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I have travelled in alot of places and found that the keeping of the Sabbath holy is different from places to places. I am beginning to wonder what does this mean? Let me give an example, in the state of Ohio, I was invited there for one weekend to a particular academy. After the divine service, the program for the afternoon was snow boarding from the top of the hill to the bottom. Students, faculty including the chaplin all participated. In the Pacific and some parts of Asia, the attitude to keeping the sabbath is that of attending AY, or having a quiet meditation with the Lord. In some places I have discovered that Adventists actually use the sabbath afternoon for exercising. It leaves me with confusion. Can anyone enlighten me?

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it doesnt matters where we are or what culture we're in...the sabbath laws is plain and puntuated as how one should keep it..we can read it all over the bible in the old testiment we would see that it didnt matters where the isrealites camped after the exodus, they were orded to keep the sabbath even with those strangers who sojourned with them...we can read the book of isaiah 53:12-14, this is an express order from the lord even of the sabbath...and if we fail to be the repairer of the breaches, god himself will destroy us. we are to be the reformers who should bear the banner of the third angel message.
Hello Haze! I agree completely that we are to keep the Sabbath. That is without question or doubt. But the Bible is not clear on some of the daily living aspects of the actual "keeping" of the Sabbath. So we need to look for principles to guide us. In the meantime we have more questions...

-Should we not use electricity on Sabbath because someone at the electric company is having to work that day to ensure electricity is provided?
-Should we not pay for a taxi to get to church? If not... how should those people get there?
-Should we not eat in restaurants on Sabbath? Why not?
-Did the crew on the boat Ellen White took to Australia quit working on the Sabbath portion of the voyage?
-Should we ride bicycles on Sabbath? Only if we aren't having any fun?
-When walking along the shore on Sabbath... can we go in the water? Only to our knees? And if we don't have any fun?

These questions point out some of the more complex and confounding issues we face when choosing appropriate Sabbath activity. And yes, some of them are slightly tongue in cheek. ;-) Although I haven't provided any answers, I would like to help clarify the question. I would ask:

What Biblical principles do you use to guide you in choosing appropriate behavior for Sabbath activities?
when god's salvation is near to come, and the advent doctrine is being preached, for what will god pronounce a blessing on the people? "my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it, that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keeping his hand from doing any evil.(isa 56:1,2). if we read carefully, christ is the embodiment of the whole jewish economy..including the sabbath and how it should be treated...if we could recalled, the jews had very strick rules on the sabbath, so rigid that they had lost sight of the true meaning of keeping the sabbath..we can recalled also after christ spoke often on the sabbath, and also doing miracles on the sabbath. he was accused of breaking the sabbath, even when his disciples were picking the grains and rubbing it in their hands and eating it, . what did christ told them..he was lord even of the sabbath. can we be classified as sabbath breaker if we do of the above, you mentioned...no....but our motives behind everything we do on the sabbath is what either makes us sabbath breacher or breakers...a profession of faith and the possesion of truth in the soul is how we inco-operate it in our lives...true obedience is the out working of a principle within.
The meaning of the sabbath is that we stop doing our daily things, the things that are keeping us from God. During the week we are so busy and do not have enough time for a good Bible study. On sabbath we should and can focus totally on God, have a revived experience with Him.
Here in the Netherlands there are also divided meanings about it, but as Haze said the Bible is quite clear about it: Keep it holy and not as you like or feel.
For me it is simple, I quickly remembers that God is the same today, yesterday and forever more, so also is His words. He is the God of the Sabbath and therefore all that is done on the Sabbath should be to honour and worship Him so that He can Gloryfy Himself. God requires intimacy with us, He knew that we would be bombarded with the stresses of life and so it was important to have a day set aside for this purpose. The sabbath was made for us to sit at Jesus' feet and rejuvinate our sences for the time/week ahead.

To say that the Isrealites were ordered sounds a bit harsh I don't believe that God forces Himself upon us. I would say that they were comminissioned to keep the Sabbath Holy. It is therefore unfortunate that we continue to disobey and disregard God's words by treating this Holy time with a great level of Flippancy.

Yes it is good to do good on the sabbath! But all to His name, honour and praise.

