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According to the official teachings ofNOTE: This question is explicitly requesting an answer from the Seventh Day Adventists:

SDAs teach that the ceremonial law was written by the hand of Moses in a bookAdventist perspective. They teach that the moral law was written by the finger of God on tables of stone:

There is a clear distinction between the lawOfficial teachings of Moses, and the law of God inSeventh Day Adventists make the Holy Scriptures. The lawcommon distinction of MosesMoral, was a law of carnal ceremoniesCeremonial, written by the HAND of Moses in a BOOKand Civil laws. The law of God, is the ten commandmentsLike many other Christians who also take this view, written by the FINGER of GOD on TWO TABLES OF STONE. (PTJW July 1849 p.3.5)

SDAsthey teach that only the ark containsMoral law applies to Christians. They often use the covenant of commandments:

The arkphrases "Law of the covenant-a small chest, four feet six inches and eleven sixteenths long, and two feet, eight inches and thirteen sixteenths wide,Moses" to denote ceremonial and high, was made purposelycivil laws that do not apply to contain the covenantChristians and "Law of commandments. (PTJW July 1849 p.4God" to denote moral laws that do apply to Christians.6)

Therefore, according to SDA definitions, the moral law of the ten commandmentsWhat is onlyconfusing me is that their reasoning for the second set of ten commandments, found in Deuteronomy 5:6-21. The first setabolition of ten commandments from Exodus 20 were smashed upon the ground and never placed inside the ark. Therefore the commandments in Exodus 20 are ceremonial law, not moral law.

Only Deuteronomy 5:6-21 matches the SDA definition for moral law. Nothing more, nothing less, nothing different.

The SDAs teach thatlaws seems to also cover the Weekly Sabbath was institued at Creation, not at Sinai, based on Genesis chapter 2which as we all know they greatly consider not abolished. 

The Weekly Sabbath Instituted at CreationAccording to EGW Writings "The Present Truth", and not at Sinai

“And on the seventh day GOD ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessedreasoning why the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which GOD created and made.”** Genesis 2:2, 3."law of Moses" (PTJW July 1849 pi.1e.9 doesn't need to be followed)

Here God instituted the weekly rest or Sabbath. It was is different from the seventh day. He BLESSED and SANCTIFIED that daylaws of the week, and no other; thereforeGod is because the seventh day,Hand of Moses wrote one on parchment and no other day of the week is holy, sanctified time. (PTJW July 1849 p.1Finger of God wrote the other in stone.10)

There is a clear distinction between the law of Moses, and the law of God in the Holy Scriptures. (PTJW July 1849 p.3.5)

The law of Moses, was a law of carnal ceremonies, written by the HAND of Moses in a BOOK. (PTJW July 1849 p.3.6)

The law of God, is the ten commandments, written by the FINGER of GOD on TWO TABLES OF STONE. (PTJW July 1849 p.3.7)

Here we see two laws, and two covenants; one written by the hand of Moses in a book, the other written with the finger of God on two tables of stone. (PTJW July 1849 p.4.5)

The SDAs teach that the ceremonial law is calledTheir own words on the law of Moses, and that allabolition of the law of Moses is abolished:

The lawLaw of Moses, was a law of shadows, which were abolished when the new, second, and better covenant came. Its “carnal rites,” “burnt offerings and sacrifices,” “meats and drinks,includes all ceremonial and divers washingscivil laws,” were all “nailed to the cross” when but not the Lamb of God shed his most precious blood. (PTJW July 1849 p.3.9)moral laws:

The law of Moses, was a law of shadows, which were abolished when the new, second, and better covenant came. Its “carnal rites,” “burnt offerings and sacrifices,” “meats and drinks, and divers washings,” were all “nailed to the cross” when the Lamb of God shed his most precious blood. (PTJW July 1849 p.3.9)

