Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Truly Free

The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.--Abraham Lincoln

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.--Winston Churchill

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.--Ronald Reagan

The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.--John F. Kennedy

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.--Eleanor Roosevelt

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.—St. Paul

“Figures—The letter kills—Everything happened figuratively—Christ had to suffer—A humiliated God—This is the cipher St Paul gives us. [2Cor 3.6] Circumcision of the heart, true fasting, true sacrifice, true temple;[Rom 2.29] the prophets showed that all this must be spiritual. Not the flesh that perishes, but that which does not perish.[John 6.53-7] ‘Ye shall be free indeed.’[John 8.36] So the other freedom is just a figurative freedom.
‘I am the true bread from heaven.’[John 6.51]”—Blaise Pascal

If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. I assure you: Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. A slave does not remain in the household forever, but a son does remain forever. Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.—The Lord of all, Jesus of Nazareth