Controversial idea alert! Set down your preconceived notions, because I was once stunned by this life-changing truth too... (I've been mulling over when to do a post like this, letting it ruminate in my mind. Enough stewing in the mind's crockpot, time to post. (Because of the topic, I'll have to revisit this again.) (Wall-of-text length post, my longest so far.) I'd like to add to the reMinded post the following: Scripture is clear (by use of the Greek word δούλος, "doulos," and the Hebrew word עבד, "ebed,") that there is no-one that is totally free to live life their way... we are All slaves of something (or someone). Shocked yet? Buckle-up. There Must be some standard/value that, when challenged, we aren't willing to abandon. If we don't have that foundation, we will implode when something we eventually do shatters our conscience's ability to justify the failure. Whatever that deepest, most inner-core belief/worldview is, that you're not willing to let go of, is what your "master" is. If you have Any belief/value that you won't disobey, you could be considered a slave to that fundamental core belief. "Do you not know that the one to whom you present yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of that same one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?" Romans 6:16. Being totally free to oneself is moral relativism, which is an evil that our own conscience will self-destruct over when challenged by God ...or even society if that relativism results in harm to others like murder (Charles Manson), theft (Bernie Madoff, Enron, the US Debt / Unfunded Liabilities), cheating, adultery, bearing false witness (against Justice Brett Kavanaugh), etc. You will eventually find yourself as a convict if you are "totally" free to yourself. Even if society doesn't convict you, you still might be found convicted by your own conscience. "Forgetting God" mandates some other idea/group becoming our highest pursuit, our "master." Something must be our highest value. If it's not God, we'll be undone when that "treasure" is considered like the garbage in the sewer in comparison to Him. We might eventually even find ourselves undone when that idea/group fails us and leaves us unsatisfied, in search of a new "highest value," which also leaves us empty, rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat, until we exhaust ourselves to fruitless and vain pursuits. What scripture proves over and over, is that no idea/value, organization, or group is worthy of being the master of our lives (either due to their garbage nature, or our inability to measure-up to them)... none except God himself, that is. Even though we can't measure up to God either, His will/plan is the only bridge between our sinful failure and His perfection. His perfect will can be our highest value, yet the Cross bridges the gap to our imperfection in a way that can leave us satisfied. His will, that brings the imperfect to perfection, is the only will/value that is worthy of being our "master." I read a book by John MacArthur called "Slave: the hidden truth about your identity in Christ." If you're willing to "stop," remember the childhood saying "don't judge a book by its cover," and give this book and any other book on the "δούλος" (doulos) and "עבד" (ebed) topic a fair read, then this paradoxical and shocking topic should be an eye-opening and enlightening read. In the book (which frequently references scripture and great theologians), it highlights sin (which encompasses "Everything" against God's will) as "the cruelest and most unjust of all masters;" "[its] burden is heavy and loathsome;" "[it] traps its slaves in darkness and death;" "[it] diverts, deceives, and destroys;" and "slavery to sin consists of everything hateful, harmful, dreadful, and despicable" (p.141). Those descriptions still do not do justice to how bad sin is. Sin can even drive a wedge into your mind, cleaving yourself in two, then leave you enslaved to your own vices in a cage in your own mind, watching as your sinful-self falls for things you absolutely despise (yet wholly unable to affect any change to your clearly hellbound trajectory, even while engaging in an implosive civil-war of will-breaking attrition). Even that description is too nice about sin. Sin is so enslaving, that you can know something is wrong, and still be bound to fall for it... and sin encompasses "everything" apart from God. Sin is a "super-massive black hole" with an unquenchable appetite, that won't stop until your entire being is enveloped by death and death-bound behaviors. It can get to a point where your only option is to activate the emergency distress beacon, fire the flares, and pray that rescue arrives before you are consumed. If you're truthful and repentant, God will show up. It also says, "unlike sin, Christ is the perfect Master;" "Christ is the most loving and merciful;" "Christ's 'yoke is easy' and His 'burden is light';" "Christ brings light and life to all those who have been 'made... alive together with Him';" "Christ is 'the way, and the truth, and the life';" and "slavery to Christ entails everything good, glorious, joyous, and right" (p. 141). I hear you, appalled modern internet-browser... "Slavery is evil! How can anything good come from forced obedience to another being? What a 'skydaddy'-worshipping sheep!" 