Go to church! You don't have to immediately come home "super preacher" but if you keep going and as it changes you, then it will start to rub off on your mom. I started going to church by myself, and kept offering for my family to join me, but they kept refusing. Finally they decided to try it out and now we are faithful attenders! Be patient with your mom, she needs to see the changes in you first. If she is a proclaimed atheist, then it may take a while, but God works in mysterious ways and he loves to work through other people.
I'm a Dad, and I'm an atheist, and I brought up two girls. One wanted to go to church with a friend. I had no problem with that at all. Atheists are generally open-minded to the beliefs of others. However, when she wanted to go to religious classes (Awhana or something) I wouldn't let her go - I didn't want religious people putting drivel in her mind.
She's grown now, not religious, and seems very comfortable with the religion thing that others do.
Go find out what it's about. Keep an open mind, don't let others dictate to you what to believe in. Perhaps you will find something positive, perhaps not. At least you can gain some insight and decide for yourself.
Your spiritual path is yours and yours alone. Typically, atheists are not close minded when it comes I religion. Of course, all people are different, so the typical might not apply to this situation. But if you really want to, you will just have to come to terms with your mother. Hopefully she will accept your decision. And going to church isn't the same as getting baptized, though if that is something you want to do in the future, you still have to come to terms with your mom.
If that is the spiritual path that you feel you should take, then walk that path. You should never let another person define your personal beliefs or spirituality. Although, you should respect your mothers right to walk down her own path as well. Try not to push church on her. My mother was secular humanist and my dad was an agnostic, but they were both spiritual people. I was raised having the right to choose my own beliefs. I have chosen to lay my spiritual beliefs in anamism, and both of my parents were supportive. Try to be supportive of your mother and her choices, while at the same time being supportive of yourself.
Talk to your mom. Tell her you have a need to find out and want her support. Both my kids decided to go to church when I didn't. They went with my husband, but it was their choice. There are worse things you could be interested in.... Remind her of that.
If you want to go to church and you can get there, go ahead and go but be skeptical. Not everything they tell you in church is right and different churches teach different things. I would suggest getting a Bible and reading it yourself. There is one called "The Companion Bible" which is a King James Version with notes and appendixes. It's a good idea to have several different versions but at least one should be the King James or Authorized Version of 1611. Not the New King James Version. It's not the same. Along with your KJV Bible you should have a Concordance. Preferably a Strongs Concordance because it's easier to use. This way you can do your own research instead of just believing what people tell you. Learn everything you can, pray and ask God for guidance and don't be pushy. People hate that. I think that pushy religious people are a big reason that so many people become atheists.
This is what I would tell you, like others I have told. You are still in your mother's house and God would want you to obey your parents. You will have plenty of time for church later. You can read the Bible, listen to radio and the internet, if you can. If you are a Christian you want to win your mom to Christ. This might soften her heart towards God and she might let you go to church. If you disobey her that will only give her cause to fight even harder. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. God will reward you with your obedience to her and Him. Is she preventing you from going or does she not care? If she just doesn't care then go. You have all your life to go to church, but you only have one mother. Even if she is an atheist, God wants you to honor her.
With God, all things are possible. If he wanted the universe to explode into existence, then he could do it. Just love your mom for who she is and try to show her the Light. You can do it, I believe in you. And so does God.
This is the opposite of the question that usually gets asked here. How do I get out of going to church because my mother makes me go?
The answer is the same. If your parents don't want you to go to church you may have to put it on hold while you're living under their roof. You're their child and unless you can get their permission to go you may create too much disharmony by sneaking off. After all, Christianity teaches us to ge truthful, and to honour our parents.
There may be discussion groups where you can learn about religion. Reading the Bible by yourself might not be the best way to go. It's such an obscure book and is open to so many interpretations, that you may get lost along the way.
One of my own sons, Mike, joined a religious group when he was in his teens and Daizy and I went to a few of his meetings just to show him support. Thirty years later he's still with them and he's happy, so why should I tell him otherwise.
However, it's given us a new acronym. We don't refer to the Almighty by his Old Testamet "JHWH" but as "MMG". that stands for "Mike's mate, God".
I read the answers and they are all pretty good answers . I take exception to Soloflex, no one wants to brainwash you at church. If you believe in a power greater then yourself, explore different churches but if someone wants you to be part of something you don't agree with, walk away. Spiritual things come from within!
I'm with john at the top of the page, I raised 2 boys, and I'm atheist and never had a problem when they wanted to go with friends to church. If they chose to follow a religious path, it's up to them. As of now, one is atheist and one is a pagan.
If you dont have a ride or a friend you can go with, many churches have buses or vans. Find a church youd like to visit and call. Tell them you want to visit and ask if they offer transportation. I suggest finding a good, welcoming non- denominational church.
My mother was not religious. I went to church with a lot of my friends in junior high and high school. She had no problem with that. She always said that I could pick a religion if I chose to do so.
I am atheist -- because the world seems to need to label me. Atheist simply means no belief in a god/gods. Atheism also includes theologies like Shinto, Buddhism, etc. I simply have no use for ANY theology. So far, there is no "label" for that.
Your mother will most likely not have a problem with you going with your friends either. As stated by JohnOGaunt, she may have a problem like he did with letting you go to a camp where they try their darnedest to indoctrinate you into their faith -- that is the point of the camps.... faith and some fun, but mostly they talk about faith.
But you do need to remember, that when you are an adult, you are going to do what you want to anyway.
Pray that God would provide a way for you to go to church. It's better to obey God than man, even if it's your mother. Still, you should respect and love you mother, but church is one of the best places to be!
You'll find your mom is probably way more accepting of you going to Church than a theist mother would be if you DIDN'T want to attend Church, were roles reversed. Be sure to expect your fellow Churchgoers to pressure you to convert your Mom. Don't do this. I'm sure she'd politely put up with such snarky talk from her own child, but no one will really be comfortable there.
Tell her you would like to go. Most atheist are good people and simply don't go to church because they know its a bunch of BS. But they don't generally try to keep other people from going. I'm sure she would be fine with you going to church. It's your time to waste if you want too.
First, have you talked to go your mom? Does she know you want to? She may just support you it this matter. Parents usually only want what they feel is best for their kids. Developing a relationship with the Creator is a great thing for you as a young person. Really that can be done by praying using the model prayer as a guild of what you can pray for (Matthew 6: 9-15). And reading the bible too is a great thing (Psalm 1:1-3). It will help you learn more about the Creator and what he approves of and what he does not! Talk to your mom first and make it a matter of prayer that you be calm and respectful because that can go a long way with your mom and God!
Same here, kind of. My parents never go to church, but because they respect my religious beliefs, they would drive me there. Also, you could get involved with your school's Christian club (most schools have student-organized Christian Clubs). Just talk to your mom about it! God bless <3