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If our fathers do not believe the Bible, should we listen to them?

Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning,so do not forsake my teaching. Proverbs 4:1-2

Proverbs emphasizes listening to the instructions of our fathers and paying attention to them for understanding. Not all fathers are believers, but that does not mean their advice is always wrong. Fathers (both believers and non-believers) can have common sense based on their years of experience. However, even a father who professes belief in God can be wrong about worldly matters.

All wisdom and advice must be tested by the Bible, no matter what your father professes to believe. They should be looking out for your best interests, so pay attention and test their words with the Bible’s instructions.

The commandment says "Honor your father and mother" but it doesn't say only honor your God-fearing father.  We must honor a father no matter what they believe.

But if your father tells you not to believe in God and never to read the Bible, then you must disobey him.  Then, you must listen to your Heavenly Father. 

We must respect and honor our earthly fathers, but never do anything they tell us to do that would be considered a sin to our Heavenly Father.