reply to post by TarzanBeta
Thank you for thinking that I'm doing well, though I don't quite see why you should be surprised.
In response to your specific suggestion, I want to draw attention to the distinction between "catholic" and "Catholic".
The word "catholic" means "universal", as you say. "Catholic" means "relating to the community known as the Roman Catholic Church".
Not all catholics are Catholic, just as not all the orthodox are Orthodox, and not all democrats are Democrats.
The relevance of this point is that the adoption of Sunday as a day of worship was carried out by the catholics (the community of the early church),
not by the Catholics. It can't be blamed on the supreme power of Rome, because Rome wasn't going to acquire supreme power (in the ecclesiastical
sense) until more than half a millenium had passed.
Furthermore, it was a perfectly legitimate thing to do, in Biblical terms. It began as early as the first century as a way to celebrate the
Resurrection of Christ.
As for the abandonment of Saturday observance; yes, this was a requirement of the Law of Moses.
However, the New Testament understanding is that Christians have been liberated from the law of Moses.
"But now we are discharged from the Law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of
the Spirit"- Romans ch7 v6
The Sabbath commandment is part of the old written code. If they believed the Spirit was guiding them to do so, the early church had exactly the same
right to discard the Sabbath commandment as they had to discard the circumcision commandment or any other commandment of the written code.
The people who re-adopted Saturday observance were obliged to regard it as the key doctrine of salvation in order to justify separating themselves on
that point, and the idea that they would get persecuted for it follows on from that.
But the belief that the great persecution at the end of the world will be a persecution of Saturday-observers at the hand of Sunday-observers is a
fantasy which will never happen, for two reasons.
Firstly, Sunday-observers don't have the will
to persecute for that cause. The Sunday-observance communities have never shown any interest in
making Saturday-observance people conform. This is because we don't regard it as a key issue, and therefore we do not care
that there are
people around who observe Saturdays. The motivation to persecute simply isn't there.
Secondly, Sunday-observers will never have the power
to persecute for that cause. The social reality of the modern world is that all forms of
Christianity have been losing political power, and this is beginning to happen even in America. It is very unlikely that any Christian group will ever
again have the political power to persecute another Christian group, on a large scale, on purely Christian issues. Not even "Rome", or the community
of Sunday-observers in general.
The political power which makes persecution possible will belong to outsiders, and they're not going to do it on a point which they will regard as a
trivial internal issue.
My suggestion that the persecution would be environment-related was a projection of existing social trends.
But I don't believe that a forecast of "persecution for Saturday-observance" has any basis in existing social realities.
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