Two of my children stopped believing in God.

Kenitra - posted on 09/02/2010 ( 164 moms have responded )

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I have a 25 year old daughter that stopped believing in God as a teenager, and now my 14 year old son just told us he didn't believe in God either. My 14 year old tells us that it is the people that do good things, and God has nothing to do with working through them. He also says he does not believe in the devil. The 25 year old could not have influenced the 14 year old. How do you handle that? How do you bring them back to God?

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Carla - posted on 08/14/2012

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My rules were that if you were living under my roof, you attended church. Whether they took communion or not, they sat in the pew. Even if they didn't 'seem' to be listening, I know God was getting through to them. This went for anyone spending the night at our house, or who was crashing with us at the time.

Everyone questions why bad things happen to good people, and the answer is Matthew 5:45: 'for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust'. IF special treatment were given to those that trusted in Jesus, people would flock to Jesus, but for the wrong reasons, and it wouldn't be out of the free will to love Him. Being a believer in God and loving Him gives us strength to go through the bad stuff and come through better than we went in. I know this isn't happy news, we would ALL like our earth to be like Heaven. But as long as Satan is alive and well, bad things will continue to happen. I went through this questioning for a long time after my health took a dive. 'Why, Lord? I know you have a ministry for me, how can I do it if I am sick all the time?' Then he brought this community to me, and I can minister and encourage young women--a lot of whom I would NEVER have been able to even meet if it hadn't been for looking for alternatives to actively being out on the streets. I have had to eat a lot of humble pie, as all these maladies tear my body apart and leave me looking like an old dumpy lump. I thank God He gives me His grace every day, and am learning to work within the confines of this body. I saw this singer, Dahlia, in a wheelchair singing her heart out to Jesus. If she can get past her handicaps and work for the Lord, so can I. Jonny Ericson Tada has preached for 20+ years, being paralyzed. All these people could have given up and cursed God, but they overcame and are victorious. THIS is what God teaches us to do with adversity.

I don't know if this helps you talk to your son, Samantha, but whatever the world gives us, God always gives us a way to overcome. God bless

Samantha - posted on 08/13/2012

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I don't know what to tell you. My husband says to not give up on him. I have been really depressed when he didn't take communion last sunday. I can't talk to him about it. My husband says my so has questions that he can't get answers for. He doesn't understand why God would let bad things happen to good people.He will be going to church with us though. He has already agreed with that.

Carla - posted on 08/12/2012

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There IS hope, Samantha. Keep praying for him and live your life so he can see Jesus in you. Kids are searching for something real. Not just a good sermon on Sunday. Jesus has GOT to make a difference in our lives, otherwise, why are we serving Him?

God bless, honey, keep the faith

Samantha - posted on 08/11/2012

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My 17 year old who is getting ready to leave for college stopped taking communion today. I feel that he has been listening to his friends and after hearing it over and over, it starts to make sense. I am going to pray and he will still be going to church with us but once he goes to college their won't be anyone to give our side. I have a 15 year old too, he was surprised when his brother didn't take communion. I didn't want him dragged in.

Rita - posted on 07/28/2012

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Keep praying for them. Remember God loves them infinitely more than you ever could.
Live and speak the Christian life consistently around them. Do not criticize or condemn them. Just love them. Have brief prayer and Bible reading with them. Dinner time is most convenient for me....

Andrea - posted on 07/20/2012

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If they do not want to believe then they will not, you should not try and sway their views, only support them through their independent choices and inform them of your beliefs civilly.

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Carla, I'm not sure why you think my comment was inappropriate. It was certainly inoffensive and sincere.

Carla - posted on 07/20/2012

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Michelle, George, Jennie, Paul, Armetta, and Emily are involved with a real cute game I have found today of posting inappropriately to our Christian Moms and Christian Mommies sites. I have blocked her from Christian Mommies, I have no administrative privileges here, so I hope the administrator reads this and goes over the posts and blocks them as I did.



Michelle, I pray for you and your friends. Jesus loves you and wants you to allow Him into your heart. I hope you do.

Michelle - posted on 07/20/2012

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Kenitra,

It is sometimes hard, in times like these, to understand God's way. Why would he allow for both of your children to turn to atheism, when it is clearly very upsetting for you? It is then that we must understand, God's sense of humor is very different from our own. He does not laugh at the simple ‘man walks into a bar’ joke. No, God needs complex irony and subtle farcical twists that seem macabre to you and me. All that we can hope for is that God got his good laugh and that this will never happen to any more of your of your friends children.

