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Which is the right day to worship- Saturday or Sunday?
The world today has many different religions To name a few Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Judaism and Christianity. Christianity is an off-shoot of Judaism, and is perhaps one of the largest religions in the world. There are many denominations in the Christian religion itself, which have different practices and interpretation of the bible (the holy book). One major difference between Christian denominations is which day to worship, Saturday or Sunday?
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh 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 six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in there is, and rested on the seventh day: wherefore the Lord Blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:8-11).
The seventh-day worshipers often stress that Sunday worshipers completely ignore God’s laws, which is evident in the doctrine they teach that the Law of Moses were ALL nailed to the cross. They point out that if one carefully research the scripture it will be found that the Ten Commandments are still in place as in old testament days
When Moses had finished writing the words of this law in a book to the very end, Moses commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, “Take this Book of the Law and put it BY THE SIDE OF THE ARK of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for A WITNESS AGAINST YOU. – Deuteronomy 31:24-25
The fourth commandment to remember the Sabbath to keep it holy, was given to tell the children of Israel that He (God) rested on the Sabbath.
Why a Sabbath?
Only a small percentage of the Christian churches today keep the Saturday Sabbath. Most Christian denominations worship on a Sunday.
Is this practice against God's fourth commandment?
Were the Commandments done away with at the Cross?
In Matthew 5:17-18 Jesus states: -
Think not that I have come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, not one jot or tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. (St. Matthew5:17-18)
Heaven and earth are still here, thus so are God's Laws, however all has been fulfilled.
Christ’s mission was not to destroy the Law or the prophets, but save from the "curse" of the Law. Thus His mission was to heal, teach and die on the cross to defeat the penalties of death and hell.
If one studies the Sabbath Command more closely, we find that worship was not God’s intention for the Sabbath day. God established the 7th Day Sabbath as a weekly reminder that He (God) rested from His works. The Sabbath day of rest was established to keep the children of Israel out of trouble. If we keep a custom over and over it becomes a part of our nature. Eventually, we do not need to remember it. If the Sabbath is a part of the Jewish practice, like Sunday is a part of the Christian practice, then the Jews do not have to be reminded to keep it holy.
Lord of the Sabbath
In the book of Matthew, Jesus Christ told his followers that he did not come to destroy the law or the prophets.
Did He say that? He said that He did not come to destroy the law or the prophets, till all be fulfilled. He made this comment, when he was alive. He had not died and rose from the grave yet. Today, all has been fulfilled.
In Mark 9:1 Christ said
Verily, I say unto you, that there be some of them that stand here which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. (Mark9:1 KJV).
The above-mentioned bible passage verifies that all has been fulfilled, or some of them standing there have been living for over 2000 years.
The bible passage below states:
And he said unto them, "The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath, Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath." (Mark 2: 27-28 KJV).
It is often argued that God does not need rest, but man needs rest physically and emotionally. God created the earth in six days, and decided to take a day-off on Saturday. God worked day and night for six days and took a day and night off on Saturday. Can man work seven days and seven nights? Can man work six days and six nights? Can man work seven days, and rest seven nights? Can man work seven nights and rest seven days?
Jesus declared himself "Lord of the Sabbath" indicating that the Sabbath rest is no longer applicable, since He (Jesus) does not rest on a Saturday.
Origin of Sunday worship
It is claimed that the ancient Romans worshipped the sun god Mithra. During the rule of Emperor Constantine, church customs and holy days were blended with pagan sun worship. Thus Sunday was established as the day of worship and this practice was later adopted by most Protestant churches.
Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 3:10-17 that our foundation must be in Jesus Christ and not the teachings of men.
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians: 3:11 KJV)
The Covenant of Circumcision
Circumcision of the foreskin was a covenant made with God, Abraham and his descendants.,
This is My covenant which ye shall keep, between Me and you and thy seed after you: Every man child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt Me and you. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he who is born in the house or bought with thy money must needs be circumcised; and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child who flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken My covenant. (Genesis 17: 10-14 KJV).
The command to keep the Sabbath day holy was not given as a covenant to Abraham, even though the Sabbath already existed.
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. (1 Corinthians 7:19 KJV)
In 1 Corinthians 7:19 Paul writes to the Gentile church:
The newly converted Gentiles at the time of Paul's teaching were often pressured to adopt the practices written in the Jewish law.
In Galatians Paul writes:
Why then the law? It was ADDED because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made – Galatians 3:19
In this verse of scripture Paul was referring to the Book of the Law that was to last until Christ’s mission was fulfilled. . Jesus Christ came, and paid the price by being nailed on the cross. This sacrifice did not do away with the law, what it did away with was the curse of the law.
Blotting out the HANDWRITING OF ORDINANCES that was AGAINST US, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross – Colossians 2:14
Many argue that the principles of the Ten Commandments have been in effect from creation, and that the other laws were added because of sin against God’s moral laws. These laws pointed to a Messiah who would come, but would not do away with them. Thus Jesus Christ’s goal was to fulfill the Ten Commandments and live a life that would reveal the true character of the Father.
In Acts 28 Paul declares that he did nothing against the customs of the Jews:
And it came to pass that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together; and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren though I have committed nothing against the people or customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.(Acts 28:17 KJV)
Here Paul is telling the chief of the Jews that He had not broken the Jewish customs. Paul was a Jew and he was circumcised. Therefore, it could be argued that by preaching that one does not have to be circumcised he is not preaching the correct gospel of Jesus Christ, since the covenant was between Abraham and his seed.
Similarly, the Sabbath was given as a day of rest, not as a day of worship. Adam and Eve did not have to worship on the seventh day. Thus the weekend still exist, with Saturday as a day of rest and Sunday as a day of worship.
Sabbath worshipers who profess that we are still under the law, often quote the following verse,
What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? BY NO MEANS! – Romans 6:15
Sabbath keepers, often link verses in the new testament back to the laws and commandments. However, it should be pointed out that rules were also given in new testament books for believers to live by. For example:
In Colossians Paul writes:
And whatsoever ye do in word and deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him – Colossians 3:17.
He goes to tell them
Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. (Colossians 3 :18-20 KJV)
In first Peter, Peter writes:
Honor all men, Love the brother hood. Fear God, Honor the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only the good and gentle but also to the froward. (1 Peter 17 -18 KJV)