Bishop David A. Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburg wrote, " It is really hard to believe that it happened. It comes like a slap in the face. The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, â€œTo Hell with you!â€ "Kathleen Sebelius and through her, the Obama administration, have said â€œTo Hell with Youâ€ to the Catholic faithful of the United States. To Hell with your religious beliefs...your religious liberty...your freedom of conscience."
( http://www.diopitt.org/hhs-delays-rule-contraceptive-coverage )
In actual fact, the Obama administration has just said "To Hell with you God!" Vishal Mangalwadi, Indiaâ€™s foremost Christian intellectual explains why, noting that the unique concept of man as Godâ€™s spiritual image-bearer gave birth to the â€œbelief in the unique dignity of human beings,â€ and this is,
â€â€¦the force that created Western civilization, where citizens do not exist for the state but the state exists for the individuals. Even kings, presidents, prime ministers, and army generals cannot be allowed to trample upon an individual and his or her rights.â€ (Truth and Transformation: A Manifesto forAiling Nations, pp. 12-13)
Man is not free because he is an evolved aggregation of cells. He is free because he is God's created spiritual image bearer, which means n the words of C.S. Lewis: â€œYou donâ€™t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.â€
In Biblical thought, the body is inert matter organized and vitalized by the soul:
A human life then is a soul which informs inert matter, thus a body without a soul is no more than a disorganized mass of cells that would quickly deconstruct. (â€œBody, Mind, and Soul,â€ sermon delivered by Pastor Louis Pernot, Nov. 28, 2010 at Temple de lâ€™Etoile in Paris)
The noblest part of the soul is spirit, the spiritual property that distinguishes soul from matter. In Biblical thought, spirit allows man to spiritually transcend matter to access the supernatural dimension and enter into a personal relationship with the Spirit of God. Through this relationship, manâ€™s conscience is both cleansed over time and newly informed by the Spirit of the Lord, enabling man to more perfectly orient the manner of his existence in this world in preparation for eternal life after the death of his 'this worldly' body.
The key to individual liberty in the temporal sphere is manâ€™s spiritual liberty contrasted against a genetically programmed animal-like orientation, said Pastor Pernot. Animals do not have spirits, which are linked to intelligence, sensitivity, self-consciousness, reflection and the capacity for truth and moral goodness.
Man is uniquely free because he can spiritually transcend matter to attain the supernatural dimension, as Paul affirms:
â€œNow the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedomâ€ (2 Cor. 3:17)
In other words, through prayer believers in Jesus Christ spiritually transcend this material dimension to attain the supernatural dimension that their conscience may be properly informed by and oriented toward the Spirit of the Lord.
Bishop Zubik summarized the imperial decrees of the foolish Obama adimistration with the words: "To Hell with your religious beliefs...your religious liberty...your freedom of conscience."
The faithful are free because they spiritually transcend matter to attain the supernatural dimension and enter into a personal relationship with the Spirit of the Lord by Whom their consciences are informed. This being the case it is the height of folly to tell the children of God here on earth "to Hell with you", for in actual fact it is the Spirit of the Lord Who is being told "to Hell with you!"
To such as these the Lord has said, "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."( Hebrews 10:31)
"Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord" (Hebrews 10:30)