If it is not God who is responsible, though, perhaps it is the devil? Have you noticed your son acting in a diabolic way of late? Red eyes? Hooves for feet? Head rotating 180 degrees or more, or reciting the Lord's prayer backward? If so, I should get a specialist in.

My prayers are with you. Make sure to get as many people (preferably over 100) to pray for him.

Yours,
Nicolo

Paul - posted on 07/20/2012

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Are you people fucking kidding! Invisible friends in the sky! Really!!!! Bronze age mythology!!! Get real...!

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Teenagers are curious about the world, they look around and see different things. For many people it's hard to maintain a belief in the God of the Bible when you see that there are billions of people around the world who either believe in different gods or don't believe in anything at all. Maybe they realised they don't need God in their life. It's perfectly reasonable to go through life as a good person without God.

Jennie - posted on 07/20/2012

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you dont bring them back to god ... they grew brains and realized he is like santa claus ... not real!

Carla - posted on 07/14/2012

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I am seriously wondering why, if some do not believe in God or prayer, are they on a Christian woman's site. Prayer means we have hope that God will help our loved ones, bring a job, heal a loved one, etc. If we don't have hope, we are most miserable.

Vegemite Cheese said I was free to pray for her, so I pray for ALL who have come here, maybe looking for Something? There's a song by a Christian artist, I believe it's Pam Thumb, and some of the lyrics are--'there's a God-shaped hole in all of us and a restless heart is searching'. We all have that hole, and I know I personally spent YEARS trying to fill it with everything ELSE other than God. Once I wised up and let Him in, totally and completely, my heart is complete. I hope all who are seeking find Him.

God bless, all

Sherry - posted on 07/14/2012

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Don't listen to these people telling you to pray , will wishful thinking really make your children's opinions change ? No , sorry to burst everyones wonderful bubble but sometimes issues like this really require serious critical thinking on your part . Study ! Ask why they do not believe , discuss with them their proof give them your own . Look for the research for and against , trust only research that comes from people with PHDs in a field of science , I'm telling you honestly the only thing they will ever believe is something that comes from scientist that has been proven or raised to the level of a theory . Even the current pope believes in evolution ! Show them that science and a belief in god can go together . Do you believe you do good things only because of god ? Or only because you will get into paradise if you do good things ? I don't I think you were born a good person and wouldn't harm others just because there is the possibility of hell . Your children see that , your children are good people without fear of being the opposite , you must see how amazing that is .

Vegemite - posted on 07/13/2012

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Angela I joined here some time ago...hmmm a long time ago when I was still unsure as to my beleifs and have stayed here as I like that the woman on here generally have intellegent answers and good morals I can admire.
I realy like your response thank you and yes you got me on entering a church :)

Vegemite - posted on 07/13/2012

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Carla thank you for your prayer and you are entitled to pray to whome you wish about whatever or whomever you want to so I cannot be offended or tell you not to. However my husband has been praying for me to "God" for 8 years and still I'm not a Christian. I tell him that the fact he's been praying for 8 yrs with no result should prove that there are no deities but he keeps on beleiving and keeps on praying. I can say with confidence I will never again read the bible, listen to praise and worship or sermons, or enter a church.

Megan - posted on 07/12/2012

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hi there,
I agree with the others....GOD will bring them back and prayer is the key! My husband and his sister both turned away from God as teenagers after being raised in church. Their parents left them alone and continued loving them and being there for them no matter what, and just kept praying and praying. A lot of tears were shed for their kids. Then all of a sudden God was the one who got their attention. First my sister in law, then my husband. Now they are both on FIRE for the the Lord and stronger then ever before! His sister just graduated from Bible College at age 38 and my husband plays guitar in our church. God can do more in a second than any man can during a lifetime.

Carla - posted on 07/04/2012

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@Vegemite Cheese--Because God lives in my heart, I can't take Him out and show Him to you. I can only tell you that, since I gave my life over to Him, He has turned my life completely around and shown me love that no other creature, seen or Unseen has been able to. God is Love. He comforts, heals, and directs my life. I truly pray that some day you will experience the True Love He has given us.

God bless, honey

Vegemite - posted on 07/03/2012

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I'm sorry but in my opinion there are no god gods. You can't prove he exists and I can't prove he doesn't. A book doesn't prove existance either otherwise the grug would be real and we all know it's just a story.
No one can make their kids believe something just because they do. Parents can only accept their kids for who they are.

