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Love as He walked...
Is the Sabbath Saturday or Sunday?
To start with, the day starts at sundown, and lasts till the following sundown. This means that Sunday, according to the Bible, begins at sundown on Saturday. This means the first day of the week would be sundown on Saturday. So why do we call Sunday our Sabbath? (unless you are a Seventh Day Adventist) And does it really matter? I will try to show BOTH sides of this subject, and start with this scripture:
Galatians 4:8-11 (NIV) 8Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? 10You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 11I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.
Now, allow me to add MORE scriptures to this message...
16Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink or with regard to a religious festival, New Moon celebration, or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come the reality however is found in Christ. 18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. 19 He has lost connection with the Head from whom the whole body supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews grows as God causes it to grow.
I really hate to bring denomination into this, and I will never say that one is correct, and the other is wrong. However to explain it correctly, you need to be aware of the other churches (Denominations), and how they feel, are also correct. The Bible states the possibility of having two opposing views, and both being correct. This is in Romans Chapter 14. (Included below Mark 16)
1The next evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene and Salome and Mary the mother of James went out and purchased burial spices to put on Jesus' body. 2Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they came to the tomb.
9It was early on Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the dead, and the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons.
Because this chapter has so much information in it, I have included all of it. (I have high lighted points of interest) Please take the time to read it. I am sure it will open your eyes to things you often wondered about.
The Danger of Criticism
1Accept Christians who are weak in faith, and don't argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.
2For instance, one person believes it is all right to eat anything. But another believer who has a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables.
3Those who think it is all right to eat anything must not look down on those who won't. And those who won't eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them.
4Who are you to condemn God's servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let Him tell them whether they are right or wrong. The Lord's power will help them do as they should.
5In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. Each person should have a personal conviction about this matter.
6Those who have a special day for worshiping the Lord are trying to honor him. Those who eat all kinds of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who won't eat everything also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God.
7For we are not our own masters when we live or when we die.
8While we live, we live to please the Lord. And when we die, we go to be with the Lord. So in life and in death, we belong to the Lord.
9Christ died and rose again for this very purpose, so that he might be Lord of those who are alive and of those who have died.
10So why do you condemn another Christian ? Why do you look down on another Christian? Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God.
11For the Scriptures say,
" `As surely as I live,' says the Lord, every knee will bow to me and every tongue will confess allegiance to God.' "
12Yes, each of us will have to give a personal account to God.
13So don't condemn each other anymore. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not put an obstacle in another Christian's path.
14I know and am perfectly sure on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong.
15And if another Christian is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don't let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died.
16Then you will not be condemned for doing something you know is all right.
17For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
18If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God. And other people will approve of you, too.
19So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.
20Don't tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, there is nothing wrong with these things in themselves. But it is wrong to eat anything if it makes another person stumble.
21Don't eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another Christian to stumble.
22You may have the faith to believe that there is nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who do not condemn themselves by doing something they know is all right.
23But if people have doubts about whether they should eat something, they shouldn't eat it. They would be condemned for not acting in faith before God. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.
14:10 Greek your brother; also in 14:10b, 13, 15, 21.
14:11 Isa 45:23.