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Help responding to a Christian family member

Started this discussion. Last reply by Liz Jan 5, 2012. 26 Replies

I need help with a productive response to a young family member. Here is her question to me:So, I'm at a Christian conference for college students and I couldn't be more convinced of our God.…Continue

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Liz replied to Larry's discussion 'Help responding to a Christian family member'
"First of all please tell me what your definition of "God" is?  "
Jan 5, 2012
basement kitteh replied to Larry's discussion 'Help responding to a Christian family member'
"I think it's easier to deal with all those people who want to pray for you when you think of prayer as http://lolgod.blogspot.com/2011/11/prayer-explained.html "
Jan 5, 2012
Colleen replied to Larry's discussion 'Help responding to a Christian family member'
"Thanks for sharing and good luck!  Let us know if you need any help or support as you move forward :)."
Jan 5, 2012
Dale Headley replied to Larry's discussion 'Help responding to a Christian family member'
"How about "No, nothing - can't think of a thing; but thanks, anyway.""
Jan 5, 2012
Jason replied to Larry's discussion 'Help responding to a Christian family member'
"Well she seems to want to do two things.1. She wants to pray2. She wants you to see the love of her Christian god and believe in it. So… ask her to pray for you. Ask her to pray that your high moral compass be reduced to hers: -Your high…"
Jan 5, 2012
Alexander Miner replied to Larry's discussion 'Help responding to a Christian family member'
"Damn. I have a bunch of friends she can pray for if we are praying for that. One of my friends stepped on an IED. Can god repair the brain damage? "
Jan 5, 2012
Robert Karp left a comment for Larry
"Welcome to the Think Atheist community Larry!"
Jan 5, 2012
Larry replied to Larry's discussion 'Help responding to a Christian family member'
"I appreciate everyone's advice. I wanted to elaborate more on my situation. On Christmas Eve my step father asked me point blank, "what's the deal with liking American Atheists on FB". I had been working up the nerve to…"
Jan 5, 2012
John Kelly replied to Larry's discussion 'Help responding to a Christian family member'
"Honestly, the comment is genuine.  People experience invigorating inspiration at events like this.  I used to help recruit for similar ones.  The love of God and the value of the crucifixion has been renewed in her mind as an…"
Jan 5, 2012
Kyle Wilkins replied to Larry's discussion 'Help responding to a Christian family member'
"That sounds good. I frustrates me when my family members also says "it breaks my heart..." or something along those lines because (I don't know about your family member but) my family knows nothing about Atheism except that "I…"
Jan 5, 2012
Stutz replied to Larry's discussion 'Help responding to a Christian family member'
"Be gentle with a relative, especially a young one. I would express that I appreciate the offer, but that if she feels it will do some good, many others could use the prayer more. Make some suggestions (sick kids, struggling families, the homeless,…"
Jan 5, 2012
Adele replied to Larry's discussion 'Help responding to a Christian family member'
"Well there's a well-intentioned thought!  I imagine maybe you are a bit worried about your young family member... that her eyes will gloss over and she will begin reciting bible verses as responses That said, de-conversion usually has to…"
Jan 5, 2012
Ed replied to Larry's discussion 'Help responding to a Christian family member'
"Larry, To demonstrate the futility of prayer to your relative offer the current information: West Texas has been in the midst of a severe drought for the past two years. It has gotten so bad the Xtian governor of that state eventually asked all…"
Jan 4, 2012
Mo Trauen replied to Larry's discussion 'Help responding to a Christian family member'
"Ask her to pray to her god to help christians understand just how offensive their comments to non-believers are."
Jan 4, 2012
Elisha K. replied to Larry's discussion 'Help responding to a Christian family member'
"I think a decent response would be this: If she finds the need to pray over things and waste her time with it, why not take the prayer she has for you and use it to pray for a child in need, a person in the world grieving, or those hurt by natural…"
Jan 4, 2012
Mike Fundaro replied to Larry's discussion 'Help responding to a Christian family member'
"I'd basically say: Thank you for caring about me, but there's nothing I need prayed about. Then again, I usually sit quietly while my mother prays for my safety before I head out on a business trip. But she's my mother. I don't…"
Jan 4, 2012

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