Originally Posted by CatholicCrusader
He said that to the Pharisees, not to his followers.
The Bible tells Christians:
"So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us" (2 Thessalonians 2:15)
"Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you" (1 Corinthians 11:2)
I see that both you and Waymaker are 100% right in the verses you gave, and the text they were given. One speaks of the religions of men, who by their independent works cause some to trust in the religion of men more than to trust in the things Jesus teaches. Mark 7;8 "For laying aside the commandments of God, you hold the traditions of men- the washing of pitchers and the cups and many other such things you do."
There are elements found in the religions of men that teach Holiness also comes in doing these things given in the regulations of each religion.
It is true that some of these things are necessary to reveal a spiritual matter; But to say some of these things of the religion are necessary in keeping a person's Salvation, is to enter again into bondage we've been set free from by Christ's blood given on the Cross. As christians are made aware that it is not the drinking from a cup that was cleaned by men; but the understanding of the suffering in the transformation which takes place in the heart of a man. This is one element many Jews did no understand. There is no better example than the sacrifice of a lamb that saved the whole of Israel from certain death. Though our Father in Heaven gave His only begotten Son as a living Sacrifice, known among us who are of faith, as the Lamb of God; Did those who adhered to the traditions because it is given in Law, perceive what they held in their hands to do? This is an example of where the traditions of various religions stand in the way of understanding. The Pharisees did not appreciate or trust the healing of many people, which they themselves could not do. In similar manner, there are religions among us that do not appreciate or trust in the healing of those who came to Jesus with their lives; Which even the elders of the church did not and could not perform in the body and the heart of a man.