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DAY of DESTINY.pdf - Bible Sabbath

DAY of DESTINY.pdf - Bible Sabbath

DAY of DESTINY.pdf - Bible

DAY of DESTINY Preface THE MYSTERY OF THE SEVENTH DAY By Carsten Johnsen 1982 Carsten Johnson Printed in USA by: US Business Specialties Yucaipa, California 92399 This book was accepted for publication by Review and Herald Publishing Association more than a decade ago. In fact, its acceptance seemed enthusiastic and unanimous. But then, suddenly and unexpectedly, it was dropped. The only reason alleged by the Book Editor of those days, in a letter to the author, was the following: The book was too un-popular to guarantee the sale of at least 5000 copies within a limited period of time, necessary in order to "break even." A couple of years later the manuscript was accepted for publication by Andrews University Press, but again unexpectedly dropped. This time the reason given was: The book was too popular (not sufficiently academic, particularly in its style). The author happens to know some other reasons why the men whose verdict is decisive in matters of this order, will tend to go against the publication of such a book. And the reader will soon understand a good deal--and, by and by, more and more--of the great battle which is here going on. But the more urgent would it seem that the book be made available to a wide group of readers who will be greatly benefited, and pleased, to receive the unusual information it provides regarding some highly controversial topics. You may of course be among those disturbed by an increasing awareness that an unprecedented drama is in the process of shaking the very foundations of our lives in terms of having time-honored and long-cherished beliefs overthrown in circles of serious Bible students from whom you would never have expected it. In the present work both Sabbath-keepers and non-Sabbath-keepers will be confronted with that drama, seen from an angle they had hardly imagined. For so many years it has been a source of sadness to me that strong theologians in the Protestant world, even such as Robert Brinsmead, exerting a tremendous influence among us, did not have opportunity to become acquainted with the results of my research in this particular field. But now, whoever you are, please read my book with an open mind, and see for yourself if it has any worth-while answer to give to questions of the most crucial nature among us at a time of unprecedented crisis for both Sabbathkeepers and non-Sabbath-keepers. CHAPTER 1- DOES THE SABBATH MAKE REAL SENSE? Does the commandment regarding the 7th Day make sense in terms of a moral obligation? Or is it morally nonsensical? As far as I can see, this question has hardly ever been asked in a serious way by one particular group of experts who ought to have every reason to ask it. I am referring to the leading scholars of the present day in the field of Christian Ethics. Why has this topic been so utterly neglected? Ought it not to be a basic one? At least we should think the Sabbath presents aspects important enough not to be skipped so thoroughly as has been the case. Research today otherwise seems to proclaim the need of being both thorough and comprehensive, paying due attention to all fields of knowledge. In a particular way that ought to apply to our intensive scrutiny of the Bible's concepts of right and wrong, good and evil, ethics and anti-ethics. Nevertheless, the fact remains, indisputably: The Sabbath, as an ethical problem, seems to have been treated as a veritable taboo. This applies to the most respectable circles in Christian theology. To the best of my ability, I have tried to find out something in this field that I can rely on, as the result of accurate and tireless investigation. It seems fair that the Sabbath commandment should bear the same scrutiny, the same crucial test that was always kept in store for things that are to be accepted as meaningful or rejected as meaningless. From times immemorial one rule has appeared reasonable in all research on spiritual matters: Men must ask for meaning. This is a main concern of longing human hearts and truth-seeking human minds everywhere and at all times: Do things in our world make demonstrable sense? We are fully responsible creatures, endowed with intelligent minds and feeling hearts. So we cannot lean on hear-say, on mere human traditions, or some casual guess-work philosophy. We must know, with all the certainty available to human creatures. 1

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