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'''Freedom''' is the lack of restraint. More specifically, it can mean:
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[[image:USflag.jpg|thumb|right|350px|The flag of the [[United States]], a nation founded upon principles of personal freedom, has become a symbol of freedom and [[liberty]] in a wider sense, despite efforts with mixed results from both [[conservatives]] and [[liberals]] to hinder the freedom of American [[citizen]]s.]]
  
*Ability to act freely: a state in which somebody is able to act and live as he or she chooses, without being subject to any undue restraints or restrictions.
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'''Freedom''' is the state of being free or at [[liberty]] rather than in confinement or [[slavery]] or under physical, mental or spiritual restraint.  More specifically, it can mean:
*Release from captivity or slavery: release or rescue from being physically bound, or from being confined, enslaved, captured, or imprisoned.
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*The condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints.
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*Exemption: immunity from an obligation or duty.
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* Ability to act freely: a state in which somebody is able to act and live as he or she chooses, without being subject to any undue restraints or restrictions.
  
== Freedom & the Book of Galatians ==
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* The right to practice [[self-governance]] and to live under a [[limited government]], rather than being bound by unaccountable bureaucracies, [[Progressivism]], the [[nanny state]], and ultimately despotism.
  
John Hanneman wrote, "Inner freedom has to do with the very essence of our being. This "inner freedom" is the theme of the book of [[Galatians]].
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* Release from captivity or [[slavery]]: release or rescue from being physically bound, or from being confined, enslaved, captured, or [[prison|imprisoned]].
  
The [[Greek]] words for freedom appear 36 times in the New Testament. Paul uses them 28 times in his letters, 10 times alone in Galatians. The purpose of this book is clear: to get Christians out from under the law and into freedom in Christ, to have Spirit replace Torah in our lives.
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* The condition of being free; the power to act or [[freedom of speech|speak]] or think without externally imposed restraints.  
  
Galatians reveals why we struggle so much with law. It identifies the key ingredient to becoming free, and how people can enjoy freedom in Christ day in and day out.  The theme of the book is freedom.
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* Exemption: [[immunity]] from an obligation or [[duty]].
  
Paul writes, {{Bible quote|It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.|book=Galatians|chap=5|verses=1|version=NIV}}
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* [[Civil liberties|Civil liberty]], as opposed to subjection to an arbitrary or [[tyranny|despotic]] [[Police state|government]].
In his word of greeting in the introduction, {{Bible quote|Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of God the Father.|book=Galatians|chap=1|verses=3-4|version=NASB}} the apostle defines what he means by freedom. Following his wish for "grace and peace," he uses two phrases that capture for Christians the two ways they are free as a result of their relationship with God.
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The first phrase is that the Lord Jesus Christ "gave Himself for our sins." Here the apostle is describing our freedom from slavery to, and from the power of sin. This is the great doctrine of justification. We are born into sin, separated from God, but God sent his Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. In the atonement, all of our sins, past, present, and future, have been paid for." John Stott comments: "The death of Jesus Christ was primarily neither a display of love, nor an example of heroism, but a sacrifice for sin."[http://www.speraindeo.org/julread.html][http://www.pbcc.org/sermons/hanneman/968.html]
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* The [[rights|right]] to enjoy all the [[privilege]]s or special rights of [[citizenship]], membership, etc., in a community or the like.
  
