Loners Are Anti God

Being a loner is a sure-fire way to avoid loving and being loved. There is a world of difference between being alone and being alone with God. Being alone deprives us of loving and of being loved. Being alone with God replenishes both.

It has been scientifically proven that babies that are deprived of love are sickly and sometimes die. There are wonderful women who go into hospitals and hold and cuddle the babies. Love is just as important to babies as the medical care. It is not just babies that need love. We all need it all of our lives.

Two of our greatest needs are to love and be loved. God is the source of both. He loves us and He enables us to love.

1 John 4:8: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Jude 1:21: Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Galatians 5:22a: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, . . .

Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

John 13:35: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

The love of God flows freely among God*s people. It flows up and down to and from God and to and from His children. And it flows back and forth horizontally among His children. This happens abundantly in Biblical churches and in serving God and worshipping Him in partnership with other believers. Individuals who stay away from churches poison themselves. They deprive themselves of one of the greatest places to love and be loved. We need to attend Biblical churches regularly.

Elderly individuals who have abandoned Biblical churches and love are sickly and die. I encounter multitudes of them in nursing homes. I am firmly convinced that there is a direct relationship between a lack of love and physical illness. For the believers that I meet in nursing homes that are ill, their illness is a mere inconvenience. The illnesses of unbelievers are a disaster.

I could not ascertain the name of the author of an article I found online. It included a poem written by a man named W. H. Auden and some comments about the man and his life. It seems that Mr. Auden knew about the need for love early in his life and may have rejected that truth later in his life.

I quote the article:

Auden wrote a poignant line in his poem: *We must love one another or die.* In 1939 his poem was an obvious reference to the beginning of World War II. It begins like this:

*I sit in one of the dives - On Fifty-second Street - Uncertain and afraid - As the clever hopes expire - Of a low dishonest decade: - Waves of anger and fear - Circulate over the bright - And darkened lands of the earth, - Obsessing our private lives; - The unmentionable odour of death - Offends the September night.

And the poem originally climaxed as follows:

*All I have is a voice-To undo the folded lie, - The romantic lie in the brain - Of the sensual man-in-the-street - And the lie of Authority - Whose buildings grope the sky: - There is no such thing as the State - And no one exists alone; - Hunger allows no choice-To the citizen or the police; - We must love one another or die.*

Auden famously turned against this final line. When the poem was reprinted in *The Collected Poetry of W. H. Auden* (1945), he omitted this final stanza. He later wrote that he loathed the poem. He resolved to exclude it from further collections, he refused to grant permission that it be reprinted, and he called the poem *trash which he is ashamed to have written.* He eventually allowed it to be included in a collection but only after altering the final line to read: *We must love one another and die.*

Clearly the original sentiment *we must love one another or die* suggests that love could save us from war or even conquer death by granting a kind of immortality. The revised version *we must love one another and die* expresses an existential sentiment. We can love but it makes no real difference. Life is ultimately tragedy.

I (the author of the article) am not sure why Auden turned against the line so vehemently and publicly. Maybe he was embarrassed by its emotional earnestness. Like so many of the intellectuals I have known, he may have been ashamed of the public display of sentiment. Yet on its face the line as originally written is at least partly true. Unless we become more altruistic, we will destroy ourselves. But can we go further and say that love conquers death? Here we have no answers, we only have hope. As I said previously, the hope that traces of our love will reverberate through time, in ripples and waves that may one day reach peaceful shores now unbeknownst to us.

There is an answer. The answer is God and His love.

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