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Are Seventh Day Advantists Christians?

What do they teach? Do they consider themselves Christians? Do "mainstream" Christians consider them Christians?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 1:08 PM on Nov. 10, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Check out this website for some info:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventh_day_adventist
    RoostersMom4

    Answer by RoostersMom4 at 1:13 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • Yes, they are Christians. They are very fundamentalist. They believe in exactly what the bible says... that you lay dormant in your grave until Jesus resurrects you after the Rapture. They also believe that man's orginal diet was fruts, vegetables, nuts and roots, and many of them eat a nearly vegan diet. They worship on Saturday (which really is the original "seventh day") and believe that worshipping on Sunday will be part of the mark of the beast.

    My family on my dad's side is SDA. My experience with them is limited because my dad left the church and his family disowned him, but from what I know of them, they're very judgemental. My sister had a baby out of wedlock when seh was 18. She almost died giving birth and my grandfather went to see her in the hospital and told her that her baby wasn't going to go to Heaven because she wasn't married to the father.
    Ati_13

    Answer by Ati_13 at 1:16 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • Yes they are Christians. The main difference between SDA Christians and "main-stream" Christians is that they follow the 10 commandments to a T. In the bible, God says that the 7th day is holy and that is why they go to church on Saturdays (7th day) instead of Sunday which is the first day.
    If you look into it, you'll see that the Catholic Pope changed the day of worship to Sunday, which acording to SDA is in direct violation of the bible.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:19 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • But does the original 10 commandments explicitly say that the sabbath must be observed on a Saturday? Or was that the tradition of the time?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:26 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • Yes, SDA are christian. And I'm not really sure what is considered "mainstream" now a days since there are so many "Christian" belief systems. But from what I know of SDA they are very strict about following the letter of the bible and not interpreting it in ways that may go against the bible itself...

    As for the sabbath being on Saturday... The Sabbath was meant to be the 7th day of the week. The reason for this was to mirror the creation process, God worked for 6 days and rested on the 7th. On our modern Calendar that's Saturday, not Sunday. So, if you are to keep with what the bible says you would have to keep it on a Saturday or change the calendar... We all learn in elementary school that the FIRST day of the week is Sunday not Monday. So by altering which day the Sabbath is kept on, you are in fact going against the commandment to honor it and keep it holy. SDA, simply refuse to alter the teaching of the bible.
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 2:33 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • SDA are a Christian denomination. The roots are from American preacher William Miller, who predicted the Second Coming would occur between March 21, 1843, and March 21, 1844. Because he and his followers proclaimed Christ’s imminent advent, they were known as "Adventists." Obviously that didn't happen, so they broke into fractions but one - Ellen Gould White - came to the forefront and claiming to have several visions she started the modern SDA movement in 1860. ("Seventh-Day" because they insist thatChristians observe the Jewish Sabbath—Saturday—instead of worshipping on Sunday.)
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 2:45 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • If you look into it, you'll see that the Catholic Pope changed the day of worship to Sunday, which acording to SDA is in direct violation of the bible.


    Actually the Catholic pope didn't change the day of worship to Sunday - the early Christians worshipped on Sunday (the first day fo the week) because that's the day of Christ's Resurrection.   “On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them: since he intended to leave the next day...” (Acts 20:7)   Collections during services is also in the bible "“Now concerning the collection for the saints: you should follow the directions I gave to the churches of Galatia. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put aside and save whatever extra you earn, so that collections need not be taken when I come.” [1 Cor. 16:1-2).

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 2:53 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • So by altering which day the Sabbath is kept on, you are in fact going against the commandment to honor it and keep it holy.


    It's not altering the Sabbath.  The first Christians were taught by the apostles that the Old Covenant requirement of sabbatarian worship was no longer binding on them because Christ had fulfilled the Old Covenant and instituted the New One in his blood.  This is evident in such Bible passages as Acts 20:7, Rom. 14:4-6, 1 Cor. 15:20-23, Col. 2:16-17, and 2 Cor. 5:1-5.

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 3:00 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • as many have said they are Christians simply b/c Christ is their savior. from what i have studied they take the OT laws seriously & still live by them. they do not believe the "mainstream" Christian idea that Jesus' death freed us from the OT laws.

    does anyone know if they also follow the OT rituals of uncleanliness after a women's menstruation? just curious.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 3:40 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

  • ("Seventh-Day" because they insist thatChristians observe the Jewish Sabbath—Saturday—instead of worshipping on Sunday.)

    The Sabbath does not belong to the Jews. Remember even the Gentiles were commanded to observe if they were withing the Israelites' camps. The commandment calls it "the sabbath of the LORD thy God". It is a memorial of Creation and points to God's authority over it. Sunday observance is man-instituted.
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 4:44 PM on Nov. 10, 2009

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