by Celes A. Gianan, DD, PhD
TRUE FREEDOM is not a FACULTY given to MAN to make a CHOICE as in “I can do because I am free” nor an OCCASION given to MAN to enjoy a CHOICE as in “I am free to choose”.
What, then, is TRUE FREEDOM?
TRUE FREEDOM is a PRODUCT of the proper exercise of God-given FREEWILL, that is, the WILL or the DRIVE TO BE FREE, not to choose to be free.
TRUE FREEDOM is a PRODUCT of ALWAYS THINKING of what is RIGHT, not choosing to think what is right; PRODUCT of TREASURING that which is RIGHT, not choosing to treasure that which is right; PRODUCT of DOING THINGS RIGHT, not choosing to do THINGS RIGHT.
This paradigm is taken in the light of our belief that, indeed, the CHOICE belongs to God made known in what the Lord says “You have not chosen Me, I have chosen you”, “I am your God, you are My people”. The RESPONSE to the CHOICE of God belongs to MAN.
Mind us, God, in the beginning and from the beginning of creation as scripted in the Book of Genesis 2: 16-17, INSTRUCTED man, saying, “You may eat of every tree in the garden, but of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, you will not eat, for on the day you eat of it, you will die”. From the very beginning, God has prohibited MAN being faced with what is GOOD and EVIL, meaning, GOD prohibited MAN from having a KNOWLEDGE of and from making a CHOICE between what is good and evil. God prohibited MAN from having a sight and a knowledge of what is GOOD and what is EVIL from the beginning of creation.
Sad to say, we, people, have lost sight of this and have ignored THIS PROHIBITION scripted as a SACRED TEXT in the Book of Genesis.
We have been used to MAKING CHOICES claiming that we are in possession of freedom in life which, in effect, weakens our SENSE OF CONVICTION and DETERMINATION in life and, much worst, weakens our FAITH in God and drives us apart from Him. It weakens our sense of CARE for His creation. It weakens our sense of POWER in a world beset by various forms of graft and corruption. It weakens our sense of RESPONSIBILITY, ACCOUNTABILITY, and TRANSPARENCY in the work-place and work-force.
MAKING CHOICES weakens our PERCEPTION “of ALL”, “over ALL”, “through ALL” and “in ALL”. The PROPER exercise of FREEWILL strenghtens our PERCEPTION and ENJOYMENT of FREEDOM. St. Paul the Apostle exhorts us in Galatians 5: 1, saying, “Christ freed us to make us really free. So, remain firm and do not subject again to the yoke of slavery”. What this exhortation is exhorting us to is that the TRUE MARK OF FREEDOM is PURE CONVICTION and FIRM DETERMINATION which keep us REALLY FREE.
Let us, then, bring ourselves BACK to the ORIGINAL INSTRUCTION God has in store for us all if only to make us see the “Fusion of Horizons” that connects FREEDOM and FREEWILL that one without the other has no meaning at all. God loves us all. – bpceles

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