"The only rational liberty is that which is born of subjection,
reared in the fear of God and the love of man."
William Gilmore Simms
(1806-1870) American writer
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There is liberty (rational or otherwise) and it is a finite measure at law. Knowledge of truth also sets the captive free, being subject to no one or thing. From a slaves perception, being subject to law and justice is a fearful thing. Scriptural fear of God would be more accurately translated 'respect God'. Even with that correcting change, liberty is not a birth into subjection but rather, a birth of fee to !
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Here lies the religionist's conundrum: squaring a human republic under a heavenly monarchy. It's like that Dylan song: "It may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you're gonna have to serve somebody." Even a freeman is subject to the Laws of Nature, which would probably be a better expression. There is no freedom from responsibility without consequence.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Archer, thanks said well and compliments what I was trying to say.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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