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The Sabbath Series II

The Deseret News poll was conducted by Y2 Analytics and YouGov which analyzed Sabbath behavior across several Christian-based denominations. The results were not shocking according to present-day culture. The number of adults who correctly observe the Sabbath is down 74% since 1978. Millennials are less likely than other generations to observe Sabbath or engage in religious activities on that day. Nancy Ammerman, a sociologist of religion at Boston University, advised fewer and fewer people take the holy day seriously. The Sabbath is losing its religious significance and it is unlikely to will return to a more traditional view in the near future.

What is the root cause of this tragedy? Simple- the inability to keep covenant as directed.

The name for Sunday is rooted in the Middle English word sunnenday, which itself comes from the Old English word sunnandæg. The English derivations stem from the Latin diēs sōlis which translates to “sun’s day”. To receive a partial, post-Kemetic reason why Sunday is devoted to sun worship, the culture of the Babylonians should be researched. According to the Hebrew calendar, what we know as Sunday is the FIRST day of the week.

Sunday is devoted to sun worship.

Babylonians were the first society to start a seven-day week. By way of expansion, trade, and conquer, the seven-day week was introduced to Romans, who named each day after a god. Before “the church” coded Sunday as “The Lord’s Day”, it was widely known Sunday was affiliated with a sun-god named Sol. In Roman culture, which practiced paganism, the Sun was a source of life, giving warmth and illumination to mankind. Romans would stand at dawn to catch the first rays of sunshine as they prayed to Sol. In lieu of the church staying in covenant with God, one early church father, by the name of Saint Jerome declared, "If pagans call [the Lord's Day] [...] the 'day of the sun,' we willingly agree, for today the light of the world is raised, today is revealed the sun of justice with healing in his rays." Saint Francis was made famous for his canticle in which he proudly sang, “Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him. And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor! Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.”

Sol is the personification of the Sun and a god in ancient Roman religion.

Christian churches were built and are still being built with an orientation so that the congregation faced toward the sunrise in the East. Justin Martyr declared "memoirs of the apostles" be read on "the day called that of the sun" (Sunday) alongside the "writings of the prophets." Constantine I decreed that Sunday would be observed as the Roman day of rest. In 363, Canon 29 of the Council of Laodicea prohibited observance of the Sabbath and encouraged Christians to work on the Sabbath and rest on the Lord's Day.

So, the church was intentionally misled by the church? Absolutely. More importantly, the next question is “why”.

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