We were made for each other
Why it's not good for us to be alone
In my last post, I asked the question: ‘Aren’t people and relationships just too hard? Shouldn’t we just give up on them and give all our love to God?’
The first two chapters of Genesis have something to say about this.
Check out the first chapter. God is amazing. Just by saying the words, he brings into being exotic plants, a wild array of animals, a brilliant sun, a beautiful moon and complex life cycles intertwined with weather and geological systems.
God’s pretty happy with it too. “It is good, good, good, good, good,” he says over and over again.
That’s until we get to Genesis 2:18, and the first negative words since the creation of time.
“It is not good for a man to be alone,” God says.
And my question is: well, why not?
I suppose there might be a few answers to this.
There are health issues that come from being alone. Medical studies show that the longer someone is isolated, the worse their physical and mental health. Babies who are not touched or hugged don’t develop properly.
Being alone has been used as a torture technique for thousands of years. Being denied contact with other people can make you desperate, frightened and disoriented.
But these things are not the real reason why is it not good to be alone.
The real reason, and something I’ll explain more in my next post, is because we are made in the image of God.
What about you? How do you feel when you’re alone? Can you see why God said, ‘it’s not good to be alone’?