I am getting a bit tired of reading in books and magazines and hearing on TV Christians going to church on Sunday. There are other Christian religions that worship on Saturday ya know.
“When is the Sabbath?”
“I am a Christian who is very good friends with a Seventh Day Adventist family, but I myself am not a SDA. Basically I have come to the understanding that the only difference between me and SDA is that we choose to have our Sabbath on different days. Is this right?”
Well, we didn’t choose to have the Sabbath on the 7th day, it was given to us by God. We “observe Saturday (7th Day) as our weekly Sabbath (from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset.) The Seventh Day Adventists religious classes are called Sabbath Schools, not Sunday Schools or Saturday Schools." There have been many discussions on what the Sabbath is really about. When it is and what it’s about. The Bible states that God worked 6 days and rested on the 7th, but which day is the 7th, Saturday or Sunday? The Bible never states which "word-day" of the week is the Sabbath . Obviously since calendars didn’t exists back then. What the Bible does say is in Genesis 2:2-3 “And on the seventh day God finished his work and rested ….and God rested on the seventh day and sanctified it." There God mentions the "number day."
I have seen many people argue on that Sunday is the real Sabbath. They spend all this time arguing yet noone actually keeps the Sabbath. What is important is what they do on their Sabbath, do they make it holy? Do they rest? Do they dedicate it to God? Many people like to argue on that Sunday is the real Sabbath, yet they continue to refer to Sunday school as, Sunday school and not Sabbath school, they work on their “Sabbath.” They shop, they do not rest. What I don’t understand is why they are arguing with us on that the Sunday is the real Sabbath, yet they don’t treat it as the Sabbath. They refer to all their activities as “Sunday activities” and not “Sabbath Activities.” Do we dedicate it to God? If we do, great, If not, then what is the point in all this arguing?
After doing some research I found out why most religions have their “Sabbath” on Sunday and boy was I suprised. The Sabbath was changed from the 7th day to the 1st day out of fear. Yes, all religions worshiped on Saturday at one point In 321 CE (Common Era or AD, 'Anno Domini"] " the Emperor Constantine declared that Sunday was to be the official day of rest throughout the Roman Empire: "On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country however persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits because it often happens that another day is not suitable for gain-sowing or vine planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost." The Church Council of Laodicea circa 364 CE ordered that religious observances were to be conducted on Sunday, not Saturday. Sunday became the new Sabbath"Source religioustolerence.org & Wikipedia
Notice the word “new”? Not once was there a Bible verse used to verify Sunday as the Sabbath Day in the Emperors speech nor did he have the right to change the Sabbath day. It was a law created by man not by God. A lot of religions refer to Sunday as the Sabbath because of what the Emperor Constantine had said. Now you would think this would be enough to convince people on that the Sabbath is really on Saturday (7th day) but nope, not at all. People start pointing out certain activities in the Bible that were held on the first such as John 20:19 "Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you." but as you can see, the diciples were together out of fear for the jews, but nowhere does it say they were together to worship God and surely says nothing about the 1st day being the Sabbath. Another verse is 1 Corinthians 16:2 " Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him...." And many many more. No where in that verse does it say that the 1st day is the Sabbath or for worship. As a matter of fact no where in the Bible does it say that Sunday (1st day) is the Sabbath and nowhere does it say that 1st or 7th day are the only days we are to worship. We are to worship God everyday of the week. The Sabbath was made for us to rest and worship and not just worship as some religions claim.
I worship God on Wednsdays and Fridays too, does that mean those days are my Sabbaths? Of course not. Six days out of the week we work, but we don't work 24 hours a day, therefore we have time to worship God everyday, but we can't fully concentrate, because we have too many activities going on. That is why God made the Sabbath, for us to take a day off from our busy schedule and dedicate one full day to him. It was not made to be the only day of worship.
With that being said how can we deny the seventh day as the Sabbath? (Saturday) The debate is no longer which day is the Sabbath, Saturday or Sunday? In a few years the debate will be which day is the 7th, Saturday or Sunday? Believe me when I tell you that calenders will be changed to have Sunday as the 7th day and if that happens, then that would be confirming what I have said a billion times. The difference between God and a "modified" God is that the real God won't force you to believe. A fake, modified or man's version of God will be one that forces their beliefs on us. After I found this information of the Emperor, I stood in shock, not because of the law, but because of many religions, switching Sabbath days out of fear!