Carla - posted on 07/03/2012

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I understand, Melissa, and a lot of kids fall away when they enter college. Keep reminding yourself 'teach your child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart.' This verse holds me up with my daughter who walked away from her father and I, and we have not seen her or our grandchildren since 2000. Pray for me, I'll pray for you. We WILL get through this.

God bless, honey

Melissa - posted on 07/02/2012

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My daughter stopped believing in Christ three years ago. It is a struggle. I love her so much but, I am praying so much for her. She says that her research led her to see that the lord was not real. So, I pray for her so much. My son is a big believer in Christ. My daughter changed when she entered college. I pray everyday for her. That is all I can do.

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I am in a Bible Study right now that is called "Experiencing God" by the Blackaby's. It is designed for personal growth, but it is also helpful when a loved one walks away from God.

God will bring them back. We have to pray, pray, pray and then speak only as God leads.

It always seems to me that praying is so ineffectual, but sometimes, we have to remember that maybe not in our lifetime will we get what we pray for. God has a plan for everyone (not a fate thing). God will answer our prayers but it will be in His time and not ours.

As everyone has said, pray, pray, pray.

Jennifer - posted on 04/11/2011

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Its not umcommon for people to go through periods in their life, especially these days when there are so many messages about God that are not biblical, when they question or reject their beliefs about God. My suggestion is to talk to him a lot. Show him you can defend your beliefs and remind him of what your faith has done for you. Get him involved a youth group so he will be surrounded by peers and adults who are believers. And be patient with him, just as you know the good Lord would be, love him, love him, love him, accept accept accept and pray for the wisdom to do what is best for him.

Luz - posted on 04/11/2011

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I believe in God because it was instilled in me when I was younger but, I come from a different generation. Now kids are bombarded with too many things. First how this world is so violent, then with people preaching peace. Its a big conflict and in this world of instant gratification, they want the God that they know to be miraculous to stop all of this. They don't understand that, he does miracles in his own time. That is where the feeling of not believing comes in. Our kids are becoming jaded and they are not believing in anything including themselves. All you can do is pray and pray again. Once your faith is not shaken their faith will come back. God do listen to mothers. There will come a time that he will need God and will find out that God has never left him. As for your 25 year old at that age we all thing we have everything figured out she will find out different.

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theres a few things you need to look at that you may not have thought of.... He is getting his ideas and opinions, or rather, forming his beliefs via something other than you, his parents. So what is it? Friends at school? Do you know who he hangs out with? I dont just mean names and an introduction, do you know who they are? what families they come from, what they get up to together? u have got to be involved in your child's life, and monitor and filter who he is hanging out with, because he is going to listen to the louder voice in his life. If he respects his mates more than he respects you, or if he hangs out with and or talks to his mates more than he does you, then he will be persuaded and encouraged more by them than you or anyone at church.

Also, its not just about persuasion. We can say "Jesus is real!" but unless he has an experience with the Lord, God will always be something mum and dad "do on a sunday" but its kinda like santa or the easter bunny, just another thing that was in his life for a while out of tradition. PRAY for the Holy Spirit to touch his heart! Pray for the Word to be so ingrained into his spirit that he cannot deny the truth of it anymore! PRAY PRAY PRAY! Your son, and your older daughter, both need a real revelation of God and His love towards them. Until that happens there will be no passion, no conviction and no belief.

One of the VERY MOST important things, is that you and your hubby live by example. The two of you must be believers at home as well as at church. If he sees you at church all nice, and sweet, and butter wouldnt melt in your mouth and lets all praise the Lord amen... then at home, you two are arguing or just getting annoyed about things all the time, or complaining about things consistently, or being grumpy alot, and not even saying grace over your food, and watching tv shows that make you look like a hypocryte like "desperate housewives"... then your son, is going to see your faith for what it is... shallow. and he is not going to be fooled. Please understand im not saying that these are the kind of people you are, im just trying to point out, we have to live it all the time, not just when others are looking. your son is always looking! If you have been living right before God in your home, then that will be a HUGE influence on your son and daughters view of Christians, which helps a great deal in being able to support them in finding truth. They wont listen to actors. They will listen to what they can see as genuine.

The good thing is, your son is 14, so you can tighten reigns where they need to be tightened, such as the friends he sees. Plus, he is not to miss church or youth group just because he doesnt "feel like it" etc. Dont shove the word down his throat, but make sure he realises, that as a part of your family, he WILL be exposed to it and encouraged to follow God. He must know you arent forcing him to believe anything, but that you know a truth that will set him free, and while he is under your roof, he will do the things that the family does. Which is pray together, go to church and so on.

