Bible Q & A
Genesis 2:2-3 states that God rested on the
seventh day and sanctified it. You teach
this day is Saturday. How can you e sure
that the original seventh day is still
Saturday? Havenít there been changes in
Over the millennia,
mankind has used many methods to chronicle time.
The Roman calendar now in use has undergone some
changes, but the weekly cycle was not altered with
those changes. The original Roman calendar,
introduced during the days of Julius Caesar, 45 B.C.,
was imperfect since it was based on the premise that
the year was exactly 365 ľ days long. To maintain
the pattern an addition of an extra day to the month
of February was made every four years. However, it
was later found that the year was 12 minutes and 14
seconds shorter than this. A correction was made
during the time of Pope Gregory XIII in the 16th
century by dropping ten days from the calendar.
Thus in 1582, Thursday, 4 October was followed by
Friday, 15 October. Notice that the weekly cycle
was not altered.
The Hebrew calendar
used from the time of Christ till now preserved the
same seventh day of the week (Friday sunset to
Saturday sunset) as it was in Christís time. The
Jewish people, through the centuries of migrations
and persecutions, have never lost the Sabbath day.
Nor do most Christians doubt the fact that Sunday is
the first day of the week. There is no real debate
on this point. The problem is with whether or not
we will follow the example of our Savior and keep
the same Sabbath that He kept (Mark 2:28).