THE  MANY  TRADITIONS  OF  MAN


"THEN CAME TOGETHER UNTO HIM, THE PHARISEES, AND CERTAIN OF THE SCRIBES, WHICH CAME FROM JERUSALEM. AND WHEN THEY SAW SOME OF HIS DISCIPLES EATING BREAD, WITH DEFILED, THAT IS TO SAY, WITH UNWASHED HANDS, THEY FOUND FAULT.


FOR THE PHARISEES, AND ALL THE JEWS [WELL THOSE WHO FOLLOWED THE PHARISEE THEOLOGY], EXCEPT THEY WASH THEIR HANDS OFTEN [MARGIN: DILIGENTLY, IN THE ORIGINAL, "WITH THE FIST" - THEOPHYLACT UP TO THE ELBOW] EAT NOT, HOLDING THE TRADITIONS OF THE ELDERS. 


And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, pots, brasen vessels, and of tables [marg. beds]


Then then Pharisees and scribes asked Him, WHY DO YOUR DISCIPLES WALK NOT ACCORDING TO THE TRADITIONS OF THE ELDERS, BUT EAT BRED WITH UN-WASHED HANDS?" (Mark 7:1-5).


Now there is nothing wrong with cleanliness,  in fact  being  "clean" as most Western nations are in their daily lives, prevents diseases that other nations have because of unsatisfactory hygiene. But this was WAY MORE than just being "clean" - it had become a theology among the Pharisees and scribes, to be ritualistic - done in a certain way, and when, to a point of religious ritual. Being "clean" had turned into a dogmatic ritual theology, as if how and when they did it, came from God.   


JESUS  KNEW  THEIR  HEART;  HE  KNEW  THAT  OUTWARD  PHYSICAL  THINGS  HAD  BECOME  AS  IF  IT  WAS  INSPIRED  DOGMA  FROM  GOD.


"HE  ANSWERED  ADN  SAID  UNTO  THEM:  WELL  HAS  ISAIAH  PROPHESIED  OF  YOU  HYPOCRITES, AS  IT  IS  WRITTEN.  THIS  PEOPLE  HONOR  ME  WITH  THEIR  LIPS,  BUT  THEIR  HEART  IS  FAR  FROM  ME.  HOWBEIT,  IN  VAIN  DO  THEY  WORSHIP  ME,  TEACHING  FOR  DOCTRINES  THE  COMMANDMENTS  OF  MEN.  FOR  LAYING  ASIDE  THE  COMMANDMENTS  OF  GOD,  YOU  HOLD  THE  TRADITIONS  OF  MEN,  AS  THE  WASHING  OF  POTS  AND  CUPS,  AND  MANY  OTHER  SUCH  LIKE  THINGS  YOU  DO. AND  HE  SAID  UNTO  THEM,  FULL  WELL  YOU  REJECT  THE  COMMANDMENTS  OF  GOD,  THAT  YOU  MAY  KEEP  YOUR  OWN  TRADITIONS...... (Mark 7:6-9).


IT  IS  CLEAR  THAT  THESE  WERE  TRADITIONS  NOT  COMMANDED  BY  GOD,  BUT  BY  MEN.  IT  IS  CLEAR  THEY  WERE  HOLDING  SUCH  MAN  MADE  TRADITIONS  ABOVE  THE  WORD  OF  GOD.  IN  FACT  THEY  WERE  EVEN  REJECTING  GOD'S  COMMANDMENTS  TO  KEEP  THEIR  OWN  MAN  MADE  TRADITIONS.


JESUS  WENT  ON  TO  GIVE  AN  EXAMPLE,  WHICH  WE  HAVE  COVERED  ALREADY  IN  THE  GOSPEL  OF  MATTHEW.


WHEN  MADE-UP  RELIGIOUS  RULES  BECOME  SO  DOMINANT  IN  PEOPLE'S  LIVES;  WHEN  THOSE  TRADITIONS  OUT  WEIGH  AND  EVEN  PUSH  ASIDE  GOD'S  COMMANDMENTS,  THOSE  PEOPLE,  ARE  NOT  ONLY  INTO  MAKING  A  FALSE  RELIGION,  BUT  THEY  ACTUALLY  WORSHIP  GOD  IN  VAIN!


THAT  IS  SERIOUS  STUFF  COMING  FROM  THE  SAVIOR  OF  MANKIND.  


YES  YOU  CAN  THINK  ABOUT  GOD,  DO  MANY  OUTSIDE  RITES  THAT  MAY  TELL  OTHERS  YOU  BELIEVE  IN  AND  WORSHIP  GOD  AND  CHRIST.  YOU  MAY  TELL  PEOPLE  YOU  ARE  "RELIGIOUS"  TOWARDS  GOD;  YOU  MAY  HAVE  ALL  THE  SIGNS [AS OTHERS LOOK ON] THAT  APPEAR  TO  BE  "RELIGIOUS,  BUT  AS  SHOCKING  AS  IT  MAY  SEEM,  YOU  ARE  WORSHIPPING  CHRIST  AND  GOD  IN  VAIN!


SO  WITH  THAT  CLEAR  REVELATION  FROM  CHRIST  TO  YOU,  ARE  YOU  GOING  TO  STOP  AND  THINK  "I'D  BETTER  TAKE  STOCK  OF  ALL  THAT  I  DO  IN  MY  RELIGION,  TO  SEE  IF  IT  STACKS  UP  TO  THE  REAL  RELIGION  OF  GOD  AND  CHRIST."


IF  YOU  ARE  WILLING  TO  SO  TAKE  INVENTORY  OF  YOUR  RELIGIOUS  LIFE,  THEN  THIS  WEBSITE  IS  MEANT  FOR  YOU.  YOU  WILL  FIND  ON  HERE  MANY  OF  THE  MAN  MADE  TRADITIONS  OF  THEOLOGY  -  WORSHIP  TOWARDS  GOD,  THAT  HAVE  NO  BASIS  IN  THE  INSPIRED  WORD  OF  GOD.


AND  AS  SHOCKING  AS  IT  MAY  BE  TO  YOU,  THERE  ARE  MILLIONS  AND  MILLIONS  OF  PEOPLE  IN  THE  WORLD  THAT  ARE  WORSHIPPING  GOD  AND  CHRIST  IN  VAIN!


IT  MAY  BE  YOU  NEED  TO  RE-EVALUATE  HOW  YOU  WORSHIP  GOD.  IS  IT  ACCORDING  TO  THE  COMMANDMENTS  OF  GOD,  OR  IS  IT  GOVERNED  BY  THE  TRADITIONS  OF  MEN?

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