Report The Atheist Son of Christian Parents in Miscellaneous Topics Posted March 25, 2008 I am glad to hear you are able to talk to at least your mother about the situation, and she has stated she will not permit your father to throw you out. I agree with the comments that you should make short and longer-term plans now. Have an emergency plan ready, to stay with an uncle, a friend, etc. Longer-term, save money as rapidly as you can. Apply to college, get student loans. Prepare aggressively to be independent. I also have to agree with Thomas Miovas that lying would be psychologically harmful. Nevertheless, if your father really were someone who truly meant it when he said he would throw you out on the street a few days hence because of your atheism, then lying is entirely appropriate, and would be far less harmful to you than being without money and home. You would use the time gained from lying to prepare quickly to move out in an orderly manner. I can relate to your experience on a personal level. When I told my father that I was an atheist and did not want to go to church any more at the age of 15, he reacted in a violent manner. I ran away from home and after spending a night on the beach, I concluded that I had no choice but to go back home, even if it meant going to church. I simply was too young and ill-prepared to be suddenly on my own. Once back home, I did exactly what I am advising you to do (although I never lied about believing in God). Through my efforts, less than two years later, I was in college, and glad to be away from parents who acted as if I did not have a mind of my own. I never regretted going back to my parents' house that morning, nor did I regret my subsequent moves that prepared me to get out of the house in a way where I wasn't harmed.