(I originally wrote this review in 2012 and I think that my readers should take this to heart in these trying times in which we live. With the communists in full take-over mode, the facts show that it is the communists; and those who follow them, that are the real slaves. The good people are always free and that why communists don't like them. Misery loves company. I suggest that people stay away from them and forget about watching too many videos, especially those about wearing masks and getting vaccines. The medical industry is loaded with evil people and they are only interested in destroying mankind. Our problems are nothing new and evil should always be opposed. Since I wrote this article I've been in the habit of using the term "the real God." By that I mean the one who established all of creation and the natural order. Walter Allen Thompson July 16th, 2021)
The title of this writing, Every Good Man is Free, from Philo caught my eye a few years ago and I found it extremely interesting because it seems to conform to my belief that a man who is good is one who is free. I had never heard it stated in that manner. I want to go through this writing and point out the things that I think are useful and true. Since Philo lived around 40CE, I only have the text on which to rely. I consider any writing secondary information. What I like to do is to look at a writing and then figure out if what it has to say is true or false. I never accept the authority of any writing unless I have some kind of way to verify the veracity of it.
Almost every church or religious groups say that it is impossible to be a good person. This is the kind of nonsense that distorts reality because we are supposed to be good people. So why would a religious group say the opposite? It is simple: They are liars. The whole point of the commandments is for mankind to live within those boundaries which will produce an enormous benefit for those people who do good things, but evil to those that don't.
"For, in real truth, that man alone is free who has God for his leader;..."
No matter what the situation, the virtuous man will always have the upper hand in everything because he is setting his foundation upon the natural law that is in turn established by the God who created us.
The reason that I found this article so interesting is that it shows the relationship of a man who is good and stays within the natural law which is easy to understand. Religions seem to blur the common sense that God established under natural law. When I conduct my behavior to be in line with God's commandments, I seem to have more inner peace and I don't have a lot of bad things happening around me. This is in contrast as I look back in my life and I can attribute some bad things happening to me because of my disobedience to God's law. Having said that, I am not a religious man, and I don't practice any religious rituals because they always have the potential to lead me into idolatry. I just leave all religious rituals alone as they are too dangerous to use. I don't go to any churches or religious functions because there is simply too much idolatry. If I read any religious writings, I always try to confirm them with God's commandments or the natural law. If the writings don't fit those parameters, or there are a lot of contradictions, I just leave them alone as they will be too unreliable to base a true faith in God.
Goodness and virtue are things that every man, woman, or child should be pursuing rather than digging themselves deeper and deeper into the hole of evil. Everyone should be using rational thought and ask themselves if their beliefs in anything stand the test of common sense. In addition, there is no sense in studying evil people and evil events. They are what they are and it is destructive to the mind to keep studying things that are stupid; nothing smart comes from it. Sure, you need to know the basics, but after that, there's no sense in view it over and over again. Keeping the mind continually focused on the goal of becoming a good man or woman should be of the highest priority.
Walter Allen Thompson has a new book called Natural Law: The True Supreme Law of the Land