By Walter Veith
“Your mother’s going to hell, where she’ll be tormented forever!” my religion teacher threatened.
Right then, at eight years old, I decided, If there is a God, I hate Him. How can a loving God punish my faithful mother?
When my father married my mother, they belonged to different faiths. But they had decided to raise their children in my father’s faith, so I received daily religious instruction from that perspective.
“It’s so sad your mother will never see heaven,” my religion teacher continued to harp. One day I tore up the study sheets in anger and threw them at her, telling her exactly what she could do with her God. By age ten, I was a confirmed atheist, although I attended church with my father. When I was 12, my mother died after four painful years of terminal cancer, further alienating me from any idea of
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Adapted from Adventists Affirm, Spring 2002. Used by permission. For information on books and DVDs by Dr. Walter Veith, visit www.amazingdiscoveries.org.