What is True Freedom?

Written by Chris Shipley

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We read about freedom, dream about freedom, rejoice in the notion of freedom, teach, advocate, and hope for freedom, but what do we mean by freedom?

Freedom means many things to many people.  We can view freedom politically, as having the opportunity to vote for particular ideas, people, or parties which best represent our views.  Closely tied to this is the notion of freedom of speech, where one has the liberty to voice their personal opinion or perspective. Others understand freedom in a financial context, where people seek to free themselves of financial debt, outstanding credit, and burdensome loans.

What does true freedom look like?  Does it look like a voter’s ballot or someone walking out of prison?  Is it seen in being able to buy anything I want or in the fact that I don’t owe a thing to anyone?  Of course, it’s crucial to define what we mean by freedom so that we know what we’re looking for, what we’re hoping to attain.

Say a child runs outside and climbs a tree because he wants to get away and be free.  In his exuberant effort to be free, the boy wanders out onto a tree limb, turns around, and begins severing the last connection he has with the world — the limb.  Having sawed through the limb, the boy quickly realizes that he not only failed in achieving his goal of complete freedom, but discovers that what he was seeking wasn’t true freedom at all.  In his effort to achieve freedom, the boy finds himself in a worse situation then before — broken limbs and all!

Two sides of the freedom coin

Not surprisingly, the Bible says quite a bit about freedom, despite any impressions we might have about it being merely a book of restrictive rules. In reality, if we are willing to consider it, the Bible can help us distinguish between what it means for us to be free from something and to be free to do or be something. Freedom from and freedom to are two sides of the freedom coin.

It is interesting that many of the freedoms we seek today are seen as ends in themselves, as a final goal to be attained.  It’s as though we think that once our particular freedom is achieved, all our problems will be solved.  Why?  Because we’ll have freedom!  But freedom from what?  And freedom to do or be what?

For example, let’s say that we’re in deep financial debt.  We realize our desperate state and begin to strategically work our way out of financial bondage.  It may take months, years, or even decades, but eventually we hope to balance our budget and move from being in the red to black.  But, even if we accomplish our goal and attain financial freedom, particularly freedom from debt, have we really attained true freedom?  In other words, does having no financial debt necessarily mean that we have attained financial freedom?

Not really.  See, our hearts, which drove us into debt in the first place, remain unchanged.  It may be the case, and unfortunately it often is, that as soon as we get out of debt, we plunge right back into it.  Why?  Because our hearts see and desire something it cannot live without.  So we buy it, and voila!  We’re in debt again.  So, if our hearts are not changed, neither will our behavior change.  That’s why the Bible says that true freedom begins in the heart. We act on our thoughts and behave according to our desires.

Interestingly, the Bible likens the human heart to a tree, in which, “every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit…For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.  The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” (Matthew 7:17-18; 12:33-35).  The source of our actions is the heart.  If it’s diseased, the fruit (our actions) is rotten too.

Of course, it’s always good to be out of debt, but to simply balance the books is only a peripheral remedy.  It is merely treating the symptoms rather than dealing with the disease. True freedom is only achieved when our hearts are changed, not when the books are balanced.

The same can be said for political and verbal freedom.  Both are significantly good and should be advocated and protected, but they are peripheral freedoms in comparison to true freedom.  True freedom occurs only in the heart when it is changed and made new.

What then is this “true” freedom?

There is a debt that every human has, a disease that we all suffer from, which no human strategy can ever conquer or cure. It is not a bondage to external things primarily, though it does work its way out in external expressions.  No, our problem is much deeper.  It is bondage of the will, a captivity of the soul, a deadness of heart.

The Bible tells us that we were made by God to honor Him and delight in Him forever.  Yet, we chose to sin and rebel against God by abandoning our created purpose of worshiping Him in order to do our own thing and pridefully make a name for ourselves.  This rebellion against God, known as the Fall, caused mankind to fall from the innocence in which they were created and become corrupted by sin.

Due to our sin, we have all received the consequential penalty of sin, namely spiritual and physical death.  Death reigns in all of us so every one of us is spiritual dead (separated from God) and will also die physically one day.  Not only this, but throughout our life, the effects of sin infect everything we do.  The marring stains of sin are pervasive within each one of us, distorting the way we think, desire, and behave.  All of our thoughts, feelings, and actions are tainted by our sin.

