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Atheism in the Family

Updated on October 25, 2015

There is no doubt that my Dad is one of my mentors, and I have a great deal of respect for him.

But, don't know if I can totally agree with his views on religion. He told me last night that he grew up being a Altar Boy at St. Titus, a small church here in Durham, and that he has gone to a couple of Unitarian churches, one with Mom when they were married and another with another young lady he dated sometime back.

His current lady friend is of the Jewish faith though I don't think she is very active in her Synagogue....But, Dad has come to the opinion that it's all mythology and he has a problem with a God who just wants to wipe out people when he gets Mad and the whole concept of favored people, and he has seen how religion has been used to exploit and manipulate various issues.

And, while I can agree with some of his statements, I do believe that there is a God above and A Heaven above as well. I also feel that a lot of people will be surprised by who they meet in Heaven because I do feel that some religions and denominations are very narrow in their view of who is excepted and that quite a few people will be shocked.

By the way, I never thought of his Mother as being very religious but apparently she did go to Church. But, His Dad, who I barely knew as he passed away when I was very young was very active in the Church.

One thing they did give him which I think he has passed on down to me and my brother is the ability to research and study on their own, and the realization that they may not come to the same conclusion.

What have been your thoughts when you have found out that people had different religious believes than you who were very close to you.


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    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Not that she was an atheist, but my youngest daughter told me once that she didn't think of religion like I do, even though she brought up to be a believer. I asked her why and when she told me, I told her what I thought and then I didn't hound her on the issue. I just prayed for her that some day she will come to the conclusion that God wants her to. Nothing I could say would change her mind. Now, about 6 years later, she is coming to believe in a God that loves her and wants her to love Him. She is starting to go to church again and bringing her little girl to church. Prayer works and God can reach people's hearts where we can't.

      That was my experience.

      Blessings to you.