Man's fallen nature caused Israel to "add their own interpretation" to the Law of God which was the Torah. By adding the Rabbi's interpretation...traditional views and human opinions began to "take away" from the truth and authority of God's effectual Word. The truth and authority of God's Word is what "effects the human soul and gives us a basis for our faith". Tradition or human ideals are not the ways of God, nor do they effectually work within the human soul. Traditions and opinions "add too" God's Word and thus water it down to a place where it has no "effect" on the heart of man. Religious tradition and human opinion is a violation against the truth and authority of God's Word.
Matt 15:1-8...Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples "transgress the tradition of the elders?" for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also "transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have "ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition." Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Today there are modern doctrines and teachings that still make the Word of God of none effect in 2010. These doctrines and teachings have a form of godliness but they "deny the power!" The Word of God should have power and effect! The Word of of God teaches the authority behind man's righteousness and holiness is Christ. Without the truth of the Word of God we have no standard to live by. Christ is the central theme of the Bible's great truth! Man's natural standard and natural inclination is not one of victory but defeat! Victory comes from the work of Christ in the human soul. Defeat comes from human works which are stench in the nostrils of God! The Word of God teaches man to have a holy character from Christ, not an unholy character from the works of human conduct. I'm so glad we have the truth of God's Word to live by in 2010! The traditional and religious ways of the modern Church say we are defeated..but the Word of God in the New Testament records teaches we can have victory over sin, victory over the flesh, victory over the Devil, and victory over every problem in our lives! Christians can have this victory...the Bible says so! Yes, God's Word says so. Tradition can not give us victory. Man's ideals can not give us victory...but the truth of God's says "all Christian's should have this victory". See the harm that religion and tradition has caused even at this present hour? Come on?
I'm so glad we have the Bible as the basis of our faith. I'm so glad we have a resurrected Christ ruling and reigning in our hearts and lives! I appreciate the truth and authority behind God's Word. The Word has an effect in my life and my ministry for Christ. I love teaching the Word! I love reaping the Word's dividends from the fruit in your lives. Christ made a way. The Holy Spirit is our teacher. May this ministry and Blog go out with power and authority that comes from the Truth of God's Word. May it change your heart and life for the glory of Christ! I'm thankful it has my own. The Word teaches victory and truth. No matter what the opinions of men are. No matter what tradition says. In this ministry for Christ...the Word of God still has an effect! Glory! I love this Blog. I love you the reader! Trust and Obey!