Your daughter is at the stage of child/human development (adolescence) where people start to develop reasoning skills. A lot of people lose faith at that point in their lives. Hopefully, she will grow out of this phase and her mind will mature past this point soon. It is a very dark place to be, and dangerous to the soul to live as though God does not exist. However, this is a journey and can take different lengths of time for different people. Some might take a few weeks, others a few or several decades.
I suggest she read up on Jesus and the evidence that proves He is real, that God is real. He was not made up and people do not die for a lie, or experience mass hallucinations, which happen to only one person at a time. There are both church and secular evidence for Jesus.
There is also more and more evidence that the places and events mentioned in the Bible are true. People once thought Sodom and Gomorrah were made up, but then archaeologists ended up finding the city many thought to be mythical.
Another thing… the stories that are common around the world point to TRUTH. So, yes, there are man-made gods/goddesses and myths about them, but many cultures have stories similar to the Bible, which shows the Bible is true. As the groups of people split off over time, their stories were kept. They sometimes got distorted, but the truth is there. I don’t suggest studying such stories until her faith is stronger, but those can be a great source of faith for many (post-adolescent) people.
I would also suggest she read books by former atheists. She is lost and needs help, and people who used to be in her position can help her through this stage.
She also needs to realize that science should not be the standard by which things are judged. Science is nice, but it is very bad to act as if science teachers are gods of some sort. Science only deals with REPEATABLE things. Historical events cannot be repeated to show they are true. Many atheists doubt and/or try to rewrite history for that very reason. Logic, morality, character, and many other things cannot be measured by science. Science does not replace God, and it never will, since it is bound to only a small area of possible knowledge. God knows all things.
There are many people who experience God’s presence in their daily lives. If she wants to find God, she needs to open her heart and mind. Also, we live in a community for a reason. God reveals Himself to different people in different ways. Just because some people who lived 2,000 years ago got to see Jesus in flesh during their lives, and we do not, doesn’t mean He isn’t real or didn’t exist. A lot of young people (“me” generation) have trouble stepping back and seeing the big picture.
Logically, something cannot come from nothing, as creation is an action and in order for an action to be performed, something has to cause it. And the universe cannot be infinite because an infinite regression of causes is impossible, since it would require an infinite amount of time to be crossed to get here, so we would never be here. God is both inside and outside of time, which is why He doesn’t need a cause and always was. Another logic failure is that because some gods are false, all of them must be. That is not true. There can be some truth in each belief system, but only the true God can bring the fullness of the truth. Perhaps your daughter should take a course in logic to help her think more clearly?
- Jesus and evidence for Him
- Historical/archaelogical evidence for the Bible
OUT OF ATHEISM
- Books by former atheists
- Course in logic to help her get out of the trap, and help her peers who are possibly experiencing the same lapse in faith that she is.