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Question Posted Tuesday March 9 2004, 9:15 pm

My cousin lives far away and I get to see her like maybe two months a year well the last time I saw her she said that she has done to many things for God to love her and so she has became an atheist. I don't know what to do except pray but I feel like I need to do more for her. Every time I ask a question on this website no one gives me good answers that I can relate to so please don't let me down!

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tearzofblood answered Wednesday September 21 2005, 3:40 pm:
Hi well i dont really know what to tell you except tell your cousin how you feel about it and tell her no matter what she does god will always forgive her.. i know you really dont want to hear this but there isnt really anything you can do except tell her and pray for her to understand
god will alwayz love her


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hottpink700 answered Tuesday February 8 2005, 9:51 pm:
Well you can tell your cousin that God loves her more than she could know.She needs to have Him in her life or she will go to hell.and its the truth.And what does she mean shes done too many things for God?You can never do too many things for God!look at what He did 4 us!He sent His only Son to die for us so that we could go to heaven!

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prettygirl answered Monday January 17 2005, 11:31 am:
Tell your cousin all she needs to do is ask god for forgivness. He will understand I promise. But no matter what never give up on your cousin



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jman2 answered Thursday December 23 2004, 10:22 pm:
pray pray pray but you need to start witnessing o her look up alot of bible verses that say God loves you no matter what youve done he will still love you! talk to her and maybe pray with her if things start to improve

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K3587 answered Wednesday September 15 2004, 4:45 pm:
Let me tell you from the point of an athiest: There's nothing we hate more than for others to try to convert us! People become athiests for a reason. It's not like we've never heard anyone talk about God. (In most of our opinions, we hear it WAY too much.) If your cousin is anything like me, she'll be nothing more than annoyed if you try to "scare the fire of hell" into her. Or if you tell her you're praying for her. Trust us; we don't care.

Leave it be. People like me who haven't even the slightest worry about whether or not God exists, DON'T want to hear it.

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bAhAmAmA0250 answered Sunday July 18 2004, 12:47 am:
Well sounds kinda like a friend mine.. other then she doesnt say she doesnt believe in god... but i would talk to her about it and tell her to just ask god for forgiveness because he loves his children unconditionally and will forgive them as long as they ask for it-trix

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lynx_wings answered Saturday May 15 2004, 3:28 pm:
I don't think you have the right to try to make your cousing believe in God. It's her belief, and you can't force her to think in a certain way. If she really does believe in God, she'll go back to the Church, and, as I understand it, God will forgive her. If she really is an atheist, then you'll just have to get used to it.

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DruidX answered Wednesday March 10 2004, 6:09 am:
I don't think it is your place to try and force her to belive in somthing that to her doesn't exist. If you feel you need to pray for her or whatever, go ahead, but not at the expense of your frendship with your cousin.

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alpha answered Tuesday March 9 2004, 11:11 pm:
Ordinarily, I would say that if someone doesn't believe in God, that's their business, and there's nothing you can do to change that. But if her reasoning is just that "she's done too many things for God to love her," then it sounds like she actually *does* believe in God, but feels alienated from religion for some reason.

Pretty much all religious traditions agree that God's love and forgiveness are infinite, and I'm sure you can find lots of evidence of that in the Bible and elsewhere. (You might ask a member of the clergy to help you find some, if you can't do it on your own.) Show it to your cousin (maybe in a letter), and just tell her that if she ever wants to go back to God, nothing can stop her. After that, it's up to her.

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Logic-Man answered Tuesday March 9 2004, 10:35 pm:
I too was once an atheist, shocking I know. What made me change? The inspiration of the new priest at my church who had also once been atheist. Now I'm very devout. What your cousin needs is something to inspire her back into the faith, frankly it isn't important which faith. What she needs is some religion to touch her soul and guide he back. And you aren't necessarily out of it. Talk to her about it, get a deeper understanding of her reasons for atheism and help her understand whatever religion you are, as I said it doesn't matter. And don't be so closed off to others, let her experience other religions, she may be spiritually lost or confused and Buddhism or whatever may grab her attention. And praying is good too. But she needs that inspiration. God can't be making an appearance to every little person, now can he? And now for my signature end remark, I hope I helped. Though I don't know for sure, I haven't yet re-converted a friend of mine, but I've done a lot in just a few sentences, so I guess we're both trying to accomplish the same goal, eh?

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