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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pursuing the Ghost, Freedom

The pursuit of freedom is a honourable objective. It is in the means of that achievement that man flounders.
The whole value of the means depends on their actually serving the end. What is happening predominantly in the quest and defining of freedom is that the overriding purpose served is the placating or edifying of the vanity of man. Consequently all the means are separated from the end goal and are nothing less than vanity and pride.

True freedom will be found when truth is the means by which freedom is attained. Man must be freed from the vanity and sin of his existence, understanding the warped and distorted view tainting his pathway to the goal.

True freedom will result in peace, true peace will have as its fruit, freedom. The basis of freedom, peace and truth is the absence or presence of corruption. To borrow from a thought of Martin Luther King's, by our presence here together we must come to realize that our destiny is tied up with everyone else's destiny and we must come to realize that our freedom is inextricably bound to each other's freedom. We do not walk alone. We cannot walk alone.

The critical balance in achieving freedom must involve the riches of freedom with the security of justice, mercy in hand with judgement, grace and lawful responsibility, intolerance without persecution, peace without subjugation, accountability and obligation. These principles must exist and be enforceable, not by an overseeing governing body, but within an individuals heart and soul. However, man seems bent on resolving them on the basis of defining them as absolutes, as mutually exclusive, when in reality they live in terms of what actually should coexist.

Our knowledge base is so great and expanding everyday, yet, the knowledge that man truly needs comes from a need for a spiritual and holistic knowledge. Luke 11:52, Jesus said, "Woe to you lawyers (teachers, law-makers, philosophers)! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered." There is an ignorance which exists with regard to the truth of God. There is a zeal for knowledge, an inherent longing for intimacy with our spiritual nature, that only the true knowledge of God can satisfy.

The errant pursuit of that longing leads many to pursue after notions and ideas which calm the tension in our souls, yet fails to fill the soul's vacuum. In defining freedom for our generation we see this aspect of our human life exemplified. There are countless provisory theories and causes clamouring for our heart's and soul's attention and many who can effectively instruct and feed the soul's desires. We are a people looking for God and finding substitutes instead. 2 Timothy 3:7, "... always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." The denial of this avenue of investigation into the soul's issues by the predominantly liberal teachers and media of our age has led to some harsh and passionate condemnation of any notion which cites Jesus Christ as a means of understanding our nature. "Every  therapeutic cure, and still more, any awkward attempt to show the patient the truth, tears him from the cradle of his freedom from responsibility and must therefore reckon with the most vehement resistance." Alfred Adler
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. Ronald Reagan
Genesis 2:17, "... 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."
The test of freedom is the ability to act as a free moral agent within the constructs of any given precept. "Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it's up to him and only him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be." Ayn Rand Even when some get close to the truth they have to place a disclaimer or proviso to keep God out of the equation.
As mankind we were created with the abilities to love, honour and obey. These are the resident divine in us, the soul, the imago dei. We have a responsibility for the our lives and the lives of others. "Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect." Eleanor Roosevelt
The restriction given by God to Adam 'to not eat of the tree of knowledge' was a test. The test is still active now. The test is one of obedience to our conscience, our moral convictions and the Word of God, as they define our interpersonal relationships. “Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.” Stephen R. Covey
The statement made by God is that: we are required to obey; we are to understand our dependence upon God; and, we are to live life as a probationary 'status quo'. A man who has an overdeveloped sense of his own independence and lack of responsibility has no knowledge of either his origin, that being from God, nor of his end, that also of God.
Yes, we have freewill and freedom to choose. "We are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of those actions." Stephen R. Covey
Adam was given a simple test of obedience, an easy test of fidelity. Within that context he had unlimited opportunity to free indulgence, only one restriction was in place. Freedom will always have with it responsibility, freedom is a package deal-with it comes responsibility and consequence. The power to choose, having available options, does not grant a right of infringement to the injunctions outlined in the Word of God.

“Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.”

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