Journey in the Word: True Freedom

Week Two

Read:  Genesis 2:16-17

We are moving through significant territory.  We are moving through the story of how we took the glory of our creation and turned it into a curse.  And as Stott points out, it has largely to do with a misunderstanding of freedom.

Unbounded freedom is an illusion.  This is the deep symbolism contained in this part of the Bible.  There must be some “boundary” if true freedom is to occur.  Life with no limits is not wonderful, it is tragic.  The fundamental limit is the preservation of the distinction between the Creator and the created.

Genesis has it right—we “die” when we do not recognize that freedom can only exist within some kind of limitation.

This is one of the most difficult lessons we learn as we move from childhood, through adolescence, into adulthood.  If we do not grow beyond the notion that “no one has the right to tell me what to do,” we will become self-absorbed and self-consumed egotists, not human beings made in the image of God.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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