Choosing traditions or commandments?

As life happens, people either look for God’s guidance to do the right thing or look “godly” excuses to avoid their responsibilities.

Most of people I call religious are more faithful to their tradition than Jesus. They know many things about the tradition than the words of Jesus. They are more careful to observe certain feasts and celebrations, sacraments or events, than to study the Scriptures for themselves.

Prophet Amos delivered a message for his people of Israel prior of the destruction of the temple.

Amos 8:10-11  I will turn your feasts into mourning and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on every waist and baldness on every head; I will make it like the mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day. “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. 

It is nothing wrong with traditions, we have them. The challenge is when the traditions are presented as transcended truths. We don’t change traditions just because someone wishes or they are old. We compare the current traditions with the new ones or as always happens when the word of God comes into the light – traditions are scanned if they pass the green light word of God. We need to make sure that traditions do not contain the virus of making people less hungry for the word of God, and more hungry for the word of men.

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