Archive for the ‘tradition’ Category

Deadly Tradition

July 21, 2010

On March 11, 2002, fifteen Saudi schoolgirls died as they attempted to flee from their school in the holy city of Mecca. A fire had set the building ablaze. The girls ran to the school gates but these were locked. The keys were in the possession of a male guard, who refused to open the gates because the girls were not wearing the correct Islamic dress imposed on women by Saudi law: face veils and overgarments. The “indecently” dressed girls frantically tried to save their young lives. The Saudi police beat them back into the burning building. Officers of the Mutaween, the “Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice,” as the Police are known in Saudi Arabia, also beat passers-by and firemen who tried to help the girls. “It is sinful to approach them,” the policemen warned bystanders. It is not only sinful, it is also a criminal offence.

Geert Wilders

This incident was reported by the BBC and notes that even the Saudi media made a rare criticism of the religious police.

“Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?” Matthew 15:3

Why do you cut the ends off the lamb roast?

September 13, 2009

One night at dinner, a young man asked his wife, Why do you cut the ends off the lamb roast? Her reply, I’m not sure. My mother used to do it. A week went by and they visited her mother for dinner, and you guessed it, lamb roast for dinner. So he asked, Why do you cut the ends off the lamb roast? Her reply: I’m not sure. My mother always did it. So he made a phone call to his wife’s grandmother and asked, Why do you cut the ends off the lamb roast? Her reply; Well, I’ve only got a small baking tray.

(various versions of this slightly apocryphal tale exist)

The Bible Alone

October 25, 2008

Sola scriptura teaches that the Scriptures are the sole infallible rule of faith for the Church. The doctrine does not say that there are not other, fallible, rules of faith, or even traditions, that we can refer to and even embrace. It does say, however, that the only infallible rule of faith is Scripture. This means that all other rules, whether we call them traditions, confessions of faith, creeds, or anything else, are by nature inferior to and subject to correction by, the Scriptures. The Bible is an ultimate authority, allowing no equal, nor superior, in tradition or church. It is so because it is theopneustos, God-breathed, and hence embodies the very speaking of God, and must, of necessity therefore be of the highest authority.

James White