The Website “bible.ca” Guilty of Bad anti-Sabbath Arguements
– By Chris Lucas
I have read many articles on Bible.ca, and it seems like they attack Seventh Day Adventists in order to disprove the Sabbath.
I have a few problems with the SDA religion, that is why I am not a SDA myself. But just because they may be wrong about some things, doesn’t make them wrong about everything. And I tend to think decievers like to build strawman arguements, in order to make their own lies look valid.
One article on Bible.ca claims christians have always worshiped on Sunday and quit keeping the sabbath before Constatine issued this decree in March 321:
“On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country, however, persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits; because it often happens that another day is not so suitable for grain-sowing or for vine-planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost. (Given the 7th day of March, Crispus and Constantine being consuls each of them for the second time [A.D. 321].)” Source: Codex Justinianus, lib. 3, tit. 12, 3; trans. in Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol.3 (5th ed.; New York: Scribner, 1902), p.380, note 1.
And while there may be a lot of SDA’s who believe this is when Sunday keeping was started, not EVERYONE who keeps the 7th day Sabbath believes this. In fact, alot of SDA’s I know don’t even believe this.
And just because some “christians” practiced keeping Sunday as early as the first century, that doesn’t mean they were right. Let’s remember that it was in Alexandria that the first corrupt versions of the Bible were made. Alexandria was a major center of greek philosphy and ideas.
Church historian Socrates Scholasticus (5th century) wrote: “For although almost all churches throughout the world celebrate the sacred mysteries [of the Lord’s Supper] on the Sabbath of every week, yet the Christians of Alexandria and at Rome, on account of some ancient tradition, have ceased to do this.” – Socrates Scholasticus, Ecclesiastical History, Book 5, ch. 22.
So clearly, there were many christians keeping the 7th day Sabbath. Except the ones in Alexandria and Rome.
When you couple this with the Jewish War of 70 AD, you may begin to see why people might be hesitant to gather on the 7th day. There was much Jewish persecution. And if you are a christian who is also keeping the Sabbath, you may come across looking like a Jew also. That coupled with Alexandria being very pagan and full of greek ideaology, it is quite possible that a combination of persecution and pagan ideaology led some “christians” to want to adopt Sunday as the day of worship.
Think about this: You are living in this time. You are a pagan and you go to all these pagan events. Your friends and family are pagan. There are hardly any christians. One day you hear the Gospel and decide to convert to christianity. After a month or so, you start to miss your family and friends. There is much anymousity towards the Jews in your community. By keeping the 7th day Sabbath, people ask you if you are a jew. They call you names. Someone then comes along with “their” verison of christianity and tells you that you can keep Sunday instead and be a christian.
Simon Magnas (Acts Chapter 8, verse 9-25) seemed to be that “someone”. We see in Acts 8:10-11, “This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries”. Simon is clearly stated as being one who practiced magic and paganism. One also needs to note that he is not just a pagan but also a leader of the pagan church, since he has misled and bewitched many people with sorcery. Simon most likely heard the news about the risen Christ directly from the apostles and possibly from Jesus himself.. Instead of accepting the message of salvation as a gift, he desired to buy this power for his own use. Simon wanted to use the power of the Holy Spirit, most probably for personal gain and profit thus taking the Lord’s name in vain.
*Notice the comment of Hasting’s Dictionary of the Apostolic Church, Vol. 2, p. 496: “But it need NOT be supposed that when Simon broke with the Christians HE RENOUNCED ALL HE HAD LEARNED. It is more probable that he carried some of the Christian ideas with him, and that he wove these into a system of his own. This system is a mixture of pagan ideas wrapped with Christian names and identities.”
*In Schaff’s History of the Church a reference to this Simon Magus. He says: “The author, or first representative of this baptized HEATHENISM, according to the uniform testimony of Christian antiquity, is Simon Magus, who unquestionably adulterated Christianity with pagan ideas and practices, and gave himself out, in a pantheistic style for an emanation of God” (Apostolic Christianity), Vol. 2, p. 566).
