How to help a teen struggling with his faith?

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Registered: 01-16-2013
How to help a teen struggling with his faith?
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Tue, 07-09-2013 - 3:51pm

My son recently told me that he doesn't want to continue going to youth group anymore b/c he didn't feel comfortable around them. I asked why and after some prodding he admitted that he didn't believe the same things as they did anymore and was really questioning if there was even a God. Obiviously, this broke my heart and I'm not sure how to proceed. Should I keep making him go in hopes that it will help? Or will it only make him resist it all even more?

Help!

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Registered: 09-30-2011

I've gone through similar resistance with my teen as well. In fact, I asked our youth pastor that very same question about if I forced him to go, would it make things even worse? He pointed out that if I didn't continue to have him go that the likelihood of him continuing to be a Christian in his adult life would be drastically reduced wheras if I kept exposing him to religion that there would at least be a chance.