I hadÂ a long visit with some local college students the other evening.Â It is not everyday students are interestedÂ in talking to an old guy like me.
The event was attended by people of all ages.Â After a little small talkÂ one students ask, “Is it trueÂ you are with the Red River Freethinkers.”Â Â That opened the floodgate.
The first question was, “How can I tell my parents I no longer believe in Jesus or God?”Â I told him to wait awhile to be sure heÂ knew where he stood on this matter.Â Sometimes people, while they are young,Â change their views on things, I said.Â Â He said he had been through all that and was very confident about his decision.
A beautiful young woman began explaining her journey to nonbelief.Â She said it started with thinking about hell.Â She began to wonder why clergy and peopleÂ of deep faith are so certainÂ about hell.
“I mean, all of us do some good things and bad things.Â Do they get different weights or what?Â And then there is this whole thing about the cross that is such a stretch.Â Someone died a couple thousand years ago for sinners that are alive today?Â Â And, if I believe and worship that person, I get a pass on all sins?Â How can anyone be sure of all that? This isÂ going to be tough on my parents.”
I wishÂ there was someÂ magical way to make it easier for these students and their parents toÂ navigate their ways throughÂ disagreements over faith.