2 Corinthians 3: Freedom in God
Many people talk about religion as being restrictive. They talk about all of the things that Christians can’t do for example. However, it is interesting in 2 Corinthians 3 that Paul would seem to dispute that.
2Co 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
2Co 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Paul seems to find freedom in Christ as opposed to the supposed restriction that many people will say comes along with Christianity. Paul explains how their eyes will essentially be opened, and the covering will be stripped away. They will be able to experience things that they were not able to experience before. That certainly seems to sound like freedom.
I think that the misconception comes from the fact that people do not see other worldviews as commitments. They still are. For example, if you are an atheist, you are not free. There are ideological commitments to your worldview. Even if you are an agnostic, there are still tenets of that belief system. Everyone makes active decisions about what to believe and what not to believe. You are going to be tied into some belief system inevitably as part of being human, but you do have freedom to choose which one.
That is why Paul can talk like this. Christianity is not restrictive, and as a matter of fact, when you truly embrace God for who He is, your perspective will change. Your eyes will open. The world will make sense in a way that it did not before. You are free to experience the world in a new way.