Welcome. This page is dedicated to the discovered traditions of man which do NOT appear in the Bible, and the biblical Truths we are taught to ignore. This can be hard to accept, however ask yourself, should be believe the Bible or Man’s Doctrines. Please check in your bibles as well, also google and look up the facts for yourself. Test what I say not against your church, but what the Bible says. Shalom.
Ps.. there may be some typos due to converting it from my word processor to WordPress. Also the font may be weird with a typeface mess that doesn’t appear in the editor but does if I view it sorry about that in advance
The Sunday Keeping vs Seventh Day Sabbath debate. As a Non-Denominational Ordained Christian Minister the first contradiction in the Bible vs Doctrine issue was for me none other then the discussion of Sabbath (Shabbat). I was taught to teach as a pastor that Sunday replaced the Sabbath. This is what MOST seminaries teach sadly. When I asked where did God mention that this change would come, I was told that the “Church Father’s” made the change around the third century making it easier to make Christianity the main religion. This was the short answer. Setting out to discover the “Church Father’s” I quickly discovered that man (those men) changed from Sabbath to Sunday. This only becomes a problem if we read our bibles, if we don’t we take our pastors word for the change and we are told God Authorized Men (those men) to make the change. I quickly decided that since I had heard often that the “Catholics” felt they were the authority on scripture, I would consult the Vatican’s web site at vatican.va to see what they say. Please keep in mind that most of our denominations have some rooting in the Roman Catholic lineage from the early “church fathers” councils from those early days. If you type in “sabbath vs sunday vatican” in your browser you will see http://www.vatican.va. It will show you the catechism discussing the Sabbath and Sunday. You can read the following under “in brief” at the end, or line by line in the main body. “2189 “Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Deut 5:12). “The seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord” (Ex 31:15).” Notice they offer scripture. Sabbath is supposed to be “kept and holy”. This is key. However notice in the very next line they deviate from God’s Word with this “2190 The sabbath, which represented the completion of the first creation, has been replaced by Sunday which recalls the new creation inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ.” Notice the word REPLACED? Notice the word NEW? They say “new creation” however we stand on the same earth, under the same skies. This poses a logical dilemma. How can we be on a new creation? Let’s keep digging…
They continue to offer this, “2191 The Church celebrates the day of Christ’s Resurrection on the “eighth day,” Sunday, which is rightly called the Lord’s Day (cf. SC 106).“. They offer that the reason for this is celebrating Christ’s resurrection and this presents a further dilemma. Did Jesus teach we should worship on Sundays? If this change was authorized by God or even Jesus, why did they NEVER mention this NEW Ordnance not even a single time? Why did the followers of Jesus keep the Sabbath until the third or fourth century? If God’s Word is the authority for our lives, why did God fail to tell us to follow the “church fathers” change from the very Word of God we claim to follow? Can you show me where the Bible says to “worship Me (God or Jesus) on the first day of the week, or Sunday”? No you can’t. Go look it up now and come back.
Great now that you have done that, let’s dig deeper, let’s see some Scriptures and even some verses from the Gospels.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”Genesis 1:1
Who created everything? God.
“And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day. Genesis 1:13
Notice “evening then morning” marks a day? Not morning then evening. This will be key when discussing the seventh day. Let’s keep digging.
Time for the Seventh Day and what God did and what He tells us to do. Notice it’s not talking about the first day? No it continuously discusses the seventh day. The seventh day is Saturday.
“So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.” Genesis 2:1-3
God finished creation, then He RESTED, and He called that day HOLY. There really is NO other way to read that. However when He was giving His Instructions to His People through Moses He says this…. ““but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your oxen and donkeys and other livestock, and any foreigners living among you. All your male and female servants must rest as you do.” Deuteronomy 5:14 Notice we are to rest, and also it is a permanent law, and also the household, wives, children, servants, animals, and even the foreigner living among blood born Nation Israel? We are that foreigner. That is another teaching however. Just in case you want to explore read Romans Chapter 11 for “grafting in” as well as Ruth Chapter 1 where Ruth tells Naomi that her people and God will be hers, this is the best illustration of the graft.
We see God created and rested declaring the seventh day holy. Not the first day, He calls observing the sabbath permanent, not temporary. He NEVER says until my Son comes, Dies, is resurrected, or until the “church fathers” change it later. In fact he NEVER says man can change anything. Permanent means for ALL time. Keep in mind that in the King James Version “sabbath” or a form of it is used 107 times or around there in the Old Testament and around 68 times in the New Testament. That gives us like 160-180 times Sabbath is mentioned. Perhaps keeping sabbath was important to God. Even if we had sabbath mentioned 50 times in the context and keeping Sunday around 20 times it would still be in favor of the majority of sabbath.
NO WHERE is it commanded to keep Sunday.
