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The exact value of a "Sabbath day's walk" is 2,000 cubits, which works out to about 5/8 of a mile, or one kilometer. Commentator Craig S. Keener explains the logic and biblical basis: The figures were natural extrapolations from Exod 16:29 (one must not leave one's place on the Sabbath) and Num 35:5 (identifying one's place as 2,000 cubits square) [Acts, ...


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Within Protestantism there are many views regarding the proper way to keep the Sabbath, even among those who generally agree that Sunday is the most appropriate day to observe it. I'll provide a brief overview of three of the main views: Spiritual Sabbath, Continental Sabbath, and Puritan Sabbath. Spiritual Sabbath This view is held by many Protestants ...


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Sometimes, God's Punishment for Disobedience is Death. This is a simple fact. The severity of the punishment often corresponds to the severity of the offense, so why was this offense so severe? The text doesn't say this explicitly, but if we assume that God could have sufficient justification for execution, then it's likely that he was knowingly and ...


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This idea primarily comes from the teachings of Ellen G. White, whom the Seventh-day Adventists consider a modern-day prophet. Early Writings, p 65: The pope has changed the day of rest from the seventh to the first day. He has thought to change the very commandment that was given to cause man to remember his Creator. He has thought to change the greatest ...


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First, a point of terminology. Do you live near a Mormon temple (a large and spectacular building, recognizable by a distinctive golden statue of an angel with a trumpet on top) or a Mormon church (an ordinary church building, usually with a spire)? Temples are very special and sacred places that are only available to members of the church in good standing....


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Seventh Day Adventists do not view Romans‬ ‭14‬:‭5‬ to be about the 4th commandment. We do not believe that the ten commandments (God's moral laws) were abolished at the cross. The law of love would cause Christians to want to keep God's moral laws through grace (i.e. not murder, not commit adultery), it does not free them to then freely murder. The same ...


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This a tricky yet very interesting question and I would vote +2 if I could. Basically from what I understand, although not perceived as a strict law, in the same way that the Sabbath was instituted under the law of Moses, the argument was this: A day of rest was made by God for man before Adam sinned (before the Mosaic Law) by calling the 7th day holy in ...


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Puritans hold several different views regarding the exact timing of the Sabbath. Perhaps the most widespread view is that the Christian Sabbath begins on Saturday at sunset and continues until sunset on Sunday. New England Puritan Thomas Shepard argues from Old Testament precedent for the evening-to-evening Sabbath: If, therefore, the Sabbath began at ...


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Because God judges our hearts The man was not punished just for picking up sticks. He was punished for putting a higher value on work and self-sufficiency than on honoring the Holy Sabbath. It just so happened that his indifference towards God was played out by picking up sticks. Exodus 31:13 ESV You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above ...


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Strictly speaking, Catholics are not 'obligated' to keep the 'Sabbath' (on earth, let alone in heaven): 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 ...


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Good question. Similarly, an earlier verse seems diminish the importance of the Seventh Day Adventists' distinctive belief in vegetarianism. For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. ...those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for ...


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Whether or not you would consider this as scientific evidence, we only have to look at recent history to find an answer. The Dust bowl of the 1930's came about because the land was continuously farmed, and the nutrients of the land were depleted to a point that it could no longer support vegetation. All things need to have their nutrients renewed ...


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Using a perspective from the past, America's greatest theologian, Jonathan Edwards, has a different take from most of the above answers here. In his sermon he argues that the 4th commandment (Remember the Sabbath day....) is binding on all people for all time. He says further, that is only the risen Christ Who has authority to change the day which His church ...


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The Biblical predictions refers to the predictions found in Revelation of the reunification of Church and State, specifically in America, in the last days. Below is what is believed by most Seventh Day Adventists: In Rev 12:13-16, we see that God's church (the women) was a persecuted church throughout history. She existed through a time where there was no ...


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At least as regards some of the activities mentioned in the O.P.—especially, eating out—it is not problematic for those who are dedicated to providing others with leisure to do so on Sunday or other holy days. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states expressly: Sanctifying Sundays and holy days requires a common effort. Every Christian should avoid ...