Also, is there anyone in your church or your churches youth group who is a really good example of a young Christian man? a leader or something? If there is a young man there, perhaps you could speak with him and ask him to take your son under his wing? sort of become his friend, eventually disciple him and just be an example? sometimes teens just want to reject what there parents stand for because its the thing to do! But he might listen to and open up to a 20something yr old male... most youth groups have young men and women who would be most willing to do this! even if instead of you dropping him off to youth, getting this person to pick him up and drop him off so they have that car "talk time".

Your son needs Godly influence around him. He needs Christian friendships. He needs a revelation of God's love for Him. Much prayer, and attendance to his life and choices, will see to it that these things happen. Dont loose hope, God wants this even more than you do!

Oh one other thing, any time your church or another church that you know and trust have youth camps, send him on his way! Youth camps are an excellent way to have young people loosen up and see that Christianity isnt just about rules and regulations and older ppl. They get to see the fun side of God, and the youthful passion of the leaders that run the whole thing. would be really good for him.

Dont back off or back down. people can say "hes a teen now you have to let him make his own choices and find his own way...theres nothing you can do but pray"... WRONG. the worst thing you could do is let go completely and let him take charge of his little world. Until he is an adult, you as a parent are 100% responsible for his spirit, soul and body. Whatever measures need to be taken must be taken. but make sure everything you do, you do the way Jesus would. He walked in love continually and was firm when He needed to be :-)

hope this helps!

ps... read books on parenting. ask around for what ppl recommend! there are even Christian parenting books that are gender specific... go check out your local Christian bookstore or online. and ask other parents who have been through this kind of thing for wisdom. Theres no shame in it, the bretheren are there to help and the elderley have so much for us to learn and use!

Carla - posted on 09/16/2010

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Pam, I love to see Messianic Jews! I have a fb buddy that is, also. They say you are 'completed Jews', and I know God is smiling on you. We pray for all Jews, that they will be grafted in. Make sure you support one of the great Jewish outreaches--we have supported Chosen People Ministries for 10+ years. Jews for Jesus is good, too. God bless, honey! Shalom!

Pam - posted on 09/16/2010

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You know how our emotions can be ''fickle''? Say we want to go to see something happen with our neighbor eg they are way too noisy , then later maybe they really do not bother as much as before... Hope this helps you some .. When I was about 15 , I read the newspaper a lot ... I started to think ( emotions) 'If God is so loving , then why is all this - bad - stuff happening ''? Plus there was much friction between my mom and dad's marriage going on , constantly . It is NOT uncommon for this to happen .. It has been spoken from my 16 year old's mouth ...long story , but now its excellent. Do you have some prayer back up? Most importantly , for you ... when I stress, I can't rest ..( that is me) in Him.. I hate religion , but I love my Messiah .. Take YOUR own time to talk to God , do not let anyone dictate a 'schedule ' to you . He loves us in spite of ourselves , and He loved us first .. Maybe your son has outside influences that are troubling his mind ..But you know what Kendra ? The GOOD THING is that he even trusts you two to tell you enough what he is feeling ! Now that rocks .. I get a bit radical ,lol, I anoint prayer clothes , then after , tuck em in their pillowcases , ask the Holy Spirit to hover to hover over them , visit them in their sleep , send angels to their rooms, you name it , I will do or say it ,lol .. Maybe that's the born again Jew in me .. we will talk to tree about the love of the Lord , hehe , blessings and shalom Pam

Lisa - posted on 09/13/2010

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They will come back to God eventually. It is so hard as a parent to hear and see, but GIVE it to God and He will take care of it. It might be a few years, but It will happen. Don't harp on them, God is in control. He will someone in their path, they will come back. I have 4 kids, 23, 19, 15 and 14. I have seen it happen with 3 of them. Believe, you will receive them back. Have faith!

Monica - posted on 09/13/2010

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Through prayer, patience and communication. My son went through the same phase, and to encourage you, my mother did too, and now she is a United Methodist church pastor. It is stage that a lot of teenagers and young adults go through while trying to find out who they are. Just keep talking to them about how God is moving in your life and theirs as well. Oh, and I almost forgot that my son gave his life to Christ last year around Christmas. You have to remember that it is our job as parents to keep our children prayed up; God listens and will care for our children while they don't know any better. Keep your chin up and stay on your knees.

