mods, if this is to much, please delete. i dont wish to cause trouble. but i am looking to a number of places to get help in helping someone very close to me. there is someone in my life. he is a massive self hater and food addict. for most of his life he was bullied at school. he lost his father at the age of 6. his mother married a man who would not know love if it bit him in the behind. he physically and emotionally abused him for 16 years from the day they shared a house to the day he moved out. told that he is worthless and should drop dead. on one occasion his step father even handed him a knife when he told his parents that he wanted to commit suicide. his step brother sexually mollested him for money. money that he used to numb the pain he felt. he asked how can he trust and love GOD, who he cannot see, after all those who were supposed to care love and protect him did not? his mother 'checked out' well before she died. for him GOD is basically his step father. yes, GOD puts a roof over his head, food on the table, and provides a job to pay the bills... but there is no real fatherly love as he understands it to be. a hug, a hand, a safe place to cry if needed. and he is concerned about a verse in proverbs that he believes has doomed him to be as his 'family' was... Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. he says that he feels like this is a curse. i am at a loss and have not had much help from others so, any help or advice is welcome.. Sorry, but this is outside the scope of the Senate. I would suggest professional counseling.