What happens to people who are raised by unbelievers? In an interesting study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life they discovered that 14 percent of people raised Catholic and 13 percent of people raised Protestant abandon the faith of their childhood.
At the other extreme, over 50 percent of people raised in “staunchly atheistic or agnostic households” have abandoned the non-faith of their childhood. These people have abandoned disbelief and have embraced faith.
What moved them to faith? Over half of those who abandoned unbelief say they had unmet spiritual needs in their lives.
-- World Magazine, June 6, 2009, p. 14. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
We were created to be spiritual people. If we are open and honest with ourselves we recognize there are some uniquely human needs that cannot be met apart from God. The spirit then will move us toward Christ.
Romans 1:19 (ESV) “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.”