The LORD God commanded the man, saying,

"From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die." (Gn 2:16-17)

Freedom of choice is the human ability to do "this or that", to do "good or evil" but the choices we make have inescapable consequences leading to less or more Existential Freedom. We see this from the beginning of the human race. Adam and Eve were given a choice "to eat" from the "tree of life" or the "tree of knowledge of good and evil". They chose to disobey God and thus suffered spiritual death followed by physical death.

Cartoon: Baby Blues by Rick Kirkman & Jerry Scott

We begin to feel the consequences of our choices even in this life. For example, if a child refuses to attend school he will not learn how to read, write, think, use a computer and be unable to expand his knowledge by reading, using a computer and ultimately find a job. This decision has decreased his freedom in real life, that is, his life will be worse, not better.

Here is another example by Dr. Robert Anthony - "I do not carry a mobile phone with me unless I am traveling. When I am at home, which is ninety percent of the time, I don’t carry one with me. My reasoning is that I am just not that important that I must annoy everyone who comes into contact with me by constantly and incessantly talking on the phone.
If you feel you have to carry a mobile phone with you everywhere and answer every call, you are not free - you are a prisoner."

Now the question arises: "Why do our choices have consequences"?

God has built a world in which obedience to its inherent laws (e.g. natural law) will increase the freedom and good of our nature while disobedience to these laws leads to decrease of freedom and misery. We have been created for the ultimate good and freedom which is God. This is God's way to encourage us to choose the goods leading to eternal life over goods leading to eternal death. Freedom of choice is not an end in itself but the mean to an end. The end is the attainment of true freedom in the holiness God.

You have the freedom to choose your actions,
you don't have the freedom to choose
the consequences of your actions.”
(Stephen R. Covey)

5. Freedom Under the Law