Fundamentals of the Christian Faith in the Light of the Gospels

by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din

No Mention of Church Dogma in the Sermon on the Mount: Jesus Opposed to the Doctrine of Atonement

Unjust and unreasonable attitude has been condemned by him:

“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” (Matthew, 15:3–6).

St. Mark has also recorded in his Gospel this reprimand uttered by Jesus in the following words:

“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 own tradition” (Mark, 7:8–9).

The followers of Jesus Christ, keeping in view this grim warning uttered by him, should reconsider and revise their arti­cles of faith. It is certainly not meet for them to give preference to the traditions of men over the clear and rational command­ments of Jesus.