Who made the Sabbath and
gave it to mankind?
"In six days the Lord made the heaven and earth, the sea, and
all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord
blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." Exodus 20:11.
To whom does the Sabbath
"The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God." Verse
To whom, then, should its
observance be rendered?
"Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the
things that are God's." Mark 12:17.
In religious matters, to
whom alone are we accountable for our words and actions?
"So then everyone of us shall give account of himself to God."
How does God show the
holiness of the Sabbath day?
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." Exodus 20:8.
"The seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation."
Since the Sabbath is holy, is to be kept holy, and is a day for holy
convocations, it must be religious.
So then, what is the true
nature of all Sabbath legislation?
It is religious legislation.
unites church with state. What has generally been the result of enacting
Religious intolerance and persecution.
What was the first Sunday
law in history?
Constantine's Sunday law of March 7, 321.
What church council
required Sunday observance and forbade Sabbath observance?
The Council of Laodicea decreed that Christians should keep the Sunday, and
that if they persisted in resting on the Sabbath, "they shall be shut out
from Christ." (See Hefele, A History of the Councils of the Church, Vol.
2, p. 316.)
Was there any additional
governmental Sunday legislation in later years?
"Constantine's decrees marked the beginning of along, though
intermittent series of imperial decrees in support of Sunday rest."
Ibid. p. 29.