Yet, in all of this, the human heart remains free.  Free to choose whatever it desires. But here’s the catch — the human heart is corrupted and enslaved by evil.  So, the only thing it desires is evil.  All our thoughts, words, and actions are tainted in various degrees with prideful sin and rebellion against God.  So even though we are free to choose, we only freely choose sin all the time.

Ultimately, the final consequence of our sin against God is hell, a state of total and unending disconnection and separation from God, a place of unhindered and perpetual bondage to unrestrained evil, horror, and suffering resulting from everyone doing all their selfish and sinful hearts desire, no matter what harm it may cause to others.

Yet, God in His love sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth and willingly die in the place of sinful humans like us to absorb all our sin, rebellion and wrongdoing.  Therefore, all who entrust their complete life to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins will be saved from their bondage to sin and given eternal life in Him and enjoy an intimate and personal connection and relationship with God himself.

This is true freedom.   And true freedom only exists in Jesus Christ.  How does it happen?  God changes our heart by His Holy Spirit.  God makes us spiritually alive by giving us a new heart. This heart desires to love God.  It sees Jesus Christ as beautiful and desires to love Him as the Lord and Savior of our life.  By faith, we give our life to Jesus and receive His forgiveness and freedom from sin.  Not only this, but we are now free to do the very thing we were created to do — to honor and enjoy God forever.  And this joy in God is from our heart — our new heart given to us by God.

This is true freedom.  This is grace.

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76 Responses to “What is True Freedom?”

  • Alfred says:

    Hi Stephen, Yes it is quite something to realize how many people are on the broad path that leads to destruction. Fortunately the Holy Spirit prompts people like you and me to pray for and minister to those who are hurting and in bondage. Yet, it takes great discretion and love to point someone to Jesus! We must always remember that it is not really you or I that’s doing this, but we are the feet, hands and mouth of God, who’s setting the stage. Jesus said in John 12:32 “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” NKJV. We are privileged to be co-workers with Him!
    So, some people are not ready to accept the gift of Salvation, and then (with fervent prayer) we may be able to get them a step closer. Let the Holy Spirit lead us to be ambassadors for the King of Kings. I pray that God will help me to relate to those He calls me to befriend, for no one will believe in my message until they believe in (me) the messenger! We are not called to be successful, but only “to be faithful”.

  • stephen smith says:

    Wow just by reading the some of the comments I realized that there are many people that don’t trust in Jesus for complete and true freedom. Matthew 7:13-15 which tells me that there will be many more that don’t trust Him for total freedom than those who trust Him for total and complete freedom

  • mel says:

    the person that sad I disagree your soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo wrong ok

  • mel says:

    Wow I think this is completely agree to this because it is very important that this is in public because we all know that god gave us the freedom and our lives.

  • Tom Tom says:

    How do Jesus and God restrict behavior? Do you mean the type of behavior like murder, rape, hatred, lying, stealing, etc.? And do you mean physical restrictions or mental restrictions? Please clarify.

  • Perhaps you’re right John, but have you ever thought of the saying; ” Give him enough rope and he will hang himself ” Have we got what it takes to handle total freedom? Go through history and look at the greats, the powerful,the rulers of this world, the ultra rich who had ” all ” that that money can buy or this world could wish for by fair means and not so fair,…….. total freedom? You don’t need to be one of them to wish your life away in pursuit of this illusive freedom and like them find no purpose, direction, fulfillment or joy whatsoever. Don’t forget even we commoners are just as capable and gullible to follow in their footsteps. Perhaps you’re an exception? .Sorry, don’t mean to be cynical; we’ve all been there and done that.

  • John says:

    [expletive removed] your Jesus, [expletive removed] your God. this is not true freedom, this is something that restricts our minds and our behaviours. if you call that as the true freedom you’re truly mistaken my man.

  • Nirmala says:

    Chris I would like to share excerpts from your article which is very beautifully written. How do I give credit to you for the excerpts ? Please send me a note on how the credit line should read. Thank you and God bless.

