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

13- Freedom necessitates accountability and responsibility

 

St-Takla.org Image: The expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden - Gustave Doré's Bible Illustrations. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الخروج من الجنة (طرد آدم وحواء من الجنة: جنة عدن) - من لوحات الكتاب المقدس، رسم الفنان جوستاف دوريه.

St-Takla.org Image: The expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden - Gustave Doré's Bible Illustrations.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الخروج من الجنة (طرد آدم وحواء من الجنة: جنة عدن) - من لوحات الكتاب المقدس، رسم الفنان جوستاف دوريه.

A person or any being who has no freedom is not accountable for his doings.

On the other hand, freedom necessitates the accountability of man for whatever he does whether good or evil so that he might be rewarded for his good works and punished for his wrong or evil works, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. Adam and Eve were free and when they had had God's Commandment they could have obeyed or broken it. But they broke the Commandment and God inflicted punishment on them (Gen. 3:9-19).

Punishment for a wrong doing of a person who has discretion is double: on earth and in heaven. He may escape punishment on earth but punishment remains in the other world not abolished except by repentance (Luke 13:3-5).

Likewise the reward for a good deed of a person done by his free will is a double reward. Even though a person does not obtain the reward on earth, it is kept for him in heaven, "your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly" (Matt. 6 :4,6).


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