“Grace to you and peace from God our Father.” — Colossians 1:2

Welcome to the Tradition Or Truth blog.

Years ago, I was faced with a family upheaval that nearly shattered my faith. This came at a bad time in my life, when my spiritual growth had reached a critical stage. I had developed a yearning for the truth, and knew that, in a world full of indoctrination and fallacy, I had to search things out. The aforementioned upheaval knocked me back — way back. It brought me to a point where I had to either scrap everything I had ever believed, or start refiguring what TO believe.

I did both. I went all the way back to the very beginning, to the very question of whether there is a God at all. I tore down everything I had believed and started over, rebuilding, studying, praying, reading, analyzing, researching. It was a long and difficult road, and aside from God, I was completely on my own. I wanted to take this journey by myself, with no other influence other than God Himself and His Holy Word.

Today, I continue that journey. Fortunately, the upheaval that almost wrecked my faith turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. I have found that some of the things I knew were correct and other things were false. I also learned things that I might never have otherwise come to know. And, above all, I have learned never to trust implicitly the teaching of one person or denomination, but to trust God alone (Romans 3:4).

One of the things I did learn was that our society, both religious and secular, are saturated with tradition. Rather than studying the Word to find their answers, people turn to what they, their parents, and their parents’ parents have always practiced. They hold to assumptions and rituals, never once questioning what they do or seeking out the truth from the Source of All Truth. If their traditions are challenged, they have no answer except that the people of their particular belief system have always practiced those traditions. They do not know why they do the things they do. They do not know from whence their traditions come. And they certainly do not know how their tradition stands in the face of Scripture. Some don’t even care — they are modern-day Pharisees, whitewashed walls (Acts 23:3).

I have encountered these people in all walks of life. In the Christian culture, every denomination has its traditions. Tradition is the lifeblood of a denomination. Whether you are Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Mennonite, Amish, Congregationalist, Evangelical, or any other of the countless sects, your life has been run by tradition to one degree or another.

The purpose of this blog is to help you, me, and all of us examine what we believe, to differentiate from “the tradition of men” (Mark 7:8, Colossians 2:8) and the Truth taught in The Word. I am still searching, and always will. But this blog is where I post my findings, and, I hope, get your feedback, and most importantly, challenge you to search out what you believe, whether it is Tradition . . . Or Truth.

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One Response to ““Grace to you and peace from God our Father.” — Colossians 1:2”

  1. internet elias Says:

    Way to go! Truth is only found by those who ‘seek’ after it. Truth, of course, is the Father.

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