Further thoughts on the Sabbath

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To the Editor:

(Re: “Thoughts on Sabbath”, Jan. 27 Advance. page 7)

Mr. Vladimir Certik wrote referring to the Sabbath as “attacked by Satan and replaced with a phony ‘holy’ day.” To claim Sunday is set aside for the sun god, then equally Saturday, named after the Saturn god, is set aside for the Saturn god.

“One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. He who regards one day as special does so to the Lord.” (Romans 14:5, 6) The Apostle Paul says there is nothing worn with having Saturday or Sunday as a day special to the Lord.

The Sabbath law worked for a time in a small Jewish country, but with the gospel around the world, it comes short, as we are nine hours behind Israel, and their Sabbath starts Friday at 9 a.m. Creston time. So, Friday would be a better day for the Sabbath. We could compromise a little and start Friday evening at 6 p.m. anything different, according to the old law, would be cursed and punished.

Flying over the Pacific dateline, the time could jump one day as Friday to Sunday, with no Saturday at all.

If I lived in a community with the majority being Seventh-day Adventists, I would set Saturday aside for worship.

Going back 1,500 to 1,800 years, Judaism was very strong and fanatical around the Mediterranean Sea. In order to cut down on much of the deadly confrontations, the Christians acted in Christian love and wisely changed to Sunday worship. They chose to give Jesus special honour for the resurrection on Sunday. In the New Testament and new covenant, we have the freedom to choose any day as holy.

This letter is not to reflect anything bad on the Seventh-day Adventists. You are a great group with your outreach and pantry supplies, which counts to your gain.

John Jorgensen