It’s a bit disingenuous when folks cry out “Religious Tradition!” about something established by men that offends their non-traditional sensibilities, even if true. It’s like slapping down fake vomit. I can understand why …
Of all the mentions of “traditions” in the Bible, many are unfavorable. But not all of them. For example:
“So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15
“Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.” 1 Corinthians 11:2
In both of those cases, tradition is a good thing. In many others cases, i.e. Mark 7:4, Galatians 1:14, Micah 6:16, Mark 7:9, Colossians 2:8 etc., it’s not so good.
One of my favorite obscure passages regarding tradition is this one:
“Do not move the ancient landmark that your fathers have set.” Proverbs 22:28 In principle, it, and its related passages… Deuteronomy 19:14, Deuteronomy 27:17, Job 24:2, and Proverbs 23:10 do not speak directly to tradition, but I think they offer some insight on how to treat tradition’s encroachment on truth. With these thoughts in mind, I have a few questions:
1. When, biblically speaking, must we stand against religious traditions?
2. How, biblically speaking, are we to do that?
3. What, biblically speaking, are religious traditions?