It’s the Old Crusties vs. the Young Future
by Johnny Punish, Veterans Today 25-3-2013
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry and may choose to back or strike down Prop. 8 in California that seeks to ban marriage equality. I have personally spoken to both sides of the issues.
* On one side, the advocates against marriage equality are passionate and determined. They typically feel that sex between same sex people is disgusting and against god. And that only traditional marriage can end up creating children.
* On the other side, the advocates for marriage equality say they seek a legal standing in society looking to have the right to legally engage in a contractural relationship that the government will honor on all property transactions and medical rights issues. They say it has NOTHING to do with the sex act and everything to do with the legal rights of men and women.
So what do we have here?
Old people want traditional marriage (‘you have to make children’) and the young people under 30 are for marriage equality (‘you have to fight for your rights’).
God gave Adam a friend — a soulmate
Stephen Edmondson – St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Love and the companionship of our souls is important. The point isn’t to rehash someone else’s business. The point is to think about ourselves, our souls, our loving.
Our souls, what are they? They are, in many ways, who we are. They’re the deep part of us—the intimate part of us. They carry our dreams, our fears, our gifts. I like to say that they are the truth of us…
It’s not surprising, given the significance of our souls, that we would want mates for our souls. At first glance, it might seem like our truth needs a companion to truly appreciate it, that our souls get lonely without such a companion.
In Genesis, it says that God created Eve as Adams companion, because he was lonely. Some folks, I think, see this as divine confirmation of the need for a soulmate: God gave Adam a friend — a soulmate. …
In the Genesis story, when God is looking for a companion for Adam, God says that God is looking for a Helper.
That’s what Eve is to Adam — and Adam to Eve, a helper. Someone to companion us — to help us along the way…. We need someone we can trust. Someone we can depend on. …
That’s what love is in our relationships. It’s not what we feel or what we get—it’s what we give as we companion another on their way — and it’s what they give to us. That’s missing from most contemporary stories about love, but we need to recover it. If we don’t, I’m afraid that we’ll just find ourselves more and more lost, as our souls continue to remain hidden from us.
What is a soul mate?
By Amy Lederman
Is it a New Age concept to define true love? Is it a catchy phrase used by Romance novelists and publishers to sell books? Or does is mean something deeper and more essential, a spiritual bond between two people that is essential to fulfilling our heart’s destiny?
The Bible gives us a glimpse of the origins of a soul mate in Genesis when God said: “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make him a helper corresponding to him.”
Loneliness is God’s first concern about us as human beings. There is a sense that we will not be happy alone; that we need to be connected to another human being to experience companionship, support and the struggles inherent in a relationship if we are to achieve personal fulfillment and reach our highest potential.
Adam, the first man, may have been complete in his physical being but without someone to love, without a partner with whom to relate, he was spiritually and emotionally incomplete.
[There is] a wonderful Jewish saying from the Hasidic Rabbi, the Ba’al Shem Tov:
“From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven. And when two souls that are destined to be together find each other, their streams of light flow together and a single brighter light goes forth from their united being.”
The Creation of a Helper
‘Fit for him’ – Genesis 2:2
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”