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April 19 2013

Teenager Rejecting God

Category:  Ask Deepak

Question:

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?

Response:

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.

Love,
Deepak

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  • Wise advice to the parent questioner, Deepak. The following is for the youth: ...on August 3rd, Meher Baba had dictated the following message, which was published in the September issue of the Indian magazine for youth, Comrade: It is the privilege of youths to be full of energy and hope. Not being caught up in any grooves, their dreams about the future have the advantage of being inspired by an unfettered imagination. In the glow of a newborn love, or in the warmth of newly caught enthusiasm, they are quick to respond to the call for action and self-sacrifice. Life would be poorer without these qualities, which are predominantly present in youths. But if the youths are to derive the full benefit of the qualities with which they are abundantly endowed, they must also try to acquire some other qualities which are rare in young people. Hope should be fortified by a courage that can accept failure with equanimity; enthusiasm should be harnessed by the wisdom that knows how to wait for the fruit of action with patience. Idealistic dreams about the future should be counterbalanced by a sense of the realities of the present. The glow of love should allow itself to be illumined by a free and unhampered play of reason. It is easy for youths to be so intent on realizing the ideal, that they become bitter against the present and past, but it is well to cultivate the spirit of idealizing the real and being appreciative of the heritage of the past. The world, as it is, may not seem to follow the pattern youths adore, but they must never forget that it is always good enough to merit their most loving attention. In their desire to improve the world, let them not surrender their right to be happy by becoming bitter. Youths love freedom and, as such, they have a natural impulse to rebel against all authority and bondage. All this is well and good. But let them make a real effort to keep free from the many illusions to which young people are particularly susceptible. True self-expression does not necessarily imply irreverence for others; true criticism does not necessarily imply hostility or separateness. Freedom without responsibility is a doubtful boon. Freedom is worth having only where there is self-restraint and willingness to cooperate with others. Youths are always willing to act and take risks. Let them freely yield to this fearless and imperative urge of life within them. But while releasing action, let them take every care that it is creative and not merely destructive. Let their watchwords always be Love and Service.

    Ron Greenstein // 2013-04-20 00:01:32 // //
  • YES. there are beings in the unseen with great wisdom, power and intelligence. They do not care what name you use.

    Sheree // 2013-04-22 20:24:29 // //

 

 

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  • Go to FB page 'reason vs. faith' and enter the debate!

    Eric Chase // 2013-04-23 07:11:26 // //
  • Notice how the various gods are all made in the image of man. How can "god"be jealous or feel hate. These fabricated top of the pile thought forms are causing all the problems today.

    Amanda Jane Mactaggart // 2013-04-23 00:38:37 // //
  • There is nothing greater than man kind, the universe or the unknown creatures at the bottom of the sea that live by thermal vents. We are all one and the same, intrinsically linked by evolutionary tables of chemistry, biology and physic's not blind faith.

    Matthew Mcculloch // 2013-04-22 23:59:32 // //
  • As Mr. Chopra said, challenging the views of their parents’ is what teenagers are supposed to do; it`s necessary for them, in order to build their own personality. You say you have been going to church, so I suppose you`re of the christian faith... And, like Mr. Greenstein said, young people tend to rebel against authority, and they dislike bigotry and hypocrisy... Maybe it would be a good idea to introduce her to spirituality, rather than bombarding her with the dogmas of religion. There are countless books that she would certainly appreciate, like, for instance, "Siddharta" by Hermann Hesse (the message of this book is very "christian", despite the title). Don`t force her to do anything, as it would only result in escalation, and a bigger gap.

    Hermanubis // 2013-04-22 21:17:06 // //
  • YES. there are beings in the unseen with great wisdom, power and intelligence. They do not care what name you use.

    Sheree // 2013-04-22 20:24:29 // //
  • You guys crack me up...I can't help but find a smile on my face with all the miscommunication going on.....Doesn't seem like any of the post make any seperation between spirituality and religion. They 'can' overlap but it isn't necessary. I'm spiritual but no longer am prey to secularized religion. And I know many religious people who have absolutely no sprituality....one deoesn't need/guarantee the other. It's an old arguement where first the symantics require being ironed out and going back to the oldest faiths..."it doesn't matter which path we take to get there it is 'our' path. Respect all paths". Come on guys be tolerant and appreciate that there are places in the world you can practice without being executed for your beliefs.

