A Blessed Good Morning to all, it is a joy to awake and sight the glory of the Most High Jah, give thanks for another day, Selassie I Liveth.
Yes i, it is true what the i say, Sabbath was made for man and not the other way around, Yes, i had not thought of that Word Sound, give thanks for the reminder.
but let ini reason for a moment, just for the love of reasoning, so even though i am using some of your sentences Ark I,it is not meant as a disagreement, just have a little time on i hands before i head out.Bless
First, Ini could reason on the sentence "I don't think missing one Sabbath will have a big effect",
ini could question if there is any such thing as a "little" or "big" effect,
i think it is most true of how it is said that what starts as a ripple can turn into a tidal wave
InI might also say that whether it is a big or small effect can only be said by the person experiencing the effects, for example a person who seldom or never observes the sabbath can pass another sabbath and not notice any difference while ones such as i who keep it regular might experience a different effect.
But i want to talk about this word called Sin.
How do the i dem see this, i dont know, it is,at least to i, a bit hard to put into words
but ini know of how those of the christian religion see it, they have this weird ideas all mingled with damnation and hellfire and all that, Sin roughly translates into anything that shows disobedience, disobedience of either their laws, or the laws of the God they believe they know.
anyways, i dont see sin in that way at all. To I sin is right here, in the here and now. To I sin is anything that has the potential of making one stray from the path of rightousness, the path that leads to Mt Zion ,the path to JAH, Love, Togetherness.
So to a christian, to shave and trim wouldnt be considered a sin, but to I, it most certainly is. Why. If i was to trim, there could only be one reason for it,and that is i have given in to vanity. And this would take us back to the "big or "small" effect question because one might say,to trim because you are a little vain isnt much, but then it would be said, if you give in to vanity and trim, what will be the next thing that you compromise? And then what happens when that vanity begins to affect the way one deals with his family and idren and neighbours?
So, the question is, Christ said the Sabbath was made for man, but why was it made for man?
Is it not to help man to stay on the path of Rightousness, to help him move closer to JAH ?
IS it not to give him rest? And doesnt that rest give him more peace and calm, which will ,in turn, teach him to deal with his brothers and sisters in peace and calm, in a godly manner?
So if one considers, like i do, that any step taken that is not in the direction of the Most High is a sin, then is not observing even one sabbath not a sin?
Not a sin becaue some angry god is waiting to punish you, but a sin because of failure to accept something that was created for your own good? For all the Father wants is what is good for ini, is it not a sin to hurt ourselves?
So to i, to say, "it is not a big effect" , it is almost like saying, it is not a big sin..........that would get us into another reasoning on whether there is any such thing as a big or small sin, but i leave that for now
Finally,IF Jah created the sabbath to be a covenant between HIM and ini His children, is it not a sin to break that covenant?
Like i said i man just reasoning for the love of it, hope i didnt go on too long
Blessed heart of Love