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

15- Restrictions against freedom are for your benefit

 

St-Takla.org Image: River, a photo from St-Takla.org's visit to Ethiopia in 2008 صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: نهر، صوره من رحلة موقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت إلى إثيوبيا عام 2008

St-Takla.org Image: River, a photo from St-Takla.org's visit to Ethiopia in 2008 - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org, April-June 2008

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: نهر، صوره من رحلة موقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت إلى إثيوبيا عام 2008 - تصوير مايكل غالي لـ: موقع الأنبا تكلا، إبريل - يونيو 2008

Restrictions are useful in that they hold you back from doing harm to yourself, to others, or to the community and from breaking God's commandments.

A river has two banks, they do not restrain its water-course but preserve it.

If a river has no banks it will flow on both sides and inundate the land turning it into swamps. I wonder if rivers object to having two banks and say : Banks restrain our freedom!!

It is the same for you; the banks to you are God's commandments, the laws and the traditions or perhaps religion and education. Both are for your benefit; for a child who refuses education and considers it restricting his freedom, or the youth who refuses the advice of his parents, his teachers or his guides, seeing in them a restraint to his freedom, such a person will be corrupt and will be led astray from the right path. Can straying be another name for freedom or a consequence thereof?


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