Q: Some people in our church have two sons. They both grew up in the same home but now they’ve gone very different ways. One is a dedicated Christian but the other is rebellious and wants nothing to do with God. How could this happen? — A.L.
A: Your friends’ children (and you and I and most everyone else) possess freedom of thought. Many people choose to use this freedom to skeptically question many ideas they have been taught, including religious beliefs. This type of questioning can lead to the rejection of religion due to inconsistencies in and lack of credibility of religious texts. A person who “wants nothing to do with God” is not necessarily a bad or immoral person. Most non-Christians (including atheists) lead respectable, moral lives.
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