I have a good friend who began living with me and my family about a year ago and has recently moved out.
During his time with me, I watched his testimony of Christ go up and down - his struggle of faith faltered at times and at other times it would come back strong. He would comment on covering his tatoo of a cross with something else and at other times comment on how he was going to add to the cross with more Christ-based themed tatoos.
He was never Catholic, but grew up Pentacostal. He had a bad experience as a child with his preacher but had for the most part kept his faith throughout the years. In this last year, he has become wrapped up with Flavian conspiracy theories that lean towards Christianity being a made up religion to quell the Jewish uprisings (which makes little logical sense to me) and all of the scholarship that questions Christ’s existence. He’s struggled with this - whether or not he was to believe that Christ was a made up fantasy or not.
Moreso than anything, he’s become wrapped up in all of the literature on the “Atrocities” committed by Christianity and this has aided in his falling away from Christ.
At one point, he started attending Mass with me and I believe that he was having a conversion towards Catholicism - but he fought against it. And he now has officially “given the bird” to Christianity and refuses to accept it anymore. He’s covering his tatoo on his arm with a Pagan God and he left his Bible with his name engraved on it at my house.
I’ve literally watched him cry about struggling with his faith to yelling about how he doesn’t need Christ and back and forth to it finally coming to this…
I think that my biggest regret is not being able to be a great enough witness of Christ to prevent this from happening. I feel at fault for this travesty. And… when I told him that I was sorry for his loss of faith, his response was just this… “and this is why I’m leaving Christianity behind, the complex of superiority, why would you be sorry unless you are judging me as having less than you? Consiquently you are putting yourself above me due to your faith by being sorry for me.”
I’m sorry for the long story, but it’s a sad moment for me and a loss. Thanks to anyone who took the time to read it.
Any advice on how to handle the situation, would be appreciated.
Thanks and God Bless.