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So far as I can remember, SDA principles are largely the same as those of other Christian sects -- belief in the Trinity, the divinity of Jesus, etc. There are a couple of principles that might set the SDA apart from other sects, though (more matters of emphasis than anything).
First, they are biblical literalists. This is in contrast to more "mainline" churches like the Catholics. The SDA believes in the literal truth of every word of the Bible and, therefore, continues to believe in things like the Biblical flood and continues to reject the idea of evolution.
Second, they believe very much in the idea of the conflict between God and Satan. They are millenarians in that they believe in the Second Coming and the battle between God's forces and those of Satan here on earth that will happen 1000 years after the Second Coming.
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Seventh-day Adventists are a Christian religious denomination formed in 1863 from a larger group called Millerites. This larger group believed in the prediction made in 1931 by George Miller, an American Baptist minister, that the Second Advent of Christ in person would occur in 1843 or 1844. When the world did not end in 1844, many of Miller's abandoned his Adventist movement to form new ones. The Seventh-day Adventist Church was the largest of these groups.
Seventh Day Adventists continue to believe in the doctrine of the Second Coming,they do not try to predict the specific time. The believe that events predicted by Miller were really the beginning of the judgment in heaven that is to precede the Second Coming of Christ.
They believe that Christ will return in person. They also believe that after death only the spirit ascends into heaven. The body will be made anew at the Resurrection, which accompanies Jesus' Second Coming. Adventists observe the Sabbath on Saturday, the seventh day of the week.
The Seventh-day Adventists believe the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. They abstain from anything that might affect bodily health, including tobacco, alcohol, tea, and coffee. The Adventists conduct an extensive missionary programme because they believe the Second Coming cannot take place until all nations have heard the Gospel.
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