    Michael Griffin // 2013-04-22 15:17:58 // //
  • The King of the Jews A Book made unavailable to public by the Church ~~~ http://www.scribd.com/doc/104376551/the-king-of-the-jews#download

    Arya Jayaweera // 2013-04-22 03:18:22 // //
  • where to begin to examine these issues so wonderful that you rat Dr. I have the intuition to know from an early guessed and questioned me so many things that were lost with the family and social imposition. Now that I find my 50 years in his works, my big question is: At this age podre remember the forgotten and relearn what my soul claimed?

    Jesus Flores@jesflote // 2013-04-21 23:47:29 // //
  • Ay least someone in the family is not brain dead.

    Amanda Jane Mactaggart // 2013-04-21 23:45:10 // //
  • It's funny that people always talk about something greater than themselves, something greater than humankind... well, there is something greater. The great interconnected universe that we're part of; it's so vast that we're nearly insignificant, and our ability to comprehend that fact releases us from our self-important religious thinking.

    Steve Earley // 2013-04-21 23:06:25 // //
  • crap..tell them the truth, that religion is for those that need it and 'god' is for those that need something bigger than themselves.

    Matthew Mcculloch // 2013-04-21 20:36:47 // //
  • Deepak..great guy!

    Janice Nantz // 2013-04-21 13:43:39 // //
  • so He really is stalking me and not her ?LOL

    David Jones // 2013-04-21 13:09:48 // //
  • Some people just can't be hypnotized. Free will is Godly

    Rob Gorman // 2013-04-21 12:45:48 // //
  • Help her to see God's presence everywhere! She is His beloved child.

    David Johnson // 2013-04-21 11:32:55 // //
  • Brilliant answer Deepak. At 17 it's natural to be challenging and forming one's own opinions. It's about becoming independant and differentiating one's self from one's parents. It's very much part of this stage of the Life Cycle.

    Gina Hamlyn // 2013-04-21 08:21:06 // //
  • Tell her the truth.

    Amanda Jane Mactaggart // 2013-04-21 04:32:27 // //
  • Best part is that she doesn't beilieve in something because it was beilieved by everybody else around her.

    Aviral Bhanu // 2013-04-21 01:23:52 // //
  • Excellent advice Deepak! Thank you!

    Donna Brazill Nagel // 2013-04-21 00:50:42 // //
  • Nicely said, Steve!

    Mary Johnston // 2013-04-20 23:42:53 // //
  • "You've learned to be skeptical without evidence... I'm so proud of you! Almost every religion makes claims we have no evidence for; it's sensible to question them. Keep investigating! True wisdom is within you, and not based on beliefs."

    Steve Earley // 2013-04-20 23:00:25 // //
  • There is so a god.

    Amy Walker // 2013-04-20 21:45:43 // //
  • be patient, her thinking will pass as she matures.

    Rosa Ann Reeder // 2013-04-20 18:19:57 // //
  • Tell her she's right. You as a parent should be proud you raised a free thinker.

    Jules Simon // 2013-04-20 18:06:31 // //
  • AMO A CHOPRA

    Luz Mary Cubides // 2013-04-20 17:43:43 // //
  • By the way, to be the author of “Ageless body and timeless mind” he looks like it didn’t work!!!

    George Zanatta // 2013-04-20 16:58:50 // //
  • It is sad to see that we steel believe in the delusion of a personal god, even people that you would think that through their education and knowledge could see through our natural fear of dead and our need to give meaning to our existence continue promoting and defending a childish believe.

    George Zanatta // 2013-04-20 15:54:00 // //
  • Like your comment _ 'God is not a real experience for her.' means that she is no hypocrite like so many who publicly praise a God which their lives and actions daily deny. francis a. novello UD

    Frank Novello // 2013-04-20 15:23:18 // //
  • Love is another word for God. Form belongs to the Ego, it dies. Spirit transforms for ever.

