Is It A Sin To Say Monday is "Monday"?

2015-09-13 12:04

Seven Day Holy Week?

The Bible decrees the sequence in which God of Abraham created the world, this made the Jews, one of the earliest civilizations to follow a seven day cycle with the seventh day- the Sabbath – being for rest and worship.  As I discuss later herein, there are Christian churches who regard Sabbath as the day we refer to as “Saturday”.

Having been taught in missionary schools, most South Africans would recall the biblical stories of Jesus being lambasted for conducting miracles on a Sabbath. The word “Sabbath” comes from  Hebrew “shabbath”, meaning “day of rest”, which in turn comes from the Hebrew “shabath”, meaning “he rested” in reference to God resting on the seventh “day” after creating the universe as Genesis 2:2 states.

Emperor Constantine, who the world owes the survival of Christianity to as the first Christian Roman Emperor, who also made Christianity acceptable under law, thus adopting the First and Second Testament also made the seven day week, from eight, official in AD 321.

Now the number of days a week adopted from the Bible are settled, but why move to adopt the names of the week from the European or Germanic (Norse) gods? Is it not so that The Abrahamic God is a jealous God who clearly despised it when people worshiped or made significant symbolism of other gods?

From Sunday to Monday these gods are honored to this day by all, including at some churches, pastors and priests talk of these days, the Catholics are careful with this usually using numbering instead of days names, like ‘the first, second or fifth day of the week of our Lord’. This is a careful way the Catholic avoid using the Norse gods we all mention daily.

  • Monday: “moon’s day”. Here, Moon god is respected. This is also translated into several languages across the world from Latin to French to mean the same thing.
  • Tuesday: named after a Norse god Tiu or Tyr, god of war.
  • Wednesday: “woden’s day”. Woden, is another name for the Norse god Odin, was the god hunters in Anglo world prayed.
  • Thursday: this god has been made popular by movies, “Thor’s day”, a Norse god of thunder and lightning.
  • Friday: Freya is a Norse goddess of love, marriage, and fertility.
  • Saturday: “saturn’s day”. Saturn was a Roman god of wealth but also assists us to understand why there is disjuncture between Christians on Sunday and Saturday as in Latin “dies sabbati”, means “day of the sabbath”.
  • Sunday: is “sun’s day”, or “day of the sun” god. The disjuncture as explained in saturday. Interestingly from translations in Spanish and French, “domingo” and “dimanche” translated as the Day of our Lord or Sabbath day, which is more associated with modern day Christianity.

Are Christians or all Abrahamic faiths upsetting their jealous God each of the other six days names? The book says it is not a sin if you did not know, now you know. I am sorry.

Bo Mbindwane on twitter: @mbindwane

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