Stacy Smith favored us with:
Can someone explain to me how there could be total freedom of religion with people observing the Mosaic law? How can there have been a command against blasphemy and a death sentence if conditions like Alma portrays were true? How could there have been a climate of religious freedom?
We are always free to choose life or death. Many choose death. Among those would be drug addicts, fornicators, and murderers. They have chosen death because they have chosen a path that leads to death. As long as a person can choose between life and death he is free to choose. A government might make every possible wrong behavior a capital crime, executing thieves, embezzlers, and jay walkers. In such a situation everyone is still free to choose between right and wrong, life and death.

Suppose for an example that I was taken hostage by a terrorist who put a gun to my head and told me to drive my car into a crowd of Jews. Does the gun at my head mean that I am not free to choose? Of course not. I can choose to disobey the terrorist and have my head blown off. In this situation that would be the right choice. See? I really am free.

I think a distinction needs to be made between freedom in an absolute sense and political freedom or economic freedom. In an absolute sense any man born into this Second Estate truly is free. He won his freedom by choosing the right in the War in Heaven and keeping his First Estate.

Or at least that is my understanding today.

"Atheistic humanism is the opiate of the self-described
intellectuals" --Uncle Bob
All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR

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