Q: A friend keeps telling me that God loves me, but how do I know it’s true? My parents divorced when I was 9 and I was raised (reluctantly) by my grandparents, so all my life I’ve felt that no one loves me. Why is God any different? — L. R.
A: It’s unfortunate that you feel that no one loves you. There are not any gods that love you either, because they do not exist. Many people turn (or turn back) to faith in a supernatural deity or organized religion because they can offer a sense of community and comfort. However, there are many reasons to think these faiths and religions are built on falsehoods and myth. With no family as a suport network, you may want to establish a network of close friends that could provide fellowship and assistance when needed. If you do not have such a network, you can meet some like-minded people by performing volunteer work in your community or searching for a social group in your area at meetup.com. If you want to follow the rational path of rejecting your faith in supernatural deities, the online forum at EXchristian.net may provide some needed support.
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