Peace.
i love that answer Gizelle. A friend and i was discussing about having sex on the Sabbath, he thinks nothing is wrong with it; he says its better to get it and go to church happy than to go to church and be there thinking about having it. I told him we are suppose to abstain from all personal pleasures on the sabbath, what do you think about that?
The Dynamics of the
Everlasting Gospel
By E.H. “Jack” Sequeira

Chapter 11 – The Sabbath Rest

The good news of salvation, realized in the holy history of Jesus Christ, is often described in the New Testament by the word “rest” [Matthew 11:28; Hebrews 4:2-3]. Since the Fall, this promised rest in Christ has been linked with the Sabbath. For this reason, the major feast days in the Old Testament, pointing to the Messiah and His redemptive activities, was designated a Sabbath day of rest. The Sabbath, therefore, is more than a day of rest or even worship, but has definitely a redemptive significance. Hence, it becomes obvious that the recovery of the full gospel necessitates the restoration of the Sabbath doctrine.

In this final study of the dynamics of the everlasting gospel, we shall first attempt to discover the significance of the Sabbath to God; then its relevance to mankind, in the context of the plan of redemption.

Once this is established, we will proceed to see the place and importance of the Sabbath in the law of God, as part of the new covenant promise [Hebrews 8:10-13], and finally, we will conclude with the end-time conflict of the last days, when the Sabbath will represent God’s seal of righteousness by faith in contrast with and in opposition to Sunday symbolizing Satan’s mark of the beast, representing self-righteousness or salvation by works [Revelation 7:2-4; 14:9-11].

Significance of the Sabbath to God

The word Sabbath means rest and the first thing we discover about it, in the Old Testament, is that it belongs to God: “the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God” [Exodus 20:10]; “my Sabbaths ye shall keep” [Exodus 31:13]; “my holy day . . . the holy of the Lord” [Isaiah 58:13]. In view of this truth, that the Sabbath belongs only to God, it is unscriptural to label it as the Jewish Sabbath, as some Christians do. Yes, the Sabbath was made for man [Mark 2:27], but it does not belong to man, Jew or Gentile.

Having established this fact, that the Sabbath is God’s rest day; why, we must ask, does an almighty and an all powerful God, who obviously needs no rest day, set aside the seventh day as His special day of rest? The answer we get from the Word of God is because the Sabbath was to signify His perfect and finished work [Genesis 1:31; 2:1-3; Hebrews 4:4]. This fact is extremely important to our understanding of the Gospel and the doctrine of Righteousness by Faith, as the next point brings out.

The next thing we must keep in mind about God’s Sabbath is that it is His seventh day and not ours. According to the Biblical record, God took six days in creating all that constitutes this planet earth and then set aside (sanctified) the seventh day as His Sabbath [Exodus 20:11]. Man was created at the very end of the sixth day [Genesis 1:26-31] and, therefore, God’s seventh day Sabbath was actually Man’s first whole day. This is a most important distinction, especially when we consider the Sabbath in the light of our redemption in Christ. Let me explain.

God first worked six days in creating this world, and only when His work was perfect and finished did He rest from all His work [Genesis 2:1-3]. Adam and Eve, on the other hand, did not begin by working but resting on God’s Sabbath, which was their first whole day, and then followed it with six days of work. The significance and importance of this distinction is that mankind, in Adam, began by first receiving God’s handiwork as an entirely free gift, and then only could they enjoy it during the rest of the week.

In setting aside or sanctification the Sabbath [Genesis 2:3], God was entering into an everlasting covenant relationship with man — that he was always to be God-dependent. Hence, when Adam sinned and turned from God-dependence to self-dependence, he actually broke this God-dependent covenant, symbolized by the Sabbath. The result was: “In the sweat of thy face shall thou eat bread” [Genesis 3:19].

Today, history has proved that when man lives without God things get worse [Romans 1:18-28]. But Jesus Christ came into this world for the express purpose of restoring this rest which mankind lost at the fall [Matthew 11:28]. In doing this, He restored the significance of the Sabbath and we will discover that, in receiving the good news of salvation, we must return to this fundamental principal given to our first parents.

Salvation, like creation, begins not by doing something but by resting in the perfect and finished work realized in the doing and dying of our Lord Jesus Christ. Only then can we enjoy the benefits and blessings of salvation. In view of this, the Sabbath rest becomes the very foundation of the glorious truth of Justification or Righteousness by Faith alone.

