Your opinions on these questions, how do you answer them?

Australia
September 25, 2010 11:37pm CST
My daughter and I have a little discussions on faith & God. She was brought up a Catholic and now consider herself as pagan. She doesn't believe or belong to any religion. She's a 'Greenie' and believes in Nature gods. She's always a happy soul and believes in evolution rather than the 'Creation' and the fact that it's a 'HE' gives her quite a smirk in the face. She told me that nobody has proven that there is God, and I just bounced the question back to her that nobody also has disproved that there isn't! Would you rather not believe and find out later on that there is? Other questions she asked me are: * If there is God why do people suffer and die? I said: God seek for man's salvation, most people only pray and come to God when they are in trouble. If there was no sufferings and pain, do you think people would even seek God? * If God created man in his image, why are there ugly, disfigured and bad people? hmmm.. leaving you to answer this... Can you think of other questions that you would like answered if you can talk to God?
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@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
26 Sep 10
Hi canaussie,I am glad to hear you are both able to discuss this together. One point your daughter might like to understand,Paganism is a religion,all aspects of the earth and sky have their own God or Goddess,Air,Water,Fire,Earth are each looked at as having religious Deities. Many Blessings to you Both.
• Australia
27 Sep 10
thanks mac! Wish you tons of blessings too!
@misalax (307)
• Ireland
26 Sep 10
Well as people grow up they develop different points and views regarding certain matters, even Religion. I'd say respect her for being a Pagan. Something made her switch to that belief, and it's hard to change back. You can have serious discussions regarding it, but not certainly an argument. You must be open for each of your opinions in order to discuss this matter smoothly. I've had talks like this before with my father, due to the fact that we are somewhat different with our points towards religion, but we never fought about it.
• Australia
26 Sep 10
It was a good discussion and we both respect each other's beliefs.
@oscar6 (1939)
• United States
26 Sep 10
I agree that talking with your daughter about this is a great thing. In the end she is the one that has to decide what to believe in. Your argument about wouldnt you rather believe just in case is one that I have heard before. However if there is a god he(or she) would know that she really is just pretending to believe. She cannot force herself to believe something she doesnt(believe me I have tried.) I would ask god why he allows bad things to happen to good people. Why he doesnt interfer with things like natural disasters. I would also ask him what the correct religion is lol. (even though I dont think any religion has it completely right) I would just suggest having an open mind with your daughter which it seems you are doing by having these conversations with her. I believe if she is a good person good things will come with that. Have a great day.
• Australia
26 Sep 10
Those are valid questions that all of us would want answers.
• Philippines
26 Sep 10
This is a tough question. First off, just a comment, I believe that you should leave your daughter as she is and let her discover things on her own spirituality. Life is a continues process of learning. And I'm sure there's a chance that some of her own beliefs now would change and settle over time. You could just guide her in your own way, but stay away from arguments because no one will win between you. Now, I'm a practicing Catholic myself. But I don't even think that I would have the guts to ask questions to God. If there is a God, I'm sure that I'd tremble in His presence. =) Just pray for enlightenment. Best wishes.
• Australia
26 Sep 10
On the contrary, I love our discussions as she has valid questions and opinions about a lot of things. She questions my faith and I often told her that in time she'll understand and find it herself. Thanks
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
27 Sep 10
You have a wonderful daughter, in that she has her own ideas, and is a self thinker. The lazy way of the Christian is to ask a Priest or Pastor. Let someone else do your thinking for you, and never trust your own thoughts. Your daughter is talking with God every day and nothing you can say will distract her! God bless those who can think for themselves!
• Philippines
27 Sep 10
If we believe that there's God then there's nothing have to question .Its the faith that counts. As Catholic , we believe God exist. Trials & sufferings are part of our life even God nailed in the cross and resurrected.
@pinoycity (422)
• Philippines
26 Sep 10
1. She still believes in a god because, as you've said - she believes in Nature gods. 2. You cannot feel any happiness if you will not feel any suffering. 3. This is not the end of your life if your Earth-life comes to an end. There is still heaven or hell after Earth. 4. Nobody is ugly when it comes to God.