Here we see two laws, and two covenants; one written by the handFor convenience of Moses in a bookreaders that do not know, the other written with the finger of God on two tables of stone. (PTJW July 1849 p.4.5)

All quotes from this webpageSDA basis for Sabbath Keeping is in Genesis 2: https://m.egwwritings.org/en/book/1636.2000005

“And on the seventh day GOD ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which GOD created and made.”** Genesis 2:2, 3. (PTJW July 1849 p.1.9)

Here God instituted the weekly rest or Sabbath. It was the seventh day. He BLESSED and SANCTIFIED that day of the week, and no other; therefore the seventh day, and no other day of the week is holy, sanctified time. (PTJW July 1849 p.1.10)

Now here is the issue. Genesis chapter 2, the SDA basis for Sabbath keeping, was not written on stone by the finger of God. It was written in the book by Moses. Therefore, Genesis chapter 2 is ceremonial law. Since the Weekly Sabbath is part of the ceremonial law, it has been abolished, as it says above in (PTJW July 1849 p.3.9).

Similarly, SDAs teach that a few words of Genesis 1:5 and a few words of Leviticus 23:32 are valid laws which are used to determine when the weekly sabbath starts and finishes. No part of Genesis chapter 1 was written on stone by God and placed inside the ark. No part of Leviticus 23 was written on stone by God and placed inside the ark. These chapters are clearly part of the ceremonial law, also known as the Law of Moses. Therefore they are abolished, and can't be said to be valid laws that are used to change the ten commandments.

If Genesis 2:2-3 is considered to be the institution of the Weekly Sabbath law, doesn't this prove that the Weekly Sabbath is part of the ceremonial law and therefore abolished? Genesis 2:2-3 was not written on stone by God and placed inside the ark.

Do SDAs really believe that the old testament law is divided into moral law and ceremonial law?

Do they really believe that all of the ceremonial law is abolished?

Do the SDAs publish a list of which ceremonial laws they say are still in effect? For example, food laws? Ceremonial and abolished, or moral and still in effect?


SDAs teach that the moral law is the ten commandments written on stone by God and placed inside the ark. They say that the moral law is perfect and complete and can't be changed in anyPerhaps another way.

According to the SDA definitions of moral law and ceremonial law, only Deuteronomy 5:6-21 is the moral law. The commandments in Exodus 20 were smashed on the ground, not placed inside the ark. Thereforeask at the second setquestion of ten commandmentsAdventists, Deuteronomy 5:6-21why is the moral law.

These verses from the moral law show that the moralSabbath not ceremonial law was instituted after the exodus, not at creation:

I am the Lord, your Godand therefore still valid, who brought you out ofdespite the land of Egyptfinger/hand, from the house of bondage. (Deuteronomy 5:6)

Remember that you were a servant in the land of Egyptstone/book, and that the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. (Deuteronomy 5:15)

Both verses refer to the Israelites being rescued from slavery in Egypt, in the past tense. Clearly the moral law must have been instituted after the exodus./Moses distinctions?"

According to the official teachings of the Seventh Day Adventists:

SDAs teach that the ceremonial law was written by the hand of Moses in a book. They teach that the moral law was written by the finger of God on tables of stone:

There is a clear distinction between the law of Moses, and the law of God in the Holy Scriptures. The law of Moses, was a law of carnal ceremonies, written by the HAND of Moses in a BOOK. The law of God, is the ten commandments, written by the FINGER of GOD on TWO TABLES OF STONE. (PTJW July 1849 p.3.5)

SDAs teach that the ark contains the covenant of commandments:

The ark of the covenant-a small chest, four feet six inches and eleven sixteenths long, and two feet, eight inches and thirteen sixteenths wide, and high, was made purposely to contain the covenant of commandments. (PTJW July 1849 p.4.6)

Therefore, according to SDA definitions, the moral law of the ten commandments is only the second set of ten commandments, found in Deuteronomy 5:6-21. The first set of ten commandments from Exodus 20 were smashed upon the ground and never placed inside the ark. Therefore the commandments in Exodus 20 are ceremonial law, not moral law.

