WHEN THERE WAS ONE RELIGION
worship him every day by such obedience and service. 20 God gave him no religious holiday to observe or celebrate. It is true the account of creation says : "On the seventh day God brought his work to an end on which he had been engaged, desisting on the seventh day from all his work in which he had been engaged . So God blessed the seventh day, and consecrated it, because on it he had desisted from all his work, in doing which God had brought about creation." (Genesis 2 :2,3, AT) This was merely a revelation to Adam of how God was proceeding, but it was no command to Adam in Eden to keep a weekly rest day or sabbath day of twenty-four hours . 21 That "seventh day" on which God desisted from work and which he consecrated was not a 24-hour day, but is of the length of the preceding six days . The Bible speaks of this "seventh day" as still continuing, because it is 7,000 years long . During it God has been desisting from earthly creation . Soon he will usher obedient men of good will into his great rest . (Hebrews 3 :18 to 4 :11; John 5 :9-17) So there is no inspired record that the first man observed any religious holiday in his paradise of pleasure . He and his wife worshiped their Creator and Father as God with spirit and truth, in harmony with the divine revelation . So there was just the one religion on earth, the pure and undefiled kind . (a) Did Adam in Eden observe any religious holiday? (b) Why is not Genesis 2 :2,3 against this answer? 20, 21 .
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