How did we begin?

After the death of Christ but before the New Testament was written, any genuine Christian had to have his faith handed down to him either orally, as in an oral witness of the gospel or historical events, or through the teaching of proper worship, as in communion and baptism, All this we would classify as tradition.

Certainly, the person of genuine faith would only have other believers to look to for questions like, “what does this mean?” He would ask questions and get an oral answer, even an interpretation of that answer. And whether it was James at Jerusalem, Peter at Antioch, or another Apostle, the Apostle’s teachings would have been coveted the most by all Christians when looking for answers, guidance, and interpretations

Having begun in tradition, why at the end of modernity do we reject it?


4 thoughts on “How did we begin?

  1. Because over the course of 2,000 years, Tradition has been tainted by the traditions of men. At least as early as when Constantine converted Rome to Christianity, there were converts who used to pray to a whole pantheon of gods. When they turned to Christianity, they had pagan traditions they had to rid themselves of. It is true that Jesus takes over a lot of pagan tokens in the New Testament. But he replaced them with proper Christianity, not idolatry.

    Also, because of the invention of the printing press, and the fact that most people know how to read and write, anyone can know more Bible than even the Pope himself. So we don’t need to rely on tradition as much.

    The early Christians had no choice but to listen to oral traditions. Now, we have the power to discern the truth for ourselves by reading God’s word with our own eyes.

  2. “Tradition has been tainted…”

    If your body is sick make it well. Don’t make a new body. The Church is the body of Christ. And as such, if it has become corrupted needs to be cleansed of its corruption, not disposed of and made into another. Mainly, because it is physically impossible.

    1. I agree. No one is suggesting we dispose of all the Christians and start the whole religion from scratch again. It is impossible, as you say, to wipe out all the Christians. However, in cleansing the Church, many new churches were organized. But we are still one body. We need to focus on Christian unity and ecumenism. But it is okay for there to be other churches. There were many schools of Christian thought even in the early days of the apostles. Look at all the so-called heresies the Catholic Church combated in the days of the primitive church. The only difference nowadays is that instead of calling them heresies we call them denominations. Again, we need to unite as one body, regardless of our interpretations of Scripture.

  3. We need to unite as one body? I don’t think so. I think we all just need to do what we believe we are called to do and as long as we are not murdering one another in the name of Jesus and doctrinal purity I think we’ll do OK.

    The Catholic Church had many denominations long before Luther. It calls them Religious Orders and there were/are hundreds of them. The only problems the church ever had with them was when they taught heresy or wouldn’t submit to the Pope. The Big Break came when Luther advanced a heresy and Rome no longer had the political power to kill him or stop him.

    I think that was a good thing.

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