When Jesus said he was not of the world and neither are his people, how can we then live as believers and follow the worlds way through vain traditions of men? Their traditions nullify the word of God and are called hypocrites as spoken first by the prophet Isaiah: “Ye hypocrites, well did E-sai’as(Elijah) prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”.(Matthew 15:7-9….Isaiah 29:13). I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.(John 17:14)…….(1 John 2:15).
Paul addressed this issue before Peter when he saw those who believed on Christ and those who were saying they are living of the truth of the gospel yet living as the Gentiles do. It frustrates the grace of God to live this way as though Christ died in vain! “But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain”.(Galatians 2:14,20,21).
If one steps back and looks at traditions of men it may open eyes to see just how ridiculous man’s traditions and deceptions are, yet every year many follow without questioning just where did all these traditions come from and is it ordained by God ar man? At Christmas the tradition is to believe in the NON EXISTANT things like flying Reindeer,Angels get wings if a bell rings,Mistle toe is hung so people can kiss under it,Frosty a snowman exists,Singing the song “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” What do people do where snow does not fall sing?,Cut a pine tree down and bring it inside the house and decorate with ornaments and lights–How exactly does this Honor God in Heaven? A fat man in a red suit comes down a chimney to bring gifts to children are told to leave out cookies and milk for him.When was the last time you saw a large person come down a chimney?????
His name is santa who when the letters are jumbled tells of the TRUE ONE being served at this time of year. Santa+satan
laughs every time a child yells his name in excitement. Who is known in the bible as the father of lies? and does not abide in truth of the words of God?.(John 8:44,45). Do you really not see the vain deceit and philosophy of all this? “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily”.(Colossians 2:8,9). The previous passage tells that the traditions of men, are not of Christ. To know when Jesus was really born check out the link below.
We are told to hold to the traditions set forth by Christ himself and not the worlds tradition’s that are not of the Lord. We are saved through following the truth of the gospel and by being obedient to what that truth is. “Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even out Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work”.(2 Thessalonians 2:14-17).
We cannot live in the worlds ways and traditions and say we are following Christ after learning the truth of the gospel he has set forth for us to follow his example, for we are as he is in this world. “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of Judgement: because as he is, so are we in this world”.(1 John 4:17). It is a battle of such to do opposite of the world, but we as his people are told to be strong to carry out his will! If we do as we’re instructed then we learn to quit being like the world and men and be like the ones he has called out of the world as his examples. “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men. Let all your things be done with charity”.(1 Corinthians 16:13,14).