Yesterday, 03:31 PM
There are many good points you bring up which I would like to discuss further with you. It is nice to see that you understand that there do exist traditions within the life of the Church and the believers who make up the Church. Christ Himself told His disciples to 'do everything they told them', referring to the holy traditions which where handed down from old. It was the hypocrisy and lack of mercy which Christ rallied against, and not the traditions per say.
There are some who take a novel (and modern) blindly 'anti-tradition' stance and do not understand that this has absolutely no place in the life of the Christian and never has been. It is completely against the history of Christianity and the instructive model initiated by the first Apostles and those who followed them.
We find many traditions starting in the Acts of the Apostles as well as in the Epistles. The Apostles implored their fellow believers to uphold these traditions and to pass them down. These, were, indeed, rules, and breaking these rules could mean excommunication and sacramental separation from the Holy Eucharist. They took obedience, meekness, and humility very seriously, and this first towards God and then next to those who God elevated as spiritual leaders. If not for traditions which are held fast and guarded, then we see the confusion you are mentioning in even greater degrees. We see this in the current landscape of the modern world, where the traditions are not a few varied, but rather varying in the millions, with individuals affirming their own personal ideas of what is correct and true, and elevating their notions to be the truth. This is indeed a tradition of many modern Christians. And so we have not a unity in faith and worship, but rather a cacophony of individual mental constructs, separated from the eternal truths and beneficial traditions handed down, and limited in scope according to the weakness of men. This tradition, which is related to the OP point regarding the modern egalitarianism so prevalent in this decaying civilization, is more a cause for confusion than any of the ones instituted by the Holy Apostles. Thus, we ask ourselves again, as I ask donnay, 'which are the traditions of men, which are good for nothing, and which are the traditions instituted by God, which are for the good of the Christian life in this world?'