  • Aldo says:

    Liv, freedom is not having the choice of doing what you want, how you want, and when you want. True freedom is having a relationship with God the Father through believing in and accepting His Son Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, for whom the Son sets free is free indeed. John 8:36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

    I pray that you come to that revelation in the near future.

    If you would like to discuss this one on one with a mentor, please go to powertochange.com and click on Talk to a mentor. She will be happy to chat with you about God, the Bible, or just to pray with you.

  • eddie says:

    Thank you for posting this aticle

  • Liv says:

    I see what you’re doing here… but I contest your example of debt… you use it and I get it… financial freedom and so on… but debt and financial freedom are something societal pressures allude us to believe we are bound to be a part of…. but really we are not bound to our debt… we, if we really choose freedom, can walk away and never pay it… this choice will ruin our credit, lose us a hose (possibly), cars, jobs and so on… but are we really bound to those things? No… we just want to be a part of something because it gives us purpose, like a goal… for instance your financial freedom example… We are not bound to society though it is nice to be a part of it… freedom is an idea, an idea that we do not have to belong to belongings or other people, or a government, or a country, or a religion… freedom is the idea and power to know that you can walk away from the bonds that you feel tie you to your earthly life that give it no meaning…

    In the film Easy Rider there is a quote… “They’ll talk to ya and talk to ya and talk to ya about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ’em.” … They are society.. and society is not actually free… yes we have freedoms… freedom to speak our minds, wear clothes we want, believe or not believe in God… and so on… but we are not really free, we are bound to the constraints of society, constraints that we allow… Freedom is knowing no fear and knowing that things and people are not what make you free, that choice doesn’t make you free… it is the lack of desire for social bondage that is freedom… fear keeps people paying their bills, fear keeps people buying things they don’t need or want, fear keeps dysfunction together believing it is family… freedom allows you to walk away and know this is not all there is… and that is why people die for the idea and belief in freedom… Freedom isn’t just choice, freedom isn’t McDonald’s or Burger King, Walmart or Target, Macy’s or Dillard’s… Freedom is saying “no Walmart, no Macy’s, no McDonald’s… no….”

  • Matt says:

    Still you are free from the world but when we come to Christ we are still to obey. Where ever you go in life you are really free to do two things. Obey or Disobey. Even nature itself has given you a decision to do right or wrong, to obey or disobey. If you think you are free to run with the bears and lions but you are bound to be eaten. Yea you are free to make a choice but your choice will pay a consequence. Your are not free from consequences. People who are not in the truth of Christ is still under one law. That is the natural law of what ever you sow you reap. Good Or Bad. You don’t have to be saved to reap that. Christ freedom is a to and from something. Christ took you from the world and brought you to himself. But brothers and sisters you are still in subjection. You will never be free from subjection. We have to obey. But our love for Christ makes it easy to obey but you are still in subjection. You might think your free but where every you go, Home, businesses, outdoors, there are still laws you have to obey. If the world don’t have you then the Lord will.

  • Elkay says:

    Don, yes it is interesting to see how various responses fall into what I will call “humanistic” approaches or Christian considerations. In addition to what Jesus said in 14:6, I think He was amplifying on His statement at John 8:31-32, that if you abide in His word, His teachings, you will know the truth and that will set you free. Abiding in His words means trusting the truth of Who He said He was, why He came to earth, what He accomplished here and depending on Him in His Lordship today. If this is true of someone, then Romans 8:2 applies: “the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made you free from the law of sin and death.” and this basically defines “freedom” as I am free from trying to obey a set of laws to gain my salvation from death. For my salvation is in Jesus, the only One of Whom it was said, “for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matt 1:21). That is the ultimate freedom!

  • Don says:

    Interesting to see people who are opposed to this article. How can you dispute what freedom is. You can’t because when you know the truth you know 100% that you’re free. John 14:6

  • Sharon says:

    thank you Erica yes it is freedom in CHRIST

  • jgvanommen says:

    Hi Sean,
    Can you be more specific? Would you not agree that the Golden Rule ” Do to others as you would have them do to you” is one of the most basic rules in the Bible?

  • There is not one quotation from the Bible to support your assertions in the article above. The only direct statement from Matthew is open to many interpretations – but has little to do with freedom.

