There are four things that identify Adventism. These are; the largest education system, their fundamental beliefs, belief in a second coming, and focus on diet.
Now, let’s dive into each of these individually
Sabbath is On Saturday
Adventists believe that the Sabbath is at the end of the sixth day (Friday). During the Sabbath, they are not allowed to do any labor. It is dedicated to enjoying God and resting. This is the day of doing worship and even holding important events such as a wedding or even a funeral. The Sabbath begins on Friday night (sundown) and ends on Saturday. night (sundown).
It is believed that God made a Heavenly Sanctuary wherein Christ has prepared a place for us all. They believed that whoever has excepted the gift of forgiveness will enter the kingdom upon the second coming of Christ. For those who died before the return of Christ, they will get resurrected and join Him to this Heavenly Sanctuary.
28 Adventist Fundamental Beliefs
Adventists believe and follow 28 Fundamental Beliefs as their doctrine. This is similar to the 10 commandments, just for Adventists only. The fundamental beliefs cover all aspects of faith and religion for Adventists. They were established in 1980 and then revised in 2005 by adding #11. In short, these are the beliefs in order.
1. The Holy Scriptures
It’s both the old and new testaments or as known as the Bible.
2. The Trinity
The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
3. The Father
God as the creator.
4. The Son
The son of God incarnates in Jesus Christ.
5. The Holy Spirit
God as the eternal spirit.
How the world is created.
7. The Nature of Humanity
Men and women are in God’s own image.
8. The Great Controversy
The conflict between Christ and Satan.
9. The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ
This is about Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection for the sake of man kind.
10. The Experience of Salvation
Faith and salvation through Christ the Savior.
11. Growing in Christ
This is how our sins are forgiven through Christ’s sacrifice so that we can also be righteous for God.
12. The Church
A community of believers that Christ is the Lord and Savior.
13. The Remnant and its Mission
The remnant has to keep the commandments of God and faith of Jesus Christ.
14. Unity in the Body of Christ
The church symbolizes the unity in the body of Christ.
It is when your sins are forgiven and acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior.
16. The Lord’s Supper
It is the participation in the emblem of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
17. Spiritual Gifts and Ministry
Each member employed to the church for its common good and humanity.
18. The Gift of Prophecy
Prophecy is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
19. The Law of God
The Ten Commandments.
20. The Sabbath
It a must to do worship on the seventh day of the creation.
We are responsible to God to properly use his blessings for us.
22. Christian Behavior
We are godly people so we have to act as good beings.
23. Marriage and the Family
It’s a lifetime union of a man and woman.
24. Christ’s Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary
Believe that there is a sanctuary in heaven.
25. The Second Coming of Christ
This is the grand climax of the prophecy.
26. Death and Resurrection
Sinners’ punishment is eternal death but those who are worthy will get resurrected.
27. The Millennium and the End of Sin
It’s the thousand reign of Christ.
28. The New Earth
God will give an eternal home for the redeemed.
if you are interested in learning more about the fundamentals, the Adventist Church has an entire document outlining what each one means. View The Full Adventists 28 Fundamental Beliefs
They Follow Ellen G. White (Prophet)
Ellen G. White has a gift of prophecy. She wrote practical writings that helped early Adventists establish their roots. They mentioned that most of her writings are still applicable been today. She is a prophet by Adventists and she was one of the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time. Her book published in 2014 in more than 165 languages.
Birth – January 26, 1958
Death – July 16, 1915
Death is an Unconscious State
Adventists DO NOT believe when you die,you will immediately go to heaven or hell. They DO believe that when you die, you will remain under an unconscious state. When Christ returns, you will get resurrected if you are worthy to go with him in the kingdom of God.
Jesus is Coming Back
Like many Christian beliefs, Adventists believe that Jesus is coming back. No one knows exactly when but they are looking at the signs recorded in the Bible. The term Advent means “second coming”. Adventists belive most of the prophecies are happening and He is coming back soon.
Since the Adventists are vegetarian and only eat healthy foods, they may have a longer life than most of the population. They choose a plant-based diet and avoid consuming tobacco products, alcohol and even caffeine. It is part of their doctrine and can lead them to have a longer lifespan. They also are usually found living in the blue zones
Hell is Not an Infinite Torture
In Christianity, you have to become a good person or you will go to hell and suffer for all eternity. Contradicting this is what Adventist beliefs. They do not believe that hell is infinite. They believe that God is a merciful being. He will not do such an unrighteous thing for sinners. But they will remain dead for all eternity which means they will not enter the kingdom.