Let’s give this some thought today!
We say it’s not what a person believes himself/herself but is that the case? If the person believes that they are to determine what we are to do or not to do based on their “beliefs” and try to impose them on others…. then it would matter what another believes… right?
Or if what one believes another should believe goes from “should” believe to forced or mandated “must” believe… then there is a problem.
From the opening pages of the Bible, it states God created all that was, blessed it Himself and spoke to each thing created, giving them instructions on what they were to do or not to do Himself directly.
It was only man who God commanded, not to partake of the knowledge of good and evil from another, for it was to come from within the man, utilizing the abilities and capabilities put within the man, as with all other things created.
When we see the bible record, that after all else was made, and God saying, “let us make man in our image and after our likeness”.. we can see that like all things created before man… the abilities, capabilities, and knowing for what was to lead them, guide them, teach them, and protect them was WITHIN each species… as it is with us…
A very profound message/lesson is found in the opening pages of the bible… all that we were to ever know about God, what God knows, what God would have us to do or not to do…. was to come from God and what is within us!!
Flesh and blood was not to reveal any of this to us… it was always within us… from our beginning…. and that is the true and wonderful concept of religious freedom… “they all shall be taught by God”… “man is to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”… that which is within us and the amazing wonderful abilities and capabilities that are with us and within us from our beginning !!!
“I will never leave you nor forsake you”…. “the kingdom of God (all that you will ever have need of) is WITHIN you!!
Within each of us…from our beginning…. that will never leave us nor forsake each of us…. now that is religious freedom!! ♥♥