Our expert says:
There are two issues that need to be seperated: one is your shyness and awkwardness around men, and the other is whether or not you are 'asexual' - in otherwords whether you have sexual feelings or see yourself as partly a sexual being (I'm not contradicting your religous belief - you can choose not to act sexually in line with strict religious beliefs despite the fact you are partly a sexual being).
It is not 'wrong' from a societal point of view to choose to be alone - but I'm not sure that that is what you are doing, it sounds asthough you actually might like this to be different but feel it is out of reach for you somehow. If your shyness / awkwardness blocks your ability to relate to a potential partner, then I recommend you seek a psychologist to assist you to address this issue.
As for your 'needs' vs. being asexual...it sounds like you have an inner conflict with your belief system and I recommend you work either within this to address this conflict, or seek outside support from a counsellor sympathetic to your religious beliefs to assist you to resolve this.
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