Case 697

Adolescents (Discipline/Instruction/Care)|

I am fourteen years old, and my grandmother is the one who has raised me.... I have always been required to attend church, and now they want me to get baptized, but I don’t want to do it. I want to wait until I am sure about taking this important step in my life, but she doesn’t understand, so she’s forcing me to do it. I am desperate! Right now, I know I’m not living [...]

Case 666

In-laws, Marriage (Conflicts/Insults)|

I am the mother of two beautiful children and have been married for twelve years. But I have resentment in my heart against my husband. We lived with my in-laws for ten years. They treated me very badly: my father-in-law as an alcoholic, and my mother-in-law as a gossip and troublemaker. My husband never took up for me, and never did a thing to get us out of there.... Now we live on our own, [...]

Case 661

Widowhood|

I became a widower four years ago. I was left with two sons, one who is thirty-two years old and married, and the other who is twenty-six and single. Six months ago, I got engaged to a forty-year-old woman because I don’t want to be alone. But my twenty-six-year-old son still lives at home, and he is a little difficult. I want to know if I have done the right thing. Dear Friend, Thank you [...]

Case 660

Hypocrisy|

I have belonged to a certain religion all of my life, but I don’t want to go back because some people there won’t take “no” for an answer. This bothers me a lot. To have a healthy relationship with God is it necessary to belong to a specific religion? Dear Friend, Religious groups and churches are sometimes not very different from many clubs, organizations, or sports’ teams. There are members who would die for what [...]

Case 659

Death|

The Bible says that only God the Father knows when the final events of humanity will take place.... I think that those events cause many of us to wonder, and some people to feel terrified about the impending last judgment. What should the attitude of the Christian be when faced with the real possibility that these events will happen? Dear Friend, You are asking about the events that the Bible describes as being part of [...]

Case 658

Guilt|

Three years ago, I hid a pregnancy up until the time that I gave birth. I didn’t know what to do, so I abandoned the child. I already had an eight-year-old son, and it was a very difficult situation. I couldn’t manage the expenses and I also didn’t want anyone to know that I had failed, but now I feel terrible. I just had another child with my current husband, and holding this baby in [...]

Case 657

Marriage (Indifference/Expression of Affection)|

When I was twenty-three, I got pregnant with my first child. My father pressured me into living with the father of my child, who is now my husband. We have been together for fifteen years and have three children, but I have never been able to love him.... I know that he loves me, and I do want the best for my children. Sometimes I feel like throwing in the towel. I’m not really happy. [...]

Case 656

Abandonment of Spouse|

Two years ago, my wife left to live in another country. She met a guy there and had a romantic relationship with him. She later confessed this betrayal, and I forgave her, but I lost trust in her. Now she wants to divorce me for that man. I don’t want our marriage to be over, because I love her and believe that God can restore our marriage.... But in the meantime, I am suffering a [...]

Case 655

Marriage (Spousal Abuse)|

I found out, after twenty-three years of marriage, that my husband has been unfaithful to me and now has a four-year-old daughter with another woman. In our relationship there has been a lot of physical abuse and verbal abuse, even toward the children. On several occasions I pressed charges against him, but then took him back, believing that he would change. Unfortunately, he has done the complete opposite. Now we are under the same roof, [...]