THE ONLY TRUE FREEDOM
Freedom was bestowed upon human beings and angels who have unrestricted freedom within their allotted powers, that is, freedom of choice and freedom over their actions. Freedom is shown to be most desirable and is craved by many. Americans in particular tout the many virtues and boons of freedom, for our country in particular was founded with this fundament: “My country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing . . . Let freedom ring!” “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!” But this is not the freedom that fills hearts with happiness and it ids only unto death.
Whatever a man may be bound by, after denouncing sin, if placed in jail, is much freer than a person outside. A drunkard or glutton may be free in body but remains a prisoner. The same is true of an alcoholic or drug addict. Any sin in which we indulge imprisons us and arouses fear in men’s souls, for they cannot escape their conscience which bears witness of right and wrong and unnatural.
No man wants to be cheated, but many are willing to cheat others. No man wants another man to take his wife, but many are willing to take another man’s life. No man desires to be defrauded but man often think as nothing defrauding others in business and governmental transactions.
Lacking the teaching and the blessing of Christ man will walk blindly in darkness failing to recognize what is beneficial or detrimental in his life. Not knowing where he is going, he wanders as if drunk, lacking direction or guidance. This is occurring in our present day, where there are fewer people interested in the important destiny to which we are all heading. The many promises and threats of Jesus Christ are clearly recorded in Holy Scripture. “Whoever believes in me has eternal life!” “They shall be cast into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.” No threat or danger is greater than spending eternity in outer darkness and misery and in the company of demonic powers. No promise can be greater than the promise of eternal life with continual joy, dancing and singing with the angels and saints, for all eternity.
Lack of proper use of freedom defrauds us of the greatest treasure ever made available to man. The freedom and free will of man distinguish him from every other creature, for not the animals and birds, but man is in charge. What would be the advantage of an imprisoned human race of zombies? It would not have even been recorded!
How very sad that we are already headed toward this immoral end, for without morality man evolves into a beast. The restraints of immorality are not really restraints but an introduction to freedom, for to restrain of immortality reduces many evils among men. Though we believe we are free because we make choices, but to a great degree. As the restraints of immortality come down, we are headed towards loss of freedom and are on the fast road to becoming moral zombies. Take away the moral law from man and he is no longer man, for he wanders about lacking a moral compass, and moral law is gradually disappearing from the realm of man’s vision.
Good and evil certainly exists, but modern man in general closes his eyes to evil, to demons and to the Devil. There is only one who can extract us from this deep slimy pit. Christ is the brilliant light shining on the world, a light we must follow toward our Lord Jesus Christ and learn from Him.
Freedom in Christ enables mercy and love to soothes the wounds of our souls, it also warms our hearts and strengthen our wills Without freedom it is impossible to love God for no one but the free are capable of love.
God formed man according to His image with the divine perfection known only to him. For He gave man all that he needed for his purpose. Love is not possible without freedom, and this freedom was given to the first created pair bearing full responsibility for their decisions. Freedom is essential to a person, rendering him able to decide on choosing good or evil and right or wrong. Without such freedom there would be no responsibility and consequently no possibility of love, for only a free person can accept love and return love that is extended to them. Brethren, as St. John says: “Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God; and everyone that loves is born of God. He that does not love, does not know God; for God is love.