The notion that one gains freedom by rebelling against God has been a popular illusion since Eden. The paradox of the Gospel is that we are set free from the chains of our own making by choosing to yoke ourselves to Christ, who bursts our bonds by his own Death and Resurrection.—Magnificat
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Psalm 107 speaks of God breaking the chains that imprison us (emphasis added):
“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his mercy endures forever!”
Let that be the prayer of the Lord’s redeemed, those redeemed from the hand of the foe,
Those gathered from foreign lands, from east and west, from north and south.
Some lived in darkness and gloom, imprisoned in misery and chains.
Because they rebelled against God’s word, and scorned the counsel of the Most High,
He humbled their hearts through hardship; they stumbled with no one to help.
In their distress they cried to the Lord, who saved them in their peril;
He brought them forth from darkness and the shadow of death and broke their chains asunder.
Let them thank the Lord for his mercy, such wondrous deeds for the children of Adam.
For he broke down the gates of bronze and snapped the bars of iron.
—Psalm 107 1-3, 10-16 (NABRE)