  • […] Many parents keep the freedom away from their child. Some parents even choose for the child, like what do learn, do, etc. This relates to the book A cage of Butterflies. Just like the babies, a lot of children these days are kept from their freedom. So this is a real world connection, freedom. […]

  • Hi Surja Bhakta,

    What Moses shared with us I think is very much written with good intent and if it in any way slanders the true meaning of the word freedom, in your opinion, I think you perhaps should have qualified that statement as such. Freedom is a mere word, it is not a personification of a virtue or even a virtue for that matter, it is nothing but a concept that varies from person to person.

    I would ask you; what is freedom…freedom from what?
    Many regard it as an inalienable right to be pursued at all cost as something that is ours no matter what. Almost as if it is our right to occupy our side of the road,… but there are times when we have to share it in a responsible fashion with those who travel in the opposite direction… and that is often where our problem lies, with – “ those that travel in the opposite direction”- . We can insist on our rights if we chose to but that could mean we are dead right, we and our fellow travelers.

    Freedom is a great concept, but invariably what means greater freedom for one person means greater restrictions for another. We need to realize that with freedom comes the option to make wrong choices, genuine mistakes as well as deliberate violation of the freedom given to us. Freedom in my opinion is not a virtue and what’s more it is not for free, it is something we need to work at to enjoy it and share it with others. I would go as far as to say freedom can be a curse. When we talk about the word freedom it immediately conjures up another word and that is authority. When parents, teachers, police, individuals, governments etc. in whom authority is vested; fail to discipline; hold accountable; keep the peace; lock up criminals etc. we would certainly experience a kind of freedom, but not many of us with any common sense would want to live in a country where those conditions prevail.

    Laws, rules and regulations are there not only to protect us from the criminals I mentioned, but from you and me as well. In other words…..we do not handle freedom very well, especially when we think we won’t be found out.
    Yes at times we need the law to sort out our differences of opinion, but there is a better way. “Do unto others as you would have them do to you” and should we need specific personal advice ask the Author of this statement, as in Mat. 7. That I believe points to the true freedom that Moses is referring to: the Way the Truth and the Life !


  • Surya Bhakta says:

    This article may have been written in good intent, however beneath the sophistication of words and symbols it completely slanders and manipulates the true meaning of freedom. It is disappointing to see so many people supporting this proposed concept of freedom above, when in truth, this article is no different than that of a religious sermon; one that is designed to control and divide human beings, keeping them rooted in fear. Real freedom is beyond all petty earthly traditions and beliefs, be it putting all our faith and hope in a single man/woman or organizational entity of any sort. Real freedom and love are undefinable and beyond our primitive ways of thinking, concepts and symbols. Real freedom is to be completely free from all forms of authority (political, religious, social, media), identity and mental concepts. Our purpose is to remove all the chains of conditioning that have been imposed upon us since birth: news, advertisements, religion, political bigotry, social conventions, ego-identity, nationalism, patriotism, economic greed, material success and wealth, fame, popularity and recognition, sexual shame etc. Perhaps someday, once we are able to see past these imposed barriers, we may then obtain a glimpse of real freedom and share such a life as one united, loving and indivisible collective society.

    I do agree with the article on it’s point that we are diseased, but NOT by living or being born in sin. And no, the human heart is not corrupted nor evil (Is this actually taught to all newborn children? And you wonder why they turn into angry, depressed, aggressive adults filled with hate and emptiness?). We are all born pure, beautiful and untainted, just as the natural elements observable in the magnificent universe. Our problem lies in identification and bondage in ‘Thought’. And as long as we believe that our thoughts define who we are, we will never be free, and thus our horrendous atrocities of waging wars, killing and defending ourselves under the guise of religious and nationalistic pride, poverty and all other evident forms of human suffering will endure indefinitely.

    The key to real freedom lies only within each and every one of our inner selves, and it is our universal duty to explore this and share it with one another to bring about a harmonious order of universal freedom in our present society, one that has very much lost it’s way.

    “I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. … The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth.”
    ? Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • Kate says:

    Moses, thank you for sharing and encouraging others.

