Is Saturday the Only Valid Day for the Sabbath?
"My [boyfriend, husband, girlfriend, father, mother, etc] tells me
that the Sabbath must be on Saturday. Any other day is a [blasphemy,
curse, sin, affront to God, etc]. What do you think?"
What I really think is just how sad this type of thinking makes me, and how
very tired I am of it.
- "Saturday" today has absolutely no mathematical, statistical, or
calendar relationship to "The Seventh Day" of 3,000 years
ago. The calendar has been adjusted many, many times. Days were
inserted, years were just "fixed", and all kinds of changes made
to the calendars. That's why, for example, it is almost universally
accepted that Jesus was born in 3 B.C. as in 3 years BEFORE
CHRIST!! Yup, they realized they had made many mistakes with the
calendars, and after all the adjustments were done, they realized that Jesus
was born 3 YEARS BEFORE HE WAS BORN. (The resurrection was one thing,
but that's a real trick!) So, you see, the whole "Saturday"
thing is silly.
- The idea of the "Seventh Day" depends primarily on when you
start the counting. If you start counting on Wednesday, then Tuesday
is the 7th Day, right? Right! Heck, we even print our calendars
in 3 different ways: the first day of the week, as it physically appears on
the page, is seen as Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, depending on the
publisher. So, you see, the whole "Saturday" thing is silly.
- The history of all religion can be seen as a battle between the
"Right," the conservative, letter-of-the-law types, and the
"Left," liberal, spirit-of-the-law types. Yhwh starts
by giving us a blessing, one day a week to rest, celebrate, rejoice with our
families. Years later, people only see a commandment "set in
stone," that they use to beat others over the head. We are
created for joy, and the spirit of the Sabbath rest is much more important
than any externalized, legalistic attitudes.
- We are to honor the Sabbath, and keep it
holy. And you do not make it holy by trying to hurt people with your
narrow-minded, ignorant, legalistic burdens.
That's all I have to say on the matter.