Only Deuteronomy 5:6-21 matches the SDA definition for moral law. Nothing more, nothing less, nothing different.

The SDAs teach that the Weekly Sabbath was institued at Creation, not at Sinai, based on Genesis chapter 2.

The Weekly Sabbath Instituted at Creation, and not at Sinai

“And on the seventh day GOD ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which GOD created and made.”** Genesis 2:2, 3. (PTJW July 1849 p.1.9)

Here God instituted the weekly rest or Sabbath. It was the seventh day. He BLESSED and SANCTIFIED that day of the week, and no other; therefore the seventh day, and no other day of the week is holy, sanctified time. (PTJW July 1849 p.1.10)

The SDAs teach that the ceremonial law is called the law of Moses, and that all of the law of Moses is abolished:

The law of Moses, was a law of shadows, which were abolished when the new, second, and better covenant came. Its “carnal rites,” “burnt offerings and sacrifices,” “meats and drinks, and divers washings,” were all “nailed to the cross” when the Lamb of God shed his most precious blood. (PTJW July 1849 p.3.9)

Here we see two laws, and two covenants; one written by the hand of Moses in a book, the other written with the finger of God on two tables of stone. (PTJW July 1849 p.4.5)

All quotes from this webpage: https://m.egwwritings.org/en/book/1636.2000005

Genesis chapter 2 was not written on stone by the finger of God. It was written in the book by Moses. Therefore, Genesis chapter 2 is ceremonial law. Since the Weekly Sabbath is part of the ceremonial law, it has been abolished, as it says above in (PTJW July 1849 p.3.9).

Similarly, SDAs teach that a few words of Genesis 1:5 and a few words of Leviticus 23:32 are valid laws which are used to determine when the weekly sabbath starts and finishes. No part of Genesis chapter 1 was written on stone by God and placed inside the ark. No part of Leviticus 23 was written on stone by God and placed inside the ark. These chapters are clearly part of the ceremonial law, also known as the Law of Moses. Therefore they are abolished, and can't be said to be valid laws that are used to change the ten commandments.

If Genesis 2:2-3 is considered to be the institution of the Weekly Sabbath law, doesn't this prove that the Weekly Sabbath is part of the ceremonial law and therefore abolished? Genesis 2:2-3 was not written on stone by God and placed inside the ark.

Do SDAs really believe that the old testament law is divided into moral law and ceremonial law?

Do they really believe that all of the ceremonial law is abolished?

Do the SDAs publish a list of which ceremonial laws they say are still in effect? For example, food laws? Ceremonial and abolished, or moral and still in effect?


SDAs teach that the moral law is the ten commandments written on stone by God and placed inside the ark. They say that the moral law is perfect and complete and can't be changed in any way.

According to the SDA definitions of moral law and ceremonial law, only Deuteronomy 5:6-21 is the moral law. The commandments in Exodus 20 were smashed on the ground, not placed inside the ark. Therefore the second set of ten commandments, Deuteronomy 5:6-21 is the moral law.

These verses from the moral law show that the moral law was instituted after the exodus, not at creation:

I am the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. (Deuteronomy 5:6)

Remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. (Deuteronomy 5:15)

Both verses refer to the Israelites being rescued from slavery in Egypt, in the past tense. Clearly the moral law must have been instituted after the exodus.

NOTE: This question is explicitly requesting an answer from the Seventh Day Adventist perspective.

Official teachings of the Seventh Day Adventists make the common distinction of Moral, Ceremonial, and Civil laws. Like many other Christians who also take this view, they teach that only the Moral law applies to Christians. They often use the phrases "Law of Moses" to denote ceremonial and civil laws that do not apply to Christians and "Law of God" to denote moral laws that do apply to Christians.

What is confusing me is that their reasoning for the abolition of the ceremonial laws seems to also cover the Sabbath, which as we all know they greatly consider not abolished. 

