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What can a study of Mark's Gospel tell Christians of different denominations about the meaning and importance of the Sabbath.

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What can a study of Mark's Gospel tell Christians of different denominations about the meaning and importance of the Sabbath. 'Sabbath' is a Hebrew word meaning rest - The Jewish meaning is 'Shabbat'. Sabbath is the day of rest in Judaism. It begins at sunset Friday and last until sunset on Sunday. In the Ten Commandments the reason given for the Sabbath being a holy day is that after God had created the world in six days he had rested on the seventh. Jews keep Sabbath as a holy day set aside for God. It is celebrated at home, with a special family meal on Friday evening and with synagogue worship. Unnecessary work is avoided. Sabbath is a day to be honoured and enjoyed as a gift from God. 'The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath,' said Jesus. Jesus taught that the law of God was for the benefit of the human race, not set of petty restrictions. ...read more.

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brought spices to anoint the body of Jesus. This shows that they also thought of the Sabbath as a day of rest so they didn't attempt to visit Jesus' body before the end of the Sabbath. This tells Christians that they should spend their special family and God. They should go to Church to pray, they should work because that's what Jesus done, they should also enjoy themselves and help others. Because working seven days a week means that you do not get to spend quality time with your family but calling for a doctor is okay because Jesus preached that we should heal others is what the doctor would be doing. Explain how Jesus' teaching on the Sabbath would affect the life of a Christian today. There are many different Christian denominations. But they all interpret Christ's teachings in a different way. The Salvation Army believe it is through Good Works where the Evangelical believes it is through singing, praising and worship. ...read more.

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Emergency services should not feel guilty because they are helping those in need, just like Jesus did. Jesus did not stop helping others but carried on because helping others is what Sunday is about. 'Christians should be free to do as they please on a Sunday - God wont mind' I agree with this statement because some people may not have a family to spend their Sundays with so would rather do as they please, or there a single parent who needs the money to keep his/her family afloat financially so will work extra hours. On the other hand some might say that God would have wanted us to spend time with our families and going to church. In my opinion Christians should be able to do as they please because he did not set any rules saying that we could not do this. He set us free so we could choose our own paths in life. ...read more.

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