We often think that our obedience leads to freedom. We might have had firsthand experience of this, for instance, when we obeyed our parents on what they expected in our behavior when we were still a child, we could have gained the freedom of playing outside or even getting an ice cream as a reward. In the Bible, the life story of Isaac and Abraham gave us a message that “Obedience leads to true freedom. The more we obey revealed truth, the more we become liberated.” Thus, as Christians, we are made to believe that once we obeyed the Lord’s commandments, we are subject to real personal freedom.
On the other hand, have you ever wondered how things would turn out if it is the other way around? Because, yes, it is also possible. Freedom also leads us to obedience. According to Soren Kierkegaard, the fundamental meaning of freedom is the freedom of self-actualization. The freedom of self-actualization allows a person to live an ethical life by asking the question: “Does this action put me in right relation with myself, with others and with God?” Hence, true freedom is a human person’s search for an ethical life.
I agree with Soren Kierkegaard because I believe that freedom is not about having the right to do anything you want especially if it is already of harm to others. True freedom entails responsibility, as stated in the transcendental phrase “I am not just free.” We are not just free because beyond that, we have responsibilities, limitations, and accountabilities. With this, true freedom leads to obedience since the quest for an ethical life revolves around obedience. Obedience to the country’s laws we are bounded in and more importantly, obedience to God’s commandments.
Another example is a commitment to a person you are in a relationship with. In truth, love entails obedience. Love entails humility as you made a vow to your significant other. The freedom that you have may give you the choice to cheat or commit adultery. However, real freedom chooses to obey and submit to your better half since it is the ethical means of being in a relationship. Manifesting true freedom in this context is to be faithful and to love the person unconditionally because in this way, you will not be able to destroy your freedom to love him/her.
“The freedom of anyone ends where the freedom of another one begins.” The existence of natural and man-made laws are critical in exercising one’s freedom even if it seemingly limits our absolute freedom. In simpler words, one can only exercise his freedom when it is not violated by other human beings. Hence, our freedom leads us to obedience to these laws in order to protect the same freedom that we have.
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