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If Jesus didn't reject the Sabbath, then why do most Christians?


Interestingly, neither did any of the other New Testament writers reject the Sabbath, like primarily Paul, which specified the laws which were done away with, "the handwriting of ordinances" (laws other than the 10 Commandments - written by the finger of God.)

Update 2:

Wrong Hogie, II Cor. 3 supports the 10 commandments - no where does it diminish them at all, but tells that we can keep them through the ministry of the Holy Spirit writing them on the tables of our hearts.

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    I like chapter 4 of Hebrews. Verse 6 tells us that some don't enter in to God's rest because of unbelief. Verse 7 tells us that He limiteth a certain day. Verse 8 tells us that If Jesus had given them rest, then would He not afterward have spoken of another day, there remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God in verse 9. 1John chapter 2 tells us that there is no new commandment, but an old commandment, which ye had from the beginning. 1John 3:4 tells us that sin is the transgression of the law. That means that Adam and Eve's sin are against the same law that our sin is against. Revelation 12 ends with Satan making war against those that keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 14:6,7 is a call to worship God as our Creator. That takes us back to Genesis 2:1-3 and Exodus 20:8-11 where God is very specific as to how He wants us to worship Him as our Creator. Then in Revelation 22:14 we can read that it isn't Peter that decides who gets into the gates of Heaven. Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Daniel was told back in Daniel 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws. I choose to trust the Word of God over the traditions of man. Romans 6 makes it clear that baptism represents the death and resurrection of Jesus. It tells us that when were buried with Him into death in baptism, then we are raised up into His everlasting life. Through Jesus death and resurrection in our lives, is where we can have victory through Him. 1Corinthians 2:16 tells us that we can have mind of Christ in us. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, God never changes. Often I hear people tell me that it doesn't matter which day, as long as we worship God how we are comfortable. There is an interesting story in Genesis chapter 4. Abel brings an offering of faith to God, according to what God had asked for. Cain brings an offering of works. Cain is indignant when God doesn't accept his offering, which is what he wanted to bring, rather than the offering God had specifically asked for. Cain's act was in rebellion against God. If you take your husband out to an Italian restaurant for his birthday and offer to pick up the check, knowing He hates pasta but you love pasta, it is not a gift you are offering. If you have a family reunion at your brother's on Sept 8 and you show up on Oct 8 you will have missed out on the pleasure of all of your family. God is no different, and He waits for you each week at the same time. He's waiting to rest with you from all of your works.

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  • 4 years ago

    Luke 13:14-17 however the ruler of the synagogue, offended because of the fact Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, stated to the individuals, There are six days wherein paintings ought to be performed. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day. Then the Lord spoke back him, You hypocrites! does not each and every of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? And ought no longer this lady, a daughter of Abraham whom devil certain for eighteen years be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day? As He stated those issues, all His adversaries have been positioned to shame, and all the individuals had a good time at each and every of the stunning issues that have been performed by utilising Him.

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  • 9 years ago

    We are not to "reject the sabbath".

    The ritual requirements of the sabbath are no longer required, but the sabbath itself is still created for us, as Jesus said. That didnt change. Not all mosaic laws are inapplicable to us. Arent murder, theft, blasphemy all still condemned?? Yes. We need to be careful not the throw the baby out with the bath water. God created the sabbath for us, and that never changed. Just the mosaic rituals associated with it.

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  • Hogie
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Jesus broke the sabbath (John 5) and declared what He did was "work" and that even the Father in heaven works on sabbaths. He said it is not a sin to do good on a sabbath.

    Is it good, or evil, to work on a sabbath in order to support your family?

    Paul uses language that both Jew and Gentile Christian would understand regarding OC law. You cannot arbitrarily excise the ten commandments from the rest of the law, knowing it was a covenant law. Regardless, your construct regarding them being written by the finger of God is covered by Paul in II Corinthians chapter 3.


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  • 9 years ago

    Jesus is our Sabbath.

    Colossians 2:16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

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  • 9 years ago

    Doing Good on the Sabbath

    "Get up, pick up your cot and walk." Jesus spoke these words to a man who had been sick for 38 years. The Gospel account continues: "With that the man immediately became sound in health, and he picked up his cot and began to walk." Surprisingly, not all were pleased by this turn of events. Says the account: "The Jews went persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things during Sabbath."—John 5:1-9, 16.

    The Sabbath was intended to be a day of rest and rejoicing for all. (Exodus 20:8-11) By Jesus' day, though, it had become a maze of oppressive, man-made rules. Scholar Alfred Edersheim wrote that in the lengthy Sabbath-law sections of the Talmud, "matters are seriously discussed as of vital religious importance, which one could scarcely imagine a sane intellect would seriously entertain." (The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah) The rabbis attached life-and-death importance to frivolous, arbitrary rules that regulated virtually every aspect of a Jew's life—often with cold-blooded disregard for human feeling. One Sabbath rule decreed: "If a building fell down upon a man and there is doubt whether he is there or not, or whether he is alive or dead, or whether he is a gentile or an Israelite, they may clear away the ruin from above him. If they find him alive they may clear it away still more from above him; but if [he is] dead, they leave him."—Tractate Yoma 8:7, The Mishnah, translated by Herbert Danby.

