Monday, October 18, 2010

Thoughts???

2 comments:

Beck said...

I think the people who put together this video have missed the point. In Acts it is insinuated that the believers had started meeting on the first day of the week, Sunday. But I don't think that's really the point. The word Sabbath itself means rest or completion and to keep it holy means to set something apart to God. I believe a day set aside to God for rest and to remember our completion in Christ is what God desires. In the old testament God set up the sacrificial system of offerings and expected them to be followed. But there were times that the Israelites were following the practice but their hearts were far from God. He says in Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. I believe that's the point of God's grace to us, he wants to have our hearts turned to him and honor him. The form isn't always as important as the motive. I think for us under the new covenant of salvation it's appropriate to meet together on Sunday, the day of Jesus resurrection, to remember him. There are lots of laws in the old testament that we don't keep. Paul said in Galatians 5:3 if the Galatians tried to keep part of the law (circumcision) they were obligated to keep all of it, but it was unnecessary because of grace. Everything changed in the new covenant, God's the same God but we live under grace and not law now. If we take time to worship God with other believers and set time aside for him with thankful hearts that's the point. (My two cents worth turned into two dollars!)

Jonathan said...

Unfortunately the Bible never changes the sabbath from the seventh to the first day of the week. Sunday worship did not enter the church until Constantine the Roman emperor. Sunday (the day of the sun) was a day set aside by pagans for sun worship. Constantine who was pagan converted to christianity but kept his pagan rituals. Through his influence the day of the sun was integrated into the church which was rapidly falling prey to Catholicism. Later the Bishop of Rome would command that the sabbath be observed on the first day rather than the seventh in an effort to join catholics and pagans together and increase the church's influence. The seventh day sabbath is contrary to contemporary belief not a Jewish law but rather a commandment that was established at the beginning of the world long before Jewish law was written, see Genesis 2:2-3. Also most christians agree that the ten commandments still apply. The fourth commandment is "Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it as the Lord has commanded thee. Six days thou shalt labor and do all thy work. But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work. Deut 5:13-14. In addition to this argument the Bible never commands us to worship on the first day in observance of Christ's resurrection. In fact Christ did not rest on the first day but rather rose that day which makes this argument void. He did however lay in the grave through the seventh day. I am not telling anyone what to do or when to worship. However justification for the official change is not scriptural nor is it logical. The sunday worship was created by pagans and enforced by an apostate church. Just something to think about.