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Jaiden wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Why does the Catholic Church claim to have changed the Sabbath commandment from Saturday to Sunday?

In the Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, we read:

Question: Which is the Sabbath day?

Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.

Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?

Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea, (336 A.D.) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.

Question: Why did the Catholic Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?

Answer: The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday, because Christ rose from the dead on [Easter] Sunday, and the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles on a [Pentecost] Sunday.

Question: By what authority did the Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?

Answer: The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday by the plenitude of that divine power which Jesus Christ bestowed upon Her!
 
Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.SS.R., (1946), p. 50.
  • My question is by what authority did the Catholic Church make this change?
  • Who gave the Church this authority? and
  • Where in the Bible does it say this authority was given?

Jaiden

  { Why does the Catholic Church claim to have changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday? }

Mike replied:

Dear Jaiden,

This is a common question; it's even in our searchable knowledge base.
There are a lot of quick answers there, so give it a try.

Father’s answers were absolutely correct. The authority Jesus gave to St. Peter and his successors is the same authority that guards, protects, and safeguards Jesus’ teachings today in the Catholic Church.

You said:

  • Where in the Bible does it say the authority was given?

In Matthew 16:13-19 and 1 Timothy 3:15.

I searched the knowledge base for you and found this web posting that should help:

Also check my Scripture Passages page @

http://www.AskACatholic.com/ScripturePassages

. . . especially this section:

The Holy Bible alone or the Holy Bible plus Oral Tradition?

Mike

Jaiden replied:

Thank you very much for this information.

I will do some more research.

This is very helpful!

Jaiden

Jaiden followed-up later:

Hi guys,

I'm a 15-year-old (SDA) Seventh Day Adventist Christian.

I am deeply interested in spiritual discussions and have many questions about the Catholic Church.
I recently asked why did the Catholic Church changed the Sabbath from Saturday (Sabbath) to Sunday. I received a good answer but it did not have good biblical support.

It is safe to say that we should not believe any doctrine unless it is from the Bible. God says as much in Deuteronomy 4:2.

"Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you." (NIV)

Deuteronomy 4:2

My question is:

  • If God does not change and His Commandments are forever, then why would He not say to change the Sabbath?

If God wanted it changed, He would of done so. Jesus was a Sabbath keeper and I believe that the Catholic Church claims that all other Sunday keepers are following Her example.

  • What does the Catholic Church think about the Seventh day Adventist church?

The issue of the Sabbath is a hot topic in the last days. Every other Catholic I have talked to about the Sabbath, or any other religious topic, will turn away and not have any proof on why the change was made and on what authority the decision was made. There is simply no Bible proof to show that God would have wanted His Commandments changed.

I think that there are many SDA's who would like to know the answer to this question.

God bless,

Jaiden

Mike replied:

Dear Jaiden,

Thanks for the follow-up.

You said:
I received a good answer but it did not have good biblical support.

It is safe to say that we should not believe any doctrine unless it is from the Bible. God says as much in Deuteronomy 4:2.

No, it is not safe to say this. Many, if not all non-Catholic Christian denominations base their faith on the Bible and only the Bible. This is the erroneous teaching called Sola Scriptura.

While the Bible contains the very Words of Jesus, Himself, and has good teachings that we should follow, the Bible is not a Catechism or all encompassing book of beliefs for the Christian faith.

The Bible is, and was intended to be, a liturgical book; meaning a book that was intended to be used during the Catholic Mass, our worship service.

Jesus did not found His Church on the Bible nor did He write any books of the Bible.

If the Bible were the pillar and foundation of the Truth, He would have said so, but did not.
He desired His Church, which He founded on St. Peter, to be the True Church.

Read Matthew 16:13-19 and 1 Timothy 3:15.

Though the Bible contains very helpful spiritual guides that can guide us in life, it should not be the foundation for our faith – the Catholic Church should be.

That said, we can still show that Catholic teachings are consistent with the Bible, like our belief in Oral Tradition — a spoken, not written, but binding Tradition which has been passed down from the Apostles to the bishops of the Catholic Church today by talking, preaching, and teaching:

25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

John 21:25

15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.

2 Thessalonians 2:15

2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

2 Timothy 2:2

16 He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”

Luke 10:16

15 1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:1-2

You said:

  • If God does not change and His Commandments are forever, then why would He say to change the Sabbath?

Though God does not change, He offered the Jewish people a New Covenant of salvation through Jesus. Many, many Jews accepted this New Covenant and were baptized into the Catholic Church; others did not accept Our Lord’s New Covenant Church at that time.

Later, because of scandalous examples in the Church and poor catechesis, Catholics (in 1517) left the Church during the Reformation and started their own man-made congregation, where they made their own rules of what Christianity was, and was not.

The founder of your group (Ellen Gould White) is one of them. She originated your religion in 1860, over 1820 years after Jesus ascended into Heaven. Before 1860, there were no Seventh Day Adventists on the face of the Earth!

You said:

  • What does the Catholic Church think about the Seventh day Adventist church?

They view them as fellow Christians who differ on an array of teachings.

You said:
The issue of the Sabbath is a hot topic in the last days. Every other Catholic I have talked to about the Sabbath, or any other religious topic, will turn away and not have any proof on why the change was made and on what authority the decision was made. There is simply no Bible proof to show that God would have wanted His Commandments changed.

Again, God did not change but He offered a New Covenant to the Jewish people through Jesus, which issued in a New Incarnate Covenant of Salvation for mankind. I cannot prove what Christian history and all Christians have to take for granted based on History 101:

  • That Jesus founded One Church, on St. Peter and his successors
  • That one Church today is the Catholic Church, and
  • That because Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, proving He was God-Incarnate, the Sabbath under the New Covenant was changed by the Church He founded on St. Peter from Saturday to Sunday, the Day He rose from the dead.

The Biblical proof you are looking for cannot be reduced to a set of Chapters and verses from the Bible.

The coming of Jesus the Messiah, the God-Man in the flesh, is our Biblical proof along with the establishment of His New Covenant Church found on St. Peter.

If one truly believes Jesus is True God and True Man and that God cannot deceive, nor be deceived, they should believe His New Covenant Church: the Catholic Church, and the decisions that divine Church makes for the eternal good of its own members.

I hope this helps,

Mike
[A few day's later Jaiden sent the following question.]

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