TraditionThis is our Torah & Tradition page. This is where we look at religious tradition and begin to understand where we went off the path from a righteous life with our Father in Heaven to a dark place devoid of true fellowship with him. So many religions are zealous for their traditions which have little or no impact on a true relationship with our Father in Heaven at all. Has God commanded us to keep and observe Christmas and Easter? Has God commanded us to wear a Kippah? Has God commanded us to light two candles eighteen minutes before sundown? Has God really commanded us to recite the Shema morning and night? There are so many traditions in our different faiths and we have elevated these traditions to being equal to or above the Word of God. This behavior grieves our Father as all He wanted  was to have us obey HIS Torah commands, and not religious tradition. So many people in Christianity, Islam and Judaism pride themselves on their adherence to their own respective traditions and somehow feel that by keeping such traditions they are honoring God. This is not true. 

"Let God be true and every man a liar."

God has little or no use for our traditions whatsoever. They are burdensome and do not allow the beauty of a life that desires true intimacy with our Father. I believe there are spirits of religion, fallen angels or demons, that inhabit people in these three religious systems and keep them under a yoke of bondage by having such people under the yoke of tradition. It is a demonic influence that keeps us in our traditions. Christmas is Pagan, Easter is Pagan, and many would agree with me about this. But what about the Shema, wearing Kippahs, light candles before Shabbat? These, too, are man-made traditions which bring no glory to God. "But I love my traditions!" You may say. Yes, but your traditions will never get you into Heaven. Everytime we practice one of our cherished traditions, we are telling the Father that we know better than he does. Yeshua dealt with this two thousand years ago, consider,

Mat 15:1  Then some P'rushim and Torah-teachers from Yerushalayim came to Yeshua and asked him, 
Mat 15:2  "Why is it that your talmidim break the Tradition of the Elders? They don't do n'tilat-yadayim before they eat!" 
Mat 15:3  He answered, "Indeed, why do you break the command of God by your tradition? 
Mat 15:4  For God said, 'Honor your father and mother,' and 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.' 
Mat 15:5  But you say, 'If anyone says to his father or mother, "I have promised to give to God what I might have used to help you," 
Mat 15:6  then he is rid of his duty to honor his father or mother.' Thus by your tradition you make null and void the word of God! 
Mat 15:7  You hypocrites! Yesha`yahu was right when he prophesied about you, 
Mat 15:8  'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me. 
Mat 15:9  Their worship of me is useless, because they teach man-made rules as if they were doctrines.' " 
Mat 15:10  Then he called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand this! 
Mat 15:11  What makes a person unclean is not what goes into his mouth; rather, what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him unclean!" 
Mat 15:12  The talmidim came to him and said, "Do you know that the P'rushim were offended by what you said?" 
Mat 15:13  He replied, "Every plant that my Father in heaven has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. 
Mat 15:14  Let them be. They are blind guides. When a blind man guides another blind man, both will fall in a pit."  

What does Messiah call those who adhere to and teach their traditions? Blind guides. People who make the Word of God null and void. People who honor God with their lips, but their hearts are far from him. He calls them hypocrites. Don't fool yourself by saying that this was two thousand years ago, and we don't do that anymore. Jewish, Christian and Islamic Traditions are alive and well at the present time and have kept people in bondage for thousands of years. Ironically Christians use Matthew 15:11 to justify the eating of unclean meats. Yes, eating unclean meats is a tradition amongst some Christian believers. 

So, where will all this end? Messiah sums it up in Matthew 15:14 Let them be. They are blind guides. When a blind man guides another blind man, both will fall in a pit." And that is where most people reside in this day and age, in a pit. They haven't even scratched the surface of having a life of true fellowship with the Father through Yeshua, instead they have settled for their non-working traditions that have kept them in the gutter for many years. Yeshua said in the Book of Revelation, 

Rev_18:4  Then I heard another voice out of heaven say: "My people, come out of her! so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not be infected by her plagues, 

This is such a serious issue for many, and yet, many will never come to the place of nullifying their traditions and embracing a true and right relationship with God Almighty. Don't say you haven't been warned. If you have read this and make up your mind to keep your traditions without seeing if such traditions are based on the Word of God then you are a rebellious person for whom is slated the lake of fire. 

We ALL have been in a deep sleep, a darkened slumber and Father is in the process of waking us up, and restoring our minds to sanity. To keep and adhere to these man-made traditions is insanity, there are no other words for this, but some will say, the old wine is better. 

We will be looking in depth at many of the cherished traditions held by many in the faith and examine them in the light of Scripture. If such traditions are unscriptural we will advocate that others flee from them and abolish them from their lives. You are left with a choice: will I keep my traditions and embrace a life devoid of any true relationship with God, or will I denounce my traditions and live. Blessings or curses, the choice is yours.

Here is the first teaching by Jim Staley on Christmas and Easter, two cherished traditions in the Christian faith. Jim really brings this out and shows us how damaging to our souls is the keeping of these two man made holidays. 

 

 

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Many Jewish people hold fast to reciting the Shema and hold it very dearly in their hearts. The reality is that the second line of the Shema is a man-made phrase, so, to me, there is not that much importance in reciting the Shema. That is, there really is no commandment to recite the Shema. Let's look at the Scripture from which the Shema is derived:

 

Deu 6:4  "Sh'ma, Yisra'el! Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad [Hear, Isra’el! Adonai our God, Adonai is one]; 

Deu 6:5  and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources. 

Deu 6:6  These words, which I am ordering you today, are to be on your heart; 

Deu 6:7  and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

It doesn't say anything about reciting Deuteronomy 6:4 morning and night, all it says is to talk about the words of Torah morning and night and when you are travelling on the road. It wouldn't make sense to just talk about Deuteronomy 6:4 day and night, or to recite it day and night and while travelling on the road. The second line of the Shema says, Blessed is the Name of His glorious Kingdom for ever and ever. Although these are nice words, they were never commanded by God to be recited. I know that this will upset many people in the Jewish Faith, but what I am saying is true. There is no commandment from God's word to recite the Shema. The reciting of the Shema is a Jewish tradition, it is not a commandment.