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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers’ family ‘dismayed’ by comments about religion

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Aaron Rodgers’ comments about his faith have spurned have not settled well with his family. Raised in a Christian household, the Green Bay Packers quarterback is not an outright atheist, but has noted criticisms about religion in the past.

During a conversation with his girlfriend Danica Patrick on her Pretty Intense podcast, Rodgers said he had trouble with religion growing up.

“Most people that I knew, church was just… you just had to go,” said Rodgers… “I don’t know how you can believe in a God who wants to condemn most of the planet to a fiery hell. What type of loving, sensitive, omnipresent, omnipotent being wants to condemn his beautiful creation to a fiery hell at the end of all this?”

According to an insider with PEOPLE, Rodgers’ comments have not resonated well with his family.

“They were dismayed,” says the insider. “The family is very dedicated to their Christian faith. To them, his comments are basically a slap in the face to the fundamentals of who they are. It’s basically him turning his back on everything they have taught him.”

Rodgers’ lack of a relationship with his family is well known. The 36-year-old has been estranged from the family for several years now. Different sides say different things, but the reality of the matter is that the famed quarterback does not get along with his family.

“The feeling is that Aaron has really turned his back on them,” says the PEOPLE insider. “There’s clearly a lot more to it, but that’s how he is perceived by his family. His comments are very hurtful to the family… They have these times where things start to thaw out, but then something like this happens, and then it’s back to square one. It’s sad.”