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How a child looked at the 4th commandment

                                     
                             by
                         Keith Hunt



The following is a reply I posted on a "church forum" when the
Sabbath/Sunday issue was debated.
                                     


Robert, I have not been following the thread on Sabbath/Sunday,
very much. Did today read some of your answers on page two.
I'm not going to try and answer them, simply because Dr. Sam
Bacchiocchi has done all that in his 3 or 4 books, on the
Sabbath/Sunday issue. Your arguments are not new.

What I'm going to do, is tell you MY story.

First, my parents were not "religious" and never went to church.
Moving from south Wales (I'm Welsh) to England at age 5, my
parents did send me to a Church of England school (I was educated
under their school system all my school life, until 17). I was
handed a Bible (we all were) and the first half hour each school
day was "Bible." We were taught to recite the Ten Commandments,
as in Exodus 20, the long version, as one of the first duties. So
by the age of 6 I could recite the long version of the Ten
Commandments.
They CoE (Church of England) taught us that the ten commandments
were to be obeyed by Christians. This was 1947/48,  I was born in
1942.
I looked at all the TC (ten commandments) and in my young mind
thought they all were great. I could see if the world was
following them what a super place it would be.

I was taught nothing from anyone about the 4th commandment. I
knew what it said, and had no problem with it. Thought all a
Christianity had no problem with it either, they were all keeping
it I thought. So no preconceived ideas, and no one was trying to
give me any.

At age 5 to 6 we were reading through Genesis and learning the TC
by memory. When I read in Genesis 2 that God Blessed and
Sanctified the 7th day, my little mind jumped to Exodus 20 and
the 4th commandment. To me at that age it was obvious God had
made the Sabbath, 7th day, for all to observe, from the very
beginning.

I started to attend a local church on Sunday, I was about 6. So
had a pretty good Bible education from then on out, between the
CoE and local church.  I seldom missed Sunday school from then
until 18 when I left for Canada.

The "issue" of the 4th commandment, was never spoken about, by
any minister, CoE priest, Sunday school teacher. Now at
what....age 7, 8, 9, I had read all the Gospels. Read where Jesus
said "the Sabbath was made for man...." No problem, in my little
mind, of course I thought, it was made in Genesis 2, and my 6
year old thoughts, were proved right, God made the 7th day
Sabbath for all mankind to observe, and part of His great 10
commandments. I thought "Well Jesus, the Son of God was backing
up what I had thought at age 6, how neat."

To me at this young age of 8, 9, it all seemed pretty simple,
this 4th commandment. Right from Genesis 2. The words in the 4th
from Exodus 20 (which I could recite) were pretty simple to
understand also.
I read the Gospels dozens of times over the years from age 6 to
18 (Had one of those "red letter" NT Bibles). Jesus obviously
observed the Sabbath, no question about it. Never
did it enter my young mind that Jesus ever broke the Sabbath, and
not one of my CoE teachers or Sunday school teachers EVER said
that He did. I was not being programmed by any teacher, on this
issue. Did not know there was an issue.

Okay, I was kinda taught that Jesus was resurrected on Sunday
morning, but never DID ANY TEACHER in all those years ever bring
up the subject that we keep Sunday because of the resurrection.
It just was not mentioned period.
It may have been when I was 10 or 11 when at school (CoE) we read
through the book of Acts.

Now, reading the Gospels MANY times by then, and now reading
through Acts, there was never a question in my mind about the 4th
commandment, or any question about NT Christians, be it Jews or
Gentiles, having a Sabbath issue. I could not see anything about
Jesus saying or any one saying, in Acts, anything about observing
two days, or adding on another day to the Sabbath, because Christ
was raised.....etc.etc. This whole thing was a NONE issue in my
mind. Why? Very simple. I THOUGHT (and not one teacher told me
differently) that SUNDAY was the 7th day of the week. Yes, it
is true as God is my witness. I paid no attention to the
calendar, no teacher ever told me differently, the Sabbath issue
was never talked about....so in my simple little mind I
THOUGHT SUNDAY was the 7th day and hence all Christianity that I
knew was of course following the 4th commandment, after all had
not the CoE teachers and priests, had me memorize the great 10,
and I knew what the 4th one said FULLY.

Of course over those years we read in school and Sunday school,
other sections of the NT.

I never saw where anyone raised the issue of either changing the
Sabbath or adding another day to the Sabbath. I never saw where
any place in the NT the day Jesus was raised upon NOW made that
day holy, or where any one said because of Jesus' resurrection we
will observe this day also. Of course I did not see any of that,
because in my mind, the Sabbath, the 4th commandment, and Sunday
as the day of Christ's resurrection WERE ALL ONE AND THE SAME to
me. And I was never taught differently, the subject was never
brought up by any of my teachers in all those school years.

I had read many times in the Gospels the account of Jesus saying
to the rich young man, "If you will enter into life keep the
commandments" and how Jesus replied when he asked which. Jesus
quoted from the great ten. To me as a child and teenager, the ten
stood as a package. It was unthinkable to me that ANY ONE of the
ten was EVER abolished. I could only see them as being wonderful,
and what a wonderful world it would be if everyone observed them.
I had no problem with the Sabbath command, and I thought
Christianity did not, because all the Christianity I knew, all
around me, was keeping the 4th commandment, I thought. I mean
they were keeping Sunday, so I thought Sunday had to be the 7th
day of the week, because it was part of the great ten, that were
to be observed, and those who taught about Christ, surely taught,
(as I had been taught by the teachers in the CoE school and my
Sunday school, from age 5) that the TC of Exodus 20 were to be
obeyed. I mean I could not see what was wrong with ANY one of
those ten.

Do you see what I'm saying? I would guarantee to you if you took
a child at age 5 and put them through what I went through, they
would find what I found. The ten commandments are for all ages,
the 4th one is very specific, it was from the very beginning,
made for mankind, Jesus obeyed it, and there is not one hint in
the NT that it was changed from one day to another day, or that
another day was added to it.

When I came to Canada at 18 and my Baptist landlord told me that
Sunday was NOT the 7th day....I just about fell through my pants
and hung myself in shock!!! I was stunned! I went to the public
library, took down a book called "Christian Feasts and Customs"
by a Roman Catholic bishop and scholar, turned to his chapter on
Sunday, and the very first words were, "You can read from Genesis
to Revelation and you will find not one single verse that
endorses Sunday...the Bible only endorses the 7th day Sabbath or
our Saturday...." I said to myself, "Well sir, you sure have that
one correct."

I had read the Bible all those years Robert, from age 5 to 18,
and because no one had mentioned the issue, never said a
thing....it was as clear as a cloudless sky with full bright
sunlight....there was NEVER any other day that was made holy,
blessed, sanctified, or to keep holy, other that the 7th day of
the week, and to not keep that 4th commandment, when you knew it
as I did, was willful sin.

You will never know the state of mind I was in after discovering
this. I could not believe that all I knew as Christianity was in
error on this commandment.

Now that is how a "child" reading the Bible, with no
indoctrination, I guarantee you, will see it. I know for I went
through it.

Did not Jesus say, "I thank you Father, that you have hid these
things from the wise and the prudent and have revealed them unto
babes."

I guess it's needful for someone like Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi to
have to answer all the "technical" arguments on the
Sabbath/Sunday issue, but for a child like me, it is pretty
simple stuff. Of course the big question then is will we obey?

                 ...................................

Written January 2003

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