Thursday, November 13, 2014

Christian Freedom

The term freedom has altered over the centuries. It also receives a different meaning according to the different cultures, religions, philosophical beliefs etc. Does freedom truly exist in our world today? What do we mean by Christian Freedom?

‘Christian freedom is not merely a “freedom from” the world; it is also a positive experience and a positive dignity. It is not only a power to choose, but also the very likeness of God in man, unattainable except by communion with God. Once this communion is given, the world cannot take it back. In this sense Christian freedom is the joy and the dignity of the slaves, of the persecuted, of the deprived, and of the humiliated, in other words of all those who are the victims of this world, of its power, and of the determinism from which Christ freed man when He died on the Cross, and its meaning is best understood by those who are themselves suffering from the powerful.’[1] 

[1] Meyendorff, John, Living Tradition, (Crestwood, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1978), p. 140. 

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