[quote="Maria1993, post:1, topic:311303"]
While looking through my bible, I came across Matthew 15.8,9 in the back of my bible in a section that says 'New Testament Passages... Quoted or Paraphrased from the Septuagint"
It reads as follows
"These people, says God,....honor me with their words but their heart is really far away from me. It is no use for them to worship me, because they teach man-made rules and laws."
What are the man made rules and laws he is talking about? I was caught on this because due to my lack of knowledge, I don't know if we have "man made rules and laws". I thought about it this way also, if anyone ever had a conversation with me about the faith and brought up Matthew 15 8-9 saying we have man made rules and laws, I don't know how I would respond.
Any help is appreciated. Thank You and God Bless.
You have had many good answers already about the state of one's heart. When you look at some of the passages where Jesus upbraided the Pharisees, it becomes clear that there were many rules made by them that did not have honor of God at their center.
If you read the passage just before this it says:
Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2 "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands before they eat." 3 He answered them, "And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.' 5 But you say that whoever tells father or mother, 'Whatever support you might have had from me is given to God,' then that person need not honor the father. 6 So, for the sake of your tradition, you make void the word of God. 7 You hypocrites.....
11 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 12 But when he heard this, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners."
There is nothing inherintly wrong with rules or traditions, the problem becomes when they "make void the word of God".
Read Matt. 23, and you will see a great many examples.