    J-lee McFadden // 2013-04-20 14:21:16 // //
  • Thank you for sharing that...

    Tracey Royal // 2013-04-20 14:03:26 // //
  • Absolutely eloquent..needed to hear..such a challenge

    Barb Rockafellow // 2013-04-20 13:37:52 // //
  • the kids are on the right path. there's no god. but yeah,don't force anything on them.

    Mohit KS // 2013-04-20 12:42:38 // //
  • I denounced my parent's religion when I was 16. It's normal at that age to question your parents and what their beliefs. It helps us affirm our own beliefs. I met an awesome gentleman at that time who taught me Transcendental Meditation. From going inside myself, I discovered that there was a God, but not the God my parents believed in. I now have respect my parents' faith, but I don't subscribe to it, and that's ok.

    Paula Bourque // 2013-04-20 11:55:46 // //
  • Espiritualidad y religión son diferentes,

    Fulvio Santamaria Jaimes // 2013-04-20 11:54:57 // //
  • I would you know Daughter, I believe there is a GOD, because only Good and perfect can be created by GOD, and when you enter my life, that was because GOD blessed your mother and I with you this perfect someone, and if you think about, GOD loved you because he made you perfect in everyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Keri Alhashash // 2013-04-20 11:42:41 // //
  • Open your mind woman!

    Debbie Sundborg // 2013-04-20 11:38:03 // //
  • This is when I became agnostic at age 17 and I'm 43 now. I don't deny there may be something out there but as I grow older I have more doubts.

    Heather Bemos Burgess // 2013-04-20 11:17:25 // //
  • The response is a good way to overt the opposition's forcefulness to make null ones faith. If "I" just agree, then " I " will not have any opposition. If the son or daughter believes in LOVE then LOVE or GOD will be with them. I read a great quote today "You are the Supreme Being, and yet thinking yourself to be separate from it, you strive to become united with it. What is stranger than this?" ~Ramana Maharshi Let LOVE guide the way blindly - there is less opposition.

    Judy Kuettel // 2013-04-20 11:11:01 // //
  • greatttttttttt answer master...

    Aida E Yago // 2013-04-20 10:59:39 // //
  • That's terrific. Let him find his own way! Love it. "A mind opened by wonder rather than closed by belief".

    Deborah Riley // 2013-04-20 10:59:14 // //
  • Agree with Stephanie, Im raising my kids (9 & 8 yr old) to question everything...

    Margarita Ma. Pérez Gomescasseres // 2013-04-20 10:45:24 // //
  • Thanks so much.

    Jose Angel Rivera // 2013-04-20 10:38:39 // //
  • I let my children decide for themselves and I don't freak out over their decisions. I have raised my children to question everything. Thanks for spreading the message. <3

    Stephanie Parker // 2013-04-20 10:18:37 // //
  • I believe parents find it difficult to let teenagers have their own opinions.... Love her respect her give her some room to discover herself!!

    Angela Lindemann-Bailar // 2013-04-20 10:00:24 // //
  • Great answer:)

    Maryam Ghaffarsedeh // 2013-04-20 09:59:06 // //
  • There is precious little wisdom in this world.

    Philip Coladonato // 2013-04-20 09:50:20 // //
  • @bobby why would you come on this post and work so hard to disprove info that people find valuable and gives them enlightenment? Venom serves no one but poisons oneself....

    Syed Al // 2013-04-20 09:33:37 // //
  • I feel his approach to this 17 year old is a sound one. The truth lies within for each person to discover on their own journey through life.

    Tara Prior // 2013-04-20 09:31:25 // //
  • I don't think using her short age as an argument to tell her older people know better is going to get the result you want. There is no god as described by most religions. A super man capable of everything.

    German Morales // 2013-04-20 09:23:51 // //
  • I'm surprised he didn't say......here, have her buy my book .......this guy is selling snake oil, he's the biggest charlatan of our generation

    Bobby Garcia // 2013-04-20 09:04:41 // //
  • We are learning all our lifes.

