Does living in a covenant limit freedom?

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Exploring the universe, man discovers more and more of its laws, and, with each new law discovered, his freedom increases. If this sounds complex, that is only because we are thinking of the laws of the universe--God's laws--as though they were like the laws that man makes. Man's laws constrain us only when they are enacted, so that we may feel each new law as a new interference. But when a scientist announces a law of nature, he has not enacted it but only discovered it.

The laws of the universe are there all the time, and they affect us whether we know them or not. Man's discovery of these laws is not the beginning of his subjection to them; on the contrary, once he knows what they are, he can learn how to cooperate with them and by so cooperating increase his own freedom within them. His freedom can be only within them, never from them.

By discovering the laws of flight, man was able to harmonize himself with them more perfectly and so gained the freedom of the upper air. The utmost freedom for man lies in cooperation, obedience, and harmony with the universe and its laws.