“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8)
Christians claim to follow the whole bible. The bible is (to them) a sacred text written with a purpose, not a buffet to pick and choose what parts to believe, what parts to follow, and what parts to apply to their lives… in theory. There are plenty of examples where this is not true, but one in particular always bothered me even when I believed the bible – honoring the day after the Sabbath. Most of us, even those who haven’t read the bible, know that one of the Ten Commandments is a declaration to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
Do Christians remember the Sabbath? It’s mentioned after the above verse (“the seventh day”, Exodus 20:10,11) and Jews to this day still honor it on Saturday.
Do Christians keep it holy? Churches typically congregate on Sunday. Many Christians today object to working on Sunday while not taking religious offense to working on Saturday.
So if Christians know that the Sabbath is on Saturday, and they still believe it’s important to rest a day, then why are they observing Sunday? It stems from the belief that Jesus Christ rose on Sunday. Where in the bible did Jesus command his followers to start observing the day of his resurrection instead? Even on this occasion, because Jesus died on a Friday, he wasn’t going to be embalmed until Sunday because of the commandment not to work on the Sabbath (Luke 23:52-56).
Christian apologists talk about a “new covenant” (Hebrews 8:7-13) that takes all meaning away from the old testament and its commandments. What exactly was done away with in this “new covenant”? Christians don’t observe many of the old laws pertaining to the Jews and say these laws have been done away with. But the Ten Commandments are referenced as still relevant (James 2:10-12, Romans 13:8-9, Matthew 19:17-19) so it’s only logical that this would be, too. But I think that in reality Christians follow tradition more than the bible. That’s why they no longer believe in stoning people to death when they break the “no work on the Sabbath rule” (Numbers 15:32-36) and believe in made-up sins like using profanity (No Bible Reference Found).