Augustine's Journey To Freedom Analysis

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To live a sinless life is a nearly impossible task. In recorded human history, only one man has been able to live out his days without sin, however, he was no mere mortal but rather the Son of God. Out of fear of his power and jealously of his perfection, Jesus was gruesomely executed. Jesus was the epitome of a perfect human – his selfless attitude and unwavering faith in God’s saving grace was meant to teach humanity the importance of place faith in God. Jesus’ story planted the idealistic desire to live free of sin. Nevertheless, societies’ understanding of freedom as become warped – the modern understanding of freedom is the ability to act as one wants without hindrance. As a result, the spiritual journey to freedom has unknowingly enslaved …show more content…
Ambition, desire, dreams, etc. are natural instincts every human possesses even if the ambitions vary from person to person. The inevitable feeling dissatisfaction has allowed humanity to seek truths, and accomplish feats that were once believed to be impossible; however, this ambitious lifestyle can also lead to a moral downfall. In Chapter Six of Augustine’s Confessions, while wandering the streets he sees a drunken beggar and quickly realizes that the drunk man is happier than he was at that moment. Augustine was a young, ambitious, intellectual who was on a journey for the truth. However, his pretensions, and accomplishments rewarded him with a limited and frail taste satisfactions and made him more anxious and apprehensive about his own future, and as a result ruining his present. On the other hand, the beggar was living happily in the future and had no worries for the future. Although ambition is a practice that was socially acceptable and praised, Augustine learned that human desire turns one away from God, just as surely and more addictively than wine ever could, towards desires that are flawed and …show more content…
The human psyche is extremely divided – it is in conflict with its own desires. On the one hand, there is the desire to seek the truth and reach the ultimate good which can only be done with God’s guiding hand. On the other hand, ignorance and misdirected desires tempt us to sin and go against God’s will. “Augustine admits that inner conflicts and inconsistencies over loves and desires cause one to question oneself…The Confessions, for example, can be read as Augustine’s attempt to give an account of himself…he strives to make greater sense of all that he is – he seeks an ordered, unified account of himself.” However, this questioning allows one to become aware of one’s own inconsistencies, failings, talents, gifts, and dependence upon God. Our final decision on the matter is the result of the stronger desire or love. Augustine stated that “when [misdirected desire] are present, I do not reject them. I am ready to go without them all the time…There is one hope, one ground of confidence, one reliable promise – your mercy”. The option of free will and the gift of reason has given humans the option to follow a path of their choosing; however, these small decisions could either free us from sins grasp or send us quickly spiraling to the addiction of

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