Why a Series on Holy Tradition?
There is at least one-third of Christianity which has absolutely no idea what Holy Tradition is. These Christians are known as Protestants, a term to denote the various churches and denominations directly associated with Martin Luther's protest against the Catholic church, which represents another one-third of Christianity. The other third of Christianity is known as Eastern Orthodoxy, which is the modern name for the Early Church, also known as the Historical Church, since the tenets of the Early Church have survived intact throughout church history without change in Eastern Orthodoxy.
The total ignorance of Holy Tradition among Protestants has caused many of them to be either oblivious to the issue or to believe in fanciful tales about it or to simply attack it, even though the Early Christians also called it the Apostolic Tradition. This is why this series has been written, in order to inform Protestants what Tradition is and what it is not, as well as to explain to Protestants the spirituality and context of Scripture, in other words, how to read the Bible in the way that the Ancient Witnesses understood it, not in the way that Martin Luther or John Calvin or John Wesley or any other Protestant reformer wanted us to understand it.
So this series will go through a good amount of information and nuances surrounding the issues for and against Apostolic Tradition. These reports will look at Scripture, Sacred History among the Ancient Jews and Early Christians, various Biblical methods of interpretation, various traditional methods of interpreting Tradition, and many other concepts.
Despite what Protestants wish to believe, Holy Tradition has always been a reality in Judaism and Christianity, not because it is filled with doctrinal errors, but because it formulates and protects doctrinal truths in and out of Scripture. Indeed, no one can read the Bible without some pre-conceived bias interpreting meanings and practices into it. This series on Holy Tradition is written in order to explain this irrefutable fact and to point the reader to the original spirituality of the Bible's writers and their first witnesses.
As the Bible and Sacred History reveal, false traditions have always competed with Divine Tradition, but Tradition has never been replaced by false traditions, since the Holy Spirit has established Holy Tradition along with the Bible through the Prophets and Apostles in oral, extra-biblical form, and because Jesus taught in Matthew 16:18 that the gates of Hades will never prevail against His Church. Therefore, where false traditions have successfully been established is not in the True Apostolic Church (nor necessarily in the original Orthodox Judaism), a fact that goes against Protestant mythology. Rather, false traditions thrive only because they have not been accepted in the Historical Church (nor even in Orthodox Judaism), that is, they become codified by reformers, heretics, and other entities, and practiced and believed by their followers in separate sects, cults, and denominations which have broken away from the original Apostolic standard of worship. This is why different churches have appeared throughout Christian history, not because of false traditions secretly corrupting and changing the tenets of the original Apostolic Church, requiring reformers to restore Christianity to its original faith, but because reformers, heretics, and their followers were unable to influence the Historical Church with their new gospel traditions. Furthermore, these reformers have reinterpreted Scripture to conform to their new traditions, thereby making themselves and their beliefs seem Biblical and infallible. Then these Protestants and their myth-makers turn around and accuse the Early Church, Ancient Jews, modern Jews, Catholics, and Orthodox of doing precisely what they themselves do, which is, invent man-made doctrines and practices and make them seem like doctrines of the Lord. These observations are just what Protestants cannot comprehend, and it is why such a lengthy discussion about Tradition has been written. Hence, this series about Holy Tradition is designed to inform and explain how impossible it is to read the Bible without oral traditions (or any kind of pre-conceived bias) and why Scripture should be read according to the original Tradition of spirituality.
What a Christian believes affects his behavior, his attitudes, his desire for God, his knowledge of the Apostles, his Bible reading, his prayer, his worship, and how he practices Christianity- love for God and neighbor, Baptism, Communion, etc. Ultimately, it affects his salvation. This is why the Early Christians constantly fought battles over every theological detail possible and fervently struggled to preserve the original Apostolic Gospel. A series on Holy Tradition is extremely necessary, not just for the unity of the Apostolic Church, but also for the soul of each Christian.
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