Freedom requires sacrifice

One of the reasons people do not find the freedom they are looking for is because they never make the sacrifice required to have it.


The American freedoms of "life, liberty and the pursuit if happiness" required many to rebel against the tyranny of England.


"Financial freedom" - the ideal of living without debt and perhaps content with your income requires diligent planning, financial sacrifice, emotional resolve and many other things.


Spiritual freedom, requires a journey of the greatest importance. Only you can answer the most important questions in life. Why are you here? From where or whom did we come? Is there life after death? Is there a God or gods? What or whom is the highest authority? Collective consciousness, each individuals sincere opinion, the scientific community, the Bible? Many more could be added. Many more should be answered by each person before they graduate elementary school. But the American culture worships stuff and feelings, so ultimate realities beyond self and food get taught anymore. This degradation of values, learning and truth has had a profound impact on our world.


Perhaps the degradation of your morals, choices, beliefs have had a profound impact on your freedom as well.


If you want freedom according to the authorities of today, the pop culture or the humanism then you need only to look within yourself and to the latest, but ever changing political and scientific understandings. Just turn on the radio, tv or watch any movie. Freedom from all of these sources is defined as more money, more fun, more stuff, more people praising you, more more more of man's way of thinking. Science is not a lie, but to hold science as the ultimate truth is most definitely a lie. Science is man's reasoning about what is. But what is was not created by man.


This is the first perspective that may help set you free. You must know what or who is your highest authority. Is it mankind or a being outside of mankind? Man or God?


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Definitions from:

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/


humanism

[ hyoo-muh-niz-uhm or, often, yoo- ]SHOW IPA

SEE SYNONYMS FOR humanism ON THESAURUS.COM

noun

any system or mode of thought or action in which human interests, values, and dignity predominate. devotion to or study of the humanities. (sometimes initial capital letter) the studies, principles, or culture of the humanists. Philosophy. a variety of ethical theory and practice that emphasizes reason, scientific inquiry, and human fulfillment in the natural world and often rejects the importance of belief in God.

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cos·mol·o·gy. /käzˈmäləjē/

noun

  1. the science of the origin and development of the universe. Modern astronomy is dominated by the Big Bang theory, which brings together observational astronomy and particle physics.

  • an account or theory of the origin of the universe. plural noun: cosmologies


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The Apostle Paul's sermon on Mars Hill

Acts 17:22-31

Sermon on Mars Hill 22 So Paul stood in the midst of the [a]Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and [b]exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ 29 Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. 30 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge [c]the world in righteousness [d]through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men [e]by raising Him from the dead.”


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