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Why Is Church On Sunday

Why do most churches keep Sunday instead of Saturday?Saturday is the Sabbath of which the Bible talks. It nowhere mentions Sunday to be kept holy but Saturday=Sabbath. I am not a SDA. I just searched the Holy Bible about it.

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I attend church on Sunday. However, I don't really believe that Sunday is the true Sabbath. I am not fully convinced that Saturday is the true Sabbath either. What I DO BELIEVE IT DOES NOT MATTER. AS LONG AS YOU HAVE SET ASIDE A DAY OF REST AND WORSHIP. there is a lot of debate on this blog on old testament law vs new testament law. Jesus came not to destroy the law but to fullfill it.In my reading of the NT there is only two commandents that are really stressed. Those being the first commandment of the OT Thou shall no other God) and the new commandment given by Jesus in the NT Love thou neighbor as the thou self. Those Two things are things that we should be concerned most about loving our neighbors and God.
---sheamonique on 3/14/10

Sabbath-keeping is an abolished O.T. Law. Born-again Christians worship on Sunday because Jesus resurrected from the dead on Sunday, the first day of the week, and the disciples worshipped him then. Please read Matthew 28:1,5,6,9,16,17; Luke 24:1,5-8,51-53; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:2.
---Eloy on 5/31/08

gina, part 2: "And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished. But their minds were blinded: for up to this day remains the same vail untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament; which is done away in Christ. But even up to this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it will turn to the Lord, the vail will be taken away." II Corinthians 3:13-16.
---Eloy on 7/8/07

gina, part 3: "I do not set aside the grace of God: for if through Law righteousness, then Christ died in vain. Therefore the Law was our tutor till Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a tutor. But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forward his Son, made of a woman, made under the Law, to redeem them that were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." Galatians 2:21; 3:24,25; 4:4,5.
---Eloy on 7/8/07

gina, part 4: "But now, after that you all have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you all again to the weak and beggarly elements, to where you all desire again to be in bondage? You all observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, else I have bestowed upon you labor in vain." Galatians 4:9-11.
---Eloy on 7/8/07

gina, part 5: "Tell me, you all that desire to be under the Law, do you all not hear the Law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two Covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which genders to bondage, which is Agar. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." Galatians 4:21,22,24,26.
---Eloy on 7/8/07

gina, part 6: "Nevertheless what says the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman will not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brothers, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Galatians 4:30,31; 5:1.
---Eloy on 7/8/07

gina, part 7: "Christ is become of no effect to you, whosoever of you are justified by the Law; you all are fallen from grace. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. But if you all be led by the Spirit, you all are not under the Law; having abolished in his flesh the enmity, the Law of Commandments in decrees; for to make in himself of the two, one new man, making peace." Galatians 5:4,9,18; Ephesians 2:15.
---Eloy on 7/8/07

gina, part8: "Now if the Priesthood be changed, then of necessity the Law also change be made. For there is truly a disannulling of the Commandment going before, for the weakness and unprofitableness of it. For the Law perfected nothing, but a bringing in of a better hope by which we draw near to God. By so much security, Jesus indeed parent of a better Testament. Then said he, Here I come to do your will, O God. He takes away the first, that he may establish the second." Heb.7:12,18,19,22; 10:9
---Eloy on 7/8/07

*Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 6 days shalt thou labour, ...*

God was addressing the Jewish nation; not the entire world as Adventists & other naive people would believe.

God also told the Hebrews that they must have their male children circumcised. Do Adventists believe that? No, but they cherry pick the OT for laws not imposed on the church.

Again, Adventists simply cannot differentiate between the Old & New Covenants; not understanding what a covenant is.
---lee on 7/8/07

,gina, we are not in the old testament law, but the New Testament Law. If you are going to keep that one old law, then you must keep all the old law. There are laws to dismember an eye for an eye and take a tooth for a tooth and kill a life for a life, laws to kill witches, laws to stone disobedient children to death, dietary laws, clothing laws, etc. I repeat we are under the New Law which is inforce, and not the dead old law which is abolished.
---Eloy on 7/8/07

.gina, part 1: "But if the ministry of death, written engraved in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly see the face of Moses for the glory of his look; which was to be done away: How will not the ministry of the Spirit be rather glorious?" II Corinthians 3:7,8.
---Eloy on 7/8/07

"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:but the 7th day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates for in 6 days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the 7th day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day,and hallowed it" Exodus 20:8-11
---Gina7 on 7/7/07