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The first writer to clearly make this connection appears to be Petrus Alphonsi in the 12th century. This is argued by 17th century historian Peter Heylyn, who writes: The first who ever used [the word Sabbath], to denote the Lords day, (the first that I have met with in all this search) is one Petrus Alfonsus, he lived about the times that Rupertus did; ...


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Do Seventh Day adventists believe that people who go to church on Sunday will go to hell? No we do not, we believe only those who are unfaithful to God will be not be in heaven. The Bible is clear that God has His people in many denominations. In Revelation 18:4, a voice is heard in heaven saying: "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins,...


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I have only entered this because the question appears to have been talked around, with most viewpoints represented, but without anyone bringing the pieces together. All pious Jews and some Christians celebrate Saturday, the last day of the past week, as Shabbat or Sabbath, and most Christians celebrate Sunday, the first day of the new week, as the Lord's Day....


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The choice of Sunday is traditional, but it is also harmonious with the Biblical account (emphasis added): Acts 20:7 NASB On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight. 1 Corinthians 16:2 (NASB) On the first day ...


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Sacrament meetings are usually held at the same time every week. Two or three congregations (termed wards for larger congregations or branches for smaller ones) may share a building. The usual order of a Sacrament Meeting (the main worship service) is: 1) Welcome and announcements. The Bishop usually presides over the meeting. It his responsibility to see ...


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The position of the Westminster Confession of Faith regarding Sabbath day observance may help to explain why you were exhorted to “think spiritual thoughts all day on a Sunday” and that “you must not let your mind wander”: As it is the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be set apart for the worship of God; so, in His Word, by a ...


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"That entire portion of the end of Colossians 2 talks about the danger of legalism and seems to discourage keeping things such as the Sabbath" Actually, it doesn't talk about that. In fact it has quite the opposite meaning. I once used Colossians as an example of exegesis: https://rbutterworth.nfshost.com/Management/examples/exegesis If you aren't ...


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The first precept of the Church is to go to Mass and refrain from servile work on Sundays and holy days. Grave inconvenience can exempt one from observing a precept of the Church. Grave inconvenience is, according to Fr. Hardon, S.J., a sufficient reason to excuse a person from fulfilling certain positive precepts of the Church, not of themselves ...


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A biblical basis for some Christians to claim that the weekly Sabbath is still in effect while the Feasts of Leviticus 23 need not be kept is that it's not clear that the Sabbath is included in the feasts of Leviticus 23 as a feast. It could be that verse 2 ends by indicating that what is to follow is "concerning the feasts", verse 3 is a ...


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What does it mean for Protestant Christians to enter into the Sabbath rest for God's people as described in Hebrews chapter 4? Since joining mainstream Protestantism in the 1980s (baptised in a British Baptist church), I soon learned from many a sermon that the idea of this ‘Sabbath rest for God’s people’ has a two-fold aspect. (1) Resting from their own ...


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Yes, there is scientific backing for a Sabbath of the Land. In Ancient times it was common to practice crop rotation, in which a rotation pattern of sowing different crops in different years was followed. At least one year of the rotation was usually 'fallow', i.e. with no crop sown. In early medieval Europe 'two field rotation' was normal, in which a crop ...


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"[W]e too would observe the fleshly circumcision, and the Sabbaths, and in short all the feasts, if we did not know for what reason they were enjoined [on] you—namely, on account of your transgressions and the hardness of your heart. . . . [H]ow is it, Trypho, that we would not observe those rites which do not harm us—I speak of fleshly circumcision and ...


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When did Jews start sanctifying the 7th day of the week and why? When: after they received the Ten Commandments. The "Why" can be interpreted in two ways: Why did they do it? Because God commanded them to do it. Why did God command them to do it? For the reason stated in the Commandment itself, which is different in each version thereof. “Remember the ...


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My answer here is an adaptation of part of my answer to a related question on Hermeneutics.SE: The purpose of 'rest' In two of his books (listed below), John H. Walton examines Genesis 1.1-2.3 according to its similarities to other 'creation myths' in the ancient near east (ANE from here onward), verbal cues with contemporary or related Hebrew scriptures, ...


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The interpretation of verse doesn’t say God “needed” to rest; but that God stopped His acts of creation on the seventh day. Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. The Hebrew word “u•ishbth” when translated has one of the main definitions as “to ...


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