  • Moses says:

    Personal experience: my name is Moses from Texas , I grew up being taken by my mom to a Spanish speaking Baptist church seeing my mom didn’t understand English. My dad never went, so at around age 10 I stopped attending church. I grew up a quiet Hispanic uneducated D student in school. I was told by teachers that I couldn’t learn like other kids. Having a LOW self image I looked to alcohol to heal the hurt. I was going to hide my pain from the world. I started working at age 17 for a large ggrocery store that had lots of stores. Being a workaholic, the management loved my work ethic, being high school educated I was told by everyone, “your doing good for being high school educated” needless to say, I believed them. I continued on this path for over 10 years. My hard work got me several promotions into management. I thought I had arrived. My dependency on alcohol became stronger and eventually got pulled over by the police for drunk driving. This happened 3 times. After several days in jail, $1000’s & $1000’s. Was fired from the company. Wife divorced me, house repossessed, cars repossessed, etc. In 1992, I’m living in a small apartment empty, drinking, but empty. I thought, I have no where else to look for help. Maybe I’ll try GOD. I cried out to a God I had never heard or seen for help. Approximately a week later, I received a phone call from a business man from San Antonio Texas. He was offering me an opportunity to work with his business . 6 months of this man helping me to learn about True Success, he asked me, “do you believe that Jesus is the son of God? ” I replied sure. Then he asked me, ” are you born again “? I replied No, what does that mean “? He explained and showed me in the Bible. “The only way into heaven is to be Born Again ” he invited me to say the sinners prayer and I was born again. This took place 21 years ago. I have not had an alcohol beverage since. No more cigarettes. No more addiction to pornography. No more addiction to lust.no more addiction to seeking promotions. Today I live in Houston Texas and God has blessed me with my own business that spans into Austin, Dallas & San Antonio. I have a beautiful wife who loves God. New Life really begins when you’re Born Again. Thanks for reading. I Love You & so does God. Freedom!

  • Sharon says:

    good article and good thread here on freedom

  • Keith says:

    The moment you seek a definition for freedom you have denied it. This is what the mind has been trained to do for some many ages with everything it embraces. It tries to possess. It thinks it can possess by granting title to things. Think of the good book where Adam gives names to all of the animals. It may not be well known phenomenon but when we create names for things or definitions which are really still names we feel like we know the thing and as we create and give it title like we own the thing, like it is thing to be possessed. The fact is that we don’t know it at all. All we know is the name we have given it and all the other names we have included in order to define it, conceptualize it, grasp it, contain it in our minds, possess it. We have been doing this for so long that we no longer even realize we are doing it or why. When is that last time you looked at a beautiful flower or a beautiful woman or child without some descriptions flowing through your mental chatter box ? You don’t experience the thing directly but the chatter and the chatter removes you from the actual experience. The actual experience is no longer whole. You are no longer captivated simply by the natural and pure beauty of the experience but have tainted it with mental reflections. You are actually immersed in this mental hall of mirrors where every reflections is dead definition and yet you have the opportunity to experience this living beauty right here and now but you are not really there. You are lost in your definitions most of which you didn’t even create yourself but where given by others. Freedom cannot be described without banishing it. Freedom is a wordless, timeless experience not a novel. If you have ever experienced it even for a brief fleeting moment you could not describe your experience. Freedom is not a concept. You cannot possess it. The moment you try you have lost it. You become the possessed. The possessed cannot be free.

  • Well Joanna Howell, Shelley has just given it to you in a nutshell; there is no greater freedom ! It is Peace, not an absence of war, but the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord bless the pair of you!

  • Shelley says:

    Freedom mean to me, that I am free from sin that is in the world, when I gave my life to Jesus, as my personal Saviour.

  • joanna howell says:

    can any body tell me what freedom means to themselves?

  • I join you Shelley in prayer for Mila and her concerns for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, in Jesus Name.

  • Shelley says:

    Dear Father God.