    Guðrún Ingibjörg Gunnarsdóttir // 2013-04-20 08:33:53 // //
  • Najeeb, no one has disproved God either and of those who set out to do just that, 90% became believers. If you can, read CS Lewis's book mere Christianity and read the New Testament like it is a novel.

    Mary Sanborn Davies // 2013-04-20 08:29:08 // //
  • Even the disciples, who were with Jesus did not believe until they saw the resurrected Lord. That she is thinking about god at all shows her heart and mind are open to possibility.

    Mary Sanborn Davies // 2013-04-20 08:24:14 // //
  • A secular priest is still a priest and the cui bono test applies not only to what he says but also to when, where and how he says it. On the Tree, what we have here is the Sun path - Ahh, Bless!

    Gabriel Donleavy // 2013-04-20 08:22:43 // //
  • Great answer.

    Anna M. Bradshaw // 2013-04-20 08:19:28 // //
  • I realy love this response. It's very wise. Thanks for share...

    César Samper Merino // 2013-04-20 08:13:47 // //
  • Great response doc.

    Eric M DeYoung // 2013-04-20 08:03:20 // //
  • She is wright 100% you cant prove it so there is no god. ALL the answer you want to find about life is in science and with the help of technology we can create a real god.

    Najeeb Khan // 2013-04-20 07:56:58 // //
  • Hey Deepak merci mucho!

    Guy Charland // 2013-04-20 07:55:48 // //
  • wisdom Deepak that was wisdom shared

    Lovely Angel Barlow // 2013-04-20 07:55:02 // //
  • I read the response in deepak's voice lol #thanksdeepak #abundancemeditation

    Tim Junior Harry // 2013-04-20 07:50:06 // //
  • I totally agree.

    Storm Phoenix // 2013-04-20 07:41:16 // //
  • positive parent you

    Raime Goldberg // 2013-04-20 07:27:31 // //
  • Great answer

    J.l. Price // 2013-04-20 07:13:45 // //
  • Nice

    Jordan Brown Fenton // 2013-04-20 06:45:11 // //
  • Mihaly Marko... Interesting.

    Cecilia Marko-Strong // 2013-04-20 06:37:36 // //
  • Good answer!

    Diane Belair // 2013-04-20 06:34:13 // //
  • She is not rejecting spirituallity or god per se. She is rejecting our current civilisation's crazy obsession with "man in the sky" spiritual view point. She knows it's wrong. She can feel it in her core. Her soul screams "this is wrong!!!!". The words her mind uses to express this however, are not that sophisticated, but that is another symptom of our denial of love and of following our hearts - she has never been taught to speak from her heart. Spirituality hijacked by the mind is called "religion". Suffering is caused by the mind. Suffering is caused by religion. This is the wrong path. Dropping into your heart opens you to the truth. And that is the divine path :)

    Jeremiah Josey // 2013-04-20 05:32:12 // //
  • well you could sit them down and talk to them about reality and life about yes there is a message you know inside of us for when the message stops it stops (nerve tissue circulation) for when the message stops the conjoin adjoins of reality and life tend to break away resulting in cebral nervine being left you know so yeah you could sit them down talk to them about that

    Derek Elj // 2013-04-20 04:42:50 // //
  • I was that teenager! Brought up in catholic family I was envious of their faith despite my warm feeling after service. So I declared myself atheist! If someone had explained God can take any shape not the prescribed religious image then my bright young mind might have engaged, How I could have benefitted immensely back then! .only when I inevitably found myself in a deeply desperate place in my late 30's was I to become truly enlightened. Even then, I needed 'proof' and it was a slow realisation. So sad that I turned away in my youth but then i went on and found deep not superficial belief. Your teenager may turn out to be the biggest advocate of all.

    Joanne Bosonnet // 2013-04-20 04:11:47 // //
  • God is a personal experience of everyone when is supposed to happen in this liefe,and most of the times we find God we allready tried all others ways.God is so present,but we are the ones covered with the ,,veil,,of ignorance.And He will not reveal to us untill we are not prepared for Him in the same measure younger or olders.God bless you all!

