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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Mormon Life 101: The Sabbath Day

A podcast, about 9 minutes long, on the basics of the Sabbath for Mormons. Elementary stuff, intended to help those trying to understand the Mormons.

And, as a special bonus to help families gather their children for dinner on Sunday or any day of the week, here's an inspiring 14-second clip that just may be what you need (just playing around with special effects in Audacity):


Casual Mormon said...

The Sabbath Day podcast ends at about 2 minutes and 45 seconds. Is anybody else having the same problem?

Kerry said...

How can you possibly justify calling Sunday "the Sabbath?"

Saturday has always been the Sabbath in Jewish scripture and law, and nothing has come along to change it to a different day. Yes, Christians started meeting on Sundays to differentiate themselves from the Jews, but that's all.

As far as I can see, you have two choices. You can either revere the Saturday Sabbath as it has always been done, or you can say the concept of Sabbath observance no longer applies to Christians. You can't just go moving the Jewish concept to a different day. It doesn't stand up to reason.

Mormanity said...

Can practices like animal sacrifices not be changed either? Based on Jewish scriupture, how can you justify not sacrificing animals today, regardless of what PETA says? Such a change also doesn't stand to reason - based on rigid assumptions.

The principle of the Sabbath is more rooted in making a day a holy day unto the Lord rather than the arbitrary assignments of modern calendars.

Early Christianity experienced a change to the first day of the week, apparently linked to the day of Christ's Resurrection. If God directed his living apostles and prophets at the time to move the day to the first day of the week, as I preseume happened, who are we to argue? He has not seen fit to reveal a change back to the old way, so I'm not going to rattle divine chains over that.

kerry said...

Thanks for your response.

Of course things change for practical reasons, as societies become more civilized. The OT is filled with barbaric practices that I'm grateful are ignored today.

Can you show me in scripture or modern revelation where Sunday has become the Sabbath? Could be I've missed something.

It's often pointed out by Christians (I'm not one) that the Sabbath commandment is the only one that's not repeated in the NT. Their stance is that the Sabbath was done away with after Jesus. They happen to go to church on Sunday, but that doesn't make it the Sabbath.

Mormons, however, actually use the term for Sunday, and adopt some of the Mosaic restrictions, such as prohibitions on work. What's that based on? How do you know the change to Sunday worship didn't happen after the alleged apostacy? Looks as if it's just carrying on the traditions of existing 1820s churches.

But I suppose my beef is mainly with the terminology. If you used "Lord's Day" or something similar, that would be different.

Anonymous said...

There is scripture in the New Testament where the Sabbath, from the Hebrew day of rest, was observed by the disciples on the first day of the week - Sunday (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2), the day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead (Luke 24:1-3).

The Sabbath is kept every 7th day. It is a holy day ordained by God for us to rest from our daily labors and worship him. It was not "done away with after Jesus." The Sabbath is still the Sabbath, and we keep the commandments for that holy day.