Fundamentals of the Christian Faith in the Light of the Gospels

by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din

Divine Commandments and Tradition

As against this Divine teaching, it is highly foolish and improper to take to any other traditional man-made teaching. Jesus, too, had sensed this inclination of the people, namely, that setting aside the Book of God, they begin to show obedience to the personal biddings of their religious preceptors. Jesus said:

“For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tra­dition of men…. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your tradition” (Mark, 7:8–9).

This important caution of Jesus has also been recorded by Matthew in his Gospel (15:3–6):

“Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? …. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.”

This word of warning uttered by Jesus himself should be suf­ficient to awaken the Christians to the Gospel truth, so that they should refuse to accept the dogma of Trinity which stands in defiance of the unity of God.