When we turn to the New Testament, we discover that both creation as well as redemption was accomplished by God through Jesus Christ [Creation – John 1:3; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 3:14. Redemption – John 3:16-17; Romans 3:24; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Galatians 3:13; Colossians 1:14; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 9:12; 1 Peter 1:18; Revelation 5:9]. Just as Christ finished creation at the end of the sixth day and rested the seventh day, likewise He finished redemption on the cross on the sixth day and rested in the tomb the seventh day [John 17:4; 19:30].

Further, Christ’s work of restoration [1 Corinthians 15:24-26; Hebrews 2:13], which will be realized at the end of His heavenly ministry, is also linked with the Sabbath [Isaiah 66:22-23]. This is because it will also be a perfect and finished work as was creation and redemption. Thus, to fallen man the Sabbath has a threefold significance — Creation, Redemption, and Restoration.

Since Christ is both our creator as well as our redeemer and restorer, He had the perfect right to claim to be the Lord of the Sabbath day [Mark 2:28; Luke 6:5; Revelation 1:10]. Therefore, when the Jewish nation rejected Christ as the Messiah, their Sabbath keeping became meaningless. It is for this reason the writer of Hebrews, referring to the Jewish nation, declared: “there still remains a keeping of the Sabbath (Gk. sabbatismos) for God’s people” [Hebrews 4:9]. Hence, any Sabbath keeping that is not motivated by a faith response to Christ’s perfect atonement on the cross is a sham and still belongs to the old covenant of salvation by works.

Significance of God’s Sabbath to Man

While the Sabbath belongs to God, both the Old and the New Testaments teach it was made for mankind’s benefit [Exodus 31:13; Ezekiel 20:12; Mark 2:27]. As already indicated, God created the world through Christ for mankind [Genesis 1:26,28; Psalms 8:5; Hebrews 2:6-8]. However, mankind made no contribution to creation, but was only its recipient. Therefore, the Sabbath rest was set aside (sanctified) for mankind as a constant reminder that God is the loving provider and man must be solely dependent on Him for all his needs. Even the garden on Eden, for example, was planted by God for our first parents [Genesis 2:8].

It must be noted that this Sabbath covenant was made with mankind before the fall. Therefore, had there been no fall we would still be keeping God’s Sabbath as a day of rest. It is the entrance of sin that destroyed the significance of the Sabbath rest, since sin is rebellion against God, in exchange for self-dependence [Romans 1:21; Philippians 2:21]. Thus, when sin separated us from God [Isaiah 59:2], no longer did His Sabbath have any significance.

Man therefore, had to introduce His own rest day, which is Sunday, the day which is recognized today internationally as man’s rest day. However, unlike God’s Sabbath, man’s rest day does not point to a perfect or finished work. This, too, is of great importance when we come to the final showdown in that great controversy between salvation by faith, symbolized by God’s Sabbath, versus salvation by works, symbolized by man’s Sunday, of which God’s Sabbath and man’s Sunday will symbolize respectfully.

God knew that it was impossible for fallen mankind to save himself by His works [Romans 3:19-20; Galatians 2:16]. But because He is a God of love and did not desire that any perish, He sent His only begotten Son to redeem mankind and restore that rest which we were deprived of by the fall [Matthew 11:28; John 3:16-17; Galatians 3:13; 4:4-5; Hebrews 4:3]. At the cross, man’s justification and reconciliation was completed and perfected [John 17:4; 19:31; Hebrews 10:14]. This perfect and finished redemption was realized at the end of the sixth day just as creation was [Luke 23:54]. Thus, the Sabbath rest was restored and all who by faith receive the good news of the gospel do enter into God’s rest [Hebrews 4:2-3]. Through the gospel, God’s new covenant, mankind can once again enter that rest of which the Sabbath is the sign [Exodus 31:13; Ezekiel 20:12; Isaiah 58:13-14].

In the sermon on the Mount, Christ taught clearly that if we first seek His kingdom and His righteousness, which is by faith, all our needs will be supplied; that is to say, the gospel has made for us a way of escape from self-dependence, which is the source of all our problems, to God-dependence, which is the source of all our joy and happiness. But one thing is clear, we cannot serve two masters — self and God [Matthew 6:24-34]. When we enter into God’s rest, His day of rest must become our day of rest; this is the outward sign that we have chosen to live by faith alone. Such motivation of keeping the Sabbath is true Sabbath keeping.

