Author Anne Rice said last week that she was ‘quitting Christianity:’ The once-lapsed Catholic wrote that she was could no longer accept her religion’s teachings on homosexuality, feminism, politics and birth control.
“In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian,” Rice announced on her Facebook page.
Can you leave Christianity and keep Christ? Can you be spiritual without being religious?
According to my grandfather, M. K. Gandhi, religion and spiritualism are distinctly apart — that is, it is possible to practice one without believing in the other. Religion, as it is commonly understood, is the practice of a set of rituals based on the interpretation made by human beings. Since we humans are imperfect, our interpretation too is imperfect. On the other hand Spiritualism, according to him, is achieved when one comes to one’s own understanding of the Power that we call God. When we truly accept all religions as simply different roads to the same destination and respect them all equally.
Ultimately whichever religious belief we may follow we are all going to the one destination. We call God by different names but that does not mean there are so many different Gods. There is only one God with many names and, according to Gandhi, God is not someone sitting in heaven but in the hearts of every being. The mind and the heart in the same body speak different languages. Often our heart tells us something quite contrary to what our mind says. The heart speaks the Divine language — the little small voice of conscience –and that is what “God” is telling us. However, our mind helps us suppress that voice when it is uncomfortable. Anne Rice heard that voice and decided to act upon it.