Luminary Perspective

March 23, 2006

Give Me Liberty!

Filed under: Spiritual Growth — Luke @ 12:15 pm

Liberty is more than getting to do what you want. It is having a system of rules in which it is safe to do what you want. Plenty of tribal cultures have existed where you could do what you wanted, but it was not very safe to do so. People doing what they wanted, often found themselves at odds with their neighbor who wanted to do the opposite.

Having it safe to do what you want can be very simple. As long as what you want harms nobody else, leaves them free to follow their conscience, and does not permit them to harm themselves or others in a major way, it is fairly safe to do it. Part of the picture is thus to remove the “want” to do something that violates the liberty of others.

That is why Christianity is so good. It gives us rules to keep from hurting others badly, and it also gives us a mechanism to conquor persistent unconscious desires that are contrary to that purpose. That is what the Cross is about, stopping the urges we have to hurt others, and preventing them as much as humanly possible from being acted out.

In the past, many have misunderstood this purpose. They believed that the Cross was merely to remind us of our incurable and wretched state, which only death frees us from. That may be fine for a culture of serfs and slaves to believe, but it is not how a free country operates. It was certainly not the intent of the Gospel writers. The Cross exists to free us of our hurtful instincts and habits, which is what lets us live freely. We do need to face them squarely, but as victorious folk with real power to overcome.

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2 Comments »

  1. These are surprising remarks, considering all the death caused in the name of the Cross over the last 2000 years.

    Comment by defeat — May 19, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

  2. The death of the cross is a spiritual atonement, not bloodshed in war. The catholic church of history was set up as a political tool. True christianity is about self-denial and service to God.

    Comment by Luke — June 7, 2006 @ 8:19 pm


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