[[Category:Bible study]]
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The desire for freedom was one of the founding principles of the [[United States of America]] thanks to the [[American values|values]] of the [[Founding Fathers]]. Today, freedom still stands proudly at the top of a list of aspirations for Americans. All Americans, no matter their creed or the color of their skin agrees that: "we shall have an association in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all".
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<center>{{cquote|'''<big>Freedom incurs responsibility. That is why many men fear it.</big> <small>-- [[George Bernard Shaw]]</small>'''}}</center>
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<center>{{cquote|'''<big>Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.</big><small>-- [[Ronald Reagan]]</small>'''}}</center> <!-- Inaugural of January 21, 1985 -->
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==Freedom and equality==
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[[Milton Friedman]] said, "The society that puts [[equality]] before freedom will end up with neither; the society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both." [http://freetochoose.net/broadcasts/ideas_for_all_time/index.php]
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== Freedom & St Paul's Letter to the Galatians ==
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John Hanneman wrote, "Inner freedom has to do with the very essence of our being." This "inner freedom" is the theme of [[St Paul]]'s letter to the [[Galatians]].
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The [[Greek]] words for freedom appear 36 times in the [[New Testament]]. Paul uses them 28 times in his letters, and 10 times in Galatians alone. The purpose of this letter is clear: to explain how [[Christians]] have been released from the law and been given freedom in [[Christ]], how the [[Holy Spirit|Spirit]] has replaced the [[Torah]] in our lives.
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Galatians reveals why people struggle so much with law. It identifies the key ingredient to becoming free, and how people can enjoy freedom in Christ. Paul writes: {{Bible quote|It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.|book=Galatians|chap=5|verses=1|version=NIV}}
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In his word of greeting in the introduction, he says: {{Bible quote|Grace to you and peace from [[Father God|God our Father]], and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of God the Father.|book=Galatians|chap=1|verses=3-4|version=NASB}} Here the [[apostle]] defines what he means by freedom. Following his wish for "grace and peace," he uses two phrases that capture for Christians the two ways they are free as a result of their relationship with God.
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The first phrase is that the Lord Jesus Christ "gave Himself for our sins." Here the Apostle is describing our freedom from slavery to the power of [[sin]]. This is the great doctrine of [[Justification]]. We are born into sin, separated from God, but this separation can be overcome because God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. Through this [[atonement]], all of our sins, past, present, and future, have been paid for - all we need do is put our [[faith]] in Christ. John Stott comments: "The death of Jesus Christ was primarily neither a display of [[love]], nor an example of heroism, but a sacrifice for sin."<ref>http://www.speraindeo.org/julread.html</ref><ref>http://www.pbcc.org/sermons/hanneman/968.html</ref>
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==See also==
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* [[American values]]
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* [[Conservative values]]
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* [[Liberty]]
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* [[Bill of Rights]]
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==References==
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{{reflist}}
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==External links==
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*[http://www.aim.org/wls/category/freedom/ What Liberals Say - Category: Freedom], [[Accuracy In Media]]
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*[http://oathkeepers.org Oath Keepers]
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[[Category:Virtues]]
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Revision as of 10:37, 9 December 2017

The flag of the United States, a nation founded upon principles of personal freedom, has become a symbol of freedom and liberty in a wider sense, despite efforts with mixed results from both conservatives and liberals to hinder the freedom of American citizens.

Freedom is the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or slavery or under physical, mental or spiritual restraint. More specifically, it can mean:

  • Ability to act freely: a state in which somebody is able to act and live as he or she chooses, without being subject to any undue restraints or restrictions.
  • Release from captivity or slavery: release or rescue from being physically bound, or from being confined, enslaved, captured, or imprisoned.
  • The condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints.

The desire for freedom was one of the founding principles of the United States of America thanks to the values of the Founding Fathers. Today, freedom still stands proudly at the top of a list of aspirations for Americans. All Americans, no matter their creed or the color of their skin agrees that: "we shall have an association in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all".

Freedom incurs responsibility. That is why many men fear it. -- George Bernard Shaw
Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.-- Ronald Reagan

Freedom and equality

Milton Friedman said, "The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither; the society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both." [1]

Freedom & St Paul's Letter to the Galatians

John Hanneman wrote, "Inner freedom has to do with the very essence of our being." This "inner freedom" is the theme of St Paul's letter to the Galatians.

The Greek words for freedom appear 36 times in the New Testament. Paul uses them 28 times in his letters, and 10 times in Galatians alone. The purpose of this letter is clear: to explain how Christians have been released from the law and been given freedom in Christ, how the Spirit has replaced the Torah in our lives.

Galatians reveals why people struggle so much with law. It identifies the key ingredient to becoming free, and how people can enjoy freedom in Christ. Paul writes:

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

In his word of greeting in the introduction, he says:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of God the Father. Galatians 1:3-4 (NASB)

Here the apostle defines what he means by freedom. Following his wish for "grace and peace," he uses two phrases that capture for Christians the two ways they are free as a result of their relationship with God.

The first phrase is that the Lord Jesus Christ "gave Himself for our sins." Here the Apostle is describing our freedom from slavery to the power of sin. This is the great doctrine of Justification. We are born into sin, separated from God, but this separation can be overcome because God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. Through this atonement, all of our sins, past, present, and future, have been paid for - all we need do is put our faith in Christ. John Stott comments: "The death of Jesus Christ was primarily neither a display of love, nor an example of heroism, but a sacrifice for sin."[1][2]

See also

References

External links