A few days ago, my nephew asked me why I don't go to church on Sunday's with the rest of the family. I explained to him that there are many religions out there in the world, and not everyone goes to church on Sunday, and that even though they might go, that doesn't mean that they are Christian. I explained to him that many religions celebrate on Sunday's, and its not just Christians that do.
He asked me then if I was a Christian, or anything like one. I told him no, I wasn't. He asked me what I was, and what I believed in. I told him I didn't believe in anything, and that I was not a Christian, that I had my own reasons why I wasn't, but that didn't mean that he shouldn't believe in whatever he wanted to believe in. I told him that it was perfectly fine for him to go on Sunday's to church, and for him to believe in God. He asked me why I didn't believe, and I simply told him that I had my own personal reasons why I didn't believe. He dropped it, and I thought everything was fine and over with. I had explained a lot of religions to him, and their belief systems, and their celebrations, and why some people believe what they do. I did that to best of my knowledge.
HOLY SHIT!!!! He had went and told his dad ( my brother ) that I don't believe in God ( which I don't ) and that I had explained to him that not a lot of people do, and that some people would think that he is wrong for believing in God! His dad came to me and basically went off the deep end! After the endless screaming fit that my brother went thru, I sat him down and explained to him that his son had asked me why I don't go to church with them on Sunday's and so I told him, and I explained a lot of religions to him, and told him that no, a lot of people don't believe in God the same way he does, but never did I say that because of his belief people would think he is wrong for that. I told my brother the same exact thing that I told his son. He was still upset that I told him that I don't believe in God, but like I told my brother, I have my own reasons why I don't, and nothing anyone says or does will change that.
Since then, I've hardly seen or talked to my nephew, or my brother. I heard thru the grapevine that my brother no longer wants me around his son because I don't * believe in the right thing and abide by the Bible *. I've tried to talk to them both, but any chance I get is soon squished because my brother always thinks of some excuse to leave, or he just flat out ignores me.
I get it totally that they don't understand why I don't believe in God. Very few people understand why I don't, but they respect it and don't ever bring it up, nor do they push their belief on me. I'm about to the point where I just give up trying to talk to my brother and my nephew and let them be.
I have not went to church in 13, almost 14 years. Not once has this been an issue before. Yes, my DD goes to church because I want her to know a wide variety of religions, and I want her to understand them. Then, in later years, when she has the understanding to make a choice of her own, I will let her choose her religion, if she wants too. If she wants to continue with church, I will NOT stop her. No one else has an issue with me not going to church, or me not believing in God. Why would it become an issue all of a sudden?