Significance of Seventh Day Adventist ReligionWhat do you think is the the significance of the seventh day adventist religeon please?? I'm doing a big paper on the sanctuary the significance on the...

Significance of Seventh Day Adventist Religion

What do you think is the the significance of the seventh day adventist religeon please?? I'm doing a big paper on the sanctuary the significance on the 7th day adventist would you be able to help me please?

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the most significant differences between the Seventh Day Adventist movement and other more modern religions is the practice of worshipping on Saturday rather than Sunday. While several denominations (Catholicism for example) do offer services on Saturday, the Seventh Day Adventists believe strongly that Saturday is the day of worship.  It is not to be intruded upon with any other activities (school-related, work-related, etc.). From sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday, adherents of the religion are supposed to be involved in worship and other religious activities.

As far as the religion's significance, for many observers it might not seem to have the following that many sects of Christianity do, but its schools, publishing groups, and churches are dominant in certain American communities, and because it has expanded into third world countries, it is one of the fastest-growing religions worldwide.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Can you clarify this question a bit?  You ask about the significance of the church but then you use the word "sanctuary" when you give more information about your question.  Are you asking about the church in general or about sanctuary?

For the church in general, historians say that it is significant because it was one of the churches that sprang up in response to the Market Revolution of the 1820s and 1830s.  In that way, historians say it is like the Mormon church -- sort of a new church that rises in response to these changes in society and wants to go back to the old religion (in the SDA case, back to things like observing the Sabbath strictly, doing so on Saturday, and observing dietary laws from the Old Testament).

Anyway, please feel free to respond on here or by message to me if you want to clarify the question.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've had several students who were practicing Seventh-Day Adventists, and several notable things come to mind. One is, as mentioned above, the Friday night to Saturday night sabbath observance. I took some of them to Europe with me, and they understood we could not stop the tour to observe their Sabbath and they did just fine. I must admit I was always a bit befuddled by what they considered acceptable activities for the Sabbath and what was outside of the boundaries; however, this observance was a consistent element in all Adventists I've known.

One other aspect of their faith was the belief that pork was a dirty meat. Most of the Adventists I knew were actually vegetarians; however, at the very least they do not eat pork as outlined in the Old Testament.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This church regards itself as the "remnant" as mentioned in Revelation.  It's belief systems are Old Testament-based and "old fashioned" by modern standards, but they formed to rebel against materialism and change, preferring a "back to basics" approach to religion and living.  There are many sites where you can read more about this church and its founding.  Good Luck!

readeal3 | Student

Thanks pohnpei397

Yes I am asking the significance on the seventh day adventist.  I'm asking about the church in general.