.audrey, the New Testament church did not only have the old testament to go by, nor did they follow the O.T. They had the N.T. in the flesh, Jesus Christ the Lord God himself walking and speaking and working among them. He gave them his N.T. Law directly from his lips, and this New Law is what the N.T. church went by and not the old law. You cannot serve the O.T. Law and the N.T. Law also, for they are contrary to each other. Jesus said many times, I give you a New Law (Read, Matthew chapter 5).
---Eloy on 7/7/07

Okay, so instead of throwing away the fourth commandment, some people here just want to throw away the entire old testament; yet, that is the only set of scriptures which the new testament church had to go by!
Robin,you put it very well of how men have changed God's Sabbath to Sunday. And it does not say, "a day, or any day" it says THE seventh day. BTW, Jesus rose late Sat. nearing sunset. He HAD already RISEN by the time Mary came to the tomb on the first day of the week.
---audrey on 7/5/07

Rebecca_D - *It doesn't say anywhere in the bible that Saturday is the Sabbath.*

Understand what you are saying as the names of the week were introduced by the Romans.

Saturday is in honor of the Roman god Saturnus, whose astrological sign is 'death & limitation'.

The alchemical metal is lead while the one for Sunday is GOLD.

In any case, Adventists refuse to accept the fact that the Jewish Sabbath is connected with the rite of circumcision - neither mandated by the church.
---lee on 7/5/07

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It doesn't say anywhere in the bible that Saturday is the Sabbath. It says to keep the Sabbath, which means rest. The bible doesn't say that Sunday is the Sabbath either. The ones whom believe the day of rest is on Saturdays, then rest on that day. The ones that believe the day of rest is on Sunday, then rest on that day. It does no good to argue over such things. Just worship God and be happy.
---Rebecca_D on 7/4/07

How does one observe the Sabbath and not 'esteem one day over another'?

The Sabbath is strictly a Jewish ceremonial law (has nothing to do with morality since morality deals with human relationships): was declared to be optional in Romans 14:5. "Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind."

Adventists seem to believe that just bec the Sabbath commandment is one of the Decalogue, it must be observed, but Scripture proclaims otherwise.

---lee on 7/3/07

John, where does the Bible say "it makes no difference"? Certainly NOT Col 2:16. Meat, drink, holydays, new moon, and sabbath dayS are all ceremonial laws. The weekly Sabbath day, in the 4th of only 10 Commandments, was never optional, nor any of the other 9. None of the 1st 4 Commandments are repeated in the NT, yet we don't discard the other 3. See for yourself Ex 20:1-17
---Geoff on 7/3/07

It does say in your Bible that it makes no difference. That no on can judge another in holy days or the type of worship, or in the circumcision of the flesh. There is also no instruction anywhere in the Bible that says the N.T. church is required to gather on a particular day but that everyday is alike. Read Colossians chapter 2. You are free to make up your own mind.
---john on 7/3/07

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catherine *You will be as nothing standing before God. AHHH.*

Apart from Christ we are nothing as we are sinners saved solely by His grace.

Those that boost of good deeds, Sabbath keeping, dietary laws, etc. for their justification may very well find themselves totally naked.

Ro 3:20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

3:28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
---lee on 7/3/07

Church all week long. On Judgment Day you won't be such smart mouths and thinkers. God will put you down, My God will. You will be as nothing standing before God. AHHH.
---catherine on 7/3/07

It is a tradition that began in the early church during the Roman empire. The pagan converts had been used to worshiping the sun on sunday and this tradition continued when they were converted to Christianity. Empire Constantine declared Sunday to be a day of worship. At that time prejudice against Jews was strong and the desire not to be associated with them contributed to it. The Roman Catholic Church made Sunday keeping official.
---Robin on 7/2/07

el, Worshipping Christ on Sunday is recorded in the Bible. Please read Matthew 28:1,5,6,9,16,17; Luke 24:1,5-8,51-53; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:2; Colossians 2:16.
---Eloy on 7/3/07

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Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday. We aren't under the law & don't have a "sabboth day" like they did in the OT.

