or tradition falls into two categories.
The difference can be seen in Acts 15. Besides the issue
of following the Mosaic Law for gentile converts, which
meant primarily circumcision, the Council of Jerusalem
also decreed that converts had "to avoid pollution from idols,
unlawful marriage, the meat of strangled animals, and blood"
There are clearly distinguished
are considered irrevocable, unchangeable, even to our day,
e.g. circumcision is not a requirement for new Christians. On
the other hand, today we would not be concerned with "pollution
from idols," how an animal is killed for meat, or whether blood
is in our food. These appear to be different traditions from the
former--changeable and not binding in the same way as