We are involved in a great controversy. It is a battle that began in heaven and is raging on earth. John the Revelator tells us, "And there was war in heaven: Michael and His angels fought against the dragon
and the dragon fought and his angels...and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven, and the great dragon was cast out, and that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." (Revelation 12: 7-9). This conflict is a fierce and determined battle for our souls, (Read more)
Does it make any difference WHICH day we observe -- or whether we keep it? Does the Bible establish SUNDAY as the LORD'S DAY? Was the Sabbath given for the Jewish people only -- while Christians are commanded to keep SUNDAY as the LORD'S DAY?
by Herbert Armstrong
CERTAINLY MOST professing Christians accept SUNDAY as the New Testament Lord's Day. Moslems observe Friday. Some religions observe no day.
But there are those who insist the seventh-day Sabbath is still binding. Failure to keep it, they claim, is SIN -- and the punishment is DEATH for eternity!
Now that is a pretty serious claim!
Few take it seriously -- but that does not disprove or dismiss the challenge. Have YOU ever seriously looked into this question?
If someone tells me my house is on fire, I'm not going to laugh at him and refuse to take it seriously. I'm going to examine, and BE SURE! If he's wrong, then at least I shall KNOW my house is safe. I learned years ago that it can be very dangerous to carelessly ASSUME, or just take for granted. It's much wiser and safer to get all the FACTS, and then decide.
And one's LIFE for eternity is much more precious than his house.
Few realize, today, but the Sabbath vs. Sunday controversy raged during the first three centuries of the Christian era. Violence and bloodshed mounted. Millions were tortured and put to death over this question.
WHO IS RIGHT?
And, after all, does it make any difference?
Years ago I had to face this question. My wife said she had found, in the Bible, that Christians are bound to keep the Sabbath -- Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. I was shocked, angered. To me this was rank fanaticism. I had arguments -- plenty of them!
"You can't tell me that all these churches could be wrong!" I said in confident indignation.
I was challenged to look into this question -- to GET ALL THE FACTS! I was angered into serious research. I could not ignore the question. I had this question to live with! It had invaded my home!
Immediately when this question is raised, numerous other questions flash to mind.
Don't we have to adjust our religion to the changing times? After all, wasn't the Bible completely written some 1900 years ago? We live in a different world today! That's one argument. Yet, are we free to reason out our own religion? Are we going to render the decisions on our own fates, in the final judgment? Perhaps we'd better get the TRUTH!
Some will ask, "How can this world, as it is now organized, keep the seventh-day Sabbath? The world is geared to SUNDAY."
Or, "Suppose you're traveling on an ocean liner. Would you expect them to stop the engines and cease steaming forward at sunset Friday?"
"What about public utilities in the big cities? Electricity, water, gas. Must the police departments shut down and let criminals have a holiday?"
"Suppose the nation is at war. Should our forces stop fighting at sunset on Friday? The enemy might not see it that way!"
"But hasn't TIME been lost? How can we know whether the Saturday of today is the same day of the week as it was at creation -- or in Moses' day? Hasn't the weekly cycle gotten mixed up since creation?" That question, too, will be answered with the PROOF in this booklet.
"Anyway," one may reason in conclusion, "what possible difference can it make WHICH day, or WHETHER we observe it?"
These questions -- and more -- must be answered! And will be, in this booklet.
First of all, in a world where established, organized Christianity observes Sunday, where perhaps most people do not seriously observe any day as really sacred, HOW CAN WE KNOW?
Is there any SUPREME AUTHORITY, with the power of life and death over our eternity, with POWER to declare, and ENFORCE the right answer?
By WHAT AUTHORITY do Christians observe Sunday; Moslems, Friday; Sabbatarians, Saturday; and others, no day?
Is there any authority for observing Friday, or Sunday, or Saturday? It certainly is apparent all do not recognize the same authority.
NASCAR's 'bad boy' Kurt Busch says he was naked and sobbing on the floor of his motorhome after having a spiritual experience watching Brad Pitt in 'Seven Years in Tibet' when his ex-girlfriend burst in with her young son.
Busch took the stand in his own defense on Wednesday at a hearing for a protective order that Patricia Driscoll filed against him.
He admitted to grabbing her face and telling her to leave him alone, but says her claims that he smashed her head into the wall three times and strangled her in September is a 'fabrication.'
