How is it “free choice” when non-belief results in exclusion, excommunication, damnation
Is God so insecure as to force a child’s devotion?
Azrael distinguishes true Gnostic faith from the faith promoted by other world religions,
stating that in order for a faith to be genuine, it must give the believer the right
to walk away without any condemnation or judgment from God.
Man-made religions are established through tactics of fear, and rely on sustained
levels of ignorance and obedience to maintain power and control. Such religions cannot
allow for true faith, for if the fear were to be removed, who would go to church?
Who would pay tithing?
True faith is a personal endeavor: guided by reason and empowered by the individual’s
right to choose and act independently of outside threats and coercions.
Must we always be compelled through punishments and promises to act nobly and good?
A true Gnostic is not held hostage by fear, nor motivated by divine retribution,
but is instead free to pursue, experience, and express virtue and goodness according
to their personal knowledge of its inherent value.
But what if you choose to walk away?
How does God view a child who just can’t see the truth?
“If you walk away, you have done nothing wrong.
I have failed to teach you properly.”
Related Verses from the Song of God
Thus have you most greatly erred, Jehovah-Yahweh, concerning the nature of both God
and man; for no man can truly love what he fears, neither can a man worship what
he most inwardly despises.
2nd Endowment 11:59
Why then will you be made to fear such a god as this, who by vain passions is made
no greater than the least of you? Will you love him for the sake of fear only?
...and if any man hear my words and believe not, behold, I judge him not.
For it is not through the law of many commandments that God would coerce that we
should seek the greater portion, but through love and godly wisdom only; becoming
ourselves, if we should choose, both well-instructed and deeply learned in the things
which come from God; making of our life a prayer and a song which we would offer
up with joyful hands.
4th Endowment 21:19
For God would force no child against their will, being themselves content to woo
and gently call, leading instead with gentle words of kind persuasion, drawn from
loving hearts; showing through their words and deeds the ways of life and sweet fulfillment.
For God did frown with cold disdain upon the forcing of the will, for in unrighteous
dominion did God take quick offense filled with sorrow, seeing that it was rooted
only in the authority and place of another, and not in love or kind regard.
4th Endowment 6:8-9
For even a little faith well-nurtured will bring a rich reward, building in you by
sure degrees, a strong defense which would guard forever well, such joys as do stir
Thus by the words you speak do you, yourselves, cast into your life either light
or darkness, faith or despair, joy or sorrow; becoming yourselves the creator of
such a life as you would live; and to no other is this power given whereby they might
shape your life as they might choose, but to you alone is it given.