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Ten Concepts, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

14- You are not entitled to absolute freedom Image: The tongue, talkative person, opinion. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لسان، شخص ثرثار، رأي. Image: The tongue, talkative person, opinion.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لسان، شخص ثرثار، رأي.

You are free to do whatever you want provided that you do not impose upon the rights or freedoms of others, nor break God's commandments or public order laid down for the safety and peace of others.

For example, you have no right to violate traffic rules while driving your car and say: I am free to go wherever I want!! Nor have you any right to raise your voice and

make noise that is disturbing to others and say: I am free to raise my voice as much as I like!!

You have no right to cheat in exams from other papers and say : I am free to use whatever papers I like!!

As you ought to use your freedom in a way that does not harm others or violate the public order, you should also use your freedom in such a way as not to cause harm to yourself.

Your own self does not belong to us, as we have discussed this issue before here on in other sections. It belongs to God who created it and redeemed it. It belongs also to the community that cared for you and brought you up and thus you have obligations towards it.

Therefore killing oneself in suicide is a crime which is punished by God and rejected by law. The same applies to whoever causes himself harm through smoking or drugs. Such a person cannot say: I am free to smoke whenever I like!! He has no right to destroy himself or deprive the community of his existence and from performing his duty towards it.

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