    Calugar ALina Loredana // 2013-04-20 04:07:17 // //
  • Great answer. If you try and force as you have since birth, you will push her further away. We all have choices, just because we as a person enjoys or wants to do it, we shouldn't force another to commit what they have no interest in. Life is about communication, loving, sharing and giving everyone that chance at being responsible for every choice or decision that in the end, will ultimately play a part of that child's life. Negative and/or Positive. What positive for one isn't necessarily positive for the other. Maybe it's not the church issue, maybe your daughter is using the church attendance, cause she has other greviences toward you and she is using her trump card. If its got this far, unfortunately you designed your daughter to be who she is, learn to live with it or start Understanding her.

    Stevjyn Lynch // 2013-04-20 04:04:12 // //
  • and what do you do when your mate says the same thing? do you say this is too core an issue to disagree on, do you separate becuz of the difference in beliefs or do you accept it

    Rada Loera // 2013-04-20 03:51:55 // //
  • I wonder if "god" is our "human" ability to believe in anything

    Sandy Medina // 2013-04-20 03:32:02 // //
  • Individual truth for someone is something they must experience firsthand - otherwise Santa Claus and the tooth fairy would be a fact

    Reikimaster NZ // 2013-04-20 03:30:38 // //
  • Good advice from up above. I basically raised my children knowing that I am Jewish and believed in (xyz...) and it was up to them later in life to connect with the g-d of their understanding. They are in their 20's and we've never had struggles with who believe what, and we have harmony.

    Crystal Bushinsky // 2013-04-20 03:19:21 // //
  • I believe she is right! Religion and God are two separate things - as God is Infinite intelligence or the creator or life force or great spirit, whereas religion is man made and differs in every culture and usually presumes to be the 'only way to god' -- Catholics have a huge price karmic ally toward women having burnt so many during past ages at the stake - so maybe this youthful reflection is based upon a past life experience -- even the ancient celts believed in reincarnation ! The celts were supposed to be ancient Hindus -- scientifically maybe we Are just all one!! The conundrums are beautifully endless -- engage your 17 year olds mind with wit and she'll create her own answers in time!

    Martin Dunkerton // 2013-04-20 03:09:15 // //
  • amem-bro. ben......

    Marsha Roxas // 2013-04-20 02:48:06 // //
  • God is a way of living, not only Sunday's church

    Maritza Zapatier De Figueroa // 2013-04-20 02:31:15 // //
  • Please buy her the book, The Shack by William P. Young, maybe it will help +touch her on her journey of selfdiscovery

    Wendy White // 2013-04-20 02:30:19 // //
  • Nice explanation DC. As always.

    Arun Jacob // 2013-04-20 02:26:04 // //
  • So Boyana- and why are you on this page?? Never understand people that troll on a site they don't like. Sheesh.

    Martha Metter // 2013-04-20 01:45:41 // //
  • Deepak Chopra certainly has the knowledge and experience as well as he is an highly educated person. On the other hand he, unknowingly demonstrates his own need for real wisdom and truth or should I say that he twists the truth and tries to let us know that he is filled with wisdom which is his utter foolishness, a cowardly and completely an insecure person himself. He can't make out the difference between antithesis and hypothesis. He doesn't even know the definition for Apologetics, so why should you try to listen to him and waste all your inner faculties on foolish fables and myths. Any one who will be beguiled by his fake wisdom becomes prey to foolishness and insecurities. Hope you grab the maximum out from the Truth itself and not from this truth twister. Regards Boyana Bhaskar from India

    Bhaskar Rao Boyana // 2013-04-20 01:37:05 // //
  • We never get it right because we never get it done, right? No need to worry about her going to Hell ir anything like that because we know that's a myth, unless we've created one here for ourselves that is. She'll be alright, don't sweat it.

    Larry Maguire // 2013-04-20 01:30:07 // //
  • It's okay that she doesn't believe. It's her journey, not her parents. God will love her either way.

    Mary-Lyn Chambers // 2013-04-20 01:23:13 // //
  • Lauren I hear ya...it's a tough one.

    Rachael Pontillo // 2013-04-20 01:21:17 // //
  • Rachael Pontillo, thank you. This is what I'm experiencing right now.

