God created man with the ultimate purpose to love him. This purpose that God has instilled into each soul is what will bring him the realest and highest form of happiness. ‘’The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself.’’ (CCC, 27)
This vocation to love means that God has given each person the gift of freedom. This is because love is an act that requires a free choice for it to be considered love. Choice means that freedom – the ability to say yes or no – is necessary. Freedom exists for a purpose, which is to love. Over the centuries, country after country has fought for freedom. Freedom from tyranny and evil, freedom from the dark forces that are embedded in original sin.
While many people advocate for their rights to freedom, it is important to realise that freedom is a means and not an end. For example, when someone wants to be a millionaire, it is not just for the sake of owning lots of money but that person uses that money as a means to gain something that they believe will grant them happiness such as a mansion or a luxurious car.
It is also important to note that while we have the right to use our freedom as we wish, we are never free from the consequences of the choices we make in our lives. In quoting Luke 8:17, “For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light”. Therefore, we should use our freedom responsibly for the common good.