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{October 23, 2012}  

Fellowship of the Minds

“When God, in the beginning, created man, he made him subject to his own free choice . . . .  There are set before you fire and water; to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand.” –Ecclesiasticus 15:14-16

Other than life itself, free will is the most precious gift our Creator gives us. This includes the freedom to believe in Him or not. Imagine that.

But why?

Thomas Aquinas explains in Summa Theologia: “Man has free will: otherwise counsels, exhortations, commands, prohibitions, rewards and punishments would be in vain.” Only by our free choice to do this or that, only by our freely choosing to believe in, obey, honor, and love God do the preceding acts have authenticity and meaning. For what good is a love that is coerced?

Free will being this supreme precious gift, the most evil thing is to take that away from us. That is…

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