Who made the
Sabbath and gave it to mankind?
"For in six days the LORD made 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
"But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God:
in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy
manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is
within thy gates." Exodus 20:10.
To whom, then,
should its observance be rendered?
"And Jesus answering said unto them, Render
to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are
God's. And they marvelled at him." Mark 12:17.
matters, to whom alone are we accountable for our words and actions?
"So then every one of us shall give account of himself to
God." Romans 14:12.
How does God show
the holiness of the Sabbath day?
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." Exodus
"Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath
of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the
sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings." Leviticus 23:3.
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.
legislation unites church with state. What has generally been the result
of enacting religious legislation?
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.