The Biblical Sabbath is kept on Saturday, which is the seventh day of the week, according to the Hebrew calendar. According to the Bible's lessons, the early Church observed the Sabbath day as a holy day (Ac 17:2; 18:4).
Why do the majority of churches now hold services on Sundays?
As a monotheistic religion that kept the Sabbath on the seventh day, Christianity appeared to the Romans to be a branch of Judaism. This appeared to be the case since Christianity and Judaism both observed the Sabbath on the seventh day. Their efforts to educate people about the differences between Christianity and Judaism were focused on Sunday, which they observed as a day of love in the same way that the Romans did.
Sunday was designated as a day of devotion for Mithra, the sun deity, and Roman soldiers were known to practice Mithraism to a significant degree. Mithra, the sun god, had been exalted to the status of benefactor divine of the heads and the dominion around the time that Christianity began to spread throughout Rome, and Mithraism had established itself as the most visible and well-known religion in the city.
In order to avoid Roman persecution, the Church of Rome established Sunday as a day of worship, which was celebrated in honor of Mithra on the first Sunday of the month.
Despite the fact that Constantine spent the majority of his life as a pagan, he came to admire Christianity in 312 and became the first Roman emperor to convert to Christian beliefs. In the Roman Empire, he declared Christian tolerance and tolerance for Christians. As a result of his directives, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was built in Jerusalem, reputedly on the place of Jesus' tomb, and it has long been regarded as the holiest site in all of Christian history.
Sunday was elevated to the status of the authoritative day of love for the Catholic Church in the following century. Until his death, Constantine issued the Edict of Milan, which recognized both his god Mithras and Christ as legitimate authorities. Finally, in order to avoid additional political implications, Constantine decided to issue an official announcement ordering a total and public unwinding from work on Sunday.
How the practice of sun(day) worshiping was turned into the Christian practice of day worship.
By the time Constantine consolidated his power, everyone in the Roman Empire was forced to work on Sunday, and temples that had previously observed the Sabbath were forced to comply with the Church of Rome. This is where the custom of observing Sunday first originated, and it has remained in place to this day.
The official celebration of God's love has been moved from Saturday to Sunday, which is the day of sun worship.
How the celebration of Jesus' birthday came to be.
Christmas is observed by the vast majority of Christians on December 25, according to the Gregorian calendar. Although the birth of Jesus was not commemorated by early Christians, no one is certain of the exact day of his birth.
Every year on December 25th, the Roman Empire marked the rebirth of Mithra, the Unconquered Sun, as a symbol of the triumph of good over evil. When Christianity was recognized as the official religion of the empire, the church in Rome officially began celebrating Christmas on the same day as the rest of the empire. Until the ninth century, the date was not widely recognized, and it did not become a major Christian festival until that time period.
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