Arthur Elwin Main Bible Studies of the Sabbath Question (Classic Reprint)

Bible Studies of the Sabbath Question (Classic Reprint)

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The Sabbath is a living question, today, in Christian literature, and in the world of Christian life and thought. Conventions are held, addresses made, sermons preached, books written, papers published, and State and National legislatures petitioned, in the interests of Sunday observance. This is a recognition of the importance of having some particular day set apart for change and rest for body and mind, and for special religious and humanizing purposes. History and experience witness to the vital connection between such a day and the physical, moral, and spiritual welfare of mankind. And it is my belief that if the Church would come back to the Sabbath of the Old and New Testaments, its appeal on behalf of sabbathism would be supported by Scripture, history, reason, and sentiment, as can not be the case in efforts for the Sunday.

Advancing knowledge in the fields of physical and mental science, and of history, has greatly changed and enlarged our conceptions of God, man, and the universe. Through our increasing knowledge of ancient peoples and religions we have been led to look upon all the great religions of the world as signs that men everywhere have been seeking after God, who met them on the highest level of their thought and desire. But as the Christian Scriptures, religion, and ethics, claim to be the true and the best, they must stand the test of history, experience, and reason.

Industrial progress, new social conditions, and closer international relations, are the wonder of our times, and must be reckoned with by us who believe in the final triumph of the religion and morals of the kingdom of Jesus Christ our Lord.

The study of the history and literature of the Bible has been lifted to the level of other history and literature; and the right of the Bible to the results of a critical scientific, historical, and literary investigation of its claims is recognized as never before.

The rational and practical, the scientific and historical spirit and method prevail.

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