*Harnack, a church historian, states that Simon Magus “proclaimed a doctrine in which the Jewish faith was strangely and grotesquely mixed with BABYLONIAN myths, together with some Greek additions. The mysterious worship . . . in consequence of the widened horizon and the deepening religious feeling, finally the wild SYNCRETISM [that is, blending together of religious beliefs], whose aim WAS A UNIVERSAL RELIGION, all contributed to gain adherents for Simon” (Vol. 1, p. 244).
*Dr. McGiffert, speaking of Simon Magus, says: “His effort to rival and surpass Jesus very likely began after his contact with the Christians that Luke records. His religious system was apparently a SYNCRETISM of Jewish and Oriental elements” (Hasting’s Dictionary of the Apostolic Church, Vol. 2, p. 497)
*Eerdman’s Handbook to the History of Christianity notes, “Early Christian writers regarded Simon as the fount of all heresies” (p. 100). The Encyclopaedia Britannica (11th ed.) in its article on Simon Magus identifies him as the “founder of a school of Gnostics and as a father of heresy.” Noted historian Edward Gibbon says the Gnostics “blended with the faith of Christ many sublime but obscure tenets which they derived from oriental philosophy” (The Triumph of Christendom in the Roman Empire, p. 15).
*Simon Magus’ move to Rome is noted in several historical writings. His goal as stated by historical records was to create a universal church, “Religion”. A little side note that many are aware of is the meaning of the word catholic. The word catholic means universal. The word Catholic (katholikos from katholou — throughout the whole, i.e., universal) occurs in the Greek classics. Yes, the correct meaning of the Catholic Church is the Universal Church.
*When Justin Martyr wrote [152 A.D.] his Apology, the sect of the Simonians appears to have been formidable, for he speaks four times of their founder, Simon; and we need not doubt that he identified him with the Simon of the Acts. He states that he was a Samaritan, adding that his birthplace was a village called Gitta; he describes him as a formidable magician, and tells that he came to ROME in the days of Claudius Caesar (45 A.D.), and made such an impression by his magical powers, THAT HE WAS HONORED AS A GOD, a statue being erected to him on the Tiber, between the two bridges, bearing the inscription ‘Simoni deo Sancto’ (i.e., the holy god Simon)” (Dictionary of Christian Biography, Vol. 4, p. 682).
*Hasting’s Dictionary of the Apostolic Church, Vol 2, p. 496, states that there is “very slight evidence on which to reject so precise a statement as Justin makes; a statement he would scarcely have hazarded in an apology addressed to Rome, where every person had the means of ascertaining its accuracy. If he made a mistake, it must have been at once exposed, and other writers would not have frequently repeated the story as they have done
*We see this quote from Justin Martyr and from Hasting’s “Dictionary of the apostolic church” that Simon Magus was in Rome about the year 45A.D., this is further stated by his birthplace, a village called Gitta. It is also stated that Simon Magus was honored as a GOD, due to his magical “demonic powers that were witnessed”.
*Simon only used the name of Christianity to bring about his own desired ends. The Dictionary of Religion and Ethics says that Simon was “a false Messiah, who practiced magical arts and subsequently attempted, by the aid and with the sanction of Christianity, to set up a rival UNIVERSAL [Catholic] RELIGION” ((Apostolic Christianity )Vol. 11, p. 514).
*From these historical accounts we see that indeed Simon Magnus was in Rome and was the head of his own church “Universal catholic”. In many of these accounts we also see that Simon Magnus was also consider by many to be God. Does that not fall in to place that the first pope aka Simon Magus was considered to be God. There are several places in The Bible that show that the Church of Rome would committee the sin of blasphemy and demand worship from men. (Rev,13:1),(Dan,7:11)(Rev14:11)…
So there you have it.
Note: Anything with an * (asterick) by it came from an article from http://www.remnantofgod.org/pope1.htm
While I may not agree with all the material on that site, I did find those references helpful in producing this article and wanted to give credit to that site. I would recommend visiting the site and reading the entire article. I mainly just picked out a few references I thought were pertinent to this article.
For an interesting article to check out to see how the Sabbath existed in languages before the Jews ever existed: click here