Freedom is an interesting word. E. Michael Jones writes in his book Dionysos Rising,

Just as Wagner’s music was liberated from the domination of melody, so his emotion was liberated from the “domination” of reason, which liberation, interestingly enough, has always been the classic definition of sin.

I gave this statement a bit of thought and a number of things occured to me. America likes using freedom as a catch all word for good things. We consider it good to live in a ‘free’ country for example and we are told we have ‘freedom’ of speech. One thing however that is often overlooked is the flip side of the freedom coin. The serpent in the Garden talked about having ‘freedom’ from the restrictions of God. He used good words and twisted and perverted their meaning to result in something that isn’t freedom at all, but slavery. In many senses, this is how the use of the words freedom and liberty have come to be used today. They have lost their healthy and good meanings and are used as rhetoric for freedom and liberty to sin. Consider numerous homosexual lobbyists. It is always spoken of as ‘freedom of an alternative lifestyle’ or something similar. The rhetoric of freedom It will definitely make me think twice when I hear any phrases praising freedom or liberty…or hear people discussing what they think is “free” will.

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