He said he was stark naked when Discroll barged into his motorhome in Dover, Delaware, with her young son and demanded that he tell the boy to his face that his relationship with Driscoll was over
Busch denies that he smashed Driscoll's head and says she is seeking revenge after he broke up with her
The hearing in a Dover, Delaware, court took a turn for the bizarre on Wednesday - and it wasn't just Busch's testimony.
Driscoll's attorney later called Busch's personal assistant to the stand who testified that the racer's 37-year-old ex has been prone to telling 'far-fetched stories.'
Michael Doncheff says Driscoll claimed she a 'trained assassin' and once ranted: 'NASCAR is nothing. I take down foreign governments. I own Washington.'
Was Jesus born on December 25? Can we even know when He was born? And most importantly, does it even really matter when Jesus was born?
God makes it very clear that He doesn’t like pagan worship practices being used to honor Him.
When was Jesus Christ of Nazareth born? We hear Christmas carols about the baby Jesus in the manger and the winter wonderland associated with His birth. If we look at our calendars, chances are they label Dec. 25 "Christmas Day." The birth of Jesus Christ is said to be the reason behind the season. But was He actually born on that day? It's not as clear and simple as our calendars would suggest.
Dec. 25 wasn't always considered Jesus' birth date. In a U.S. News and World Reportarticle titled "In Search of Christmas," Joseph Sheler wrote: "Lacking any scriptural pointers to Jesus' birthday, early Christian teachers suggested dates all over the calendar. Clement . . . picked November 18. Hippolytus . . . figured Christ must have been born on a Wednesday . . . An anonymous document believed to have been written in North Africa around A.D. 243, placed Jesus's birth on March 28" (Dec. 23, 1996, p. 58).
Although it's difficult to determine the first time anyone celebrated Dec. 25 as Christmas Day, historians are in general agreement that it was sometime during the fourth century. This is an amazingly late date! Think about it—this means that Christmas, which most consider Jesus' birthday, wasn't observed by the Roman church until about 300 years after Christ's lifetime on earth!
Recently, I was talking with an associate who is from China. She asked me, with a curiously troubled look on her face, "I thought Christmas was about Jesus Christ; but how come all I hear about is Santa Claus". I thought for a moment, nodded in agreement, then replied to her, "You are right, it is supposed to be about Jesus Christ". A few days later I met her again and gave her a book, entitled, Steps to Christ. I told her that it would help her to know more about Jesus than Christmas ever will. She gladly accepted and promised to read it.
Today, many are engulfed in celebrating December 25th,
ostensibly, in recognition of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. However, the main focus, as my Chinese friend observed, is on Santa Claus, evergreen trees, mistletoes, worldly merriment, and gift giving one to the other. But is this why He came?
How strong is your faith? Would you be willing to loose your job because of what your conscience dictates? Or, how about not being allowed to take your final exams at school because the day on which it was held contradicted your religious beliefs?
Recently, a group of 11th graders decided to stand up for God. Rather than violating their conscience by taking the required final exams which was held on God's Sabbath Day, the faithful youngsters chose not to take their exams. Amazingly, because of their faith, many of their school mates, who were not of their faith, stood up with them. More amazingly, the God of creation stood up for them by moving on the state authorities' hearts to reschedule the exams. Read more
For those of us who believe, as the old "deist" Benjamin Franklin did, that "God governs in the affairs of men," we face a real conundrum as we see the raw reality of tyranny coming from our own government. For example, what rational person could think that adding 16,000 reinforcements to the most feared entity in our nation – the IRS – and unleashing them as Enema Enforcers has a basis in anything this nation has ever believed or is based upon?
Humanity as a whole knows and understands the nature of governments. We can read history and see how governments operate to get what it wants. The threat of overreaching government and the obsession with control is a problem humanity has dealt with since the beginning of time. It (tyrannical controlling governments) has always been considered the greatest threat to humanity according to history.
Yet we know that governments throughout history have manufactured enemies and portrayed them instead as the ultimate threat; this is the nature of governments: to create "enemies" in order to maintain its power through fear. This known history of government propaganda and lies have, no doubt, accounted for the deaths of billions throughout history. So would it be a silly question to ask, What is the greatest threat to humanity today? Aren't these known facts about government enough to prove the point? I say no it is not, because humanity faces an even greater threat that is now hiding in plain view. The mainstream media propaganda machine, I want to argue is now the greatest threat to all of humanity.