The Law and the Sabbath

Before we can consider the Sabbath in relationship to the law of God, we must first be clear about the distinction between the right and the wrong use of the law. God never gave the law as a means or method of salvation [Romans 3:28; Galatians 2:16]. This is the error the Jews fell into, the error of the Old Covenant, which ended in miserable failure [Romans 9:30-33; Hebrews 8:7-11]. Therefore, anyone who keeps God’s Sabbath in order to be saved, is repeating the mistake of the Jews and, therefore, perverting the very purpose of the Sabbath rest.

When we make Sabbath keeping a requirement for salvation, we are not really entering into God’s rest, which points to a perfect and finished salvation, but have turned His Sabbath into salvation by works, the very opposite of what the Sabbath was intended for. And since by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified in His sight, such Sabbath keeping becomes meaningless. How, then, should a Christian, saved by grace through faith alone keep the Sabbath?

The New Testament, and especially the apostle Paul, clearly teaches that, while God never gave the law as a method of salvation, He certainly wants Christians to consider His law as a standard for Christian living [Romans 13:8-10; Galatians 5:13-14; 1 John 5:1-3; 2 John 6]. In fact, when the law was first given to the Jews at Mt. Sinai, it was for this very purpose. The preamble to the law clearly indicates this: “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage” [Exodus 20:2]. God first redeemed Israel and then gave them the law. Moses especially applied this principal to Sabbath keeping [Deuteronomy 5:15].

Jesus made it very clear that the true motivation for keeping His law was love [Matthew 22:36-40; John 14:15]. This was also clearly taught in the Old Testament [Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18]. Any law keeping, therefore, that is motivated by either fear of punishment or desire for reward belongs to paganism. But this love, that is the fulfillment of the law, we must be clear, is something sinful man cannot generate; for it is agape, the love that seeketh not its own (see Chapter 2 for a detailed study on agape).

However, God’s agape love is the supreme gift of the Holy Spirit to the believer [1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13]. And since there is no self in agape, God does not pour this agape love into the Christian in order that it may return back to Him (that would make God eros or self-centered). Rather, this love is given that it may be shed abroad towards our fellowmen, as evidence of the saving power of the gospel over self [John 13:34-35; Romans 5:5; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15]. This is what it means to have the law written on our hearts, the promise God made in the New Covenant [Hebrews 8:10].

This leads us to a very important consideration regarding the law as a standard of Christian living. You will notice, in examining God’s moral law, that the first four commandments have to do with our relationship with God, while the last six with our neighbor. Since agape seeketh not her own [1 Corinthians 13:5]; how does one obey the first four commands through God’s gift of agape without making God self-centered! It has already been pointed out that God does not pour His gift of agape into the believer in order that it may return back to Him, but that it may go out towards our neighbors. In view of this, the only way we can obey the first four commandments is through faith.

In 1 John 3:23 we read: “And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.” Genuine faith is synonymous with obeying the first four commandments; this, in turn, results in the new birth experience and with this experience comes the gift of agape. The result is love for our neighbor, which is synonymous with keeping the last six commandments [Romans 14:10].

The reason why the New Testament has very little to say about Christians obeying the first four commandments is because all that God wants from us, in regards to our relationship with Him, is faith [John 6:28-29; Hebrews 11:6], faith that is motivated by a heart appreciation for His supreme love gift, Jesus Christ [Galatians 5:6]. In view of this, the only acceptable way one can truly keep the fourth commandment, the Sabbath, is by a faith obedience or entering by faith into God’s rest. Hence the Sabbath, in this context, becomes the seal of righteousness by faith. With this clear insight, we can now turn to the end-time conflict between Sabbath and Sunday.

The Sabbath-Sunday Controversy

Whenever the issue of the Sabbath-Sunday is brought into focus, one’s attention is immediately turned to the Sunday keeping Christians versus the Sabbath keepers. This, I believe, is not the real issue. There are today many sincere Christians who are fully resting in Christ for salvation but are Sunday keepers. They are keeping the wrong day for the right reason. Likewise, there are many sincere Sabbath keepers who believe their Sabbath keeping will save them. They are keeping the right day for the wrong reason. Both need correction and this the Holy Spirit, who is to lead us into all truth, will do.

When this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations [Matthew 24:14]; it will polarize or divide the human race into only two camps — believers and unbelievers [1 John 5:19], those who are fully resting in Christ and those who have ultimately rejected Christ. All who come under the banner of Christ will in the end-time worship the Lord of the Sabbath and their Sabbath keeping will be the outward sign or seal of the righteousness they have already received by faith, just as circumcision was to Abraham “a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised” [Romans 4:11].

