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  •  Haven't had that experience (9+ / 0-)

    We have a young man in his late teens/early 20s who is somewhere on the autism spectrum who attends church. He's usually in the hallway after service, wearing his headphones, but can make eye contact with most everyone and nods when you greet him. I've seen him wander into a young adult classroom during church school, but don't know if he stays for the whole class.

    Can your boy deal with an answer of 'we don't know'? Being a believer in the hereafter, I find the last part of 1st Corinthians 13 very comforting - 'Now we see in a glass dimly, but then we shall know even as we are known.' Nice to know I'm not expected to have all the answers in this world!

    •  He's very high functioning... (11+ / 0-)

      He's 16 now, and mainstreamed -- with extra assistance -- in high school; even has an A average.

      However, back when he was in elementary school, during the furor over The DaVinci Code movie, he just couldn't understand what the big deal was about a book and a movie.  We passed a megachurch on the way home from his school that had a huge sign out -- something about "Discover the truth and avoid damnation".

      We're non-religious -- not anti-religious.  My kids were baptized because it was important to my mother-in-law.  They've gone to church with their Nana.  We believe that basic knowledge of the underpinnings of Christianity and the stories are important cultural information.

      And since my son's ability to conform socially was very iffy at the time (he's figured out his niche by this point), I needed to explain things to him in a way in which was respectful of the traditions of others -- so he wouldn't inadvertently ostracize himself or insult them -- while still keeping grounded.  A tricky proposition, when you run up against things like what happened to the body!

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