1st) Sin is everything short of perfection, and God's will is to destroy All imperfect things. Are you so "enslaved" yourself to sin, that you are unwilling to become a slave to perfection? Do you want imperfection (hell) so much that you can't let go? If we think of things in computer terms (as in binary 1s and 0s), Everything in existence boils-down to either a "1" or a "0." Even if I couldn't convince you that God is real, which one would you "want" to be? A 1, or a 0? You're on one side, and one side only, choose wisely. When the door shuts and every "0" is erased, only the "1"s will be left. Since there can be no "0," then, by default, everything else is a slave to being a 1, to perfection. 2nd) One thing about God everyone needs to know is that He never demands anything from us that He hasn't already done Himself. Yes, scripture says it clear as day... when God made the covenant with Abraham, He had Abraham split some carcasses to signify that the one passing between them would be torn in two for breaking the covenant. Then God went between them! Not Abraham! This foreshadowed Christ's death on the cross, a death for Our breaking of the covenant! Also, the cross was a Slave's death! Christ died a slave's death on our behalf! The shocking power of the sacrifice God made for You and me cannot be overstated! In Philippians 2:5-11, "Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant {δούλου, doulou=slave} and being born in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross. For this reason also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." https://bible.com/bible/2692/php.2.5-11.NASB2020 3rd) There's no force being applied by God to enslave anyone to Himself. If you willfully refuse Him (as Billions have, and will), He will let you be deleted when the rest of the "0s" are. It's not a good choice, but He'll let you make it. God does Not seek begrudging, forced, resisting people to be His people. If you "Let" Him, He'll shower you, and enrobe you, with His love until you learn about Him enough to be unable to comprehend a reason to "want" to say anything other than "yes." A definition of "endearment" is "to bind with ties of affection." If you open yourself up to God, He'll show you His preemting sacrifices for you, and how He already gave Himself for you, to the point where you "respond" "I'm yours, Lord." 4th) Slavery, as we have seen it, is only between human beings... foul, sinful human beings. In that sense, YES, ALL "human" slavery is evil. Scripture says so itself. 1 Corinthians 7:23, "You were bought for a price; do not become slaves of people." (Read verse 22 also.) The more we make ourselves "others focused," especially as a result of being "God focused," the better. Matthew 20:25-28, https://biblehub.com/nasb/matthew/20.htm Matthew 10:24-25, https://biblehub.com/nasb/matthew/10.htm Among many others. It's interesting that the quote from @carrythelight below is from Patrick Henry. It not only just so happens to be my name too (Patrick Henry); but I looked up my name, and "Patrick" in Latin is "Patricius," meaning "nobleman." Not only is the name coincidence interesting, so is the meaning. The meaning also has a good comparison to this topic. How is "nobleman" comparable to "slave" you ask? Aren't they polar opposites? (Reclick on the Matthew 20:25-28 link again.) "...whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave" (26-27). By this "ranking" or "scale," the one who wants to be a "nobleman" must be willing to serve others. In MacArthur's book, there's a segment from Alexander Maclaren (from the 1800s) where he states, "Such slavery {to Christ the Lord} is the only nobility." He continues, "They who make themselves God's slaves are by Him made kings and priests, and shall reign with Him on Earth {the New Earth}. If we are slaves, then are we sons and heirs of God through Jesus Christ." The paradoxical truth is: the more like a slave you're willing to live as, the more honored, treasured, noble {patricius-like}, kingly (or queenly), heroic, and respected you are. Why? Because heroes Always put others first when they're called on. That's why heroism is so rare, surprising, and exalted as "unusual" today... because the general public is far to focused on self-anything to be bothered with heroism. In a sense, voluntary slave-like behavior is what best fosters heroism. I cannot rewrite books here, but I can hit the high points and point to other sources to further "deep-dive" into (Please do, even if you aren't a believer. Search for any criticisms you have to this and see if those are actually valid by finding what scripture says, not just from some ranting-rando critic-blogger). Here's a few sources: The Bible (obviously). I recommend the NASB or HCSB for "doulos"-accurate reading; the NIV, and maybe NKJV are "ok;" but the original King James version is stunningly garbage on the "doulos" topic. I read that it's because the English words changed meaning since then, but even so, even the theologians still wrote about it as: the "Authorized Version" says servant (for most uses of "doulos"), but the real meaning is "slave." Biblehub.com is great: it has the Lexicons and Concordances for both Greek and Hebrew, plus comparisons with basically all prominent English versions, including intralinear Greek/Hebrew to English. Greek δούλος "doulos": https://biblehub.com/greek/1401.htm 1396-1402: https://biblehub.com/strongs/k.htm Hebrew עבד, "ebed": https://biblehub.com/hebrew/5650.htm https://biblehub.com/hebrew/5649.htm John MacArthur's: "Slaves: The hidden truth about your identity in Christ" duckduckgo: anything you want to look for!
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