Those who have deliberately and ultimately turned their backs to the free gift of salvation in Christ will all worship the dragon which gave power unto the beast [Revelation 13:3-4]. These will exalt Sunday as man’s day of rest in defiance of the Sabbath, God’s rest day. The issue then in the final conflict will not be between two groups of Christians or even two rest days, but two opposing methods of salvation: the Sabbath, signifying salvation by faith alone, versus Sunday, signifying salvation by works or human effort.

When man turned from God-dependence, at the fall, and consequently had to eat his bread by the sweat of his brow [Genesis 3:19], a human rest day became necessary. Today, Sunday is that international day of rest, established by the world under Satan. Since man was also created a spiritual being, his departure from God-dependence to self-dependence also meant a departure from God-worship to subtle forms of self-worship [Romans 1:21-23; Isaiah 53:6; Philippians 2:21].

This spiritual departure led man from righteousness by faith to righteousness by works [self-righteousness – Genesis 3:7; 11:4-9]. The New Testament describes this as the religion of Babylon based on the claims of Nebuchadnezzar, the great king of ancient Babylon [Daniel 4:30,31; Revelation 14:6-11]. [It must be noted here that the word Babylon derived its name from the ill-fated tower of Babel, meaning Gate (Bab) of God (el), symbolizing man trying to reach heaven by works.] The fundamental issue is all of scripture is salvation by faith versus salvation by works. At the heart of the Bible message is salvation by grace made effective through faith alone [Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 3:28; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 10:38-39; 11:1-40]. At the heart of every false religion is salvation by works.

In ancient times, Sunday not only became man’s day of rest from physical and mental work but, above all, symbolized man’s spiritual day of rest and worship based on the pagan belief that the sun was the god of gods. This became prominent in Christ’s day in the Roman Empire. Hence, at its very foundation, Sunday rest is a pagan institution representing self-righteousness; this is in complete contradiction to God’s Sabbath, His sign to man of righteousness by faith [Exodus 31:13, 16; Hebrews 10:14]. These two opposing concepts of salvation can never be reconciled and have been in conflict ever since the fall.

When the true gospel of righteousness by faith will be fully recovered and preached into all the world, every person will have to make the choice, either for or against Christ [Deuteronomy 30:19,20; Joshua 24:13-15; Romans 9:30-33; Philippians 3:3-9]. At that time, the Sabbath will become the seal of God, representing righteousness by faith. In contrast, Sunday will represent the Mark of the Beast, signifying man’s rejection of God’s saving grace in Christ [Revelation 14:10-11]. Therefore, when the Sunday (blue) law will be legally established, it will indicate the world’s deliberate and ultimate rejection of God’s loving offer of salvation through His Son.

This is the “abomination of desolation” Christ spoke about [Matthew 24:14-22]. Those who will then insist on Sunday rest, in willful opposition to God’s Sabbath rest, will receive the plagues, the wrath of God poured out without mixture [Revelation 14:9-11]. In contrast, those who will stubbornly keep the Seventh-day Sabbath will be manifesting a faith in God that is unshakeable. They will go through the great time of trouble and wash their robes white in the blood of the Lamb.

Because of the mixed, confused ideas of salvation, the true controversy between God’s Sabbath and man’s Sunday is today still foggy and not clearly understood. But when the two opposing methods of salvation come into clear focus, then the true importance of the Sabbath will be seen clearly. May God give us, at that time, the grace and courage to stand for truth
Keeping the Sabbath is communing with God physically and spiritually, meeting with the brethren at Church or those who are sick and unable in hospitals or online.

I've realized that in Europe, Sabbath afternoons are used for leisure such as sports or nature walks. The latter is definitely also part of sabbath, but playing football on sabbath right from childhood i was told that's not from above and not a necessity.

We are told through the scriptures to do good on sabbath. Visit the sick, help or even charity work. I'm from Africa and Sabbath is Sabbath! Some churches/ families do no cooking, that stops on Friday they rather heat the already cooked food before sabbath.

In Africa Afternoons are set aside for bible study, AY program, visiting the sick, prison ministries and charity work.
As a matter of fact, while growing up we were beaten for playing on sabbath. It made us get the true meaning of serving the Lord.
In my country we have lectures and some schools open on Saturday, we were told not to step at school on Saturday, some Adventist students in my country end up studying a course at university for a prolonged period of time because of missing exams and lectures on sabbath. The strong ones who resist school and lectures on sabbath have grown to be church leaders and even the Lord has showered countless blessings.