    Lauren Johnson // 2013-04-20 01:13:20 // //
  • (to mr.chopra) Why doesn't God help everyone who prays, who believe in God.

    Anurag Badola Guru // 2013-04-20 01:09:48 // //
  • One can be deeply spiritual and not believe in "god". As a parent it is so important not to judge and to allow free communication with your children. Not such a fan of this answer. I do love most of Deepak's advice. Not as excited since he's become such an Oprah supporter.

    Rebecca Carlson // 2013-04-20 01:03:44 // //
  • tell your daughter, not t worry, God will find her, keep an open mind, God is not in a Bible, Koran, scroll ..God is your soul...

    Valery Miraglia // 2013-04-20 00:58:32 // //
  • Thank you...Thank you...Thank you forever more!!!

    Rajeanne Laurelle // 2013-04-20 00:57:20 // //
  • The only one a child needs to believe in is in her- of himself. Than believe in the power of respect for each other and the power of love for each other. I've stopped going to church as in Holland the church is an old rusted institution but i've never stopped believing. As god is in all of us, believing in your self is believing in god as well, despite in what form and under what name that god may be.

    Hans Strik // 2013-04-20 00:55:25 // //
  • Excellent response, wish I had that about ten years ago. My son is now 28 and accepts spirituality in many forms:)

    Rachel Ellis Landa // 2013-04-20 00:55:23 // //
  • As a young boy in Sydney I went to Sunday school. But as I was growing up I found myself believing in God on and off at times. I have known some people who were real good and didn't believe in God at all. I have also known some people who have always gone to church and did some real bad things. Religion should not be forced on people. Some people change their minds later in life and some don't. Being good to everyone is the best way to live life. But today I do believe in God and I always will!

    Ian Walker // 2013-04-20 00:55:17 // //
  • She just needs to expand her conception of the Devine. Many people loose faith in an anthropomorphic deity, however that's all some people need, if she is losing faith in a human-like Devine creator you need to introduce her to expanded conceptions. The idea of God as Love or as an all-pervasive energy field can satisfy the soul of some where traditional conceptions fail, in the end there is only one it just appears that we take separate paths......

    George Slaughter // 2013-04-20 00:54:13 // //
  • Mr. Chopra, again I appreciate your outlook and advice.

    Kristina Thorson // 2013-04-20 00:52:26 // //
  • Great answer, Deepak.

    Lillian Sanpere Tarragona // 2013-04-20 00:48:56 // //
  • great answer

    Amber Melom // 2013-04-20 00:48:31 // //
  • That is a wonderful response, Deepak!

    Forever Essence // 2013-04-20 00:48:31 // //
  • And this wisdom for the child leaves the paths unblocked and unhated just temporarly ignored.

    Clint Davis // 2013-04-20 00:47:19 // //
  • All paths lead to Rome......All paths lead to Heaven. Choose your path.

    Earl Davis // 2013-04-20 00:41:35 // //
  • Thank you. Simple and clear.

    Silvia Chamlee // 2013-04-20 00:40:28 // //
  • When I was 17 years of age my parents knew little, when I turned 27 years of age, I was surprised how much my parents learnt in 10 years.

    Earl Davis // 2013-04-20 00:38:03 // //
  • I'm proud of the free-thinking teen in this case. It took a while but I found my atheism and I wear it like a loose garment.

    Tony Escobar // 2013-04-20 00:37:33 // //
  • I don't believe any parent should ever expect their children to believe as they do. They are individuals, with their own thoughts and minds. I think cramming religion down ones throat and expecting them to swallow is totally unacceptable. Honor who your children are, guide them with love, but when it comes to spirituality, let them find their own path, and honor that they have figured it out for themselves. Are we sheeple? Do we believe something just because someone said it? Find your own truth. Allow your children to do the same.

