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Sunday starts the week, 7th day Sabbath is Saturday, why do the Roman Catholics consider Sunday the Sabbath?

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    I've heard many things regarding the reasons for Sunday observance of the Sabbath. As many have stated before, Christians merely followed the example of the apostles. The apostles did this to remember Jesus' resurrection. Some have speculated that Jesus' resurrection occurred on a special "eighth day" in which God overcame sin, this special day being the modern 1st day of the week.

    I myself am a Seventh-day Adventist. And yes, this denomination has been given a lot of criticism for their "extreme" focus on a Seventh day Sabbath. I can see where these criticisms come from. Despite all of this, I am still a Seventh-day Adventist. I am also "somewhat" tolerant of others preferred days of worship, which would be a shock to many of my fellow Adventist peers. Here's my personal view on Sabbath observance:

    Anything we do as Christians should coincide with the Bible and the people that influenced it. The Bible was very clear... to those living during the times it was written. Over time, cultures have changed, and ways of thinking have certainly evolved from what they were in Jesus' time. Because of this change in culture, a tiny bit of ambiguity has inevitably crept into the Scriptures. We, as human beings, are left to interpret our own meanings (hopefully with the guidance of God). This is the reason why Christianity is separated into many denominations. Satan has stealthily manipulated God's children by putting these denominations against each other, having them emphasize their differences in opinion rather than rejoicing in their similarities (mainly the Gospel). As Christians, we should respect other Christian's beliefs, so long as they truly believe that the Bible implicitly supports their beliefs.

    So, as a Seventh-day Adventist, if I meet a Sunday worshiper and ask him why he believes that Sunday is the Sabbath, what answer would allow me to respect his beliefs? Scripture and... that's it. On the other hand, if he were to state that the Edict of Constantine says so (a creed which actually stems in bringing pagan worshipers into the Church), or that the Pope says so, or that he doesn't know, I am inclined to state that there may be a flaw in his reasoning. I have to be blunt about this: I don't believe the Pope to be the vicar of Christ. No where in the Bible does God state that He needs a mediator between Him and us. Jesus Himself IS the mediator. The Pope, by no means, is a bad person; don't get me wrong on that.

    In conclusion, I'd suggest personally asking a Catholic to explain why he/she worships on Sunday. If he/she gives Scriptural evidence, and Scriptural evidence alone, respect his/her beliefs. If he/she mentions the Pope or anything outside of the Bible, you may have to question their beliefs.

    (If you guys are wondering how I can believe that Ellen White was a prophet and that the Pope is not the Vicar of Christ, here's my reasoning: Ellen White's teachings directly coincide with the Scriptures. She never states anything that goes against the Bible. Her teachings merely enhance the Word. The Pope on the other hand, has changed the order of the Ten Commandments and changed the day of worship, both of which directly clash with what the Bible says. The Word may be a little outdated, but that certainly does not make it less reliable. You should believe that Jesus was the Word manifested in flesh (John 1:14), and you should also believe that Jesus is the alpha and the omega (Revelation 1:8). We can then safely conclude that the Word will last from beginning to end, unchanged and undisturbed. It is perfect, and any attempts to change the Bible can and should be seen as a direct act against God.)

    Source(s): The Bible... and thoughts (hopefully from God) that have been on my mind.
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  • 10 years ago

    The early Roman Church fathers changed the true Sabbath to get more pagans to turn to religion. The sad part is that all you Christians and Catholic claim to believe the bible but follow in the traditions of man. The Most High clearly says do not take away or add to his word and what has mankind done? Add and took away from his word. Those that get up on Sunday for service is really worshiping the sun. SUN-day! If you don't understand the words in the bible, don't pick it up.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Colossians 2:17 "which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is Christ" The word Sabbath in Colossians 2:16 refers to high sabbaths in Jewish festivals, foreshadowing the coming of Jesus. But the Sabbath day (7th day) was never a shadow of things to come, but a memorial of creation (Genesis 2:3)

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    The Bible does not tell us what day to worship God. When you talk about the Sabbath you are talking about putting us back under the Mosaic Law. Also, the Ten Commandments listed in the NT leaves out the Sabbath. People are always wanting to pick and choose what Laws Christians should be under. I worship on Sunday. But I could worship on Monday or etc. By the way I am not a Catholic. Be thankful we are not under the Mosaic Law, you would not like it.

    • 5 years agoReport

      Mosaic law? the Sabbath was before Moses. "Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made." The Sabbath is a memorial of creation.

  • 10 years ago

    Read Revelation....

    Jesus kept the Sabbath and those who follow Christ keep the Sabbath. The Ten Commandments are forever written in stone, none are done away with.