In the New Covenant we are celebrating Jesus' resurrection.
---Rickey on 7/3/07

Church should be in your heart every day. Sunday is set apart due to the calendar that we follow. In six days God created the earth and all that is in it, but on the seventh day He rested and made that day Holy
---Sandra on 7/2/07

Audrey, who is throwing away the fourth Commandment? Jesus said that the Sabbath was made for us, not us for the Sabbath. The important detail is to have a day of rest and to worship God. Acts shows us that Christians gathered on the first day of the week, and Paul tells us not to get too hung up on the legal issues of new moons and sabbaths. The first day, is only the principle day of Christian celebration, but not the only one, every day is for worship and we are to keep ourselves holy at all times.
---lorra8574 on 7/2/07

I'd say the Bible is correct. And Jana has really brought out excellent points.
Why are people so quick to throw away the fourth commandment, but they'll defend the rest?
---audrey on 7/2/07

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yes, jana I know the story that Adventist use in blaming the Roman Catholic church for changing the Sabbath, but the only source for that is olde EllenWhite. If you use any other church history written by reputable scholars that is verifiable, you will find that the chruch going into the 2d century no longer observed the Sabbath. Even SDA scholars recognize that.
---lee on 7/2/07

Lee: for one, Constantine was a Roman Catholic, he who brought in gentiles to join church and hoping to change them in time..the gentiles changed them instead and the Sabbath..God never changed His 7th Day Sab. Your talking about ceremonial law things Lee..Your and educated man and should understand the 2different laws there are in the Bible..Lord have mercy
---jana on 7/2/07

Why is church on Sunday? About 2nd century, Constantine who was the King then ordered that the gentiles be accepted into the church..gentile along with their own pagan traditions joined time they changed the Sabbath rest of God to Sunday. Till today, most still are under the authority of the Catholic church and thereby still observe Sunday as Sabbath which is not.Instead of defending God's truth, most defend mans truth..even today.God did say man will change his Sab&laws..Dan7:25
---jana on 7/2/07

Carla5754 - totally agree with you & the scriptures that we should not judge others in regard to observances or what one eats.

But the Adventists believe that the Christian must be under selected Old Covenant laws such as the dietary laws & Sabbath.

They claim that the Roman Catholic church stepped in & corrupted the one true church by changing the Sabbath & that God called the Adventist church into being to restore the church to its once pristine stage. (same belief held by the Mormons)
---lee on 6/25/07

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Why judge your brother about serving a specific day when all belong to GOD REGARDLESS! are we mean't to judge them because of their day of worship or whether they eat meat or not, I wonder where that scripture is in the bible? are we being obedient in doing so?
---Carla5754 on 6/20/07

--el: All Sunday keepers r offshoots of the catholic church..they still practice the catholic teachings such as sabbath on sunday instead of saturday, baptising babies when it shouldnt be, sprinkling baptism instead of immersion, etc etc etc..offshoots of the catholic church..most think they are keeping the 10Cs when they only keep 9. Jesus said Break on of them and u break the lot.God said"REMEMBER THE 7TH DAY 2KEEP IT HOLY"they r everlasting laws n is a transcript of God's Holy Character..
---jana on 6/20/07

Goeff - *Where do you derive your definition of moral law?*

Simply list the characteristics of what is commonly deemed to be moral law.

You will find that the Sabbath commandment simply does not fit any of those characteristics.

From a New Testament prospective, moral law really is a denial of love towards others, but clearly the sabbath law has nothing to do with love of neigbor.
---lee on 6/19/07

5. nations on every side. In the New Testament as well, OBEDIENCE is never considered an optional part of the believer's life. Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments' (John 14:15). "if you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love." First John 3:9 teaches that a true believer does not make sin the practice of his life, and the entire Epistle of james is devoted to teaching that true faith will result in godly behavior. The motive for obedience is love rather than fear
---Lupe2618 on 6/19/07

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1>Lee, your faulty human reasoning fails every time. Where do you derive your definition of moral law? Where is the requirement a moral law must be violate-able anytime? Still the 4th Commandment is violated all the time. Ive already demonstrated that and will again if you wish.
---Geoff on 9/7/06

2>The Sabbath is the sign or attribute of God as Creator. Sabbath keeping shows our agreement. The calendar is a function of the 4th Commandment. Nowhere else is a reason of the 7 day week cycle. Ez 22:26 puts Sabbath violation in its true light. God has already asked us to keep the Sabbath in the OT & demonstrates how in the NT. Disciples are still obedient at & after His resurrection & ascension. Why are you disobedient now? You want God to tell you again?
---Geoff on 9/7/06

