My wife makes her own bread, from scratch. She has her own “starter” made from flour and water that sizzles away producing all the necessary goodies for bread to rise, and all she has to do is “feed” the starter with a touch more flour when it’s bread-making time, chuck some of the starter and salt in her homemade bread mix and that’s it, no added yeast or any artificial or chemical additives needed.
And that’s what stirred the title, because store bought bread requires additives, not only to replace parts of the original grain that were removed, but also for shelf life. And what a pity, because tasty, nutrient rich bread comes from the raw grain, and only water and salt are needed to bring it out.
Which stirred the thought, “Does this apply to Christianity too?” Because the “bread of life,” as Jesus called it, came from the raw grain of his teaching (John 6:63), but over the centuries Christianity has picked up an awful lot of additives, that have separated Christians. It’s a fascinating study seeing the differences these additives have made, because we now have thousands of Christian denominations that can differ widely in their traditions, rituals, interpretations of Scripture, and their formats when meeting together.
And it’s these differences that have become the identifiers of each denomination. So instead of a church simply being “Christian,” it becomes Catholic, or Protestant, or Pentecostal, or Evangelical, etc. And if you wish to be a member of any of these churches, then you’re expected to take on the things they do that identify them as different to the other churches.
All sincerely based on a desire to obey God, I assume, but the Pharisees in their desire to obey God came up with all sorts of additives that they expected their followers to obey too. But these additives weren’t commanded by God. They were simply “the traditions of men,” Mark 7:8. And, unfortunately, they took priority over the word of God (verse 13).
So, when saying the word, “Pharisee,” it’s their added required traditions that are more likely to come to mind first. What a pity. But isn’t it the same today? When asked if we’re Christian, for instance, and we answer, “Yes,” the next question so frequently asked is: “Oh yes, and what church do you go to?” – because it’s become so important nowadays to identify Christians by their denominational identifiers and additives.
We’ve done it to ourselves, unfortunately, which is such a pity, because in Christianity no additives of any sort are needed (John 6:63).
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What a great analogy, comparing “additive” free bread-making to “additive” free Christianity. Methinks the “Bread of Life” is smiling at that. I sure am… 🙂
True Christianity is “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col 1:27), and not the external rites of “church” traditions. It’s “the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints” (vs 26). It is the light of Christ within us that will ultimately fill our entire being in spirit, soul and body.
I believe that’s what Jesus meant when He said: “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.” (Luke 6:46-48)
“Traditions of men” can shake us up and let us down, but “Christ in you” never will.