Remember Daniel? There was a law created to capture him, but he said he didn’t care and that there isn’t a law that will make him stop worshipping his God. So the law was enforced in which no man was to pray or ask anything of any God except the ruler of the city. Daniel stood his ground and continued to pray to God regardless of the foolish law. Daniel refused to put the laws of the earth before his God. As a result, he was thrown into the Lions Den. What happened to Daniel? Absolutly nothing. God protected him in the Lions den. Can we stand our ground and worship our God as he intended? Can we put our God before the earths law? When it comes to the truth of the Sabbath, many people have lost that battle and have gone to the ways of the earth. All I can say is that this really opened my eyes to what some religion...correction what some people believe.
`I have also seen people disagree with what the Bible says and get upset with our religion, so they go off and join another religion that allows them to work on Sabbath, they join other religions that allows them to be homosexual. (i.e.. Kinship International.) Many people find something they don’t like about the Bible so they either throw the Bible to a corner or they start a new religion and re-create the Bible to agree with the way they think. So as far as the Sabbath goes, many disagree that it is on the seventh day and that the seventh day is on Saturday or Sunday, but why make 2 different religions (there are many more religions then just 2) arguing which day is really the Sabbath when hardly anybody actually makes it holy. That’s how it is in life, people go off a make another religion or join another religion, group or school because it agrees with their way of thinking and we should not be like that.
On that note I just noticed that Saturday in Spanish is “Sabado” which is also the Spanish word for Sabbath! Think about that for awhile. Why would an entire language, race or whatever give Sabbath and Saturday the same name?
Here are a few more versus from the Bible that talk about the Sabbath:
Ex. 20:8-11: “…..six days shall thou labor and work. But the seventh day is the Sabbath of The Lord thy God , in it thou shall not do any work. Thou, nor thy son, daughter, nor thy manservant nor maidservant., nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger, that’s within thy gates.. For in six Days the Lord made the heavens, Earth, sea and all that be in them and rested on the seventh day”
Here are a few more versus that relate to the Sabbath:
Genesis 2:2-3 “ And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made and he rested on the seventh day….and God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it….”
Luke 4:16 “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and he stood up to read”
Isaiah. 56:5-6 “Even unto them will I give in my house and within my walls a place and a name better then of sons and of daughters, I will give them I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off…..Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the lord to serve him and to love the name of the Lord , everyone that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it.“
Isaiah, 58;13 & 14 “If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord honorable and shall honor him, not doing your own ways, not finding your own pleasures nor speaking thy own words”
Exodus 31;13-15 “Speak thou also unto the children, saying verify my Sabbaths, ye shall keep for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generation, that you may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you. Ye shall keep thy Sabbath therefore for it is holy unto you; For every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death; for whosoever does any work therein, that soul shall be cut of from among his people. Six days may work be done, but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord, whosoever doeth any work on the Sabbath day he shall surely be put to death.”
Deuteronomy 5:12 “Keep the Sabbath to sanctify it as thy Lord thy God has commanded thee”
Before I continue, I am sure there are many of you that may have a problem with the “..shall be put to death” part of a few verses. Well, only God will take care of that, he created us so he has all the rights to destroy us. It does not say for man to go around the neighborhood asking people if they keep the Sabbath and if they don’t they will be stoned to death. Or fly planes into buildings. No, God takes care of those that disobey, if it scares you, well then good, because this is something serious and we should not play games with God. God is not a man of evil because of this, if he were, he would say for us to do away with all that defy him, but he doesn’t. He will take care of that. God sees way more then we do, he knows if someone will repent. He knows if someone will change. Someone may tell you no today, but may very well change their minds tomorrow, or next week or even next year. Who are we to control peoples thoughts and force them to believe? God wants us to spread the word not force beliefs on them. In conclusion after reading all those versus and the rule that was made by the Emperor. I think it is safe to say that the “Sunday Sabbath” was made by man and not by God. Believe me when I tell you that the “Sunday law” will be re-enforced and when it is, who’s side will you take? Will you stand up in faith? Will you do as Daniel did and not turn your back on God for some rediculous law?
Now as far as the Sabbath being the only difference between religions, is not true. That is the biggest difference. We also do not agree or believe in sex before marriage or leaving the parents house before marriage or divorce over a little argument. We believe that when we die, we just sleep until the Lord returns There are many differences that have created a lot of controversy that I will explain later.
Bottomline is this. If you strongly believe that Sunday or Saturday is the Sabbath fine whatever.We've read the verses that say what we are to do on the Sabbath do you do it? It is Sunday and I am looking out the window. I see people shopping, working and doing everything we are not supposed to do on Sabbath. I don't know if their Christians or not, but are you one of them?