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DaughterOfTheKing15

Hi! So I have a problem. I have a friend that I have known for around 6 years. We had never really talked about religion before, but about a year ago I discovered (well I think I knew this but I had never really thought about it) that she is atheist. Sometimes she even makes fun of Christians and God. One time she was at my house and looking at my jewelery. She picked up my cross bracelet and she looked kind of nervous and she asked me, “Are you a Christian?” I said yes and she quickly put down the bracelet and changed the subject. I think she realized that she has been insulting Christians all this time and never knew that I was a Christian, but she has never apologized or anything. I think she did know before but she had just forgotten, because at the time I found out she is atheist, she asked me if I was religious and I told her I was a Christian, she asked me if I pray and stuff and she seemed rather interested, she was respectful. She also sometimes swears and watches (and even encourages me to watch) some movies with inappropriate topics and language. I’m homeschooled, and she was too, but then this year she went off to public high school and I am still homeschooled. We haven’t talked much since then, and I’m afraid the friendship might die out because she’d rather hang out with her cool new public school friends. So I’d like to stay friends with her, but I don’t know if that would be good for me, you know? Any answers would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much! 😀

September 9, 2015 at 18:19
May93

May93

How often does she make fun of Christianity or encourage you to do things you’re not comfortable with? Is it every time you hang out, or is it just occasionally? There’s nothing wrong with having friends who don’t share your beliefs, but both of you do need to respect each other’s beliefs. If she does the things you mentioned often, that’s a sign she doesn’t respect your beliefs. If she just does them occasionally, you would probably be fine continuing the friendship.

September 10, 2015 at 19:39
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ctren

Continue to answer any questions she has about Christianity. If you feel comfortable, you could even send her a text letting her know that you are praying for her. If you don’t want to let go of the friendship, keep suggesting opportunities to hang out (whether its a walk in the park, meeting at a coffee shop, or watching an appropriate movie together). If you feel like your friend is starting to drag you away from God, pray about it and maybe ask your family for their opinions. Best of luck <3

September 11, 2015 at 23:39
Meag097

Meag097

Hey, girl!
Coming from someone who has lost a lot of friendships, just trust God! There were times when I would feel so sorry for myself for things that had happened to me in friendships, and let me tell you it was hard! But looking back on all of those failed friendships I am so thankful they didn’t work out! At the same time I am thankful for those hard times because God used them to draw me closer to Him. As girls we are easily influenced by those we hang around whether we like it or not. So I believe God was protecting me from becoming more like my more worldly friends. I’m not saying you shouldn’t be nice to her. By all means talk to her in public and let her know you care for her. You can love someone yet not be close to them. Maybe God will use you to influence her, but I wouldn’t push anything, Let God guide you and trust that He really does have yours and His best interest at heart.

Hope this helped!:)

September 11, 2015 at 23:40
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