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The Sabbath Day Essay

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The Sabbath Day

The Sabbath day is the day of rest and worship for individuals who follow the Christianity, Judaism or Islam faith. Half of the world’s population follows the three Abrahamic religions so the Sabbath day is a day that is highly recognized. Jesus said we are to both obey and teach the law and one cannot sacrifice truth at any cost. The enemy has gone to extreme lengths to make sure the Sabbath truth is not taught or believed and continues to go to extreme lengths and deceptions to keep us ignorant of this truth. But what is the truth behind the Sabbath Day? The actual Sabbath day is highly debated; but Appiah believes what people decide as their Sabbath day depends ...view middle of the document...

There are many forms of “proof” that Saturday is the Sabbath day whilst Sunday is the Sabbath day that the Catholic Church decided upon. This “proof” would be described by Appiah as what we have been used to knowing, therefore it may be proof to a certain set of people but not to different set of people who have become used to one set of ideas. Cafferata (1927) supported that Saturday was the Sabbath by stating “The Sabbath was Saturday, not Sunday. The Church altered the observance of the Sabbath to the observance of Sunday. Protestants must be rather puzzled by the keeping of Sunday when God distinctly said, ‘Keep holy the Sabbath Day.’ The word Sunday does not come anywhere in the Bible, so, without knowing it they are obeying the authority of the Catholic Church” (8). Therefore, according to Cafferata the people who choose Sunday as their day of Sabbath are in fact not obeying the word of God but the word of the Catholic Church which can be considered a sin as it goes against the third/fourth commandment. Those who are brought up with these beliefs will more than likely stick to their beliefs because it is what they have been told; they have been told to believe in the Bible over any other form of opinion.
Appiah pointed out that “And when it comes to change, what moves people is often not an argument from a principle, not a long discussion about values, but just a gradually acquired new way of seeing things.” (22). Therefore by the Pope enforcing the day of Sabbath being on Sunday may not be incorrect but is just a new way of seeing things. It can be said that the pope himself has powers beyond that of a human being and he defied the power of the Almighty God and people are following this defiance. But this defiance should not be viewed as a defiance but as a different perspective on the day of Sabbath. John Paul II (1994) stated that “The leader of the Catholic church is defined by the faith as the Vicar of Jesus Christ. The Pope is considered the man on earth who “takes the place” of the Second Person of the omnipotent God of the Trinity.” (3). It is therefore not a mistake to consider the first day of the week the Sabbath but simply a new way of viewing things than to the view that one must abide everything that the Bible states.
Appiah urges that “we should...

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