Malankara World

What Shall I Do To Be Saved?

By Rev. Dr. Curian Kaniyamparambil

Question 27. We have found that the religious doctrines are based on the Bible and apostolic traditions. But how do we interpret Matthew 15:3? Why do you also transgress the command of your God, because of your tradition?

Since Christ said this, it is obvious that He was not referring to something after His crucifixion and resurrection. He was referring to the Jewish traditions prevalent at that time. During this time there were many Jewish rules, which were created and enforced by the Pharisees. After Babel, the Jews created an administrative body called The Great Synagogue, whose responsibility was to maintain the faith and to interpret. This body existed for almost 150 years and became extinct in BC 291. They made a total of 613 rules. Christ referred to these as burdens or elder's traditions.

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