Traditions are not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can be a good thing. However, all too often traditions make people forget the truths that God has given to the world. Often people reject God’s Word because runs counter to their traditions that have received from their ancestors. We should follow God rather than man. We should keep God’s commandments rather than man’s commandments or traditions.
Here is what the Bible has to say about tradions:
(1) Traditions can make you break God’s Law.
“But he (Jesus) answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?”
(2) Traditions can make you nullify the good of God’s law.
“And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.”
“Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”
(3) Often you cannot keep both God’s Law and human traditions at the same time.
“For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.”
“And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.”
(4) Traditions can be useless, followed in vain.
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers.”
And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
(5) Human traditions can spoil you.
“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.”
(6) Traditions can be good
“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.”
“Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.”
Paul could say this because the traditions that he was referring to here were the truths of the gospel.
(7) Many traditions are in the same category as fables and unprofitable questions.
We should not subscribe to teachings that are merely fables. Even true information that has a lot of missing links may be unprofitable which will make you ask question after question and get you nowhere as it does not satisfy your needs.
“Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.”
“But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.”
“And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
“Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.”
(8) Thank God that the Bible is not a fable.
“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”
Let us follow then what is true. If certain traditions are not spoken against in God’s Word by all means you can follow them. However, when man’s traditions contradict God’s commandments it is time to take a stand against traditions of that type. Shun those traditions because the light of God’s Word has shone on you showing you a better away.