Recently I read this from someone who has chosen to part ways with the church in pursuit of same-sex relationships:
“My heart feels strongly that God loves me regardless of who I’m attracted to. I don’t believe he expects or even wants me to be alone. Wasn’t it God who said it was not good that man be alone?”
And while I have thoughts on his entire blog post, what I wanted to write about today was that thought above. What I get from what he’s saying – and I think this applies to most who use that scripture (Genesis 2:18) – is that “alone” means “single”. God doesn’t want people to be single.
I wonder, though, if that’s what God meant. The scripture can certainly easily be interpreted that way, especially since in the last half of the verse God proceeds to make Eve. But I wonder if perhaps “alone” actually means “alone” i.e. by himself, without anyone else, solitarily. It is not good that man should be alone. And so, God provided the easiest, and perhaps most effective means whereby man – and mankind – would not have to be alone. All mankind – regardless of marital status – would henceforth not be left alone in this life.
I wonder if God simply didn’t want us to go through life without each other.
Is marriage awesome? Absolutely. Does God want us to marry? Yup. Is that going to happen for everyone? Nope. Does God still love us? You bet. And that’s why he gave us a family, and friends, and each other. So even if we’re on our own, we’re not alone. (Thank you Michael McLean). The scripture doesn’t say, “…it is not good that the man should be single.” It says “alone”.
I am single. But I am not alone.