We humans are one of God's creations and are supposed to obey the ten commandments then why don't people obey the sabbath?
the sabbath is Saturday, the seventh day of the week, just like
the Bible explains. Jesus, in the Bible sets aside this day as a
day of rest. This day was "changed" by a Roman ruler by the name of
Constantine. He wanted to pay homage to something or someone
involving the sun, hence the word Sunday so he negotiated with some
wayward Jews to change the Sabbath to Sunday, henceforth killing
two birds with one stone. They decided to keep it a tradition and
that's why uneducated Christians today keep Sunday as Sabbath. But
even today most Jews keep Saturday Sabbath as they know it. We have
not been excused from keeping Sabbath. The Bible states that none
of God's word or commands will pass away until the second coming of
Christ, and that means all of the Bible from the first page to the
last, keep it, and if you already observe sabbath good, if you
don't it'd be a good thing to start.
Some people still do. The "sabbath" is actually Saturday but
when people do obey the Sabbath rule they do it on Sunday. Also
notice how people pick and choose on what they will obey. For
instance more people obey thou shalt not murder but will still
commit adultery and they dishonor their parents. People just decide
what they will obey. The Lord also says if you're heavy laden that
He will give you rest - He doesn't say "but only if its on the
sabbath day" ;)
Excellent question! This is a complex question and this is strictly
only my opinion. The Bible was written thousands of years ago.
Modernization of humans has come a long way and most of it isn't
good. When life was slower people of the Christian faith did obey
the Commandments and they did take Sabbath to heart. Sunday is a
day of rest and still should be. Our world is so fast-paced and the
way people have to work (shift-work, single parents, etc.) does not
allow most Christians to take this time, but many try and quality
of time with one's family is most important.
If we were to shut-down the stores on Sundays there would be a
riot! While people enjoy browsing the malls they forget that
everyone working there has families and guess what ... they're
working! The greed, the powerful have taken so much away from us.
Still, there are many Christians today that still try to hang onto
the 10 Commandments and do the best they can. I'm sure when God
created us He was well aware of where the world would end up. We
can be what we want to be if we try hard enough and we don't have
to follow the Pied Piper.
What does it mean to Obey the Sabbath? Does that mean do not work?
What is work? Is driving a car work? If it is, then most churches
would be pretty empty on a Saturday or Sunday. There was a time
when they harnassed the horses on Saturday so they could drive to
church on Sunday, because that would have been work. Christ plucked
the grain in the field on a Sabbath and was condemned for it. But
if working on a Sunday is the way that you can feed your family, is
it right to deprive them of food? Is it wrong to be able to buy
medicine, see a doctor, or just buy food on a Sunday?
If no one is supposed to work on a Sabbath, there are a lot of
preachers that would have to change professions in order to support
their families. My father was a minister. Sunday was his biggest
Keeping the Sabbath is open to the interpretation of the
individual. The key thing is to keep God in your heart, especially
on the Sabbath. And never forget, the only interpretation that
matters is the one that you reach with God. For he is the only one
that can judge us.
See the Related Link for "Which Ten Commandments ?" to the right
for more information.
Originally denoting Saturday, the seventh day of the week, or, more
precisely, the time period from Friday sunset to Saturday
Sabbath is unique to the Jews of the Levant and based upon their
(Hebrew) calendar, which is entirely different from the Gregorian
calendar we are using today.
Sabbath in the Gregorian calendar can fall on any day of evry
And Friday nightfall in the Levant can be noonday in other parts
of the world. Trying to reconcile Jewish Sabbath today is almost
From a Christian perspective, we are not under law but under grace
and so the sabbath law from Exodus is no longer relevant. In
particular, the keeping of the sabbath was given particularly to
the Jews as a sign of their separation from the other nations who
did not serve the one and only God. So the sabbath commandment was
never given to all mankind to be kept, unless they became
proselytes (i.e. joined the Jewish faith).
It is also interesting to note that of the ten commandments, the
keeping of the sabbath is the only one not mentioned in the
New Testament as being for Christians to observe. The others, of
course are to be kept by faith, and not in the sense of a
legalistic, works based system, but in love.
The first church council in Jerusalem, presided over by James,
in Acts 15, dealt specifically with the keeping of the law, which
certainly included the sabbath. The decision made by the Christians
was that the Gentile Christians (all non-Jews) were to do certain
things. The sabbath was most certainly not one of them. This
pattern has been followed ever since by Christians who have always
met on the first day of the week, Sunday, chiefly because Jesus
Sometimes there is also confusion between the sabbath and
Sunday. They are two different things. One belongs to the Old
Testament or old covenant, the other to the new. One belongs to the
law, one to the gospel. One relates to a religion of works, the
other of grace.