Is there anything in the Bible that can help one justify the estrangement of an abusive parent?
February 2, 2011 8:53 AM Subscribe
Is there anything in the Bible that can help one justify the estrangement of an abusive parent? I know that not speaking to my mother is the right thing to do, but what does the good book say?
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I am 28 and the child of an abusive, bi-polar, alcoholic mother. My brother and I had to leave her when we were still in high school and moved away to live with our father.
We tried to keep in contact with her, but, it was extremely painful. She has a particular love of rehashing everything with blame and recriminations.
People who do not know the specifics of the situation and are trying to help often will suggest that I "forgive" her and try to reconcile before it it is too late. Well, personally, I don't really feel like I need to forgive her because I see her situation as a product of a disease. I am not angry at her anymore, just know that I can not have any contact with her, else it will begin to eat me away again.
What might the Bible say to me, as a child of such a toxic person? Am I right to keep away?