Let me just go with the short version of the story. I have an online friend who I have known a long time. They are an atheist borderline anti-theist. Beyond ignorance in theology, they have some very foolish ideas in a number of other areas, which I consistently come up against. I try to be patient and kind, and these days I even ignore any instances where they're wrong as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else. I am trying to be a good example and not just a constant nag, in spite of knowing from experience instances where reality doesn't line up with some of their brash assumptions.
I am currently having a conversation with them regarding theology, though, and they are pulling random OT verses out to somehow "prove" that God wants us to beat our children (see Proverbs 23:13-14). Given that this flies in the face of the overlying theme of the entire Bible, and is a gross misinterpretation of the POINT that proverb is making on the importance of discipline, I am struggling mightily to remain patient and kind.
I could use some prayers for this, and if anyone has any other advice on dealing with the situation, I more than welcome it. I am trying to be loving, while also firm in conviction that it is not okay to go around proposing you know the heart of God without any real study of scripture. Spreading these ideas that God wants beating, and the stoning as seen in the OT regarding Israel, is something I really have a tough time standing back and letting occur. I will not be able to convince this person, I believe, but I also do not feel comfortable not saying anything at all, lest people believe him to be accurate about this and believe it.