Truth or Tradition?

Traditional sayings are often held on the same level as God’s word. This may become detrimental to one’s meticulous harmonizing of scripture. As an example, we may consider the following traditional sayings, that are not exactly what the Bible says:

“…one sin cannot enter heaven.”

“From the sweat of thy brow, shalt thou eat bread.”

“…we were born in sin and shapened in iniquity.”

“…faith cometh by hearing and hearing the word of God.”

Upon careful scrutiny of the above, you may realize that traditional sayings do influence our vocabulary and thought pattern. In future issues we will dedicate this column to exposing the same. Traditional concepts and customs may be obstacles to one’s advancement in God and must be carefully weighed. Choice must be made between elimination or assimilation, and the basis for decision should always be God’s word.

When traditions contradict the principles of God’s word, and discipleship is compromised, elimination is the better choice. Jesus condemns traditions that weakened God’s commandments and stagnated the process of conversion. Mt. 15:6-9.

Truth is intended to penetrate and transform even the darkest crevices of the heart. On the contrary, religious tradition often creates a veneer or façade that conceals our hypocrisy. Thus we could live our entire religious lives looking like Christians, but possessing unconverted hearts. In conclusion, we must understand that we should still dogmatically hold to Godly traditions passed on to us. These are spoken of by Paul in 2 Thess. 2:15, 3:6; and are a necessity for sanctification from sin and worldliness.

Taking a panoramic view of the Bible, we are confronted with hundreds of years of real life examples both good and evil. Without hesitation, we know good examples must always be pursued. Nevertheless, let us always consider the practicality of adopting examples suitable to enhancing godliness in our time.

Tradition established on the principles of present truth will be a tremendous asset to godliness.