Praying for Unbelieving Adult Children

Barbara - posted on 07/02/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )

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How can I best communicate to adult children that have declared that they no longer believe in God without alienating them?

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MaryAnn - posted on 07/02/2015

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Any attempt to talk about this will alienate them.
what it says is "i dont trust ive raised you well enough to function on your own, and would like an opportunity to continue to treat you as a child."
If its meant to be, they'll go back to church.
but it has to be their own decision. They're adults.
be prepared for it to never happen. It might not.
All you can do is love them, and keep god's love for them to yourself, because adults dont like being told what to do. And this is definitely one of those cases where they can just simply walk away from your guidence.

Michelle - posted on 07/02/2015

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Don't discuss religion with them. They know your views so there's no need to push them onto the children. They are adults and have the choice to believe what they want.

ETA: My husband was brought up Catholic and when he was about 14 he decided that he wasn't going to go to church anymore. His parents accepted his decision and they are still a loving family. He hasn't been to church since the last wedding he went to but his parents never mention it at all. His Mum still goes to church every Sunday though. It's not the end of the world.

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