All Things Are Lawful For Me
Copyright 2020 by Schadrac
Junior Ondongo Bongo
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable.
history, man, being a subject (A subject is a thinking, conscious
being, basis of his perceptions, representations and origin of his
actions.) cum-scientia: accompanied by knowledge, has always had a
spirit of research, of discovery (of finding what's hidden) of
curiosity, of questioning, of always going beyond what he sees,
hears, smells, tastes, touches (other senses: proprioception, which
is the perception of place where the different parts of the body are,
at all times.
“the sense of balance”, which is mainly related to the
which is the sense of perception of heat and cold by the skin, thanks
to skin thermoreceptors.
which is the perception of pain through receptors in the skin,
joints, bones and visceral organs) using his super sense (faith).
man has always wanted more freedom than the limits allowed. Because
where our freedom ends, it's where that of others begins.
to Judeo-Christian belief, YAHWEH ELOHIM “Creator God” or
“Lord God” created us in his image and according to his
likeness. He formed us from the dust of the earth, and He breathed
into His nostrils a breath of life. This is how we became a living
being. Read Genesis 1:26; 2:7.
according to the same belief, God placed us in a garden called Eden.
And He gave this order to man: You are free to eat from any tree in
the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.
Man, being a subject, with his spirit of curiosity, his thirst of
wanting to explore new spaces and unexplored places, was seduced by
the snake. Read Genesis 3.
question we could ask ourselves, was it useful for Man to explore
this new ground while defying the restriction God had set in place?
we must know that, each person is tempted when they are dragged away
by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has
conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown,
gives birth to death. (James 1:14-15).
it's because there were a certain depth, a certain envy, a certain
curiosity in Man about the forbidden fruit, which called the serpent
to him or which made the serpent come and seduce him. It was
permissible for Man to wish to know the forbidden, but in fact it was
not useful since Man was fallen and cast out of the Garden of Eden.
same curiosity, this same desire, that first men (Adam and Eve) had
to want to explore or know the forbidden, made it that men by mutual
agreement decided to build a tower and a city whose top would touch
the sky so that they would not be scattered over the face of all the
earth (Read Genesis 11: 1-9).
was their right to do that since they were free. But was it useful to
them? The answer is no. Because it is because of this that there was
a multiplicity of languages (according to
Judeo-Christian belief). [Actually, they were acting contrary to
God’s command to be fruitful and multiply and increase in the
earth, that is to spread out: Gen. 9:7]
through the freedom that we benefit from, we have the right to do
everything since everything is allowed to us. But the problem is, not
everything is useful to us. Because if we go beyond our rights to
infringe on the rights of others, we will be subject to the rigor of
the law. Because where our freedom and our rights end, it's where
those of others begin.
were made to be obeyed. Stealing from the rule and established laws
will push us to commit a crime and to be an outlaw. Hence, the
competent law enforcement agency will get hold of us.
aspect of authority has a border, an established limit that man
cannot exceed. For example, a president of the republic can't in any
case exceed the power or the prerogatives attributed to him by the
law (the constitution of the country). Otherwise, he'll be an
anarchist or a dictator and be accused of violating the constitution,
which will lead to his dismissal. Everything is permitted, but not
everything is useful to us.
society today, we find everything like food. It's necessary and true
that we must feed ourselves to be in good shape. But is it necessary
to eat everything that slowly destroys us? Everything is permitted,
but not everything is useful to us.
body needs to be taken care of by our eating healthy foods where
possible; exercising to keep it in good shape. It's then that we'll
have very good health: a healthy body in a healthy mind.
nature itself teaches us that those who live healthily, in addition,
have the chance to live long and healthy. We are allowed to live as
we want, but in fact it's really not useful to us. Because we can put
our life in danger (Reduce our life expectancy.) by the choices, we
said that man will eat with the sweat of his brow through his work or
the work of his hands. But there's a line between making an honest
living and stealing; the scam. Everything is permitted, but not
everything is useful to us. Because if we cross the boundary of
earning an honest living, prison is not far from us.
is a boundary between good and evil. Once man crosses this line,
doing good becomes natural just like doing evil.
law of retaliation says: Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. That is
to say, to apply the same treatment to the culprit that he inflicted
on his victim (the principle that a person who has injured another
person is to be penalized to a similar degree by the injured party.).
Basically, it’s returning evil for evil.
Jesus Christ tells us to love our enemies, to do good to those who
hate us, to bless those who curse us, to pray for those who mistreat
have the right to hate our neighbor for the fault he has committed
against us. But is it really useful or necessary to do this? Hate
only breeds hatred, and we'll communicate it to everyone around us.
And that would risk causing us health problems. Everything is
permitted, but not everything is useful to us.
a young person, I have the right to live my life the way I want it,
doing whatever comes to mind. But is it really necessary as a young
person that I take drugs? That I get drunk on alcohol? That I become
immoral, rude? It's true that we are free to do anything. But the
question we should be asking ourselves, are all of these things good
for our body?
time, we'll be called upon to have great responsibility in society.
What will people say about us? What will be our testimony? Are these
the values that we want to pass on to our children?
addition, our bad way of living today can have repercussions on our
future. Everything is lawful for us, but not everything is useful to
us (Ecclesiastes 11:9 You who are young, be happy while you are
young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know
that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.).
8:36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit
their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
Corinthians 6:12 “I have the right to do anything,” you
say—but not everything is beneficial.
have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered
by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach
for food, and God will destroy them both.
of the message
won't know where to send it.)
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