One Freedom

The framers of the Atlantic Charter, as it has come to be known, struck a responsive note of hope in the peoples of the world, for few, if any, have escaped the denial of one or more of its four freedoms—freedom from want, freedom from fear, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. But, however humanly essential these are to the peace of the world, they cannot bestow the greatest of all freedoms, namely, what the writer of the epistle to the Romans calls "the glorious liberty of the children of God."

The evil conditions which afflict mankind are but links of the same chain—the belief in a power in opposition to God. Until this chain is broken, its bondage in some form remains. The liberation of mortals from this bondage is not gained from governmental edicts or from treaties between nations; it is realized only as human consciousness is spiritually regenerated and goodness takes the place of evil.

Watch, Listen, and Follow
October 30, 1943

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