His Daughter Told Him She No Longer Wanted to Go to Church, so He Decided to Double Down on Her Christian Studies

A woman and her husband were devout Christians, yet despite their joint faith, they didn’t agree on everything. They had recently been arguing over the necessity for their children to follow in their religious footsteps, a topic of debate that would soon reach its boiling point. 

Devout Christians

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Both the woman and her husband strictly practiced Christianity and attended church every Sunday with their three children, consisting of one girl and two boys. Despite these shared beliefs, the parents had differing approaches to imparting their religious beliefs on their kids.

Differing Teaching Methods

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The husband believed in a forceful approach toward teaching children about religion, emphasizing the importance of adhering to their faith. In contrast, the wife believed in giving children the freedom to choose their religious path, hoping they would naturally and genuinely embrace Christianity.

An Agreement

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Despite his firm opinion, the husband agreed to take his wife’s side on the matter, and it paid off. “I’ve talked to him multiple times about it and he said that he wouldn’t force it anymore”, explained the woman. “Now our two boys love going to church and reading their bible that we got for them.”

A Doubtful Daughter

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However, the daughter held serious reservations. “She doesn’t know if she believes or not”, the woman explained. “Recently, she’s decided that she doesn’t want to go to church. I told her that she is free to believe whatever she wants.”

Returning to His Ways

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Despite his agreement to be more understanding, the man had recently been returning to his previous ways. “He is not thrilled with this situation and keeps asserting that we should make her go to church and an extra bible study class”, the woman lamented.

A Reminder

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In response, the wife reminded him of his earlier promise not to force their beliefs onto their children. An argument ensued, but the husband ultimately refused to acknowledge his daughter’s autonomy.

A Daughter’s Heartache

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The daughter, caught in the middle of this dispute, approached her mother in tears. “She cried, apologizing that we were fighting”, the mother explained. “She said she would go to church if it made her dad talk to us again. I felt terrible, gave her a hug, and told her that she didn’t have to do that and that she wasn’t the reason for any of this.”

Confrontation and Departure

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The wife confronted her husband, conveying their daughter’s feelings. “I yelled at him, telling him about what our daughter had said”, she recounted. “He got angry telling me that he was just trying to help her over this “phase”. I told him that it wasn’t a phase and to either stop ignoring our daughter or I was going to leave him.”

A Heated Reaction 

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The husband was not happy to hear his wife talk back to him like this. In response, he lashed out and stormed out of the house, and has been staying with his mother ever since. 

Her Reflection

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Reflecting upon the family feud, the woman remained steadfast that her daughter had the right to determine her own beliefs. Despite feeling that her husband was acting ridiculous and dogmatic, she attempted to get him to come back and discuss the matter. However, this only led to further problems, including harsh words from the man’s mother.  

Seeking Guidance

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The woman felt disheartened, expressing feelings of guilt due to her daughter’s sadness. She headed online to express her feelings, seeking guidance from the internet. To her relief, she received nothing but support. “Good for you for standing up for your daughter”, one reader praised. “It’s sad that your husband isn’t supporting her on this journey.”

Another reader shared their view. ‘Your husband is trying to control both you and your daughter, I’m so glad you stood up to him!’

Guide, Don’t Force

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Many commenters shared their experiences with religion, emphasizing that the woman was doing the right thing. “I had religion forced on me when I was a kid and it only made me resent it”, pointed out another reader. “It also pretty much eliminated my relationship with my family.”

A Counterproductive Attitude

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Overall, everyone agreed that the man’s forceful nature was incredibly counterproductive against his Christian beliefs. “His attitude is exactly why people grow to hate organized religion”, stated one commenter. “Your attitude is what drives people towards it.”

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