i am 14 and have been forced to go to church almost every sunday since i can remmeber, i am not a christian in the slightest, and i have told my parents i am not, yet they still force me to go. i do not believe in any god, yt i srta believe in karma, (just the, wat goes around comes around kinda thing but not the rebborn type). i believe that it wud be better for me to not be maed to go church, as it annoys me in the fact they say i am going to hell, and all this. and frankly being made to go to church now, has made my opinion of it very bad. if i was to go church later in my life i would not know what to expect and probaly agree with all that was said, but as i am not a christian i simply makes me mad. i guess you could call me an athiest then. should i be forced to go to church? in your opinion
In my opinion no one should force you to go to church. Unfortunately, looking around the internet it seems that your parents are not acting illegally in forcing you to church. They have that right, though you could always refuse.
My own parents were Christians (though not the fanatical type) and took me to church every Sunday through my childhood. Sometime before the age of 14 I became an atheist. I don’t remember the details of that. I think it just dawned on me as I grew up that God didn’t exist. I told them I didn’t want to go to church anymore. I was very rebellious at that age so it’s possible I just refused outright & vehemently, though I don’t remember them pushing me.
(Later, when I was around 18 or 19 I had moved to agnosticism and that’s what I’ve been ever since.) .
Please could you tell us what Christian denomination your parents force you to attend?
I do not mean to be horrible but I assumed as much. People often attack the Catholic Church, why I do not know.
I have no time for baptists, they are in my view a fanatical, raving bunch of lunatics. I should know as I have lived in South Wales, UK and many baptists with bad experience had left and converted to the Catholic Church.
They have no right at all to force you and neither would Catholic parents have any right to force their children.
You parents need a damn good thrashing.
Frankly, I don’t think either your parents OR you are being reasonable about this.
If they consider it their obligation to teach you to know and love Jesus, they are failing miserably. Just taking you to church hasn’t done it. If that’s really their goal, they need to change tactics.
I think it would be fine for you to say so in a RESPECTFUL way. In other words, don’t say, “Church is annoying and you just make me mad when you say I’m going to hell. Stop forcing me to go to church because it’s meaningless.”
Instead, say something like, “Okay, I get that you want me to know and worship Jesus the same way you know and worship Jesus. But it’s not connecting in my head. I don’t feel Jesus’ presence — it’s like there’s nothing there. So if you REALLY want me to know and worship Jesus, you’re going to have to help me out a little more than just driving me to church. I have questions I need answered. I have doubts about the Bible. I have a lot of concerns about what seems to be hypocrisy — people saying they love Jesus but then turning around and doing something hateful to somebody else. If Jesus is as true as you say he is, there HAS to be answers to my questions. Can’t you help me find those answers?”
Of course, if you say this, you have to be prepared to listen to the answers and try to see things from perspectives other than your own.
If your parents refuse to help you out and continue with the tactic that isn’t working (taking you to church), then as a 14-yr-old who is WHOLLY dependent on your parents for shelter, food, clothing, transportation, education, entertainment and everything else that fills your day, you’re just going to have to shut up and go. It’s not going to hurt you to spend an hour or whatever on Sunday morning to go to church. You’ll live. And instead of wasting that hour being a jerk and grumbling, why don’t you try really listening to what’s being said and watching how people respond. At the very least, it could be an interesting study in sociology.
In other words, if you want your parents to treat you like an adult and to respect your opinions, stop acting like a child.
No you shouldn’t. This is wrong and should be punished.
You shouldn’t be forced to do ANYTHING (if you are comfortable with it or not) and especially if you don’t feel/want to do it.
And religion is the worse thing to force somebody to do. I am a Buddhist and would never do that to my children.
No. If you are forced it has no value. However, you may hear just wjat you need to hear there, which could transform your life.
You may have to wait 3 or 4 years to be freed. But maybe you could use the time in the pew to study spelling and capitalization.
This tells you how to become a Christian, and how to go to Heaven
Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God .
36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost
The bible does instructe you to go to church, if you have any question fill free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Church cannot save you, only Jesus Christ can lead to salvation
Get out of Babylon my brethren