What takes over when knowledge disappears is tradition. We put our traditions in place of the commandments of God. If God’s commandments are deemed as to not constitute knowledge, why not put something else in their place? So be it, tradition is created.
He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,”[a] he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word[b] of God. – Matthew 15:3-6 ESV
If I am to be a follower of Jesus, His disciple, I must take all that I learn from Him and determine what God’s will is. No teaching or tradition can be allowed to replace the clearly stated will of God. I get it though – our little rules and traditions can make us feel smug and saved.
Jesus points out to me that there are matters that are more important. He points out that my attention to inward purity are one of those important matters. Symbolic acts are okay for illustrative purposes, but they cannot supersede the spiritual view that creates inward holiness.
I think if I was a pretender, I would prefer the superstitious practices as they would cover up the positive duties I have been given as a disciple of Jesus.
There is a need to keep looking at my traditions in my own life to ensure they have not begun to contradict God’s Word.
If I get angry at how easily my traditions are outside God’s Word it is because I too have found too much comfort in them. Truth messes up my comfort zones. Comfort zones do not bring me into relationship with Jesus, God’s Word does. I end up losing my traditions.