More than friends but not dating
Since they apparently really do believe in Christianity, these things can be easily construed in that light and incidentally there are atheists who buckle and give into religions they harshly criticized before. So there is enough uncertainty to keep them from being totally distraught even if it’s not how they’d like things to go.Many things in life are not what they want and they didn’t hold that against God, so neither would they hold wayward children against that perspective either.Oxford University Professor Robin Dunbar has conducted a study of social groupings throughout the centuries, from neolithic villages to modern office environments.His findings, based on his theory 'Dunbar's number', developed in the 1990s, asserts that size of the part of the brain used for conscious thought and language, the neocortex, limits us to managing 150 friends, no matter how sociable we are.“Jesus just has to put up with it regardless,” should be their position. Ben Lorkas, I actually remember the masturbation dilemma for myself!I really believed that Jesus could see me masturbate, but the urge was so overwhelming I just blocked Jesus out of my head and apologized later.As best we can tell, humans always act so as to fulfill the strongest of their current desires, given their beliefs.But I very much doubt that Christians do not have a strong desire to save their spouses, their children, and their best friends from eternal agony.
Sure, they’re upset that their son has rejected most of the values and “truths” they tried to instill in me. The Nazis were going take everybody off to concentration camps in chains, and possibly kill them.
Otherwise, they are being disloyal and if they are disloyal, then that eternity of bliss is less certain.
Also, your parents can tell themselves that maybe you’ll come around and that your current doubts are all part of God’s master plan.
They have to accept tons of stuff like that anyway, so it’s really just one little baby step more.
Further, if they know anything about your hobbies here on your blog, many Christians it seems, whether they have kids or not tell themselves that our interest in Christianity is because we secretly want to be Christians and/or that God is compelling us back into the fold.