you draw closer to yourself and your own selfishness. That is the state of our culture and our government which is very godless currently. That is the opposite of liberty. Liberty posits that you can be free and have a private life enjoying your own choices, but without infringing on others choices and lives. As we become more godless we take more from others just like our government is now. That is what we are trying to fight against. God is loving and very patient, but He will judge at the appropriate times.
If Christianity is not a means to control (catholicism is overall), but Atheism is just an excuse to not have to choose God and loving others over one's selfish sins.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
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