There's no problem with taking a taxi to church, it's a requirement, transport is a requirement only that you can't make your personal trip on sabbath.

From where i come from extra-curricular activities like exercising, playing football is an abomination on sabbath, nature walks are just fine.

But personally the way i grew up and i am cool with it, Sabbath is communing with God, charity work, preaching the gospel, nature walks rather doing good and not watching your favorite soap, favorite football team, or even exercising, you can do all those any other day and the Youths can use the sabbath hours in developing their communication skills, debates, and visiting the sick!

On sabbath afternoons sometimes i watch Nature videos allover the web, some documentaries and something uplifting such as gospel songs on youtube, visit friends, speak to friends who missed church so by the time i finish all that, I am full and complete and thank the Lord for the Sabbath and yearn for more Sabbath hours.
When the Sabbath ends it's nightmare because school, work, exercising etc will be knocking at my door and i feel i need more rest.
Thank you all for your comments and it has given me hope that Adventists (at least some) are still within keeping the idea that the sabbath is meant to be holy in the truest sense of the word.

Just a thought/comment/question--when the Lord sanctified the sabbath and blest it and proclaimed it holy, regardless of what we humans do on the sabbath day; the sabbath is still holy for the God of the sabbath is holy whereas we are not.
We are not all alike, so of course our worship will be a little different.
Our family gets out in nature, if the weather permits. We walk and visit, take time to look at God's masterpieces. Days the weather is not so good, we spend quiet time at home reading and studying
God's word, and visiting people who were missed at church, mainly elderly.
Snowboarding to them is a way of enjoying nature, the snow, the sky.And they are fellowshipping with each other. If you are not inflicting labor upon anyone, buying or selling, does it matter if I walk down a snow covered hill, or ride?
I have heard people say, "that's doing your own pleasure." Ok, well, I like to walk on trails, so I could not do that on Sabbath because it is a pleasure to me? What about talking to my Jesus? That is very pleasurable and comforting to me, so should I not do that either?
We were camping once with some friends, and when on the Sabbath day it was 109 degrees farenheit (42.7 Celsius) outside, she would not permit her children to get into the lake to cool off! Instead, she had them sit in her car while she ran the air conditioning for 31/2 hours! Instead of using the natural way to cool off, she insisted on a man made way to do it!
That being said, we must remember EVERY Sabbath to commune with our savior Jesus, on a personal level. For me, that's early morning, and the worship service at church.
It's about balance. We love God, and we love our fellow man.
"The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath."
Shay,

I enjoy reading your reply and it is good that there are differing responses to the question of keeping the sabbath because the more we dig into the scriptures for answers, the more the holy spirit will guide us in the direct path.
With that being said, I can list you a dozen examples to explain why snowboarding, swimming, surfing etc is right and also why it is wrong given our differing perspectives.
However, I believe that the question you should ask honestly of yourself, would Jesus find pleasure in your snowboarding, swimming, soccer, nature walk etc on His sabbath afternoon? Would Jesus find pleasure in your talking to Him on sabbath afternoon?
I will not answer this question for you or for anyone who tackles this question. It is a personal question and should be reflected upon with much deliberation and thought in the Spirit in order to guide us in our search.
God bless you sister.
I like the question you asked, Would Jesus find pleasure in X activity? I believe that Jesus finds pleasure in all things that bring us closer to Him (and aren't harmful to us). That is a very good way to determine if what you are about to do is appropriate Sabbath behavior.

But this leaves the answers up to each individual with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. So some will answer that if they themselves were to snowboard for example, it would be a personal and spiritual experience that Jesus would find pleasure in. So they do it in good conscience. That same person perhaps would decide that at other times and in other situations, snowboarding is not appropriate. There might be contests, music, racing... whatever that would make the situation no longer pleasing to God for Sabbath activities.

The spirit of the activity is what makes the difference for me. I can mountain bike on Sabbath and be greatly blessed, but I won't enter a mountain bike race on Sabbath. That wouldn't be spiritual for me.

But other people might be different than me is the choices they make. If they say that some activity is spiritual for them and they feel it pleases God, they should do that activity without judgement from me.

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