And some default to the belief in the wake of painful disillusionment with God and his people. Respectful listening can reveal root causes, and root causes can give us specific direction for intercession.So as Peter advised, “If someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.
The man she’s falling for just happens to be her dance partner, causing her to interact with him several times a week.These beliefs formed my worldview as a young atheist: I sincerely believed that there was no God.When people hear my story, they often tell theirs with something close to agony in their eyes: a son, a daughter, a brother, a mother, a spouse, a colleague—someone they love denies God’s existence. But the God in whom you hope is mighty to save and relentless in his loving pursuit of their souls.Then some bad things happened in my life -- infertility and third trimester pregnancy loss -- and God and I broke up for a while. My job is not to convert him to a believer and his job is to leave my beliefs alone and not mock me for having them (the not mocking part is important). We are both "good, giving, and game." Yes, that term was created by Dan Savage and is meant to tackle sexual turn-ons in relationships (if your partner is into something you're not, you should still try to be good, giving, and game even if you don't want to do that particular act every time), but it also works well with most relationship challenges.But in my grief I found myself drifting into another liberal Methodist Church, and I found solace there for many years. He grew up without much religious exposure, although his father was a "spiritual seeker," dabbling in everything before returning to the Catholic Church. My husband and his aspirituality cheerfully join me each Christmas Eve at a candlelight service and I drive the car when he wants to photograph freight trains.Some turn to atheism to make sense of the planet’s insanely inequitable distribution of health, wealth, and safety.