I have a very close friend who has decided to lead a life that is contrary to the word of God. This is someone who would have said at one point that they were born again. After reading a lot of unfortunate philosophies and believing them, this friend has now discarded the Bible as a book with some good principles. Person also now says that while the God of the Old Testament may have been cruel, God today has evolved and changed just like we humans.
My relationship with this person has become increasingly painful, as I watch them drift farther and farther away from the God they used to know and Truth as presented in the Bible. I believe that it is important for me to maintain my relationship with this person because very few people in their life are a good influence. But it is extremely painful for me to remain in close contact with this person because I care about them so much and I see them damaging themselves.
How can I balance their need for a relationship with someone who will be a good testimony and my emotional sanity?
Does anyone have any experience with family members abandoning their faith? How did you handle it?