I’m not sure I have the right place to ask this, but please let me know if you can suggest good resources to help teens understand that God is good. It sounds so basic, but I have a teen-age son, who is very deep-thinking, and he is very cynical about God. He thinks that if people love God and truly try to serve Him, that they are persecuted and often die awful deaths.
I’ve read biographies to my children about Catholic saints and protestant people who loved God very much: The Little Flower, Eric Liddle, Saint Vincent de Paul, Mother Theresa of Calcutta, St. Bernadette, The Cure of Ars, Corrie ten Boom . . . I wanted them to learn about people who led lives of heroic virtue,and it seems that my son has taken the lesson from this that if you serve God with vigor, that you will come to a miserable end - so God must not really be good.
I’ve mentioned that those who die awful deaths often die singing or praising God, but I think he wonders if it will be worth it to dedicate his life to God, knowing that persecution awaits him. Like I said, he is very deep thinking, and extremely intelligent - so the resources could be advanced.
Please pray for us, and mention any resources you think will help us. Thanks in advance for your help.