Traditions of Men



Dear Jane,

Let me clear some things up for you.

Jane: You state an oxymoron. Pick one. Base your beliefs on scripture alone or scripture plus man or man’s version of scripture.

BFHU:
The Catholic Church does not base her beliefs on any of the above except one: a Divine man, Jesus Christ. Our beliefs are based on the teachings of the Apostles, who received their teachings from Jesus. Jesus never wrote His teachings down. Jesus never instructed the apostles to write anything down let alone to instruct Christians to only base their beliefs upon what they wrote down. The whole world could not contain the books that would be needed as St. John says in Jn.21:25.

Jane:Scripture declares itself an end all be all unit for the purpose of salvation and disregards additions or corrections.

BFHU: Where? I noticed that you have not supplied us with a verse from scripture. You have on your own authority made a statement. But I don’t know you and cannot accept your authority. Sorry.

Jane: So, a posture of scripture plus man’s tradition declares the scripture to be faulty, that it needs man to help it along.

BFHU: Not at all. We do not believe in the “traditions of men” in the sense that they are condemned in Sacred Scripture. When the Catholic Church teaches from TRADITION she means by that “What has been handed down”


Tradition:

a.(among Jews) body of laws and doctrines, or any one of them, held to have been received from Moses and originally handed down orally from generation to generation.
b.(among Christians) a body of teachings, or any one of them, held to have been delivered by Christ and His apostles but not originally committed to writing. (Dictionary.com)

We simply follow St. Paul when he exhorts in his letters:

1 Corinthians 11:2 Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.

2 Thessalonians 2:15
So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.

Jane: Or, you could just get out the black marker and cross out all the parts you don’t like.

BFHU:
We would never do that. All of Sacred Scripture is the infallible word of God. Jane, those who have taught you have failed to teach all of Scripture. When I was a Protestant, dealing with Eternal Security (a Protestant issue) it became clear to me that the Calvinists treated Scripture as if certain passages were highlighted and the rest could be passed over or totally ignored. I was amazed. And yet they still claimed to believe EVERYTHING in Scripture.

As i said before:

“The irony is that this Protestant Doctrine of Scripture Alone or Sola Scriptura cannot be found anywhere in Scripture.”

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4 Responses

  1. Scripture isn’t infallible. It’s inerrant. Just being nitpicky. 🙂

  2. Suzanne,
    Interesting but what do you see is the difference?

    An online dictionary:
    in⋅er⋅rant  /ɪnˈɛrənt, -ˈɜr-/ –adjective free from error; infallible.

    When you look the two words up in a thesaurus they seem to be synonyms also. But what you have said seems a bit familiar, like I’ve heard it before but didn’t understand what the distinction was supposed to be.

  3. Traditions of man? Tell me please is it Christ tradition to walk around with a statue at a feast? Or is an Italian tradition kept?

    • You are right! Processing with statues is a tradition of men. It is a celebration of our faith in a special, visible and evangelical way to witness to our faith. No Catholic is required to participate or agree with it. That is not what the Church or St. Paul meant when we speak about clinging to the Traditions. These Traditions are the Teachings of Our Lord, as taught to His Apostles. Traditions with a capital “T” are not the same as “traditions of men”.

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