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Offline Lefein

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Traditions of Men
« on: November 06, 2010, 04:13:26 AM »
There has been something on my heart, rather heavily ever since coming into agreement with Universal Reconciliation.

It is a warning, I believe - now I am no prophet or anything, but it is like a repeating "check" or "knowing" concerning the traditions of men.

"Not every tradition of man comes out of the theology of the church's pulpit, you can be free as a bird from the building and still build up traditions."

"Not every thing we call tradition is tradition."

"Extremes are bad, don't go from one end of Tradition (the Pharisees) to another (the Sadducees)."

 The third one is a little personal, and so it requires some explaining.  The Pharisees represent to me the religious minded who are much like our current church, what most people on here can clearly understand as Churchianity.  The Sadducees however represent to me the religious of a different sort, those who are the opposite of the Pharisees - these are those who deny alot of things...They are a bit like "religious anarchists" if that term makes sense.  Both sides claim to have the truth, but both sides are wrong, both sides however have a little bit of truth also; (Test all things, hold on to the good).

The warning in my heart has always been ever since coming into this next phase, to not pretend that just because I am not accepting church teachings on Hell, the traditions of the modern day Pharisees does not mean that I am free from tradition if I run bolting to accepting the traditions of the Sadducees under the guise that I have left falsehood, and found truth - when infact I have merely ran from one tradition into the arms of another.  From harlot to whore.

Both the Pharisees, and the Sadducees traditions made the word of God to no affect.

The Pharisees had truth however, they believed in angels, and the Resurrection, and the Afterlife; These Jesus said were true, and did not deny.  They were still wrong however in their application of rules and regulations, and religious hypocrisy was their bread.

The Sadducees however, did not believe in angels, the resurrection, or the afterlife, or the supernatural and they only accepted the first five books of Moses as legitimate - they were wrong.

We should not be like Sadducees who in our own traditions and fighting with the Pharisees cut out portions of the Bible (whether physically, or spiritually by cutting out sound interpretations, or teachings, or doctrines) or deny important fundamental realities - Angels, resurrection, or the afterlife, or the supernatural.

Do not go from extremes, to extremes, do not run from the harlot into the arms of the whore.  Don't believe that you are safe from Tradition, merely because you have rejected a certain school of it.  And don't lean to your own understanding, because even if you reject something from the church, to lean on your own interpretation - you are leaning to your own understanding, and have conceived a tradition of man, for thou art a man as your fellows at the church of whom you left, and rejected, as well as their school.

Lean on God, and don't believe yourself to be free of Tradition, don't reject the wheat with the chaff.
CLV: Proverbs 10:12 Hatred, it rouses up quarrels, Yet love covers over all transgressions.
KJV: Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

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Re: Traditions of Men
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2010, 06:51:58 AM »
 :cloud9: Some very good points..... :thumbsup:
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Re: Traditions of Men
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2010, 02:19:04 AM »
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