There is a passing mention of being found together on the first day of the week, but nothing suggesting a church service like we have today. Never are we commanded to do church as it’s done today. Not ONCE. We can argue that some broke break together but that was not to celebrate Jesus being risen as many didn’t believe it when He did. Only after He shown Himself as risen did they believe.
However keeping the sabbath is mentioned many times over. Jesus even taught on keeping the sabbath, and also what one could or couldn’t do on the sabbath. He would NEVER have addressed the topic if it was to be changed. In fact He would have explained the change to His Disciples ahead of time like He did His death, resurrection, suffering, then all falling away and various other teachings, that is if He wanted His followers to adopt the practice. Logically we must conclude by the evidence that Sabbath not Sunday was the day of rest. Man was never. NEVER supposed to change Gods Word.
Jesus teaches us that His words and Commands are His Fathers with this, “I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it. And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.””John 12:49-50
Jesus says God’s Commands (Torah, 10 Commandments, and even the 2 Commands Jesus tells us) all fit into this and lead to eternal life. The word is key being “lead” because Jesus is our salvation. With this said Jesus is ALSO the Word according to John Chapter One. Jesus and God, Jesus and God’s Commands are echad meaning One.
So if Jesus is the word made flesh, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God.” John 1:1-2
And He is saying He uses His Fathers authority not His, and that His Father tells Jesus what to say and He says it, and that His Fathers Commands lead to eternal life, and we see the word or Commands are Jesus and He Them, this Sabbath debate is really not a clash between the Old and New Testaments. But is a clash between man and God. We see it is a conflict between the “church fathers” and God’s Word (Jesus), His Commands (Torah), and mans desire to change from Sabbath to Sunday.
Why did man desire to change? One of the big reasons was to get more converts. The other was the desire to not follow Hebrew (Jewish) ways and adapt Roman and Pagan customs. Let me show you from the Vatican’s own doctrine once again proving that this is man’s doing, and the primary reason for this change.
“2175 Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically every week; for Christians its ceremonial observance replaces that of the sabbath. In Christ’s Passover, Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath and announces man’s eternal rest in God. For worship under the Law prepared for the mystery of Christ, and what was done there prefigured some aspects of Christ“.
Besides saying that Sunday is distinguished from sabbath once again saying it was changed. They boldly state it replaces sabbath. They also state above that it (Sunday) fulfills the spiritual truth of the JEWISH sabbath. They call it the eternal rest in God which totally contradict the Bible’s descriptions and they say Jesus changed things. Explain how Jesus changed things if Jesus is the Word, speaks with God’s authority, and also does what God tells Him to. It’s simple, Jesus doesn’t change anything. Man does.
The driving force here is the word Jewish. The early church fathers didn’t want to be misunderstood as being judaisers. They were Anti- Semitic. Outside the Bible we can see writings where they blasted the Jewish people in writings. Let’s continue, here is a tiny sampling of just quoting, http://www.yashanet.com/library/fathers.htm
Here is one quote that will get your attention.
St. Augustine (c. 354-430 A.D.), Confessions, 12.14
How hateful to me are the enemies of your Scripture! How I wish that you would slay them (the Jews) with your two-edged sword, so that there should be none to oppose your word! Gladly would I have them die to themselves and live to you!
See the early Christians blamed the Jews for killing Jesus. Failing to grasp it was God’s plan and that the very act gave them the grafting in. This hatred grew between the Christian of early times and the Jew. This is the primary reason for changing the days, well one of them. The second was again getting as many foreign practices into Christianity to get numbers.
Today the numbers game is more about the dollar bill and not about building an army.
Alright, if Jesus taught anything against God or His Commands or the Word, that would make Jesus an enemy of God and a sinner. Some will argue “God changed His mind”, the Bible says this about that…
““I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed.” Malachi 3:6
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
And ““I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”” Revelation 1:8
Lastly “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting! And all the people shouted “Amen!” and praised the Lord.”
1 Chronicles 16:36
So if God and Jesus never change, God says for all time, keep my sabbath because I rested, says we the Grafted In must also keep sabbath, Jesus says He speaks with God’s authority and His Commands lead to eternal life, If Jesus is the Word made flesh, if all this is false God and Jesus lie, if all this is true then men lie. Who do you follow?
As for me an my house we will follow the Lord.
There really is NO WAY you can mis interpret God’s Word and man’s doctrine. To do so is error, or worse willful disobedience in the form of ignorance.
Read your bibles and find out what God, and Jesus actually say. Remember Satan twists scripture for fun and knows it better then any of us.
With all this said, worship God everyday. Rest and do no ordinary work on Shabbat. As to making Sunday “the day” to rest, then you are found in error. Remember the issue of the Golden Calf? They built an idol and worshipped it. They declared that the next day was the day of the Lord and worshipped on that day. Did their own thing. Was God pleased? NO! What we do with what we think can be an issue with God if it clashes with what He tells us. Best that in mind. Read Exodus 32 for that narrative. Then ask, should I live religiously or biblically? Then test that against God’s Word.
Shalom, God Bless.