When I watch what is happening, and I see people believing some ridiculous things, but not just believing them, actually defending them, I can regard them as being delusional. Is this the strong delusion that Paul wrote about?
Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
There is no other way to describe what is happening; these people must have blinders because they defend some of the most absurd things. If it’s true, and this is the delusion Paul writes about, there is nothing we can do to convince them otherwise; the blinders are from God. Their destiny is hell because they’ve rejected Jesus and love living in their sin. I don’t know if our prayers can brake a delusion that God placed upon them, but we must continue to try for the sake of our family and friends. Maybe our prayers will soften the heart of God for those we love.