    Lord i lift up Mila’s concern for her prayers to You that you will respond to her requests. In Jesus Name Amen

  • Mila Ramirez says:

    thank you for this article. i was watching an interview with ISIS radical Anjeem and middle east Christians that prompted me to look for some explanation on true freedom. Obviously, love (the kind of love that only Jesus can give),the most important of all, is missing from the hearts of ISIS radicals and true freedom are missing because they have not truly known the love of Jesus that forgives, understands, and love our neighbors and our enemies…that we can all agree to disagree and still love and respect each other despite our differences. May God have mercy on us. And,pls make an effort to pray for our Christian and Muslim brothers and sisters in the Middle East especially for the change of minds and hearts of the ISIS radicals. I pray fervently for Mother Agnes. Give her the courage and the strength to be your instrument of reconciliation. Please, Lord, kindly protect her mightily along with our Christian and Muslim brothers and sisters who just want to live in peace, unity, love, joy, and to attain true freedom. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • Chris Landwerlen says:

    jim….you are so right about iraq. how many of us are really suffering with these people at least in prayer and intercession. blessings!

  • Yes Elkay we need to share it ! ! ! At this point in time can we do that in prayer as we think about our fellow human beings in great need,.

    We live in times of remotes and we have great faith in their technology, usefulness and application.
    Not saying they are good for us, probably make us a bit lazy. And then there are these other remotes in the form of drones and rockets that destroy life.
    If the technology turns you on , think about that remote that is probably lying around in our houses gathering dust.
    I suggest we do a refresher course and learn anew how to operate it. The ultimate remote, that has the capacity to draw us closer to each other and our Lord than anything ever invented by man and keep us fit physically, mentally and spiritually.
    Just think about it in the context of Acts 12 : 5 and our responsibility in relation to the persecuted Christians and others in Iraq and the Middle East as a whole.
    God bless you,

  • Elkay says:

    Jim, it seems to me that a reasonable response to Jesus setting us free from sin is to tell others about such a blessing as this. And further, (all this is in chapter 8 of John), Jesus tells us that He is “a Man who has told us the truth which He heard from God” and that if we will obey His truths, “keep His word”, we will never experience (eternal) death. This is even more Good News! Amen . . .

  • Elkay says:

    The article points out that “the human heart is corrupted and enslaved by evil” and this is what Jesus is referring to at John 8:34, how mankind is “enslaved to sin” and this is our extreme loss of freedom. The Good News is that if we trust Christ as Lord and Savior, then “the Son makes you free (from sin’s enslavement), and you are free indeed.” That’s freedom . . . .

  • Minel says:

    very interesting…thank you for the article..

  • Sharon says:

    good article thank you for posting it

  • Claire Colvin Claire Colvin says:

    Hi C Shepherd,

    I’m not sure which version of the Bible you are reading, but nowhere does it say that God will just release people after death into a time without pain or suffering. The Bible is very clear that each person has a choice to follow Christ or not and that that choice has consequences. For those who place their faith in Christ they enter into Heaven where there is no pain, no tears. But for those who choose to stay separate from God, that separation becomes permanent upon death in a place the Bible describes as being a place of great suffering.

    There is more information about this here, here and here.

  • c shepherd says:

    Your view of hell is obnoxious. God will set people free, even a life in Jesus is not totality free, There is always the already and the not yet in Christ. For those who do not accept Jesus they to will be set free its called the second death, no more pain or suffering after the second death, yes no more life. Those in Jesus who enter the new heaven new earth no more pain or suffering but with life.

  • Doris Beck D. Beck says:

    You are so right Janna, that freedom in Jesus doesn’t mean that we live as before he was revealed that is under the law. There is always a balance that needs to be lived out. Very true.

  • Janna says:

    Freedom in Jesus means he does not want you to live as they did before he was revealed. You are Free to have a relationship with him as your guide in this life. We were all created in God’s image, but we were also given a brain, aka free will. We are not to be yoked under bondage. Those who talk freedom often times don’t live it. All we can do our best.

