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From slavery to freedom

EVERY HUMAN BEING IS BORN UNDER SLAVERY. This has not always been the case, but after sin made its entry into the world, every human being is born a slave spiritually speaking. In the beginning man enjoyed full freedom, but sin ruined him completely and humankind would have forever remained under condemnation and subjugation to the devil who is the author of sin, if Christ had not come to the earth. Thanks to the work of Christ this situation of slavery is not definitive; but on the contrary, man, thanks to the love of God manifested in Christ Jesus, has the recovery of his freedom at his reach.
A brief historical sketch: Originally, man was created in a state of grace, because God created him at His image and likeness, and in God sin has no place. Revelation teaches us that man succumbed before the temptation of the devil and thus all evils begun: “By one man’s disobedience many were made sinners” (Rom 5:19).
Genesis chapter 3 offers us a colorful description of the test of freedom undergone by man and the deadly consequences that resulted from our first ancestors failing before such test. The least important in these acts is how they took place; what should matter the most is the deep reading of the happenings as interpreted by the teaching of the Church. This is to be emphasized:
·        That there was a test to their freedom to see whether they would decide to obey, love and serve God or to reject Him.
·        That Satan, the fallen angel, had an important role in that test, as the tempter.
·        That Adam and Eve did not pass the test.
·        That the natural consequences of their rupture took place, among them the new situation of spiritual slavery of man.
·        And that God did not abandon man to his fate.
Angels and men experienced the test of freedom. God created man to be happy and gave him the gift of free will to willingly serve Him or not, to love Him or not, to submit himself to Him or not, to adore Him or not. And since free will needs by its own nature to be tested, God submitted both angels and men to the test.
The Vatican II Council teaches us that: “Although he was made by God in a state of holiness, from the onset of his history man abused his liberty, at the urging of the Evil One. Man set himself against God and sought to attain his goal apart from God. Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, but their senseless minds were darkened and they served the creature rather than the Creator” (Gaudium et Spes, 13).
So, for abusing of his liberty, man lost his prime and certainly privileged condition and began to fall under the area of influence of the devil.
Because he did not want to depend on Him and to submit himself to his Creator and Lord, for choosing to turn his back to Him and live on his own without God’s help, man lost his true liberty, a precious gift that God had given him, and fell under the slavery to sin and to its author.
In the forthcoming themes we shall see what the word of God says regarding the man that has come to the world and how to recover the freedom in Jesus Christ, because if before sinning man was free, and after sinning he remained submitted to the law of sin, with the work of Jesus Christ, man finds himself in relation to freedom, in a state of recoverable freedom.
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