Now, in this “godless” state of affairs, anybody easily could come up with a religious construct: There is not a single thing or event in the universe that could not be attributed to “god”, once the concept embraces everything. Everything is everything. God is everything (all-knowing, almighty). Everything is god. With this simple “religious” tautology mindset, you can start killing your neighbors, especially those who are intelligent enough to know a tautology when they see one, who honestly try to explain the incredible complexity of the real world.Spiderman2 (the alias already shows his megalomania, Harry Potter illusionism, “faith”, lol!) and his ilk are the real obstacle of the development (aka evolution) of humanity they deny. They will go extinct, though, even if it takes some time. Reality, no matter how mysterious and full of wonder it may be, cannot in the long run be subdued by “faith”, aka as ignorance, opposition to knowledge (“credo quia absurdum”, Tertullian).

    • JLT

      Science cannot ground its own pressupositions. Its equation of truth with verification is not itself verifiable. Science says: all knowledge claims must be brought before the bar of reason (which, in this case means material verifiability). But if we were to bring this very demand before the bar of material verifiability we would find no such justification. The demand for verifiability is not verifiable. Thus, science is an act of faith: one chooses to believe in this “principle of all principles”. Of course the problem is not with science itself, which certainly has its uses. The problem is in the attempt to totalize science’s version of truth and knowledge by applying that version to all other regions of existence. Scientific knowledge is a highly specialized and abstract form of knowledge that is derived from a more originary encounter with the with the concrete world in which we live. Verifiable knowledge is one (quite limited) type of knowledge based on a more fundamental type of truth, namely the truth that happens in our everyday existence when we are confronted with things that matter to us. We do not live scientifically. We live passionately or lethargically, joyfully or anxiously. This concrete life is not composed of neutral “facts” (although we can turn our attention to aspects of this life and view them with dispassionate neutrality–as scientific facts or data) but as a vibrant and meaningful context within which we live our lives. This concrete context includes all those aspects of life that matter most to us: our relationships to family, friends, beauty, health (a flourishing existence), etc. And it is in this prior context, prior, that is, to the abstract constructs of the natural sciences, that truth first shows itself. Here truth is not verification or adequation (the view that truth is defined as the correct correspondence between a mental proposition and an external state of affairs), but rather the event in which the significance of life becomes manifest to a particular self–those moments, for example, when the weight of the profundity of existence manifests itself in one’s life. Truth then, is first significance, and only secondarilly scientific verification. Rice is fully within her rights as an existing person to articulate what was for her (apparently) a very real experience of truth, an experience moreover, that is (ontologically) prior to–and which forms the ground for–scientifically ascertained truth. To discredit her account because it doesn’t “measure up” to a certain (derivative) standard of truth is dogmatic to the hightest degree.

    • Dr. Know

      One man’s God is another man’s Quantum Vacuum.The idea of God is more comforting with just a touch of the human clinging to the concept.The idea of the Quantum Vacuum (Nuether = Zero Point Field) as the source of all things is far more likely to be established as a scientific reality in the future.

    • Nick

      Wonderful article Anne. Thanks for your courage in writing about your faith and the God we love. May His Church and the Body of Christ be lifted up.To all on this post: blessings and peace to you.

    • spiderman2

      Is it scientifically possible that a thing can build something more intelligent than itself? The answer is a big NO.

    • spiderman2

      Is it scientifically possible that a thing can build something more intelligent than itself? The answer is a big NO.The only reason why human DNA can transform into a more intelligent human BRAIN is because the transfomation is guided by someone more intelligent. Nothing can create something more intelligent than itself and that’s a fact.There MUST be a MAKER in between. That is science and most of all, that is COMMON SENSE. Those who say there is no Creator are fools and devoid of common sense.

    • Dim Sunni AaronsWuche

      Don’t ever succumb to the fear that evil is winning in this world, no matter how bad things may appear. Don’t ever succumb to the fear that He does not witness our struggles, that He is not with every single soul.note;

    • DR. YES

      Consciousness extends infinitely. Consciousness creates the ‘material’ world and the senses merely do the work of consciousness to help create the illusion of materiality. The Laws and theorems of science in general and physics in particular are created by consciousness – no wonder they work so well! Consciousness is the only intelligence to be found, and takes many forms – both large and small. Until consciousness knows itself, it will always assume that the illusion of an exterior world is true – made and controlled by exterior forces.Self-knowledge is merely the discovery of the ‘nothingness’ and ‘everythingness’ of pure consciousness.

    • Dave

      Ms. Rice:If you believe in Jesus Christ, that’s fine and dandy but why would you want to advertise it? I believe in the strict separation of church and state. It’s healthy in a secular society. Sometimes I think that there is more separation of “church” and state in India than it is here in the US where all the politicians are busy portraying themselves as more Christian than the other. Who cares? In a secular society, we the voters only care whether a politician can deliver the goods, make good on his/her promises. Religion should be strictly a private matter.

    • ender

      Memnoch the Devil was a great read and wonderful insight into the nature of Good and Evil and the Great Lie that is the Triumverant of the Cult of Abraham.I shall miss your literary contributions because while I do read straight up fiction, I don’t read religious propaganda.You have had much pain in your life. I’m sorry you took the road of superstition and the warm blanket of comforting lies to ease that pain. May you find the road to Enlightenment lies ahead when you put down the Blanket!

    • virmel tesiorna

      a wonderful testimony. to God be the Glory.

    • Lisa in Ohio

      Hello Anne,As you and I have discussed…..you were chosen to tell a story. You have the third book to write.

    • Dan Owen

      I just read your statement. As a former fan of your vampire novels who has also returned to faith in the Trinity I want to thank you for the clarity of your writing and the bedrock solid expression of your faith.

    • Mike M. in Colorado

      Ms. Rice:Thank you for the beautiful testimony. I appreciate your courage to be politically incorrect by being open about your new life in Christ.Peace and grace to you.

    • Mike M. in Colorado

      Ms. Rice:Thank you for the beautiful testimony. I appreciate your courage to be politically incorrect by being open about your new life in Christ.Peace and grace to you.

    • essemiamumtop

      Very nice!!