    Elaine Z'Andersen // 2013-04-20 00:37:27 // //
  • Great answer! Thanks :-)

    Tami Hale-Steffler // 2013-04-20 00:36:10 // //
  • What lame explanation

    James Bono // 2013-04-20 00:35:55 // //
  • nice

    Aydin Hamouni // 2013-04-20 00:32:11 // //
  • I felt that way too when I was 17, and I think it was more about my Mom's religion (Catholic) did not make sense to me. It was during my own answer seeking in my 20's and 30's that I have become more spiritual. My views have evolved from what I learned in college, reading books, hearing from people wiser then me.

    Melissa Jensen // 2013-04-20 00:28:17 // //
  • Interesting, thanks ♥

    Mercedes Belalcázar Mejia // 2013-04-20 00:28:14 // //
  • It took me five years of praying to know God is real, and he answered me in a way I can never deny. I do think He requires sometimes significant effort of us, so that we won't treat him lightly--not that he needs anything. It is us who need to understand how the eternal realm works.

    Jacquelyn Meyers // 2013-04-20 00:26:36 // //
  • i've done my share, questioning my father about the existence of Divinity, all he said, look around, at you, at me, then in your heart and find the answer...

    Pamela Puray // 2013-04-20 00:25:29 // //
  • You are marvelous Deepak ! <3

    Pia Nussbaum // 2013-04-20 00:24:29 // //
  • Atheism is a legitimate conclusion for many. I'm always disturbed by the suggestion that it is a less "enlightened" opinion, that will one day give way to"enlightened" thought.

    Paul Henry Schruender // 2013-04-20 00:24:19 // //
  • Well said... What was her response I wonder? :)

    Cynthia L. Guenzer // 2013-04-20 00:21:48 // //
  • One can only pray that their children will remain open to discovery, and not close down with judgment.

    Gretchen Hansen // 2013-04-20 00:19:33 // //
  • I was raised going to church every Sunday and Sunday school. I did not really know what I believed, but at 21 I started finding out about my beliefs about God and it has mellowed and strengthened and morphed into what it is today.

    Cheryl Wagner // 2013-04-20 00:18:14 // //
  • That's how I feel about suspect #2. He was too young to know anything much yet for himself @ age 19. So sad. ~ I was raised catholic and didn't even consider whether I believed in God. I stayed with the church until my participation in the church community and my beliefs no longer melded comfortably. The conflicts pointed the way to move in my own direction as I had been gathering my own experiences and beliefs along the way. I think we have to learn to sort ourselves and it takes experiences to know what you want to sort. Then you have to figure out how. I find lots of mothers want to tell their children how to be. At 17 the last thing I wanted was my mother telling me what to do or how to be or anything. See you at SOS this week :) Cant wait.

    Bradley Fitzgerald // 2013-04-20 00:17:18 // //
  • Children will only understand and agree (sometimes) with their parents, when they are will be parents themselves. Don't bother!

    Inna Tesler // 2013-04-20 00:16:46 // //
  • Thank you I have a teenager who feels the same way. Now, I can answer her.

    Lisette Midyette // 2013-04-20 00:16:45 // //
  • He has just discounted this 17 year olds whole life experience because she is a teenager and you people applaud and think it's beautifully said. She has her own experiences of being taught "scientific ideas and attitudes' within the educational system that we as a society endorse and then you discount her and rationalize "her" experience like this...amazing!

    Doug Bartake // 2013-04-20 00:16:03 // //
  • This is true. We all find our own way

    Elizabeth Fenn // 2013-04-20 00:15:39 // //
  • Is it not any wonder why teenagers or anyone for that matter questions faith?

    Chris Woodburn // 2013-04-20 00:13:20 // //
  • Que?

    Ana Estela Pérez-Buendía // 2013-04-20 00:12:12 // //
  • You can't make her change her mind she to do that!!!

    Terry Kolinsky // 2013-04-20 00:12:05 // //
  • some don't hit stage until 30's. lol

    Susan Flores // 2013-04-20 00:11:25 // //
  • I am sure he will "believe" ..... after consistently being bumped up by people.....and hear voice from "holy spirits" .....

    Eric Tse // 2013-04-20 00:11:04 // //
  • I would celebrate her ability to think freely...

