Many Christians in Western Society honor Sunday as being the Holy Day of worship. It is tradition that many Christians attend their place of worship on Sunday mornings or afternoons. However Sunday is not the Sabbath. In fact Sunday is the beginning of the week and was changed to the Sabbath by the Roman Emperor Constantine in 325 AD.
Constantine, who was a sun worshiper during his first years as emperor, later converted to Christianity. Even after his conversion, Constantine continued to worship the sun.
A quote from Constantine says ,
‘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: because it often happens that another Day is not so suitable for grain sowing or for vine planting: lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost.‘
After the succession of Constantine’s Empire in Rome, many emperors and popes after him enforced the new law of practicing worship on a Sunday. The law stated, ‘Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday (Sabbath), but shall work on that Day: but the Lord’s Day, they shall especially honour; and as being Christians, shall, if possible, do no work on that day. If however, they are found Judaizing, they shall be shut out from Christ’.
Judaizers are Christians who believe those in the faith should practice the old law written in the Bible.
In the New Testament the bible verse Matthew 5:17 states that Jesus never came to get rid of what was written in the Old Testament. ‘Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law or the writings of the Prophets; I have come to fulfill them’
The Old Testament states to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy (Exodus 20: 8)
So if Jesus didn’t do away with the law, should Christians still be practice worship or have a day of rest on Saturday the original Sabbath day?
The first followers also recognized Sunday as the Sabbath. Many early Christians called Sunday The Lord’s Day”, because Jesus arose from the dead on the first day of the week.
The Catholic Church has also taken credit for changing the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. The Catholic Mirror of September 23, 1894, states:
“The Catholic Church for over one thousand years before the existence of a Protestant by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday.”
Many argue that Christians who have a problem with worship on Sunday have conspiracy theories against the Roman Catholic Church. Seventh Day Adventists have been at the center of this claim due to the religious group having a reputation as extremist.
What do you think on the issue of the Sabbath being practiced on a Sunday?
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