I have been havning this discussion with a friend that has fallen away from the Church., and for the first time I am stumped. I was hoping you could help me. This question perstains Imostly to his question below (3) in regards to what I answered( below):
the 7th day Adventists came out of the 1856 prophecy that Christ was to return to planet earth. Out of that prophecy came the 7th day adventists and many others.
The Sabbath issue is a big one for them since they see the practice of ceelbrating the Lords day on Sunday as an indefensible deviation of the express command God gave Moses in Exodus 20: 8-11. Being Catholic you know that the Church established by Christ and granted authority to bind and loose (Matt 18:18) and teach with his authority (Lk 10:16 Matt28:18-29) does have the authority.
In the first several decades after the death and Resurrection of Christ, the Church rapidly shifted its practice of abserving the Sabbath on Sunday, the day Christ rose from the dead (JN 20:1) It appears that the reasons were twofold; first the early Christians recogonized that thier weekly, communial celebration of the Mass- the ongoing re-presentation of Christs passion and death and ressurection was more appropriatly carried out on Sunday. Secondly the early Christians also recognized the necessity of diferentiating themselves from the Jews, begining with immediate abandonment of Judaism’s system of ritual animal sacrifices and the gradual abandonment of circumcision, Jewish ceremonial rituals and preceps and observance of the passover and other Jewish feast days (Col 2:16-23)
Matthew 12:18 “For the Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath”
I have a couple of questions concerning your answers:
The third commandment deals with the Sabbath. Why would most Christian churchs not keep the Sabbath as Jesus did? I know you site Mark 2:23-28 as validation, but it seems away of justifying changing God’s actual commandment. I thought these commandments were binding for all time? I believe the Roman’s where sun worshipers and it seems to be a compromise with pagan sun worshipers.
Likewise, the 1st commandment says, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” Catholic and most Protestant churchs I’ve been have statues and that seems to violate the first commandment. Since the Romans were also big on idol worshipping, doesn’t this seem to go against this commandment. God seems to be pretty straight forward on His feelings about this.
My questions above would also include questions on celebrating Christmas and Easter. These holidays also conincide with pagan festivals. do you think the early churchs dovetailed these holy days in with the pagan festivals in an attempt to spread the Gospel?
What is you feeling on displaying the 10 Commandments in public schools?