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Im honestly not overly sure...I know that I was raised to believe in God my whole life, and when I was 16 my grandma(my best friend) passed away. that was when I quit beliving in God. I never really stopped though. I just blamed him. for taking her from me. throughout the many years after that, I got myself in lots of trouble, and the DEVIL(who does exist!!!!!) intervined in my life more then I would like or care ot admit. But God was always there, and is still there. It took time, and some call it a "phase" but God is always with us and will always guide us back to him!!! God loves everyone and Jesus loves the children. I know this isnt exactly what you are going through, because it isnt you whos lost FAITH, but instead your children, but I am my mothers child, and she had to suffer watching me go through it and try to find the truth though it all. WWJD God Bless hun, and I wish you the best.

Donna - posted on 09/13/2010

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Proverbs says to train a child up in the way they should go and they will never depart from it. I was brought up knowing the Lord. when I was a teenager I too went down the wrong road. But I knew better. The Lord was still always with me. There were inumerable times i would hear "Donna, what are you doing?" I knew it was the Lord talking to me. The best thing for you to do is pray. DON'T STOP PRAYING. You have an amazing power just through prayer. God knows how to deal with them, how to woo them back to Him, and He is the only one that can prove Himself. The Bible has promised us our households (children included). When dealing with them, don't forget to ask Him for wisdom and direction. He has promised to give us wisdom freely and abundantly to all who ask.You and your family are in my prayers. (P.S. I thanked my mom profusely for continuing to pray for me while I was doing my own thing. There were many times that I knew I was kept safe and out of more trouble that I could have found myself in but I KNEW God was answering her prayers in keeping me safe.)

Dawn - posted on 09/13/2010

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My step-son who is now 27 decided when he was in High School that he no longer believed in God. I had quite an argument with the science teacher, because I believe that it is the fact that the school teach our kids that evolution is how we came to be, that causes them to disbelieve what they have learned from us. As parents they believe that we are stupid and that their teachers know everything--after all they are so much smarter than us because they are TEACHERS after all! I spoke to my pastor because I was so concerned about my son being un-saved and asked him if he could lose his salvation because he no longer believed in God. He told me that once you accept Jesus Christ as your savior you can never be un-saved. He is just back-sliding. Just keep praying for your kids that they will feel God's love for them and be drawn back to him. It isn't uncommon for teens and early twenty's kids to rebel. Don't nag at them--just let them see God's love through the way you act every day. God bless you and keep praying for your kids.

Barbie - posted on 09/12/2010

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Raise a child up in the way of The Lord, & if he departs from it, he will return. Cant think of what scripture it is.

Angela - posted on 09/11/2010

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Just pray and leave them in Gods hands, You dedicated them to him when they were born right? So, they belong to him, I am going through the same thing, But I still take my eldest to church with us. I also keep all Christian things, like music and books and other things around them. let them know if the don't believe in the Devil, that the devil believes in them. Look in Isaiah 44.

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You pray!!! It is the best advise I can give. And practice your own faith to the best of your ability as most children learn by watching others. You cannot make them believe. Leave it to God! One of my favorite Psalms says, "Be still, and know that I am God". Psalm 46:10. It is hard to watch and wait, but if you push them, they will fall farther and farther away.

Amye - posted on 09/10/2010

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You fight the battle on your knees, for God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love and of a sound mind...He will work out everything in his on time.You have planted the word of God,now its time to stay on your knees and let God work.Praying for your family !

Kristie - posted on 09/10/2010

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Sounds like they are just confused. Sometimes kids feel this way when someone close to them get sick or dies. Ask them why they feel the way they feel. Do not push it on them. Be strong, have faith and pray for them. 1 corinthians 15:14 Jesus is the key! Read the book case for christ by Lee Strobel. John ch.8 : 46 and 48 and romans 2:14-15 If God doesn't exist , then moral absolutes don't exist and moral absolutes do exist. So God Existis!!! J.P. Moreland God Question is also a good book to read.

Amy - posted on 09/10/2010

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I remeber going through this phase in my life when i was about 12. It was a long time before I came back to Christ, but I did and now I'm a strong believer. Don't worry. They'll come back to God. This is probably just a phase. All you can do at this point is pray for them and let God do the rest. Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 09/10/2010

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Scripture tells us it is the holy spirit that calls people to the Father. You can't do anything about it except pray. When you pray believe it he will answer, because he wants us all to come to know him. My curiousity strikes with you more than anything. Have you excepted him as your personal savior? That is the beginning. Our children usually believe what we believe but believing God is real, will still not get you to Heaven. I'm praying for all of you.

