We posted a short item on January 5 pointing readers to Centerville, Ohio, pastor Steve Makofka’s review of Anne Rice’s novel Christ the Lord. To his surprise, the novelist responded to his post, and a portion of it is reproduced here. To read Steve’s blog, click here.
“Thank you very much for taking a chance on Christ the Lord, and for writing the review. I read the three comments posted with interest.
I’m working on the second book. My vocation, as I’m sure you know, is to get this thing right: to adhere as closely to the gospels as I can. I felt there was a grain of truth in the old legends about Jesus’ childhood, and I tried to accommodate those legends.
I understand your discomfort, however, with my choices. For me, Jesus is Our Lord — God and Man. He could have known everything at any second; He “emptied Himself,” as Paul says, for us.
I took my cue from the Gospel of Mark…. when He felt the power go out of Him, and He turned and asked “Who touched me.” The story gave me a way to approach Our Savior as human, as coming here to be human with us.
C.S. Lewis says that one aspect of The Atonement is that in coming down and being human Christ gave us help with things that God is not connected with: like humiliation, and suffering and fear. At least that is how I understood what Lewis was saying in Mere Christianity.
I thank you very much for reading the book and commenting on it. Take care and be well, and I wish you every blessing with your ministry.