All Things Are Lawful For Me

Schadrac Junior Ondongo Bongo

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Schadrac Junior Ondongo Bongo

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Theme: All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable.

Throughout 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.

Equilibrioception “the sense of balance”, which is mainly related to the inner ear.

Thermoception, which is the sense of perception of heat and cold by the skin, thanks to skin thermoreceptors.

nociception, which is the perception of pain through receptors in the skin, joints, bones and visceral organs) using his super sense (faith).

And man has always wanted more freedom than the limits allowed. Because where our freedom ends, it's where that of others begins.

According 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.

Still 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. Genesis 2:16-17.

But 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.

The question we could ask ourselves, was it useful for Man to explore this new ground while defying the restriction God had set in place?

First, 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).

And 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.

This 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).

It 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]

Today, 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.

Laws 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.

Any 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.

In 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.

Our 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.

Because 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 make.

It's 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.

There is a boundary between good and evil. Once man crosses this line, doing good becomes natural just like doing evil.

The 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.

But 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 us.

We 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.

As 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?

Over 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?

In 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.).

Mark 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?

1 Corinthians 6:12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial.
I 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.

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