    Those who chose to re write the Bible and exclude themselves from and claim that Christians are not party to the covenant exclude themselves from salvation at the cross also. Can't have one without the other.

  • 10 years ago

    "The challenge issued by Rome over 100 years ago remains: Either the Catholic Church is right, or the Seventh Day Adventists are right. There can be no other choice. And if one choose neither, then the whole doctrine of Sola Scriptura collapses, and with it, the pillar upon which all of Protestantism stands.

    "What one has left is an invented religion, an invented God, and an invented set of beliefs that suits man's purpose, and not the Creator's. Like Satan and Luther before them, Protestants have spoken the creed, in action and in thought, if not in word, "I Will Not Serve."

    "The challenge remains -- yet you will find no response, not from any Evangelical, Fundamentalist, or mainline Protestant denomination anywhere. Ultimately, it is the clear authority of the Catholic Church as vested in Her by God Himself, that rules the day. That the SDA is at least principled enough to follow Sola Scriptura to the ends of its ridiculous claims, is hardly an argument in their favor -- to be completely and wholly wrong, is no better than being partly wrong, especially when the eternal salvation of souls is concerned.

    "As Christians, though, we can grant and recognize in them the courage of their convictions, and yet still move to pray that the Holy Spirit, through the Mother of God, will soften their hearts, open their eyes, and grant them the peace and grace that comes to us from God in the Holy Catholic Church.

    "For all other Protestants, an indictment remains unanswered, standing unanswered now for 500 years. They have been arraigned in Council, and have convicted themselves. We must always pray for them, that they too may see the grace and boundless forgiveness that God holds for all men, and that the foolish pride, that is at the root of all of Christian disunity between themselves and Holy Mother Church, melts away in the light of God's love, and the unbreakable promise given by Christ Himself that the "gates of Hell shall not prevail" against His Church, neither in the guise of Luther, nor in the modern materialism and rationalism that is currently buffeting the Church.


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  • 10 years ago

    Where do you get the Idea that the Catholic Church teaches that the Sabbath Day is Sunday? The Sabbath is still Saturday, The Lord's Day is Sunday.

    Did the early Christian Church worship on Sunday, the Lord's Day, or Saturday, the Jewish sabbath, as some sects like the Seventh Day Adventists contend?

    St. Luke in the Acts of the Apostles (20:7/DR) in the New Testament, writes: "And on the first day of the week, when we were assembled to break bread, Paul discoursed with them, being to depart on the morrow. And he continued his speech until midnight."

    St. Jerome's Latin Vulgate renders the phrase as "in una sabbati, which, as usual, closely parallels the Greek "en te mia ton sabbaton, literally "on (day) one of the week," that is, the Lord's Day, or Sunday. If St. Luke had wished to say "on the Sabbath [Saturday]," he would have said simply "en to sabbato."

    Moreover, St. Paul writes in his First Epistle to the Corinthians (16:2): "On the first day of the week, let every one of you put apart with himself, laying up what it shall well please him: that when I come, the collections be not then to be made."

    Finally, St. Justin, Martyr (ca. 100-165), who writes within a few decades of Sts. Luke and Paul, is an early witness to the practices of the Apostolic Church and confirms in his Apologia (I.67) that the Christians worshipped "on day called that of the Sun," that is, Sun

    • 5 years agoReport

      And yet God wrote, Exodus (18:12), "remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God." You can break bread or make collections for the poor on any day of the week, but the seventh day is set apart

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    the commandment about the sabbath says"remember the sabbath day." all other commandments start with "thou shalt"

    early christians celebrated both the sabbath at the synagogue, and the sunday celebrating the eucharist , until there came a time when they were refused admission to the synagogues.

    sunday is the celebration of the resurrection of christ, plus heaps of other reasons.

    also jesus is the new covenant for the new israel . us

  • 10 years ago

    We never do. In fact in the Latin countries the name for Saturday is still Sabatto(Italian) and Sabado( Spanish). Sunday is "the Lord's Day" (Domenica) a day of supreme importance to Christians because on this day as He promised He resurrected from the dead. As St. Paul says, our faith in Christ is useless if He had not resurrected. Christ was a Jew when He was on earth so He rested on the Sabbath according to the Old Law, and on the seventh day- the day after His Crucifixion, a Saturday, he rested in the tomb. but with His rising from the dead He inaugurated a New Covenant with God, a covenant that banished for us the strictures of the Old Testament

    • 5 years agoReport

      Only the ceremonial laws of the OT was banished because it pointed to the coming of Jesus. The ten commandments is forever because it deals with morality. Did you know God has an actual ark of covenant in His temple? (Rev 11:19). Now, what is in the ark of covenant?

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