One of the biggest lies that young people are told in the United States is that freedom means that a person can do whatever they want, according to a professor of theology.
Sean McDowell, associate professor of apologetics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, gave a speech last week as part of a virtual event hosted by the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview.
During his remarks, McDowell said he thinks “one of the biggest lies this generation is tempted to believe is a lie about freedom. That freedom is about doing whatever you want to do.”
“This is not freedom,” declared McDowell, who recalled at an event recently questioning a group of teenagers who defined freedom in this manner.
He said the existence of God added to freedom “consequences in this life, maybe guilt, or maybe getting into trouble, and judgment in the next.”
According to McDowell, the students considered the most free person to be someone who was alone on an island, as they could theoretically do whatever they wanted.
“Through discussion, I helped them to realize that if the Bible is true, freedom is not just doing what we want to do, freedom is living according to our purpose,” he countered.
“The Bible says we’re designed to be in a relationship with God and a relationship with other people. So, ironically, if Christianity is true, and there is truth and purpose in the world, then that person on the island is the least free.”
McDowell also touched on two reasons why he believes “truth really matters,” arguing that culture claiming that truth does not matter is like “pushing a beach ball underneath the water … it pops back up.”
The first reason he laid out as why truth matters was that “truth has consequences,” noting that it can be “a matter of life and death,” pointing to how many proponents of trendy diets and health regimens die fairly young.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski