Traditions And Rituals Hide The Truth

September 16

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
For you are like whitewashed tombs
which indeed appear beautiful outwardly,
but inside are full of dead men’s bones
and all uncleanness.”
Matthew 23:27

Dead men’s bones…

Sin is an affliction we’re born with and over which we have little control. Sin sickens the soul and separates us from God. The scribes and the Pharisees were “the religious” of their day – those who considered themselves righteous because of the religious rituals they did. They taught others not the law of God but religion, the traditions of men.

Religious rites and practices, traditions which have been developed over the centuries – are useless. They make a “religious” person feel good, feel righteous, but they are deceptions blinding the eyes to the true nature inside, that man does not want to deal with. Traditions and rites hide the truth and blind the heart.

“The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked;”
Jeremiah 17:9

Jesus did not come for “religious” people who consider themselves righteous through performing the traditions they’ve grown up with. He came for those who know what they really are inside – sinners in dire need of salvation.

If you belong to a religion that teaches you that if you perform its rites and rituals you are a “righteous” person, hear the Words of Scripture that these practices not only do not make you righteous, but they blind you to the truth of what is truly inside you and they prevent you from dealing with that truth.

To be saved, you must deal with the truth of what you are inside, that you are sick with sin and in great need of salvation. Come to the Savior acknowledging and confessing this truth about yourself, and surrender yourself and your life to him asking for his salvation. Then, and ONLY then, you will be saved.

More:
“Born Again” – What Does That Mean?

 

 

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