I go to church on Saturday. Why? Because I take the Bible literally re: the 4th commandment. Again....I don't want a group of men or a 'man (if it's Constantine) deciding to make changes for me. This is also how I feel about the Banned books of the Bible, though.
---Lorrie on 9/7/06

Lee, let me clarify your second point. The Sabbath commemorates and crowns God's creative work concerning our universe. Let's review Ex 20:8-11. We are asked to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy-v8. Why? For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it-v11.
---Geoff on 9/6/06

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Lee, I'm curious what you are implying the fossil record indicates, certainly not an old earth (greater than 6k years). Every indication is that creation week was 6 literal days. There was no death or radioactive decay until after sin. Besides there are some false assumptions associated with some dating practices. Even Adams age supports a dismissal of other than 24 hr days.
---Geoff on 9/6/06

You will never convince anyone that Sabbath observance is not a ceremonial law. It fails the definition.
1. A moral law is something that can be violated anytime of the week.
2. A moral law is an attribute of God; Sabbath keeping is definitely not.
3. A moral law is not a function of the calendar.
4. Scripture nowhere support your view that keeping the Sabbath is a moral law.
5.The NT does not list sabbath breaking as a sin and it would if Sabbath keeping were a moral law.
---lee on 9/6/06

So Lee, considering your points #1-3, why don't you see that your faulty assumption that the 4th Commandment is the only ceremonial law in the heart of the 10 Commandment moral law is incorrect. The 4th must also be a moral law as well. You want us to forget the only moral law God asks us to remember.
---Geoff on 9/6/06

Geoff -
3. Ceremonial commands such as observance of the Eucharist (Lords Supper, baptism), are indeed important as are some spiritual exercises as prayer and fasting over Lent.
While there were indeed "days" before the sun was created in Genesis 1, I see no reason to believe that we need be restricted into believing that these 'days' were of 24 hours in length. I believe that there is fosil evidence as well as known changes in climate that indicate that fact.
---lee on 9/5/06

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Geoff -
2. I cannot understand your assertion that those that deny God as the Creator also violate the Sabbath as all Christians that hold the Bible to be true certainly do not deny God as Creator, howbeit, do not observe any kind of Sabbath.
The fact is that the Sabbath was given only to the Jewish nation and not imposed on the church. Acts 15 + early church history verify that fact..
---lee on 9/5/06

Geoff -
1.Agree that moral law has nothing to do with the rotation of the earth; howbeit, some ceremonial laws such as observance of festivals, Sabbath (s) are dependence upon the calendar and have not been imposed on the church. Moral laws, agreed are timeless as such are attributes of God Himself.
---lee on 9/5/06

Most of the people on these boards are not aware that services in the Synagogue (a development that took place at the Exile) were and still are held TWICE DAILY. It's just that the leisure of the Sabbath allowed for longer services then.
---Jack on 9/5/06

First, the Sabbath commandment had NOTHING to do with worship, but with abstaining from labor. It was a cessation that extended even to one's slaves and farm animals.
Second, "Sabbath" did not mean just Saturday, but ALL the feasts of Old Israel, which are fulfilled in Christ.
Third, Sunday was to gather for the EUCHARIST, which Christians would do in the wee hours of the morning, corresonding to the Resurrection, and then in the first 3 centuries go on about their business.
---Jack on 9/5/06

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Carla, it's a nice, warm ,fuzzy feeling to think all will be saved, but it just ain't so... It's not those who "say" they love God, but those who love & obey Him who will enter. Matthew 7:21-23 Afterall, heaven will be an orderly place where the lawless would not be content.
---Geoff on 9/5/06

Lee, Emcee & those interested, may I suggest an MSN, Yahoo or Google search on Rome's Challenge?
---Geoff on 9/5/06

we are saved through Christ our Lord and Saviour, all Baptised, all believe Christ crucified and resurected,all believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy spirit, all believe that we are christians, we are all going to Heaven by faith, we If we can't agree on Earth how will we unite in Heaven? All who are Gentiles say ''Grace'' and all who are Law abiding Jews ONLY say ''Law'' Paul recognises that people will esteeme one day as unto the lord and others will esteeme different days, No sweat!
---Carla5754 on 9/5/06

emcee - that is why I put "pope constantine" in quotes as he was the emporer that legalized Christianity and made it the state religion. I agree with some historians that his objective was for unity in the empire and better control over his rulership. In any case, no bishop anywhere had much power over other churches and the belief that Constantine or Rome changed the Sabbath simply is not tenable.
---lee on 9/5/06

