Saturday, April 29, 2006

Sabbaths and Sundays, Common Arguments, #1

This is the beginning of many posts focusing on the Sabbath vs. Sunday issue, based on some study I did on the issue several years ago. The first section is common arguments against the Sabbath and has seven claims. The second part is common proof texts to "prove" Sunday worship, and has nine claims. I'll be posting these ever so often, but probably not regularly, or maybe just on my days off when I don't have time for a longer post.

Claim: There is only one kind of Law.

The law in the Torah is composed of three parts - ceremonial, civil, and moral.

The civil laws are those that applied to Israel only in that time and place under that theocracy, but they vary from culture to culture and place to place. For example, Jews could not stone a man to death for adultery because Roman law forbade them to do so, even though under Israel's theocracy it was the law of the land.

The ceremonial laws are those that Jesus fulfilled, such as the laws of sacrifice. As Christians, we do not keep them anymore.

The moral laws are those which we naturally know - and which can never be fulfilled. They are eternal, in place until Christ comes again to create the new heaven and new earth. It is under this category that the 10 Commandments fall.

The New Testament itself makes a distinction between ceremonial and moral law, in 1 Cor. 7:19, where Paul makes a distinction between circumcision - clearly done away with in the new covenant - and "the keeping of the commandments of God," which we are urged to do. Clearly there is a distinction between ceremonial and moral law here.

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2 comments:

Newbirth said...

Reposting under the correct post:
CactusFreek said...
I don't know what the sabbath day is. The calander as we know it was differant back then. And if the sabbath really is saturday?...Well there is only one church that worships on that day and there are a few things i don't like about it's teachings so i'd rather go to a church where i agree with the teachings but it worships on a sunday. And besides, If we are born in Christ, isn't everyday a "sabbath" day? :o)
If you'd like to answer that, you'll have to do it at my blog coz i won't come back here. I'm lost on the net and i won't find my way back lolol

Thursday, May 04, 2006 6:09:33 PM

Newbirth said...

My reply, copied from her blog where I responded:

Newbirth said...

>If you'd like to answer that, you'll have to do it at my blog coz i won't come back here. I'm lost on the net and i won't find my way back lolol<

Ok, here I am.

>I don't know what the sabbath day is. The calander as we know it was differant back then.<

So Jews don't know how to count to seven over and over? They should know which day is the Sabbath better than anyone, so if the Sabbath day is wrong, then that means all Jews are too stupid to count to seven.

>And if the sabbath really is saturday?...Well there is only one church that worships on that day and there are a few things i don't like about it's teachings so i'd rather go to a church where i agree with the teachings but it worships on a sunday.<

No, there's actually several churches that worship on Saturday. I should know. I go to one of them and we're not Adventist. :) I'm Seventh Day Baptist.

>And besides, If we are born in Christ, isn't everyday a "sabbath" day? :o)<

Where does it say that in the Bible? The Bible says that the Sabbath has a new dimention for those in Christ, but that new dimention does not abrogate the Sabbath.

Stay tuned. Over the next several weeks I'll be posting more on the Saturday/Sunday debate. What you saw was just installment #1. There's going to be 16 total when I'm done.

I then gave the link back to this post.