People are either free or long to be so. As human beings made in the image of God, the unfettered person we were created to be has amazing potential to excel in an atmosphere of freedom. The founders of our nation recognized this in these words from the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”.
Freedom, however, is not being able to do anything I want to do. Freedom is living in harmony with the world as God created it and submission to His authority and rule. Jesus plainly stated it like this, 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. John 8:34 (ESV) Jesus is also the remedy for this condition of enslavement to sin: 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. Romans 6:6 (ESV)
The big lie in the Garden of Eden was the assertion that disobedience to God was the key to real freedom.