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The "little horn" in Daniel 8 refers to Antiochus Epiphanes since his rule was "out of one of them" (8:9)- of the 4 resulting rulerships left by Alexander.
However, the "little horn" of Daniel 7 is differ from that of Daniel 8 as it depicts the Chaldean, Medes & Persian, Grecian, and Roman rulerships.
We need be careful interpreting Daniel and not read into the text things not there.
Suggested reading "Daniel" commentary by J. Vernon McGee.
---lee on 9/5/06

Emcee, ...a powerful & influential ruler, too
Lee, laws are important, ceremonial & moral, & given with specificity. While moral laws are timeless & correlated with God's character, ceremonial associate Christ's ministry on our behalf. Moral laws dont depend on earth rotation. In Gen 1 there were days before sun was created. Sabbath remains after sin-Is 66:22-23. Sabbath is violated 24/7 by those who deny God as Creator or disobey Him or breaking the other 9-Ja 2:10, plus you must work-Ex 20:9-10
---Geoff on 9/5/06

Lee--Jana: There was No POPE Constantine in the 4th century but there was a Roman Emperor who converted to Christianity.
---Emcee on 9/4/06

Lee, what history book are you reading? The image in Dan 2 depicts pagan Rome world empire (iron, 168BC-476AD), then papal Rome (iron & clay) down to the very end as it is today. Rome is more influential than you think. If the final kingdom (the rock) is Jesus' eternal kingdom, then the 10 toes-divided kingdoms of Rome take us down to the very end. Rome is the little horn power which boasts changing times and laws-Dan 7:8, 20, 25; Rev 13:5 (note: 42 mo=3.5 yrs=1260 days), see Rev 12:14
---Geoff on 9/4/06

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jana -
As to "Pope Constantine", any historian will tell you that the church of Rome in the 4th century had little power over other churches;

also realize that Constantine moved the capital of the empire to Constantinople making the bishop there with the most influence over the Christian church.
---lee on 9/4/06

jana -
What is the difference between a moral and ceremonial law? How is each classified?
How can you conceive of a moral law as being something that depends on the rotation of the earth?
How can you conceive of a moral law that can be violated only on a certain day of the week?
If the Sabbath was a sign of the covenant between God and Israel, then how can one view a "sign" as a moral law?
---lee on 9/4/06

jana - But Sunday was not a replacement for the Sabbath: "Sunday was observed only as a day of worship, not as a Sabbath on which to refrain from work...Sunday was not at first celebrated as a 'Sabbath'...It was not observed in obedience to the 4th commandment...Sunday was regarded by Christians gernerally not a day of rest or holiness but as a day of joy". [Maxwell, pp. 137, 139 Source Book for the History of Sabbath & Sunday, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, 1992]
---lee on 9/4/06

2. The Apostles worshipped on Sunday which they called the Lord's Day in honor of Christ's resurrection. Jesus said: "He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me." (Luke 10:16). And Paul wrote: "And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

I'm sure you've already heard every argument against the SDA so I won't add anymore to it.
---augusta on 9/4/06

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***Jana: Lee, who could go against the Romans and Papacy in those days when they changed the true Sabbath?***

First of all, the sect you belong to (which is classified as a cult, btw) didn't exist then, and if they had Paul would have condemned them like he did all Judaizers. You're in the very same boat as all Protestants - you have no historical witness to back up your assertions that these things were taught by the Apostles. And sabbath worship wasn't.

---augusta on 9/4/06

jana - SDA scholars, Maxwell, Bacchiochhi, Damstreegt, and others have found that the Gentile church at the beginning of the 2nd century did not observe the Sabbath. I know Ellen White blamed the papacy for changing the Sabbath but she was totally wrong.
If all you read is Ellen White and associatd Adventist works, then you will never find the truth on these matters.
Suggest reading "Sabbath, Circumcision & Tithing" - which OT laws apply to Christians? by Michael Morrison.
---lee on 9/4/06

