Freedom in Christianity

Christianity (meaning, the way of life in which an individual believes in and acts according to the will of God and life of Jesus as written in The Bible) is mis-perceived as a binding servitude according to the rules, laws, regulations, and commandments as dictated by the writers of the text. Many people believe that Christianity consists of “do this” and “don’t do this.” People seem to believe that once a Christian acts or thinks in opposition to these do’s and dont’s, they’ve somehow lost their standing. In other words, it appears to me that many people (Christian and otherwise) believe that falling in line with the “do this” and “don’t do this” is actually Christianity in and of itself. Of course, they go on to add many things to that, such as “all Christians are hypocrites, liars, fakes, judgmental idiots.” Let’s not forget about “those Christians always talk about love, but I don’t see it!”

Of the latter end of that paragraph I say this: so then, that makes us all Christians, doesn’t it?

Now, for the rest of it. Let me tell you what I’ve experienced since the onset of my Christian life.

I am not enslaved by God. I am not enslaved by His commandents. I am not enslaved by my church. I am not enslaved by my Christian friends. I am not enslaved by The Bible.

I am aware of God. I am aware of His commandments. I am aware of my church. I am aware of my Christian friends. I am aware of the Bible.

Now, that first awareness (the awareness of God) has grown exponentially since my rebirth. I’ve come to know His will better. I’ve come to know His character better. I’ve come to better understand the what’s and why’s of His Word. As I’ve come to understand Him more, I’ve come to desire to spend more time with Him. I’ve come to desire to communicate more with Him. I’ve come to desire to please Him. As a result of this desire, I long to understand Him even more.

Before I began building a relationship with God, I was only aware of what I knew in the natural state of my environment (that is, what I perceived on a daily basis). I am still quite aware of the natural state of my environment. In fact, I now have the ability to perceive the natural state, along with its relation to its supernatural state (that is, its relation to God).

Now, how does this influence my freedom (or lack thereof)? It serves to expand it! My God is not in the business of robotics! If I so choose, I can very well act regardless of God’s will. Does that mean it’s right? Of course not! Just as if I were not a Christian and I murdered someone, that would not be right! Does that mean that I would then be a slave to the religion of “Murdering-is-Wrong-anity?”

Well, that just sounds silly.

It is.

The point is, through the experience of the Christian rebirth, one does not loose freedom. One simply gains the freedom to choose whether or not to obey God’s will. You’ve still got all that freedom you had before.

Again, what is freedom but the ability to choose? Does not freedom then expand as more choices are made known to you?

I say without any reserve or hesitation that I have become and will continue to become exponentially more free as I build my relationship with God.

You literally have nothing to lose by gaining Christ, but that which you choose to abandon in favor of Him. It is entirely up to you.

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  1. Hi, this is absolute truth. I can’t understand why people think to follow Christ means your a slave to the Word or that people just use Christ for a “crutch.” You DO gain so much more freedom with Him in your life and you see just how chained you were to this world and just how much most people are, something I knew as a child but that vision got so clouded from living in Godless environments. As for the crutch, the people who DON’T have Christ use all kinds of crutches to keep away from Him. A person gains so much power over the world and within themselves when they are reborn-for real, and that is such an amazing realization that everything else just melts away leaving nothing but absolute freedom.

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    1. Thank you for bringing up the concept of the “crutch.” People (spiritual and nonspiritual alike) like to believe that “spiritual” people live contrary to the non-spiritual world. That is a dangerous, unhealthy stance to take. Both worlds have very real impact upon each other. To live in one regardless of the other is foolish. I’m not saying to be some strange creature who snorts cocaine in church service. I’m just saying that to be a strong, mature, powerful Christian, one cannot ignore the natural world we live in. There are spiritual forces at work in opposing directions. This battle takes place wherever you go, in body, soul, and spirit. To neglect one is to neglect all.

      It is important to remember that we live IN the world. Even when we’re not OF the world.

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      1. Your right. You have to be consciously aware of everything and have well rounded perception. A narrow mind is the Devils playground as it produces nothing but calamity.

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  2. We do have freedom however we need to balance that with the thought Christ asked for followers not the equivalent of a one-night stand. I am free however I remain in awe and wonder at God. and His infinity

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    1. Yes. People often miss out on the great joy that comes with a continuous, intimate relationship with God. It’s unfortunate that sometimes we don’t realize just how much His presence permeates our lives until we neglect Him. That empty feeling…leaves me reaching out to Him. He’s always right there. His faithfulness is unfailing.

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