Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,
“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,
you cannot be saved.”

One of the remarkable things about the Acts of the Apostles is the amount of effort they put into determining what was true. They did not simply follow Jewish tradition for the sake of tradition, and they did not abandon or marginalise that tradition simply to include the gentiles into their group. Instead they tried to discern what part of a command(law) was required to follow Jesus teaching. Theirs was the debate between the letter of the law, that laws intent, and the spirit of that law. They had to discern the truth in those traditions.Jesus said to his disciples:“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.In looking at their varied society, those Apostles had to prune away their religious and cultural customs that did not bear fruit, and accept those from the Gentiles that did. Their practice was not the adherence to one group or another, or simple tolerance or exclusion for another’s practice. They were neither intolerant or ambiguous  and they did not adhere to the current philosophy of relativism. Relativism is that current fad that believes that Religions have no absolute truth , having only relative, subjective value (modified from Wikipedia). Theirs was a rigorous effort to find absolute, unambiguous truth so that vine could be nourished by that truth which defines the Wisdom of God. “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life.”

In the spirit of the Truth, here is more by one of those appointed through Apostolic succession:


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