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Answered 2009-06-21 19:30:09

== == In reponse to the question "What are the similarities..." the following is a list of seven doctrines on which Catholicism and Seventh Day Adventism agree; the list is not exhaustive. Quotes are from the official website of the Adventist Church and various official Catholic Church texts. 1. The Holy Scriptures are God's word: "The Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, are the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration through holy men of God who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" (Adventist website) "For holy mother Church… holds that the books of both the Old and New Testaments in their entirety, with all their parts, are sacred and canonical because written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author." (Dei Verbum 11) 2. The Trinity: Three persons in One God:

"There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present."(Adventist website) "Christians are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: not in their names, for there is only one God, the almighty Father, his only Son and the Holy Spirit: the Most Holy Trinity".(Catechism 233) 3. Humanity is made in the Divine Image "Man and woman were made in the image of God with individuality, the power and freedom to think and to do" (Adventist website) ."Being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone…and he is called by grace to a covenant with his Creator, to offer him a response of faith and love that no other creature can give in his stead" (Catechism 357) 4. Christ is Saviour"In Christ's life of perfect obedience to God's will, His suffering, death, and resurrection, God provided the only means of atonement for human sin, so that those who by faith accept this atonement may have eternal life, and the whole creation may better understand the infinite and holy love of the Creator" (Adventist website) "Christ's death is both the Paschal sacrifice that accomplishes the definitive redemption of men, through "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world", and the sacrifice of the New Covenant, which restores man to communion with God by reconciling him to God through the "blood of the covenant, which was poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." (Catechism 613) "The Paschal mystery has two aspects: by his death, Christ liberates us from sin; by his Resurrection, he opens for us the way to a new life" (Catechism 654) 5. Sacrament of Baptism "By baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and testify of our death to sin and of our purpose to walk in newness of life. Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit." (Adventist website) "Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission (Catechism 1213) and "By Baptism all sins are forgiven…In those who have been reborn nothing remains that would impede their entry into the Kingdom of God." (Catechism 1263) 6. Sacrament of Holy Communion "The Lord's Supper is a participation in the emblems of the body and blood of Jesus as an expression of faith in Him, our Lord and Saviour. In this experience of communion Christ is present to meet and strengthen His people. As we partake, we joyfully proclaim the Lord's death until He comes again." (Adventist website)"Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption. We recall Christ's death, his descent among the dead, his resurrection, and his ascension to your right hand; and, looking forward to his coming in glory, we offer you his body and blood, the acceptable sacrifice which brings salvation to the world" (Eucharistic Prayer IV) 7. Spreading the Gospel "We join together for worship, for fellowship, for instruction in the Word, for the celebration of the Lord's Supper, for service to all mankind, and for the worldwide proclamation of the gospel." (Adventist website) "Since this mission goes on and in the course of history unfolds the mission of Christ Himself, who was sent to preach the Gospel to the poor, the Church, prompted by the Holy Spirit, must walk in the same path on which Christ walked." (Ad Gentes 5) In addition the structure of the Adventist church is hierarchical, with the General Conference President comparable to the Pope and Division, Union and Conference presidents corresponding to Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops. The Adventist church claims to be a democracy, but candidates in church elections are preselected by the organisation (nominated) and decisions are tightly controlled from the higher levels. Clergy are appointed to local churches without consultation with the members of those churches and sometimes over the opposition of members. (The situation is different in some parts of North America and Australia, where a few churches have enforced their own choices by withholding tithe payments to the conference until their wishes are met. This is not the case in Britain and the rest of the world.)

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We are all created in God's imag.

It may be pointed out that the founders of the Adventist church were non-Trinitarian, adopting an Arian position. The church has been firmly Trinitarian since the late 1800s and the Pantheistic Controversy with Dr John Kellogg. It is true to say, however, that individual members of the Adventist church - like individual members of other Christian denominations - do not always understand the doctrine of the Trinity; some believe in a form of Modalism while others are Tri-theists.

Unfortunately there is a growing movement in the church to revert to the Arian views of its founders. It remains to be seen how this movement will fare.

Trinitarianism: One God; three distinct persons

Tri-theism: Three God Beings, one in purpose

Monotheism: One Being, One God, One Personality, there is non other == == == == == ==

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