bkmitchell — 2017-10-02T18:11:49-04:00 — #1
The LORD God said, “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make a fitting helper for him. (Genesis 2:18)
Jewish Publication Society. Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1985. Print.
(1a) What does "It is not good for man to be alone" mean?
(1b) What specifically in your opinion is not good about man being alone?
(2) Assuming the belief that God knows everything why did God create man alone knowing beforehand that it was not good?
(3) Do you believe this verse implies or teaches that being avoiding community, marriage, and or family is not good?
(4) Is it a sin not be or get married?
justin_gatlin — 2017-10-02T21:28:17-04:00 — #2
1- According to NIDOTTE: "In general usage "good" indicates a state or function appropriate to genre, purpose or situation." I think that this indicates that man accomplish his purpose, that is he could not fully manifest the glory of God without another to "one-another."
2 - To give Adam a chance to realize that no other creature could replace an image-bearer for what he needed (vs people today who seem to genuinely regard their pets as children, etc.), and for us to learn the same lesson by reading about his experience. He learned that he, as the image of God made with clay, was both of the Earth and not of it.
3 - Avoiding community is not good. We cannot be all we are meant to be alone. As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
4 - No, Paul makes this clear.
dave_l — 2017-10-03T05:36:08-04:00 — #3
I believe much of the OT speaks anthropomorphically. But the NT reveals that celibacy is a gift and better than marriage. That marriage is good for those without the gift. Avoiding social entanglements with the wrong people (including family) is good. But fellowship with the saints replaces family in some cases.