Independence or true freedom.
Adam gave away the freedom he had with the Godhead (Father Son and Holy Spirit) to Satan. From then all who are outside of Christ are deceived and are slaves to Satan and his kingdom.
Man being a created being can never be independent. There is total freedom when he walks in fellowship with his creator. The freedom is to do with living in relationship with the creator and when one does there is a harmony which is the place where love, joy and peace reigns.
When under Satan’s kingdom there is no freedom. There is only law, guilt, rejection, control and condemnation.
My mind went to the verses in Colossians 2:15 to 23, especially 23. Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
There is only one sin, which is the sin of independence resulting in disobedience and rebellion. Once Adam disobeyed and became independent, this started the slide that led man to self destruction.
Here is an interesting thing, in what we call the Lord’s prayer. The main thing concerning sin is the word trespasses and if we do not forgive man their trespasses we will not know and experience the forgiveness of the Godhead. Matthew 6:9-13.
Here is the rub.
Satan is doing a ripe job of hiding from man that he is forgiven.
The church on the main has not told people they are forgiven. When people do not know they are forgiven they find it hard to be told they need to forgive.
We love Him because He first loved us.
I am totally forgiven. All the people in the world are totally forgiven. Sad to say few know it. I mean know that they know, not with their head but with their heart.
When people are told to forgive they react because they do not know forgiveness.
Unity does not arise from conformity. Unity arises from setting each other free to agree or not to agree. Like the word says we are all different members of one body with different functions.
Several things are happening.
People want all to agree they are right and all the rest are wrong, or
people who do not agree thinking they are keeping unity and piece by keeping silent, which is far from the truth.
For example one of our sons has told us where he is at with his relationship with a lady and her 2 children who are under the control of rejection. I have told him he is totally free to go down that track but I do not agree with his decision. For unity he needs to set me free to my choice not to agree.
Disagreement without judgment is a form of unity.
It is judgment that destroys relationships not the issue about which there is disagreement.
In the absence of judgment there is no broken relationship, even if both are going in different directions.
Manís true freedom lies in his free will choice to follow Godís will and
thereby enter into the fullness of the relationship that exists between Father Son and Holy Spirit, who live in total harmony.
It is in this relationship than man will find full and true freedom.