According to EGW Writings "The Present Truth", the reasoning why the "law of Moses" (i.e. doesn't need to be followed) is different from the laws of God is because the Hand of Moses wrote one on parchment and the Finger of God wrote the other in stone.

There is a clear distinction between the law of Moses, and the law of God in the Holy Scriptures. (PTJW July 1849 p.3.5)

The law of Moses, was a law of carnal ceremonies, written by the HAND of Moses in a BOOK. (PTJW July 1849 p.3.6)

The law of God, is the ten commandments, written by the FINGER of GOD on TWO TABLES OF STONE. (PTJW July 1849 p.3.7)

Here we see two laws, and two covenants; one written by the hand of Moses in a book, the other written with the finger of God on two tables of stone. (PTJW July 1849 p.4.5)

Their own words on the abolition of the Law of Moses, which includes all ceremonial and civil laws, but not the moral laws:

The law of Moses, was a law of shadows, which were abolished when the new, second, and better covenant came. Its “carnal rites,” “burnt offerings and sacrifices,” “meats and drinks, and divers washings,” were all “nailed to the cross” when the Lamb of God shed his most precious blood. (PTJW July 1849 p.3.9)

For convenience of readers that do not know, the SDA basis for Sabbath Keeping is in Genesis 2:

“And on the seventh day GOD ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which GOD created and made.”** Genesis 2:2, 3. (PTJW July 1849 p.1.9)

Here God instituted the weekly rest or Sabbath. It was the seventh day. He BLESSED and SANCTIFIED that day of the week, and no other; therefore the seventh day, and no other day of the week is holy, sanctified time. (PTJW July 1849 p.1.10)

Now here is the issue. Genesis 2, the SDA basis for Sabbath keeping, was not written on stone by the finger of God. It was written in the book by Moses. Therefore, Genesis chapter 2 is ceremonial law. Since the Weekly Sabbath is part of the ceremonial law, it has been abolished, as it says in (PTJW July 1849 p.3.9).

If Genesis 2 is considered to be the institution of the Weekly Sabbath law, doesn't this prove that the Weekly Sabbath is part of the ceremonial law and therefore abolished? Genesis 2:2-3 was not written on stone by God and placed inside the ark.

Perhaps another way to ask at the question of Adventists, why is the Sabbath not ceremonial law and therefore still valid, despite the finger/hand, stone/book, and God/Moses distinctions?"

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SDAs teach that the moral law is the ten commandments written on stone by God and placed inside the ark. They say that the moral law is perfect and complete and can't be changed in any way.

According to the SDA definitions of moral law and ceremonial law, only Deuteronomy 5:6-21 is the moral law. The commandments in Exodus 20 were smashed on the ground, not placed inside the ark. Therefore the second set of ten commandments, Deuteronomy 5:6-21 is the moral law.

These verses from the moral law show that the moral law was instituted after the exodus, not at creation:

I am the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. (Deuteronomy 5:6)

Remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. (Deuteronomy 5:15)

Both verses refer to the Israelites being rescued from slavery in Egypt, in the past tense. Clearly the moral law must have been instituted after the exodus.


SDAs teach that the moral law is the ten commandments written on stone by God and placed inside the ark. They say that the moral law is perfect and complete and can't be changed in any way.

According to the SDA definitions of moral law and ceremonial law, only Deuteronomy 5:6-21 is the moral law. The commandments in Exodus 20 were smashed on the ground, not placed inside the ark. Therefore the second set of ten commandments, Deuteronomy 5:6-21 is the moral law.

These verses from the moral law show that the moral law was instituted after the exodus, not at creation:

I am the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. (Deuteronomy 5:6)

Remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. (Deuteronomy 5:15)

Both verses refer to the Israelites being rescued from slavery in Egypt, in the past tense. Clearly the moral law must have been instituted after the exodus.

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