Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)
I turned on the news just as they announced the “royal birth.” It was a nice change of pace to see happy news, which is a rarity these days. Usually its a parody of evil and endless suffocating and heart wrenching scenarios. So, it certainly was a refreshing change to be pulled away from “reality” to go to a “fairytale” birth. A gift from God a baby…I pray the newborn be blessed with wisdom and compassion, and a strong countenance, which he’ll need in this world. The traditions of the royal family is charming and interesting. The town crier announcing the birth, in traditional costume and bell was an historical sight. So everyone, regardless of being in the States or not, can appreciate that scene.
Tradition, there’s a lot to be said for some traditions.
(1 Corinthians 11:2 )- I praise you that you keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you. Divine tradition is teaching delivered from God through inspired men. Rather than opposing it, we must obey it as essential to our salvation. The Word of God has been written through inspired men and is a a must for all His children to be familar with.
Spiritual guidance and discernment is a gift from God, as the Holy Spirit resides in us, we’re able to live a life of fulfillment according to the scriptures, and God’s divine and Holy Word.
The Bible should be taught according to His Word, not mans. The Traditions of MAN should not subtract or add to the word of God. A lot of people follow “man’s tradition.” Often people follow religious practices that are nowhere found in God’s word. They are different from what God has told us to do. People may argue that it’s okay because it doesn’t state in the Bible that contradicts their “traditions of men.” The Bible teaches us otherwise.
Jeremiah 10:23 states that the way of man is not in himself. It is not in man who walks to direct his steps. Since we don’t think like God does, we can’t possibly know God’s will unless He reveals it (1 Corinthians 2:10-13). Knowing this, God completely reveals His will in the Bible, and He warned us not to follow human wisdom.
Galatians 1:6-9 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. This is a specific and clear statement of warning, not to turn from the gospel, or the original Word. This is self-explanatory. I don’t need to go any further with this.
Revelation 22:18,19 - Follow His word and refuse to add to or take from what He says. Trust in Him and His word without changing the word and abide in His ways.
If we’re asked to partake or believe in something, we should ask, “Where in the word shows this as acceptable?” If it can’t be found in God’s word… then we should refuse to acknowledge or participate in it.
So we must as children of God be aware of what is God’s word versus man’s traditions. We have to be aware and astute to ascertain what is the practice of man versus the practice of God’s word.
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:8 KJV)
Christ and His Doctrine are the ideal and divine inspriation of which we as Christians build our faith and our lives. Christ and His Spirit and His wisdom are what filters our minds and infiltrates our souls.
So, while certain traditions, such as the “royal birth” are interesting and happy news….or a bride throwing her bouquet of flowers during the ceremony is an acceptable and happy practice, neither one will inflict upon our quest for eternal salvation.
However, the foolish traditions of men and pulling away from the Word in terms of “adding or subtracting” and making up ones own traditions thereby blocking out Christ and His Doctrine, well that is tampering with one’s own salvation.
After all, man is man…and the world is a symbol of something other than God. If we want to exist in this world filled with much angst, and joy (such as the birth of the royal baby and babies in general) we need to put on our full Gospel Armor from head to toe. When we’re equipped with the Word, we can never be fooled or pulled in by the traditions of man. We will be wise and alert and on guard, and protected by His hands of grace.
Because as it is written: You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. ( 1 John 4:4 KJV)
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:1 -5 KJV )
(C) CD Swanson 2013