Recently, I have been continualy asked by evangelicals, “Why tradition? Mar 7:8 clearly teaches that traditions are not to be kept!”
To answer these kinds of questions, I have used E-Sword to closely study the instances of “Tradition” in the Bible. The results were amazing… It shows that we should keep traditions, just not traditions that contrast to God’s Word and his Commendments
A funny example of a tradition that is in contrast to God’s Word is “Sola Scriptura” (I would count this as a fundamentalist tradition). Ironically, “Sola Scriptura” is not in the scriptures, and yet it teaches us to only follow the scripture - which is hypocritical, to some extent. All Christianity would probably agree that God always warned us of hypocriticy.
Listed are ALL the instances of the word, “TRADITION” in the Bible.**
Emphasized are the words I kept an eye on.
Strong Faced are the verses that meant the most.
Green are the verses that clearly show that traditions are to be kept as long as it comes from Church Authority.
Maroon are the verses that clearly indicate that traditions against God’s commandments are not to be kept.
The translation used was the NEW AMERICAN BIBLE **
Mat 15:2 "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They do not wash (their) hands when they eat a meal."
Mat 15:3 He said to them in reply, "And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
Mat 15:6 need not honor his father.’ You have nullified the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
Mar 7:3 (For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews, do not eat without carefully washing their hands, keeping the tradition of the elders.
Mar 7:4 And on coming from the marketplace they do not eat without purifying themselves. And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed, the purification of cups and jugs and kettles (and beds).)
Mar 7:5 So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him, "Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?"
Mar 7:8 You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition."
Mar 7:9 He went on to say, "How well you have set aside the commandment of God in order to uphold your tradition!
Mar 7:13 You nullify the word of God in favor of your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many such things."
1Co 11:2 I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold fast to the traditions, just as I handed them on to you.
Gal 1:13 For you heard of my former way of life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it,*
Gal 1:14 and progressed in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my race, since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions.**
Col 2:8 See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to human tradition, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ.
2Th 2:15 Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.
2Th 3:6 We instruct you, brothers, in the name of (our) Lord Jesus Christ,to shun any brother who conducts himself in a disorderly way and not according to the tradition they received from us.
I know of no Catholic Tradition that is against God’s Word or God’s Commandment