Here you tell me that I can't reference St. Paul's writing, indeed he is a heretic for going against the Word of God? Won't that affect a ton of Bible
Again, St. Paul expressing his own opinions in the Bible do not negate G-d's commandment to keep the Sabbath holy.
But let's be clear about what St. Paul states in Galatians 4: 9-11 - Here are the commentary notes from the very Catholic Douay Rheims Bible regarding
" You observe days: He speaks not of the observation of the Lord's day, or other Christian festivals; but either of the superstitious observation
of days lucky and unlucky; or else of the Jewish festivals, to the observance of which, certain Jewish teachers sought to induce the Galatians."
Here we see that St. Paul is most emphatically not advocating the switching of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. He is advocating, however, that
Christians pursue the higher spiritual heights, and not steep themselves into the mundane servitude of the Mosaic Law.
The Sabbath however, when properly celebrated, elevates like a touch of heaven. It is a day of abandoning materialism and normal day-to-day living,
and spending time in spiritual matters. It is hardly mundane servitude.
In regards to Romans Chapter 14 verse 5, St. Paul's whole point is that we should not judge others, especially as it relates to those new Christians
at the time who would be unfamiliar with the concept of honoring the Sabbath.
Again, I find no reference in the Bible - New or Old Testament - that changes the Sabbath to Sunday.
What I was pointing out was that the Church, by the end of the First Century, decided not to eliminate the Sabbath, but to celebrate and observe the
Lord's day on Sunday. Are you telling me that all of the Christian Church became heretical within 100 years of Christ's death? Say it ain't so, Joe.
Actually, they did both. The earliest Christians observed the traditional Sabbath on Saturday (actually, from Friday evening until Saturday evening),
as well as all of the Jewish holidays. We see that the earliest Christians would then gather also on Sunday, and celebrate the earliest versions of
what we now called the Mass.
Again, this all boils down to whose authority you choose to follow. You can either follow G-d's written word and eternal commandments laid out in
Scripture, or you can follow man's inventions and concocted traditions.
Of course they did, for a while, they were Jews following Jewish custom and laws.
If one would truly want to imitate Christ, one would observe the Sabbath and Jewish festivals as Christ did. Christ and His disciples were not Jews
for a time - They were born as Jews and died as Jews. They followed Jewish customs and laws their entire life.
Fortunately, if you look closely, you will see the vestiges of Judaism still in Catholicism, although it is clouded with paganism -- I consider these
theological errors that will eventually be rooted out of the Church. The pre-Vatican II Latin Rite Mass is clearly Jewish in origin as many of the
prayers closely mimic the Jewish Siddur used even today (Siddur = Jewish prayer book).
Constantine had nothing to do with it, the Sunday observance was in place well before he was born. (Your reference for Constantine's Sun religion
comes from a Jewish encyclopedia?)
Actually, sun-worshiper Constantine in 321 A.D. issued his proclamation that Sunday should a day of rest. Constantine, after all, helped catapult the
Christian religion from obscurity into the de facto state religion of the time. So, yes, Constantine's proclamation is most relevant. If you were
Jewish at the time, and believed in Yeshua as the Messiah, you would still observe the traditional Jewish Sabbath and the Jewish festivals, and you
might also celebrate the Mass (its earliest versions) on Sunday.
Unfortunately, we still see Roman paganism in the current Church, and it has yet to be rooted out.
Incidentally, besides the Jewish Encyclopedia -- a very erudite and respectable source by the way -- you can find numerous historical and theological
writings attesting to Constantine as a sun-worshiper.
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