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 Should we keep the commandments of God or the traditions of men?  Mark 7:8
"For laying aside the commandments of God, you hold on to the tradition of men."
Jesus spoke those words directly to the Scribes and the Pharisees, but do they apply to us today, just as they did 2,000 years ago?  Do we observe man made traditions and doctrines above the commandments of God? 

In Mark 7:6,7 Jesus quoted a passage from Isaiah that says, "This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me, and in vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men". 

Could we, at this present time, be worshiping God in vain?  According to Jesus' own words, if we are not worshiping God from our heart, we are wasting our time and His. 

In Mark 12:30 Jesus tells us what the 1st commandment of God is, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your HEART, with all your SOUL, with all your MIND and with all your STRENGHT".  And in verse 31 He tells us the second commandment is, "you shall love your neighbor as yourself.  There is no other commandment Greater than these". 

If we could only live by these commandments and less by the traditions and doctrines of the churches we attend, what an impact the body of Christ would have on this world! 
When we buy a car or an appliance we look in the owners manual to see how to operate this particular item. If we want to know what God says or thinks about something, we should go to His owner's manual, (THE HOLY BIBLE). 

Let us never put traditions of men or church doctrines before the true commandment of God, LOVE.