A very close friend of mine was raised without religion, to put things simply. Her mom was raised Catholic and her dad was raised Lutheran, but they never go to church, never did much to instill religious values in their kids, etc. Recently, however, this friend has expressed interest in Christianity, basically coming out and telling me that she "wants to start believing in God."
That was several months ago, around the same time that I converted (I use that term somewhat loosely: I believe completely in the principles of Orthodoxy but my parents won't allow me to make my actual catechumenate until I turn 18) to Orthodoxy from Roman Catholicism myself. When she broke the news, I told her I was very happy for her and that I will be here to support her if she needs any help. She had a fair bit of questions, most of which were quite common, and I was able to answer them with relative ease. However, there are still a couple of problems ahead that are making me a bit anxious for her sake.
First off, her boyfriend, who also happens to be my other best friend (and before anybody asks, yes, that makes things extremely
awkward at times
). He was raised in the Armenian Apostolic Church himself, but, in recent times, seems to be leaning more towards Evangelical Protestantism (though it's still unclear to me whether or not he's actually planning on becoming a Protestant). Now when I say he's getting into the Evangelical stuff, I mean really getting into it! I went over to his house a couple weeks ago and the three of us began discussing religion. He started, quite literally, Bible-thumping. Our friend (well, his girlfriend) had a few more questions about the faith and I did my best to give her answers based on common sense. He starts throwing out random Bible passages that he thought were relevant to the question, many of which simply weren't. I realize that a well-used Bible passage is often the most effective form of argument that one can use in a theological discussion, especially when trying to answer a new convert's questions, but remember this girl hardly knows anything about religion to begin with and has never even picked up a Bible let alone read one! My logic is, quite simply, that she has to walk before she can run. She needs the basic idea of the existence of God before she can start delving into the Bible itself. Now, the problem here is that I'm concerned she will get mixed messages because of his teaching of Protestantism and my teaching of Orthodoxy. (Though, I'm trying my best to stick to Christianity in its most basic sense at the moment, avoiding going in-depth on denominational differences. Like I said, she needs to walk before she can run.) I'm worried that, should it happen as I expect, she will get scared and/or confused, give everything up, and go back to agnosticism.
The second problem is that some of her political views contrast sharply with traditional Christian values. For example, she is a major crusader for the "day of silence," which took place today. For those of you who don't know, the day of silence is set up by LGBT activist groups as a protest every Spring, wherein the protesters take a vow of complete silence for the entire day. If there's one thing that her boyfriend and I can agree on as far as religion is concerned, it's traditional morality. I'm concerned that If we present these views to her and explain that they are a vital part of Christian teachings she might throw it all away and either A - return to agnosticism, or B - go for a more liberal form of Christianity. This problem is a bit more difficult than the first one because it's going to have to happen eventually, whereas the first one is more of a worst-case scenario.
So then, I'm extremely sorry for this massive wall of text (jeez, I never imagined it would be this long of a post!
) but I need guidance in this matter (prayers would be absolutely wonderful as well, of course!
). She looks at me as somebody who knows a lot about the faith (I honestly have no idea how I got that reputation, but I guess I'll take it!
), and so a lot of responsibility for this falls onto my shoulders. I just want to lead her down the right path. Thank you so much to anybody who took the time to read all the way through this, and may God bless you!
EDIT: I really hope this was the right place to post this thread.