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What are the similarities between Seventh-day Adventists and Catholics?

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== == 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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Additional Answer:


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

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