Remember the parable of the Good Samaritan. The Samaritan, who was seen as an outsider and even a heretic by many of the Jewish people in my time, was the one who acted with love and mercy towards the man left beaten by the side of the road. This was the one who I said had acted as a neighbor should.
The heart of the Father is greater and His wisdom more profound than you can imagine. It is not for us to presume the destiny of others, but to encourage all to seek the truth and to love deeply and sincerely. It is in love and truth where the Kingdom of God is found.
Your friend is beloved of the Father, as all people are. Keep showing him love, keep being a reflection of my love in his life, and keep him in your prayers. Trust in the Father's infinite mercy, love, and justice.
As always, love each other as I have loved you.