Sunday - Day of the Sun
By: Rogelio Prestol, 7/28/2007, Views: 6552
Under category 'Doctrines'

“The supreme day of faith,” as it has been called by many or “day of the Lord” as many refer to it, has been associated to the day of worshiping God. Sunday has come to be the most important day among the Christians and even Messianic Jews.

Sunday and the Bible

Many people believe Jesus established Sunday as a day of worship because he resurrected from the dead on that day. If this change was so, he would have said it in the Holy Scriptures for this was an event of great importance for the Christian Jews of the time.

In the New Testament, only eight biblical texts can be found that make reference to the first day of the week and none of these texts even call it by its name. Sunday was a day of no importance and it was treated like any other day of the week without a name. Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:2, Mark 16:9, Luke 24:1, John 20:1, John 20:19, 1 Corinthians 16:2 and Acts 20:7.

The only eight biblical texts that mention the first day of the week don’t state in any way or form the establishment of Sunday as a day of worship, nor is it named as a holy day, and yet not even treated as a feast day. On the other hand, it is treated as a labor day just like any other working day. The things that Mary and the Apostles could not do during Saturday (day of rest) were left unfinished to be done on the next labor day (Sunday). Note: Compare these eight biblical texts to an approximation of 56 times were the Sabbath (Saturday) is mentioned in the New Testament.

If the establishment of Sunday as a day of worship is not registered in the Bible, then we most ask ourselves: Where does Sunday worship come from?

History and Sunday

Sun-worship comes from more than 1350 years before Christ. Almost all ancient civilizations venerated the sun as a supreme god and ruler of everything or as some sort other god. Approximately 300 years later, after the death of Christ, Roman emperor Constantine was also a worshiper of the sun just like his father and other emperors taught him:

“Following the example of his father and earlier 3rd-century emperors, Constantine in his early life was a solar henotheist, believing that the Roman sun god, Sol, was the visible manifestation of an invisible "Highest God" (summus deus), who was the principle behind the universe. This god was thought to be the companion of the Roman emperor.” "Constantine the Great," Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 99. © 1993-1998 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

The Roman calendar was made-up of eight days and it was not until the year 321 after Christ when Emperor Constantine established the calendar week of seven days. The days of the week were named according to the names of the moon and planets, a tradition long copied from the Babylonians. Because Constantine was a faithful worshiper of the sun, he dedicated the first day of the week to be the sun’s day, and thus, calling it the “venerable sun’s day” or plainly “Sunday” (dies solis), and in March 21st of the year 321 AD, he promulgated the following decree: “That every judge and habitants of the cities, and those who perform any labor, rest during the venerable day of the sun.” (Corpus uris ivilis ode, book 3, section 12,3).

Constantine’s Conversion and Origin of the Catholic Church

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia says: “Constantine is reported to have dreamed that Christ appeared to him and told him to inscribe the first two letters of his name (XP in Greek) on the shields of his troops. The next day he is said to have seen a cross superimposed on the sun and the words "in this sign you will be the victor" (usually given in Latin, in hoc signo vinces). Constantine then defeated Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, near Rome. The Senate hailed the victor as savior of the Roman people. Thus, Constantine, who had been a pagan solar worshiper, now looked upon the Christian deity [Jesus] as a bringer of victory.” “Constantine the Great,” Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 99. © 1993-1998 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

The day that once was dedicated to his sun god now was venerated as the day of the Lord (dominicus dies) from were the Spanish word-name “Domingo” originated. However, we still keep the original word in English, Sunday (dies solis).

Adoption of Sunday by the Catholic Church

As we can see, Sunday was introduced as a pagan day of the sun. And after it made its entrance, it was transformed into the Lord’s Day by the Catholic Church. Next, we will see a few Catholic excerpts about this change:

"Sunday is a Catholic Institution, and its claims to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles. . . .From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first." “The Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August, 1900.”

"Protestants… accept Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made the change… But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize that… in observing the Sunday, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the church, the Pope." “Our Sunday Visitor, February 5, 1950.”

"It was the Catholic Church which, by the authority of Jesus Christ, has transferred this rest (from the Bible Sabbath) to the Sunday… Thus the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the (Catholic) Church." “Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk about the Protestantism of Today, page 2l3.”

"It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church." “Priest Brady, in an address, reported in the Elizabeth, N.J. “News”, March 18, 1903.”

"The Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her founder, Jesus Christ. The Protestant claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith has no warrant for observing Sunday….”  “The Catholic Universe Bulletin, August 14, 1942, page 4.”

Reflection

Will you obey God or the church? In your hands is the answer.

Revelation 14:9-10 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God…

Ezekiel 20:20 And hallow my Sabbaths [Saturday]; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.

Exodus 20:9-11 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.

Revelation 14:12 Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

Author:
Rogelio Prestol
I was born in Dominican Republic and live in South Florida, USA. I abandoned the Seventh Day Adventist religion by my own will in 2003 when I discovered they are the culprits of the global apostasy called ecumenism. Since then, I help others by teaching them the prophecies of the Bible and admonish everyone to abandon every religious organization which does not obey God.
Name: Rogelio Prestol
Date: 10/19/2010 8:46:27 PM
Subject: @Diana
As you may already know, the word "Sunday" is not in the bible. Also, to find what is the mark of the beast, first you need to find what is the beast, not the other way around. It is very easy to prove that the papacy is the beast and Sunday sanctification over Saturday is it's mark. They themselves say it.

Regarding Jewish laws, you will not find any verse commanding the gentiles to obey them due we are NOT to follow Jewish law but God's law. The Jews are just one tribe out of 12. Perhaps you are confusing them with the Hebrews, later known as the Israelites.

Also, you might think that the ten commandments are only for the "Jews" because of the group of people who received the commandments. Well, this might help your research. The FACT is that they were ALL Egyptians. The word "Hebrew" was just a racist word used by the native Egyptians against the 400 year old generation descendants of Jacob.

Also, add this to your research: ALL ten commandments are for all humanity.
Name: Diana Johnson
Date: 10/19/2010 11:49:49 AM
Subject: Clarification
I am doing a study on major religions of the world. I have read your article and noticed that you failed to cite the exact verse in the Bible which specifically connects Sunday worship to the Mark of the Beast. I will also benefit from any verses which commanded the Gentiles to keep Jewish laws.
Name: Jason Ford
Date: 2/11/2009 10:24:42 AM
Subject: Music DVD
Did you produce the music dvd Who is this Man? And do you have any more similar to that one?
Name: Jason Ford
Date: 2/5/2009 10:35:04 AM
Subject: Abandoning Major Religions
How was the Seventh-Day Adventist Religion participating in ecumenism? Do you have any documentation?
Name: Meli Tamani
Date: 7/2/2008 1:55:46 AM
Subject: prophecies
Thank you for the prophecies.
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