Daily Archives: February 7, 2011

Freedom

Freedom is an illusion. At least – physical freedom is an illusion. We’ll talk about spiritual freedom later.

Physically, we are all slaves. Slaves to the consequences of our (and other people’s) actions. For example, I am ‘free’ to eat what I want, when I want to. And believe me, if I did (be quiet over there…) exactly that, I would get fatter and fatter until I could no longer waddle over to the fridge. Then where has my freedom gone?

Another more serious example is freedom of speech. Yes, we indeed should be able to say what we want, how we want, when we want. And people exercise that freedom all the time. Until they say something to someone bigger than them who gets angry and beats the cheese out of them.

Life itself places limits on our physical freedoms. That is a lesson everyone has to learn, and if they don’t – they will probably die young or end up in jail.

We cannot escape the consequences of our actions. We are NOT free, at least not in the ultimate sense.

So what has this got to do with my previous post that posed the question “How can there be a loving, perfect God when the world is full of pain and suffering?”

Simple. God created us with the freedom to choose, but He made it perfectly clear that poor choices would have poor consequences. God is not a supernatural Puppet Master, tugging on our strings and making us dance to His tune. I would not want to have anything to do with such a god.

So God gave us free will (yes, my reformed, Calvinistic friends – we DO have free will) but He also allows us (and everyone else) to suffer the consequences when we use our free will to make stupid, hateful, dangerous, murderous choices. Again – God HAS to allow that, otherwise He could rightly be accused of playing galactic toy soldiers with us.

Now we are approaching the realm of spiritual freedom. Let’s have a look what God tells us about this gift of free will:

The Lord God put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work it. The Lord God commanded him, “You may eat the fruit from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat the fruit from the tree which gives the knowledge of good and evil. If you ever eat fruit from that tree, you will die!”

(Genesis 2:15-17)

(Note: So you don’t believe that the Bible is the literal Word of God? Leave a comment and tell me why not! The Bible is a miraculous book that contains prophecy after prophecy that have been perfectly fulfilled. But don’t take my word for it. Read, study, search…. Truth hurts, but it will set you free!)

Here we have the (in)famous Garden Of Eden scene where God tells Adam that he will die if he eats the fruit of a specific tree.  What DOES this all mean? Why would God do something so apparently trite and meaningless? After all, fruit is good for us – full of natural chemicals, rather than the synthetic stuff that tastes good! In the next post, we will answer this question, and then conclude this initial study of freedom and consequences.

Bad stuff happens because humans do bad things.

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What Next?

Some might say that my opening post to this blog is a little cryptic. Just One Word….

God.

Well, the purpose of blossomsred is quite simple. God is the only truly important Word in my life, and I would very much like to share with you all the reasons for that. And of course, I would very, VERY much like you all to come to that same conclusion, because God is the only truly important Word in YOUR life as well.

Whether you want it to or not, your life (and death) revolves around your personal relationship with that Word and what it represents. You may very well have a strong distaste for religion of any sort, and perhaps you have automatically taken that distaste for a HUMAN institution and transposed it onto the One whom religion is supposed to represent. Understandable, but misguided. All religious systems are imperfect, because they are created and organized by imperfect humans. Understand that! Although I call myself Christian, I am not here to tell you that Christianity is the only perfect religion. There is no such thing.

What I AM here to tell you is that there IS ONLY ONE PERFECT GOD. And God wants an individual, personal relationship with EVERYONE. True Christianity has nothing to do with religion at all. It is a relationship.

As this blog progresses many different things will be discussed. I believe in a God who created the universe and everything in it – including time. I believe in a God who sees everything, knows everything, and is ultimately in control of everything.

So, there are many questions that have to be answered. If you read this and have something you’d like to ask, please leave a comment and I will try and answer. For most people, one of the biggest questions that springs to mind when the concept of an all powerful, all knowing God comes up is:

Why is life so painful?

Murder…
Disease…
Rape…
War…
Greed…
etc, etc, etc…

Surely there cannot be a loving, caring, perfect God?

WHY?

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In the Beginning…

God.

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