Tuesday, June 16, 2015 4:41 AM

Love Requires Freedom

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 4:41 AM
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 4:41 AM

Just as rules define a game, so in large measure do laws define society—but they do so in two different ways. At the superficial level they define what kind of society exists, but at the fundamental level they define the existence of society itself.

Concerning the first, it is obvious that societies differ according to the specific laws that govern them. Societies whose laws discriminate against certain categories—women, or racial or religious minorities, for example—are very different from those where all are equal under the law. Again, societies having laws that suppress dissent differ profoundly from those that encourage free-speech.[1]

God has a set of laws in the Bible that define who He is and who we are. Those set of laws say that God not only makes the laws, but that the laws are His very essence and for us to succeed as humans and as a society, love is the first command.

 Mt 22:37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Mt 22:38 This is the great and first commandment. Mt 22:39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Mt 22:40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

First love God, second love everyone else, and third love yourself; every one of God’s laws is built upon love, but Love requires freedom and freedoms are the first to go in a crumbling society.

The definition of love includes the freedom to choose not to love; the ability to make the choice to love or not to love is defined as “free will”. The foundation of the Gospel is “free will”; God will not force you to love Him…the fundamental principal of all of Heaven is freedom.

Nearly everyone will agree with this principal of love, but what we see in society is the opposite. The rules are rewritten for control in order to oppress and to do so God must first be ignored and then denied. When you see any institution taking freedoms, especially governments, there is first the denial of God. I think I have just described America.

[1] Andrews, E. (2009). Who Made God?: Searching for a Theory of Everything (127). Darlington, England: EP Books.

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