Comment: Douay Rheims

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Douay Rheims

is the version of the Bible I use. Yes, Jesus says "you shall know the truth, the truth shall make you free" John 8:32. Yet, unless you understand these passages through Catholic teaching and tradition, they get distorted. Obedience to one's superior has always been a part of the Catholic faith - Jesus was obedient to God's command, etc.

You needed to go just one more verse to 1 Corinthians 7:22, "For he that is called in the Lord, being a bondman [slave], is the freeman of the Lord. Likewise he that is called, being free, is the bondman [slave] of Christ."

Also: "Whosoever committeth sin, is the servant [slave] of sin". And, the servant of virtue is the slave of virtue. Whatever you become "free" to do, you are a slave to. Thus, the person who is "liberated" by his sins of drugs or sex, is a slave to those things. This is to state that even though drugs may provide some thrills, they provide pains. The joys of being a "slave" of Christ is the thrill of the freedom of virtue, but the slavishness is in the pains that must be endured.

Hopefully this meaningfully orients you in the philosophy of Catholic freedom a bit more.

"The world has never known more oppressive governments or bigger governments than those which profess the cult of liberty." - Donald Sanborn