Freedom of Thought

The 18th century French philosopher Rousseau had said that man is born free but is everywhere in chains. There are many kinds of freedom available to man, but only some of them are protected by law while some are limited by law. Therefore, freedom still remains elusive in many countries. But there is one freedom that man can never be deprived of, and that is his freedom of thought.

At any given time, there is a multitude of thoughts within us. A point is reached when we can no longer keep our thoughts to ourselves. The Bible says that our thoughts then begin to overflow through the mouth, and they come out in their most evil forms. (Matthew 15:18-19) That is why in most nations, if a need arises to limit the freedom of its citizens, the freedom of expression is the first to be curbed.

We now live in times where our use of the social media through the internet allows us to bypass some of the local and national constraints and express ourselves freely and openly before the world. People occasionally get into trouble on this account, their views are challenged or their words dubbed insensitive. Sometimes they have to change their words, or say sorry. The Bible says, not without reason, that God knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. (1 Corinthians 3:20)

Therefore, while we may totally enjoy our freedom of thought, our freedom of expression has limitations and we need to exercise it with great caution and responsibility. The Bible tells us to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)




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