Does an experience as universal as loneliness really require an eradicating cure?
Can you even imagine a society in which loneliness doesn’t exist???
It could be argued that loneliness serves the same function for the human soul (and spirit) as hunger and thirst do for the human body. Hunger is the body’s way of telling the mind that something is missing which is necessary for physical survival. Loneliness is the spirit’s way of telling the soul that something is missing that is essential to spiritual and emotional survival.
The problem is that in today’s post-modern society no one is willing to admit that the spirit and soul even exist! So people go about trying to feed their spirit and soul by feeding their body (hedonism and the abandoning of temperance to gorging on physical appetites, drugs, alcohol, video games and cinematic entertainment, online social interaction [which can often serve to make the symptoms of loneliness worse than better] clubs and raves, music, bondage / submission / torture, etc.).
Spiritists have the right idea, but stray far into the Devil’s playground to find enlightenment and spiritual fullness, proceeding under the delusion that evil either doesn’t exist or doesn’t exist at a level that they can’t “handle.” These self-deceived souls are even greater enemies to themselves than the atheists and the humanists.
Before I address loneliness from a practical (what you need to know and do) angle, I want to point you to an excellent article in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research dated Sep-2014 that addresses loneliness from a statistical and psychological perspective.
Following is some practical wisdom on loneliness.
Point of Fact: It is NOT a sin nor a crime to be lonely.
I say this especially to those who are religious or have problems dealing with guilt who haven’t yet figured out that their feelings do not always tell the truth but are as vulnerable to experiential abuse and programming as the latest computers.
Loneliness is a notification that you need to change your lifestyle which has three levels: spiritual, mental / social and physical. Most people are wise enough to make adjustments in the way they interact with family, friends and coworkers as well as balancing exercise, work and recreation; but sadly, far too many people are bereft of any spiritual life at all (I said SPIRITUAL, not RELIGIOUS) and it is in the spirit that we experience the most difficult kind of loneliness…
Point of Fact: no amount of adjustments in your personal, social, professional or physical life will take the place of God!
I know i’m going to lose many of you here, but play along–at least for a little bit.
The biggest, most OBVIOUS and Present Spirit in existence is GOD. But because we were all born SPIRITUALLY DEAD, we are incapable of perceiving GOD. It’s like being blind in a room full of flood lamps. God fills EVERYWHERE…even your dreams, but there’s no organ in your being that can sense Him.
That is why Faith is so critical. In history (as recorded in the Bible) God has slid notes under the door, so-to-speak, so that we that live in the darkness of spiritual death could reach out for God and find Him, though He is as close to each one of us as our breath (Romans 10:8-10).
This is what Christians mean by being “born-again” of the Holy Spirit of God. When I ask Jesus to forgive me of all my sin (both deeds done and yet to be done as well as the sin principle itself that lives in my body) and come and live in my heart, my spirit–which up till now has had no problem interacting with evil spirits–is united with The Eternal Holy Spirit Who is GOD: the Creator of All Things…
….in a moment…in the blink of an eye I COME ALIVE SPIRITUALLY, and THERE IS GOD!! In plain sight! As obvious as the air I breathe!
Point of Fact: When Jesus Christ gives birth to me by the Spirit of God, there is PEACE between me and God.
I wake up–not to an angry Judge, but my soul’s Greatest Lover, Who has longed all my life to take me into His Fatherly Arms! For those of us whose parents were neglectful–or worse: abusive, it is difficult to see God as The Loving Father of our spirits that He is. Nevertheless, the testimony of the Bible is true: God created the human species in His Image and Likeness to be His children and to rule over His creation forever.
Point of Fact: To Born-Again Christians, the days of guilt and shame are over FOREVER!
Because I have accepted Jesus Christ into my heart as Lord and Savior, Jesus has taken FULL RESPONSIBILITY for my failures and mistakes–even the ones I haven’t committed yet! More than this, Jesus has clothed me with HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, so that whenever God looks at me ALL HE SEES IS HIS OWN HOLINESS AND PERFECTION!!!!
Let me make this perfectly clear: GOD WILL NEVER BE ANGRY WITH ME AGAIN.
I may hate myself; other people and even the Devil himself may despise me, but NOTHING IN THE COSMOS CAN EVER SEPARATE ME FROM GOD’S LOVE EVER AGAIN (Romans 8:31-39)!!!!
This is the Gospel Truth, and if you can grasp it in your heart by Faith (not feelings, which will follow later), Your entire identity and purpose for existence will be gloriously redefined!
I myself have experienced God’s Love; a Love larger than the Cosmos…larger than my failures and SO STRONG I thought that It was going to kill me (a death I would gladly die a thousand times over!).
Point of Fact: Now that Jesus has completely accepted you (just as you are) and satisfied your deep loneliness for God, you can now accept and love everyone in your life–even those who consider themselves your enemies.
You were an enemy of God in your heart–you HATED God…and in spite of that GOD STILL LOVED YOU and drew you to Himself. Now you can say with confidence that no human being is your enemy! Your only enemy is Satan and his demons, who uses poor, hapless human beings as unwilling vessels to vent their hatred and anger against God.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” – The Apostle Paul, Ephesians 6:12
Terrorists are not your enemy. Active shooters are not your enemy. Liberals and Democrats are not your enemy. People in ethnic groups different from yours are not your enemy. God opens His Arms of Love to ANYONE that will receive His Only-Begotten Son The Lord Jesus Christ…and now you can too!
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