What do I do when my 17 year old says there is no God and religion? We have been going to church and practicing faith since all 3 of my children were small but out of all of them, she now says that prayers are useless and there is no God. what do I do?
Challenging the views of their parents’ is what teenagers are supposed to do. Don’t argue with her, just agree with her that at this point in her life God is not a real experience for her. May be it will later, or maybe it won’t, but many wise people have dedicated their lives to uncover their deepest truths, and a 17 year old is not is a position to deny the truth these others have attained.
If she can at least acknowledge that there may be more to know about life than she has yet experienced or learned, then she will at least be open to spirituality later in life when she finds herself ready and motivated to look beyond her youthful skepticism.