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Should You Observe the Sabbath Day?

Why did God command the Sabbath day to be kept as one of the Ten Commandments-and why is this command almost universally ignored?

The most misunderstood and misapplied of God's Ten Commandments is the instruction to "remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Exodus 20:8). Many view the Sabbath as a quaint relic of history, perhaps a nice idea at some time in the past but altogether impractical in today's busy world.

Some believe that Sunday is the Sabbath and that spending an hour or two at church fulfills the intent of the Fourth Commandment.

Others believe that Jesus Christ did away with a specific day of rest and the need to worship on a particular day, that whatever time we choose to revere God is holy. Many assume that the apostle Paul or the early Church changed the Sabbath to Sunday.

Why did God even command a day of rest every week? Did He have a purpose for it, and, if so, what is that pur­pose? Is the Sabbath relevant? Does it make sense in today's world? Why should there be such confusion about one of the 10 basic guiding principles and laws God gave mankind?

Why is there such controversy over this one commandment when most people, including religious leaders and their churches, have little quarrel with the other nine?

Read more about the Sabbath and God's Holy days in our publication: God's Holy Day Plan.

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