  • Jim van Ommen says:

    Hi Chris, yes very well presented article and hard to dispute even if we wanted to. From a purely rational viewpoint even, it stands for reason that freedom is many things to many people and if we are deprived of that freedom, that is mostly the result of living in an imperfect world. If we are mature enough in our thinking we might even equate that with the possibility that we as part of this imperfect world do inflict restrictions on our fellow beings.
    The danger lies in the notion that freedom is a virtue, an inalienable right to be pursued at all cost as something that is ours no matter what. Almost as it is our right to occupy our side of the road, but there are times when we have to share it in a responsible fashion with those who travel in the opposite direction and that is so often where our problem lies, with “ those that travel in the opposite direction”. We can insist on our rights if we chose to but that could mean we are dead right, we and our fellow travellers.
    Yes, with rights come responsibilities and that very often means we are not at all free to do as we like and because we have so many conflicting thoughts, interpretations and blinding pecuniary interests, governments needed to make laws to keep us on the straight and narrow.
    Freedom is indeed a great concept, but invariably what means greater freedom for one person means greater restrictions for another.
    The greatest area of abuse, I think, lies in the area of freedom of speech. We have all heard the saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”, yes, something we still teach our children to build up their confidence and cope in this rather cruel world. However we also know that bullying is not only a serious offence, but often has serious consequences, not only amongst school kids, but even amongst the bigger ones in Canberra.
    We need to realise that with freedom comes the option to make wrong choices, either genuine mistakes as well as deliberate violation of the freedom given to us. Freedom therefore in my opinion is not a virtue and what’s more it is not for free, it is something we need to work at to enjoy it and share it with others. Yes at times we need the law to sort out our differences of opinion, but there is a better way. Ask Jesus, as Chris has explained in this article, basically, do unto others as you would have them do to you and enjoy perfect freedom.

  • Kate says:

    The revelation of God in the man of Jesus Christ, is that by grace through faith God frees us from sin, and frees us for service of God and our neighbour in love!

  • Charlotte says:

    I believe Jesus died on the cross to save us sinners from all our sins so that we can be freed from the strongholds and bondage that has kept us captive so that we can find freedom. Also,we are saved by Gods grace which is the gift of God. One grandest thing about this God is that He is so merciful to easily forgive us so that we can be set free. There is steps to take in order to find that freedom…….firstly you need to be a Christian!!!

  • Claire Colvin Claire Colvin says:

    Miguel, Where do you see Jesus claiming that his message is that we can perform miracles? How do you explain verses like John 14:6 (Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”) where Jesus clearly DOES say that he is the one and only?

  • Miguel says:

    Religion is the true illusion, its just another trap! The truth is man has invented religion as a means of controlling the narrow minded…the bible is no holy powerful magic book , its simply a guide to life…” we were created in gods image”,”we are the children of god”…hello we are gods!!! And as for jesus his message was never that he was the one and only, his message was that you are capable of miracles if you just believe that god is your father and a god too!

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Inovation, have you ever seen “The Matrix”? How humanity thinks that they are free but in actuality they are being held captive by an enemy that fills their minds with the illusion of freedom. I think that is what the author here is suggesting. Humans may feel like they are free but they actually live in captivity to an illusion. True freedom comes when you see past the illusion to the way things really are.

    This is what Jesus does for us: He helps us see things as they really are. The choices we make are not free because we have a nature that blinds us so we always make the wrong choices. Our nature does not allow us to make the right choices. Even religions mask reality and put us into slavery to thinking we can make things right through our own efforts.

    Jesus doesn’t invite us into a religion but into relationship with Himself. “For God did not send His Son Jesus into the world to condemn humanity, but that every person might be saved [set free] through Him.” (John 3:17) Jesus claimed “He [God] has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released” (Luke 4:18) He also said, “So if the Son [Jesus] sets you free, you will indeed be free.” (John 8:36)

    There are lots of examples in our world of people who are held captive by an illusion of reality. There are those who think pretty highly of themselves yet everyone can see they are incompetent. There are those who are told they are worthless by someone trying to control them. It is only when the illusion is exposed that they suddenly begin to experience freedom. That is what Jesus does for us… what He can do for you. Are you willing to take the challenge and let Him expose the illusion that you are living in. Have a look at http://powertochange.com/mycravingsca/knowing-god-personally/knowing-god-personally and discover for yourself how God can set you free.

  • Inovation says:

    Wow…really? I completely disagree. People have been completely free without any sort of religious interaction.

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  • K-52 says:

    your crazy a change of heart can only be done by the person the heart belongs to not by god or Jesus they are only a guide

  • Rej says:

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    And i giving my effort to share this article…

  • Jonas says:

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