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God's Sabbath: Blessing or Curse?

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God's Sabbath

Blessing or Curse?

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“Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:3). Which day, if indeed ANY day, is the Sabbath of the New Testament – and of the New Covenant ? Many people seem to reason that the Sabbath is not important in the time in which we live today. But how about it? Is the Sabbath relevant in the 21st century? Few doctrines or teachings of the Bible have been placed under such continual controversy and crossfire as has the subject of the Sabbath. During the past century, the 20th century, over 1,000 books – plus countless articles were published on this important subject, Some years ago now – back in 1998 – a Pope of the Roman Catholic Church – Pope John Paul 11, promulgated his views on the Sabbath question in an extraordinary 30 page document – the Pastoral Letter Dies Domini. Dies Domini means “Day of the Lord.” John Paul II made a passionate plea for a revival of Sunday observance by appealing the MORAL IMPERATIVE of the Sabbath commandment. He insisted that Sunday observance is a moral obligation “inscribed” in the Decalogue, the Ten Commandments. He also summoned Christians everywhere – and especially one billion Roman Catholics “to strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy. Millions of people today observe Sunday. Additional millions of people observe Friday as their Sabbath. And then there is a much smaller number of people who observe Saturday, the 7th day, as the Sabbath. Does it make any difference, or are we free, as many believe, to observe whatever we wish – or to not observe anything?