Cau­tion on Free­dom

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Be­ing re­li­gious are sub­se­quently be­come moral. How­ever, the Chris­tian per­spec­tive is: “the power which en­slaves is sin” (John 8:34). “It is con­tained in the pos­ses­sion of ho­li­ness, with the will and abil­ity to do what is right and good. Such lib­erty is pos­si­ble only in a re­newed con­di­tion of soul, and can­not ex­ist apart from god­li­ness. Chris­tians are earnestly warned not to pre­sume upon, or abuse their lib­erty in Christ (Gal 5:13; 1 Pet 2:16).”66

The Apos­tle Peter warns about a false free­dom, in 2 Pet 2:19 sug­gest, “that a false free­dom can lead to cor­rup­tion and bondage.”67 Chris­tian lib­erty is not sim­ply free­dom from any­thing as many peo­ple think, not li­cense to “do as you like”; rather, it is so com­plete sur­ren­der to God as to be called “slav­ery” to God, right­eous­ness (Rom 6:18, 22).68

“The con­di­tion of free­dom from bondage to the cre­ated is there­fore bondage to the Cre­ator.”69 The Cre­ator is God, He is a sym­bol of per­fec­tion. On the other hand, the con­se­quence of dis­obe­di­ence will be the loss of free­dom.

In­case of non-Chris­tians, cau­tious­ness or self-dis­ci­pline will be lim­ited, and they may be al­lowed and leaded more to self-de­sire and lux­ury things. Fur­ther­more sec­u­lar peo­ple have a per­spec­tive on free­dom as lose of con­trol from ev­ery­thing

in­clud­ing self-con­trol, just for fun, and ir­re­spon­si­ble­ness. And they are lesser cau­tious in self-dis­ci­pline re­lated to mo­rals.

But the Chris­tian seem more con­ser­va­tive on self-con­trol, since the Bi­ble strongly en­cour­ages self-con­trol. Chris­tians are en­cour­aged to main­tain hu­man mo­rals and hu­man dig­ni­ties.

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