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Constantine's Sunday Blue Law part 5
Here we are then, face to face with the first law, human or divine, ever given for the purpose of making Sunday a day of sacred rest. And it is entirely a man-made law, uninspired by Divinity. On the seventh day of March, 321, Constantine gave forth his Sunday law:
“Let all the judges and town people and the occupation of all trades rest on the venerable day of the sun (Dies Solis); but let those who are situated in the country, freely and at full liberty, attend to the business of agriculture; because it often happens that no other day is so fit for sowing corn and planting vines; lest the critical moment being let slip, men should lose the commodities granted by Heaven.”
The 1st Sunday Blue Law! Lots of Christians think that this event was oh so wonderful. Yes, it was good that Constantine helped end the persecution of Christians, but this law orders people to break the 4th commandment!! The questionable conversion of Constantine brought a flood of pagan compromise into the church! Idols,Mother goddess worship, Caesar like proclamations of being God and worship on the Sun-Day!
I will quote just two supportive references from history, though there are many: (1) "The Roman Church ... pushed itself into the place of the Roman World-Empire, of which it is the actual continuation. ...The Pope ... is Caesar's successor." 2 (2) "The mighty Catholic Church was little more than the Roman Empire baptised. Rome was transformed as well as converted. The very capital of the old Empire became the capital of the Christian Empire. The office of Pontifex Maximus was continued in that of Pope." 3 She received her capital city and power from pagan Rome. (Alexander Clarence Flick, The Rise of the Mediaeval Church (reprint: New York, Burt Franklin, 1959, pp. 148, 149).
What The Catholics say about the Sabbath
In the Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, we read:
The Third Commandment.
Q. What is the third Commandment?
A. The Third Commandment is: Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
Q. Which is the Sabbath day?
A. Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea, (AD 336) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday….
Q. Why did the Catholic Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday, because Christ rose from the dead on a Sunday, and the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles on a Sunday.
Q. By what authority did the Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday by the plenitude of that divine power which Jesus Christ bestowed upon her!
Q. What does the Third Commandment command?
A. The third Commandment commands us to sanctify Sunday as the Lord's Day. —Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.SS.R., (1946), p. 50.
The papacy long ago changed and rewrote the Ten commandments their third commandment is really the fourth! The Catholic church fully admits that the establishment of Sunday as a holy day is completely their act!!
THE BIG CHANGE!
The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
|1||“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.|
|2||“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.|
|3||“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.|
|4||“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.|
|5||“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.|
|6||“You shall not murder.|
|7||“You shall not commit adultery.|
|8||“You shall not steal.|
|9||“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.|
“You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.”
Read Exodus 20:3:17
The REAL Ten Commandments
To Make Christianity more attractive to pagans!
Now lets see how the papacy changed God's Law.
Catholic Ten Commandments
1. I am the LORD thy God. Thou shalt have no strange gods before Me.
Deleted. See also idolatry in the Catholic Church
(There is idolatry in the Papal system so the second Commandment has been deleted or sometimes it has been absorbed into the first. All remaining Commandments are therefore shifted along one count.
2.Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.
3.Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
(The Sabbath is the fourth Commandment by normal count. The day to be kept is no longer mentioned since they changed the Sabbath to Sunday.)
(Note that God had more to say about the fourth Commandment than all others and with good reason. It is very important.)\
4.Honour thy father and thy mother.
5.Thou shalt not kill.
6.Thou shalt not commit adultery.
7.Thou shalt not steal.
8.Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
9.Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife.
(The Tenth Commandment is split into two to get back to Ten Commandments.)
10.Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods.
Note: See Daniel 7:25 They think they have changed God's law, but they really have not! See Matthew 5:18
“They [the Protestants] deem it their duty to keep the Sunday holy. Why? Because the Catholic Church tells them to do so. They have no other reason…The observance of Sunday thus comes to be an ecclesiastical law entirely distinct from the divine law of Sabbath observance…The author of the Sunday law…is the Catholic Church.” — Ecclesiastical Review, February 1914.
“I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.' The Catholic Church says: ‘No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.' And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.” — father T. Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, February 18, 1884, printed in History of the Sabbath, p. 802. Hover here for document clip or select for full original image.
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I would like to add some support to what Brandon shared when it comes to the Real Ten Commandments! The Catholic church says: "Thou shalt not kill". God says: "Thou shalt not murder." How do we know that its not "kill"? To find the truth we would need to take this commandment back to its Hebrew and Greek or much could be added and much can be lost.
The actual command is "Thou shalt not murder."
See, though you have to kill to commit Murder, killing doesn't define what is murder.
Killing takes on many forms. You have to kill a fish, steer, etc before you eat of its flesh. You kill a plant when you harvest it.
It comes down to why you kill someone or something. And there is a sinful way to kill even an animal.
I suppose even in war one could kill in a manor that is murder. Depends on the reasoning behind it. Is one defending their nation and its people or are they out for self gratification and some sort of joy of killing another human? Is it an act of vengeance, spite, hate, etc.? These are some of the things that define what murder is and what it isn't.
In the Old Testament God used His own people to kill and destroy other wicked nations...and if Gods Law did say "Thou shalt not kill," God would have violated His own Law when He commanded His people to kill and destroy these other wicked nations!
Great work Brandon on the Sabbath material.