"The some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, "Why do your disciples break the tradition of their elders? They don't wash their hands before they eat!" Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for your sake of tradition?"
- Matthew 15:1-3
Religious people are pissed that
Jesus and His followers aren't
following rules that were set
in stone by other religious people.
These laws had been established,
they are known because they have been taught,
a strict distinction between right and wrong.
They're condemning Jesus,
the Son of God,
for breaking tradition,
being too liberal.
They're condemning a man who is God
and His followers that believe He is God
for not doing what is "right" and "respectable".
This is God we're talking about,
He is not contained by rules and regulations.
Jesus rebukes them,
"Why the frick do you break
God's law, a beautiful law
of love and acceptance,
for your established laws of "religion".
God's law outweighs tradition.
It will always be greater,
it is mystical, awe-inspiring,
and you want to control it with rules?
Good luck trying."
Rules and good deeds and traditions
are no longer defining factors of salvation.
God's wide expanse of love
and radical grace
is upon us,
covering all we see.
So what if we stepped aside
from our religious trappings,
the one's that say we're failing
if we don't follow the rules,
if we aren't good enough,
and we stepped into grace.
The grace of God,
expressed in His son Jesus,
is sufficient for us.