The teachings of Christ seem contradictory;
for He says in one part, "I came to bring peace," but in another
part, "I came to bring the sword." He also said He came to unite,
but in another part that He came to divide. Among His more popular commands
is to love but somewhere else, He told us to hate.
The Christian, therefore, becomes a
contradiction. For he can say he is the greatest among creatures but the
worst among sinners.
It is this contradiction that shows the
great freedom of Christians. A pagan may love someone and hate another; but
his lack of freedom prevents him from loving and hating the same person. He
has no free control of his emotions.
But a Christian can do both. He can hate
the sin but love the sinner; thus he loves and hates a person at the same
time. The person he forgives seventy times seven; the sin he does not
Christian freedom consists in letting love
and hate run wild without hurting anyone and without offending God.
Here man attains the liberation of his human nature and total freedom.