Marcia - posted on 09/10/2010

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As parents all we can do is be patient and pray. Both my daughters have turned away from God but I pray for them and believe that they will turn back to Him. Speak blessings over them and pray that their eyes (and hearts) will be opened to the truth. Pray for Godly people to cross their paths and influence them back to the arms of Jesus. Don't give up-trust God. All things are possible for Him. It may not happen overnight but they will come back.

Lucy - posted on 09/10/2010

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It is not a battle of words or minds, but a spiritual one, pray, pray, pray, God will do the rest. He will send his holy spirit, but just keep praying - it may be for years, but it does work.

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Awe. Sad. They are influenced by what they are teaching in school in my opinion. Even if it's through their peers. I recommend the book "Why I believe" by Kennedy. Either they can read it or you can read it and share the information that is in it with them. It will give you loads of ways to approach this with wisdom. Very down to earth (no pun intended), yet spiritual informaiton that will allow you to be able to relate with the nonbeliever.

Debbie - posted on 09/09/2010

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You put them in Gods Hands and believe that God will will bring them back and keep believing and praying for Them. I am going through it to . We raised all our kids in church and they know the truth but have left and are following thier own desires Just keep praying for I know its hard. But dont give up.

Jennifer - posted on 09/09/2010

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There is a great dvd and book out that will answer that for you. "Already gone" by Ken Ham

User - posted on 09/09/2010

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All you can do is pray and leave it in God's hands. Sounds like the devil has got his claws into them which happens to everyone at least once; it's just the weak Christians who fail to fight but that's not a bad thing on the Christian's part. I believe that all people will come to God or back to God in God's time and not in human's time. Will be thinking of you as have two children of my own and hope this never happens to me. God bless and good luck.

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Prayer. Isn't that the greatest thing you can do for your child anyway?! I love praying for my daughter. You can't bring them to God, you know that the Bible says that if you train them in the way that they should go, then when they are older they wont depart from it, meaning that as long as you instilled in them the values and the life of God, then after they have gone away, and they get older they will come back to what they knew or know. God is the one that calls us to him. God is the one that convicts the heart of sin and until they have that experience for themself its just a lifestyle to them and not a heart felt thing. Pray that God will get a hold of their hearts and that they will turn to God. Its nothing you can do , its between them and God, but you can pray as a parent. Pray for them daily, hourly , etc. That is one of the greatest gifts that God gave us. He allows us to come to his throne room and talk to him all the time. Nothing is too small or to great that God can't take care of. I"ll be praying for you and your children.
~Joy

Laura - posted on 09/09/2010

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You have taught them to believe and all you can do is to pray that they will come back. I know this happen to my sister-in law and my two brother-in laws and when they came back to God it was so unbelievable. they started to help out in the church and changed so much for the better. Do not lose faith.

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You can pray and talk to your pastor/priest/ whomever is the head of your church for advice. Pray that the Lord opens their hearts again. I am religious, but my husband isn't. He is my children's stepfather, not their real father, but my children are very close to him. However, my daughters, especially my oldest, do not at all like going to church because they both consider it boring. I do admit it can be but I still try to teach my daughters about God even if they don't want to go to church. I'm Christian-Lutheran and in the Bible I believe in Jesus says "Where 2 or more come together in my name, there I am with them." My husband does call alot of people that go to church (not me, though) hypocrites because he said they may act all Christian-like but doesn't mean they are the minute they leave church. A friend of mine posted a status on Facebook once that said "Just being in church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than being in a garage makes you a car." Very true. It's also stated in the Bible "Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart." Only God knows what is going on in your children's hearts and minds, and why.

Nancy - posted on 09/09/2010

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yOU DON'T BRING THEM BACK TO "GOD"...GOD WILL DO HIS JOB OF WORKING IN THEIR LIVES.....JUST SHOW THEM GOD LOVES THEM NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY OR DO...PRAY 3 TIMES A DAY FOR THEM EVEN IF IT IS TOMENTION JUST THERE NAME....THEN YOU LEAD A GODLY LIFE AND LOVE YOU BIBLE AND CHURCH OR WHATEVER AND DON'T BE BOSSY OF THEM...THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH TO DECIDE AND THE MORE YOU PUSH THE MORE THEY PUSH RIGHT BACK.....DON'T CARE OR DON'T LET THEM SEE YOU CARE SO MUCH....LET THEM SEE YOU TRUSTING THIS GOD YOULOVE SO MUCH .....THEY HAVE TO COME TO THEIR OWN PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP ...JUST LIKE YOU DID.

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