    Loretta Chambers Christensen // 2013-04-20 00:10:44 // //
  • i love listening to u so refreshing a friend in the middle east said she was at one or yr talks i was oh so get a pic and send me i was sooo j hope to see u next time u come to Aus lve watching u with Oprah. God bless

    Geraldine de Kretser // 2013-04-20 00:09:37 // //
  • https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=174549562701231&set=a.168016843354503.1073741839.147108948778626&type=1&theater

    Doug Bartake // 2013-04-20 00:09:13 // //
  • Thank you ♥

    Mária Tóth // 2013-04-20 00:08:47 // //
  • All go their own way. Namaste <3

    Jason P. Taylor // 2013-04-20 00:08:31 // //
  • Or you could just say you better pray there is a God after telling me you don't believe. Haha just kidding ;). Told my daughter there are too many miracles for God not to exist, and she had a guardian angel who would guide her back when she was ready to believe again.

    Michelle Jacobs-Anderson // 2013-04-20 00:08:19 // //
  • or find out why she feels like that.

    Jimbo Jitsu // 2013-04-20 00:08:04 // //
  • ~Perfectly said~ <3

    Tina Starkey // 2013-04-20 00:06:42 // //
  • tell her to turn on CNN to see all the police all the people who have shared pain fearand now healing as they grow with love

    Linda Kindopp // 2013-04-20 00:06:06 // //
  • I went through an atheist stage as a kid, too. I think it is a healthy part of the learning process.

    Jamie Brown // 2013-04-20 00:05:41 // //
  • She won't know, what she doesn't know, until she knows it.

    Rob Whalley // 2013-04-20 00:05:11 // //
  • So clever!

    Elizabeth Martinez // 2013-04-20 00:04:43 // //
  • allow them to find their path; don't try to shove any particular religion down their throats. that only backfires.

    Lisa Sonin Larsen // 2013-04-20 00:04:34 // //
  • Beautiful!

    Naomi Ohara // 2013-04-20 00:04:15 // //
  • chau

    Edit Giraudo // 2013-04-20 00:04:08 // //
  • SO well said. Their time will come. :) Can't expect much as we all once were in a stage where we thought we knew it all.

    Baber Sultan // 2013-04-20 00:03:32 // //
  • Wise advice to the parent questioner, Deepak. The following is for the youth: ...on August 3rd, Meher Baba had dictated the following message, which was published in the September issue of the Indian magazine for youth, Comrade: It is the privilege of youths to be full of energy and hope. Not being caught up in any grooves, their dreams about the future have the advantage of being inspired by an unfettered imagination. In the glow of a newborn love, or in the warmth of newly caught enthusiasm, they are quick to respond to the call for action and self-sacrifice. Life would be poorer without these qualities, which are predominantly present in youths. But if the youths are to derive the full benefit of the qualities with which they are abundantly endowed, they must also try to acquire some other qualities which are rare in young people. Hope should be fortified by a courage that can accept failure with equanimity; enthusiasm should be harnessed by the wisdom that knows how to wait for the fruit of action with patience. Idealistic dreams about the future should be counterbalanced by a sense of the realities of the present. The glow of love should allow itself to be illumined by a free and unhampered play of reason. It is easy for youths to be so intent on realizing the ideal, that they become bitter against the present and past, but it is well to cultivate the spirit of idealizing the real and being appreciative of the heritage of the past. The world, as it is, may not seem to follow the pattern youths adore, but they must never forget that it is always good enough to merit their most loving attention. In their desire to improve the world, let them not surrender their right to be happy by becoming bitter. Youths love freedom and, as such, they have a natural impulse to rebel against all authority and bondage. All this is well and good. But let them make a real effort to keep free from the many illusions to which young people are particularly susceptible. True self-expression does not necessarily imply irreverence for others; true criticism does not necessarily imply hostility or separateness. Freedom without responsibility is a doubtful boon. Freedom is worth having only where there is self-restraint and willingness to cooperate with others. Youths are always willing to act and take risks. Let them freely yield to this fearless and imperative urge of life within them. But while releasing action, let them take every care that it is creative and not merely destructive. Let their watchwords always be Love and Service.

    Ron Greenstein // 2013-04-20 00:01:32 // //