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   What is the Sabbath?

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   According to the Bible, it’s the 7th day of the week.

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   (That’s in both the Old and New Testaments¹.)

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   And?

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   (1)  It’s a day of rest, not “performance.”

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   (2)  “Practicing it properly” is one of the 10 Commandments.

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   (3)  It runs from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

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   (4)  It began (conceptually) in Genesis 2.

   See Gen. 2:3; see also Ex. 20:10-11.

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   (5)  Jesus honored the Sabbath.

   Jews eventually met in synagogues to worship and be taught on the Sabbath. Jesus, when asked, preached and taught on the Sabbath.

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   (6)  Early Christians worshiped on the Sabbath.

   Nowhere is special “Sunday worship” singled out in the New Testament, though it sometimes occurred then as on other days . The NT does mention to the Corinthians, however, that Christians should gather money on the “first day of every week” for upcoming missionary work (I Cor. 16:2). Further, the Christians at Troas happened to be worshiping on the first day of the week when Eutychus fell asleep during Paul’s long sermon before falling out of the window (Acts 20: 7 ff). The only other significant mention of “1st day of the week” is associated with Jesus’ rising from the dead.

   The 7th day, however, is mentioned more than 50 times in several contexts.

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   (7)  The Catholic Church changed The Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday in 4th century AD.

   According to several catechisms, The Roman Catholic Church changed the Sabbath to Sunday in AD 336 at the Council of Laodicea. This occurred when Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Empire. “Sunday” was a pagan holiday and was readily available for such a change. It also occurred at a time of anti-Semitism was prominent, and so stole away the “old” Jewish Sabbath worship day. The Church claimed it had the authority to change such an out-dated OT law. With the rise of Protestantism, most Protestants had no problem with this change.

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   (8)  Some groups such as 7th Day Adventists and 7th Day Baptists still honor the Sabbath.

   The main argument: God gave 10 Commandments, not 9, and just as laws against, murder, lying, adultery, honoring parents, and idol worship haven’t been changed, neither has honoring the Sabbath Day been cancelled. The 10 commandments which Jesus followed, upon which Christian teaching and much civil law is based, have “not passed away” or been replaced. The church had no authority to change God’s law.

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   ¹ “First day” mention, is rarely mentioned in the Bible, and when it is, it is usually associated with Jesus rising from the dead on the first day of the week. (See #6 below.) The emphasis in the Bible on the Sabbath seems to be “stopping” from regular work, not “performing” in designated jobs. Stopping is a lost behavior that God seemed to value. I explore this in my novel, Earth Is Not Alone (see sidebar), and in my upcoming, The Blood of Three Worlds, where the Sabbath Day is bookended by an evening “teaching” on Friday evening and “worship and praise” on Saturday night. [I, btw, presently go to church on Sunday.]