What Is Freedom?


For many, freedom is the power to choose as they will and to do anything that they will. But for Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner freedom has to do with the actualization of human existence in its unity and totality. In other words, freedom is the conscientious choices that man make towards becoming the realized human that he was created to be in all of his unity and totality. The work of Jesus Christ was to re-open the door for human being to become the transcendental, supernatural, eternal creäture, liberated from death and corruption, and fit to the enjoy the realms of eternal glories, in company of the eternal God. This is what Rahner calls the actualization of human existence in its unity and totality. Hence any pre conceived freedom which man performs which does not take him towards the actualization of the fullness of his human existence is really not freedom but slavery.  In Christ Jesus, I believe, dwells then the true freedom of man.

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