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Seth Andrews’ Letter to a Christian Spouse
It happens occasionally. Two people, both Christians, marry, with dreams of a happy life together, a Christian life with God, the church, and the community of Christian believers as a support system.
But then, for one reason or another, one of the partners loses his or her belief in the God they’ve always worshipped. Their relationship, based on assumptions of a strong religious faith, suddenly changes in some very important ways. Things that were once true are no longer. The relationship is shaken.
You can’t blame the Christian spouse for feeling terrified and abandoned. The person who has lost faith is no longer the same person. One of the fundamental core principles of their life together has changed. Is their relationship able to weather the change, or is it the end? And what if there are young children involved?
Seth Andrews, from The Thinking Atheist, met a man recently who was a former Christian but had just lost his belief. He wrote the following “letter” to the man’s wife, but it applies equally well to anyone who find themselves in this situation.
Reprinted with permission by the Author
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