Lee, who could go against the Romans and Papacy in those days when they changed the true Sabbath? who indeed. they were crushing God's people, murdering and annihalating them to nothing for they held onto God's truth. Rev 22:18,19 clearly states what will happen should anyone add or take away from His words. Is that truth enough for you brother???I love to see the Pope Constantine infront of God on that day to answer for his errors and lies. let God be Judge
---jana on 9/4/06

my bible simply says the 4th commands say, Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy..Nowhere where it says its all done away..Really,.whom are we all worshipping and whom do we obey, satan or God...the bible is our manual for righteous living given by God not satan. I am not a fluent english speaker but can understand clearly that the bible says Saturday is the Sabbath and the Mosaic Laws are the ones done away...and yes, I will stoop down low (John) if Jesus ask me to obey His commands...I love Him. Do you?
---jana on 6/20/06

Read These Insightful Articles About Christian Products again your text...where does it say the 10 Moral laws were done away...the Ceremonial Laws are the ones definitely done away otherwise we wouldnt need Jesus to come and die for us would we? have you ever thought of that? Remember He said I have not come to destroy but to FULLFIL all till the end...Mat 19:17 If you will enter into life, KEEP the COMMANDMENTS...mark 7:8 laying aside the commands of God, you hold tradition of men.
---jana on 6/20/06

lee..if your a christian and want to love God, then you will go by what He commands and not man...Read the 10 commands didnt say Sunday..and yes, Written with God's own holy hand..the only chosen day to rest and worship called the 7th day Sabbath...the adventists dont make the commands...Read this..Psalm 111:7,8, is SURE and thats simple english for you...
---jana on 6/20/06

SLAGuy - "thus Constantine made, as a political move, made SUNday the Christian holy day."

But where in the literature does it say that he made SUNday a 'Christian' holy day (or Sabbath)?

From the statement, it appears that he standardized Sunday as the non-workday.

In any case, we do not see any objection in the church as to changing the Sabbath. Certainly if the Sabbath has been observed by the church, there would have been widespread objection.
---lee on 1/17/06

In Rome SUNday was the holy day of Mithra, the Bull God who pulled the SUN across the sky, he was born from a rock on DEC25. On SUNday his followerw would stand on top of buildings in Rome at SUNday dawn and declare 'he -solis victoris-is risen' Roman solders were its main followers, thus Constantine made, as a political move, made SUNday the Christian holy day.
---SLAGuy on 1/16/06

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John - "There is no such thing as one day being holier than the next ..." that is one of the reasons that Adventists really have a problem with the Paul's letter to the Romans.

Romans 14:5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

They had to butcher certain verses in their Clear Word Bible to be able to support their views on Sabbath keeping.
---lee on 1/16/06

"The 2nd century church was not a monolithic structure but a variegated group of churches with conflicting beliefs. Legalist Jewish Christians zealous for the law, believed that the whole law had to be obeyed for a person to be saved, some kept the sabbath as a matter of national standard but did not require Gentiles to do the same." see "A Study of the origins of Sunday worship in the early church" by Thomas Hanson. Probably the best article available on the subject.
---lee on 1/16/06

The view that Constantine changed the Sabbath day is really a distortion of history. He merely sought some standardization as to the workweek.

"On the venerable day of the sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country, however, persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits.

Constantine merely had the church call a council to decide important issues such as the Trinity (325 a.d.)
---lee on 1/16/06

Col.2:15-16. The Sabbath was nailed to the cross and no man can judge another concerning it anymore. Jesus is our rest. Why stoop so low as to keep a day as your rest. There is no such thing as one day being holier than the next becasue Jesus is lord over them all. Worship Him and only Him.
The law was never given to the gentiles in the first place.
---john on 1/16/06

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It was changed to SUNday by Constantine in 325AD as a political move to appease the Roman Church, and to compete with the majority pagan religions in Rome. 'Sun'-day was the birthday of the unconqured Sun, a day when Mithra was worshiped. Basic history.
---SLCGuy on 1/16/06

"Some claim that the Sabbath was changed to Sunday in honor of the resurrection, but the Bible gives no hint of a change."

And that is because the early church except for the Jewish converts & Judaizers, did not even observe a Sabbath. If you read Acts 15 you will find that Sabbath keeping as well as circumcision was not required of Gentile Christians.
---lee on 1/16/06

Joe: Saturday is the seventh day of the week - not Sunday. Just look at a calendar or look up Sabbath or Saturday in a dictionary or encyclopedia. In most of the languages of the earth, the word for Saturday means Sabbath. Some claim that the Sabbath was changed to Sunday in honor of the resurrection, but the Bible gives no hint of a change. The fact that Jesus and the disciples kept the (Saturday) Sabbath, even after the resurrection, should be good enough for any Christian.
---jerry6593 on 1/16/06

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