    How did Jesus view such legalistic hairsplitting? When criticized for healing on the Sabbath, he said: "My Father has kept working until now, and I keep working." (John 5:17) Jesus was not performing secular work in order to enrich himself. Rather, he was doing the will of God. Just as the Levites were allowed to continue their sacred service on the Sabbath, Jesus could rightfully carry out his God-assigned duties as the Messiah without violating God's Law.—Matthew 12:5.

    Jesus' Sabbath-day cures also exposed the Jewish scribes and Pharisees as being "righteous overmuch"—rigid and unbalanced in their thinking. (Ecclesiastes 7:16) Certainly, it was not God's will that good works be restricted to certain days of the week; nor did God intend the Sabbath to be an empty exercise in rule following. Jesus said at Mark 2:27: "The sabbath came into existence for the sake of man, and not man for the sake of the sabbath." Jesus loved people, not arbitrary rules.

    Christians today thus do well not to be overly rigid or rule oriented in their thinking. Those in authority in the congregation refrain from burdening others with excessive man-made rules and policies. Jesus' example also encourages us to look for opportunities to do good. For instance, never would a Christian reason that he will share Bible truths only when he is formally engaged in the house-to-house ministry or when he is on the public platform. The Christian, says the apostle Peter, should be "always ready to make a defense before everyone that demands of you a reason for the hope in you." (1 Peter 3:15) The doing of good has no time restrictions.

    Source(s): Official Website of Jehovah's Witnesses: New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures
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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Why should Christians go to church, while Jesus himself did not go to church ...

    In fact .. he went to Synagoga. Synagoga is a place of worship of Judaism, religion in the old covenant.

    Jesus obeyed the law and not ALL sin. Because by this that he could be the perfect victim, the victim and the clean, pleasing sacrifice to God. He also is a priest, so he offered himself.

    One of the law is to sanctify the Sabbath (part of the 10 Commandments). Therefore Jesus also obey this (correctly obey Jesus when he healed people, even this is recognized by the Jewish religious leaders at this time).

    He then founded his Church (Matthew 16:18, the word "church" is the "Church"). He knew that the Jews would reject Him.

    Before Jesus was crucified he was the Last Supper in which He was to institusikan Eucharist. He said to his disciples, "Do this to remember Me."

    The church held the Eucharist to obey the commands of Jesus.

    As people are required to attend Mass every Sunday. Why did every Sunday? Because God has told us that we should take the ONE DAY ONLY to break and hearts to Him.

    In Old Testament times, today is the Sabbath Day and in the New Testament, to remember the rise of the savior, we sanctify Sunday.

    So, sanctifying the Lord's Day is always a command of God from the Old Testament and also is a command obeyed Jesus with his disciples to obey. Therefore, if we deliberately, without serious reason, do not go to church on a holy day, then we are guilty of violating God's commandment. Holy Day of command will be followed in accordance with the spirit of Mary is obedient, not with the spirit of Eve's disobedience.

    From the Catechism itself:

    2181 The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the Faithful are obliged to Participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, Unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by Their own priests. Those WHO deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.

    2182 Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason people are required to participate in the Eucharist on days that are required, except for serious reasons (for example, illness, keeping the baby) or permitted by their pastor. Those who deliberately fail to perform this obligation have committed a great sin.

    Hopefully Clearly,


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  • Sheep
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    God himself celebrated the Sabbath (Even Christ did, the 10 commandments simply say Sabbath, Christ was Jewish, but he still celebrated Sabbath), It took him 6 days to create the earth and 1 day to rest (Sunday, which equals the seven days of the week). This was the Sabbath. It is one of the 10 commandments, so by not going to church on Sunday (Or at least one day in the week) you are commiting a mortal sin. If your Catholic, You know that if you die in an unrepented state of mortal sin, You can not enter heaven.

    Just because many people don't recognize this, does not make this right. It's still a sin. Flat out. It's not even in the grey area, It's a sin.

    Besides, at my church (in Rhode Island), if you don't go to church one Sunday, almost everyone in our little town starts to talk about it. We are rather pushy, and nosy, but it's still a rare occasion anyone skips a Sunday.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The point is not reject the Sabbath, the Sabbath was one of the more of 600 laws were valid but the day Jesus died (Nisan 14 Year 33 C.E( all that laws were finished according to Ephesians 2:15 and Colossians 2:14

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  • 9 years ago

    If you are going to be a keeper of the Law, you obligate yourself to keep the entire law. That would include the over 600 mosaic laws.

    Read about the first Apostolic council in the book of Acts. Specifically, they were dealing with physical circumcision, but do you see anywhere where the Gentile converts were instructed to follow all of Judaic laws?

    Paul fought hard against the Judaizers then and we must fight against it now.

    "If Christ has set you free, you are free indeed". Amen.

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