Dear Editor and anonymous writer of the letter in the July 22, 2014 Weekly Mailer regarding “Sabbath.”
I am proud to live in a country where we have religious freedom. Each citizen can choose how to believe based on that individuals understanding of the Bible or of other religious books. I respect each person’s right to believe and practice that belief as he or she sees fit.
Regarding the “Sabbath” I have some questions for that writer (and any other person who wishes to consider). The Spanish word for Saturday is Sabado. The French word for Saturday is Sabatica. The Hebrew word for Saturday is Shabbat. I don’t know the specific word in other languages, but many languages have a form of the word “Sabbath” for the day we know as Saturday, the seventh day of the week.
In the beginning God rested on the seventh day and blessed and sanctified it. (Genesis 2:2 & 3) Some call the seventh day the “Jewish Sabbath” but God blessed that day long before there was a Jew. In Exodus 20 we have the Ten Commandments as written by God’s own finger. Verses 8 through 11 give the commandment for the Sabbath and specify it is the seventh day. Christians honor the other 9 commandments but not this one that God says we should “remember.”
I grew up in a Sunday keeping church. When I read the fourth commandment I didn’t understand why we went to church on Sunday instead of Saturday which by the calendar was definitely the seventh day. I questioned this inwardly for many years. (I wasn’t a child who challenged my elders.) Finally one day I asked a Sunday preacher why we went to church on Sunday and his answer was, “Because another church changed it.” In other words, you cannot find the change mentioned in the Bible, because it isn’t there.
As I stated earlier, I respect each person’s right to choose how they want to believe and to practice that belief. It is only fair that others do the same. Yes, I choose to worship and honor the seventh day Sabbath – because Jesus did. May His spirit guide each of us to worship Him is spirit and in truth.