Difference Between Christian and Seventh Day Adventist

Christian vs Seventh Day Adventist

Numerous variations of religion are being introduced in the world today. However, for people who consider religion as an essential aspect of living, the profusion of these varieties can be quite baffling. Christian and Seventh Day Adventist being two of the many, one must gain an understanding about the difference between Christian and seventh day adventist in order to gain a deeper understanding with regards to their faith.

Who is a Christian?

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A Christian is someone who conducts him or herself in line with the beliefs, ways and the overall lifestyle of the Christian faith. The word Christian implies “one who follows the Christ” and is derived from the Greek term Christos meaning “anointed one.” This monotheistic religion is based completely upon the teachings and life experiences of Jesus Christ, as found in canonical gospels and writings of the New Testament. The main beliefs of the Christian religion are focused on Jesus, the Son of God, who became human for the divine goal of saving the world. At present, there are three major Christian groups including the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox churches and Protestant groups. Traditions emphasize a number of physical gestures such as making the sign of the cross, also referred to as genuflection as well as kneeling and bowing.

Who is a Seventh Day Adventist?

The Seventh Day Adventist, abbreviated as SDA and popularly known as Adventist, is a Protestant Christian faith, which is particularly recognized because of its unique observance of Saturday as the original Sabbath day and the imminent second coming of the Christ. Seventh Day Adventist bases itself on 28 Fundamental Beliefs which were originally adopted by the General Conference in 1980.

Difference Between Christian and Seventh Day Adventist

However, these fundamental beliefs are not meant to be received as a “Creed” since they claim only the Bible as their one true creed. The followers of the church have a high regard for Ellen G. White, one of its founders, whose writings are extensively kept by the church for reference as the ultimate source of truth. Adventists go to church and have their weekly service on Saturdays. Their church service is of evangelical format where a sermon serves as the featured event in the ceremony.

What is the difference between Christian and Seventh Day Adventist?

When it comes to the basic belief in one God, there is not much difference between Christian and Seventh Day Adventist. Both believe in a God that created the Earth and all living things in it. The divergence occurs mostly in the practice of their belief as well as in other parts of their faith.

Seventh Day Adventist is a denomination of the Christian faith. Hence, both Seventh Day Adventists and Christians fall under the category of Christian.

• Both Christians and Seventh Day Adventists believe in one god, the Trinity, and the teachings of Jesus, the godson.

• Adventists believe Jesus will return to set up millennial kingdom.

• Adventists also deny the immortality of the soul and the doctrine of predestination.

• Though their basic beliefs are almost same, there are variations between both faiths in their traditions.

• Adventist’s church service is of evangelical format where a sermon serves as the featured event in the ceremony.

• Seventh Day Adventists observe Saturday as the original Sabbath day and have weekly services on Saturday. For Christians the week starts on Sunday, services are conducted on Sunday.

• Adventists believe in baptism by immersion. They do not accept baptism by sprinkling and deny infant baptism.

• Physical gestures of worship also differ.

• Adventists do not accept consuming alcohol and tobacco.

There is no one wise enough to judge the correctness of one religion when compared to another. People might end up building or losing faith when discovering the difference between Christianity and Seventh Day Adventist, but when it comes to one’s faith and ultimate salvation, it all lies on the individual’s heart and mind to make a decision on which religion to follow. After all, both these religions point towards a single direction to the Mighty Creator and share all fundamental beliefs of Christianity.


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  • Vic43

    Didn’t Jesus keep Saturday, as the Jews did?
    Didn’t the disciples keep Sabbath?
    So just because they follow the original, they still believe in God, and follow Jesus closer than the regular modern churches do. Seems to me, we should be doing the same–that’s what the Bible says.
    WHY do we keep Sunday–other than it’s traditional and every body else does?

    And the other things you put—doesn’t accept alcohol or tobacco–well, most Christians don’t do these things either. In fact, anyone who want health do away with these. Why does this make them weird? Much less not Christian?

    I don’t understand this reasoning. Though I do appreciate that it isn’t unChristianly hateful.

    • timothy adams

      well, I mean I do see churches putting other denominations down when we should love everybody equal, and just think people have formed a lot of the braches of Christianity, so that opens the book to flaws. But, may I ask, how does that make us hate full being different? It seems that every Christian denomination has its ups and downs. I’ll admit it is confusing to have so many different religious beliefs spinning around you that it is hard to know the “absolute truth”. I remember when I was in church, one of the leaders told me that the Jehovah’s witnesses would go to hell because they don’t believe in god, when the millennial reign teaching was actually correct and their “eternal hell” belief is incorrect. just keep your head in the word to know the truth. like what Jesus said, see to it that you’re not deceived. people will lie and lead you astray. my mother actually did it to me, when I was a atheist. The bible is the only “real” way of knowing.

  • Reinette62

    SDA’s read the KJV or NIV Bible.
    They are Christians for they do believe in Jesus Christ.
    They really study the Bible and try to understand what is needed to be saved.
    SDA’s believe in keeping the 10 Commandments of God.
    One of the 10 is to keep holy the Sabbath day.

    • timothy adams


  • cs

    Definitely judging this site as Adventist… Christians BEWARE!

    • timothy adams

      now who’s judging?

    • timothy adams

      only god can judge. as humans, we can only help(minister) to people. no one is in the place to judge. judge not and you won’t be judged.

    • timothy adams

      that’s really offensive

  • Marie A Dean

    I would like to know the belief of the SDA about clean and unclean food that the bible talks about? Is there a difference between Christians and the SDA?

    • timothy adams

      yeah, a few differences

      • Marie A Dean

        What are the differences?

        • MJ

          Leviticus 11 specifically states what is clean and what is unclean. =)

  • timothy adams

    take this from an Adventist, you forgot to mention we don’t eat meat. everything else looks correct.

    • MJ

      I eat meat and I’m SDA. =) The Health Message recommends a vegetarian diet, but it doesn’t say you can’t eat meat.

  • http://batman-news.com Lindsay

    SDA’s do highly regard E. G. White, but not as “ultimate truth!” Only the Bible is ultimate truth!
    Also, I am not happy with the implication that ‘Christian vs SDA’ implies! Even though the article states that SDAs are Christian, a better title would be something to the effect of: SDA compared to other Christian faiths…

  • dvanilla

    When you read about Jesus, He did everything on the Sabbath. This is one of the reasons the Pharisees and Sadducees sought to kill Him. My mother told me years ago everyone went to church on Saturday. She stated, she didn’t know why it was changed. If you look at a calendar, Sunday is not the seventh day of the week, Saturday is.

    • Andrew T

      I would suggest that the majority of the chrisian church celebrate a Sunday because that is the day He rose from the dead, thus proving His Lordship. We are no longer under the law, if we are truely trusting Him for our salvation, so the command to keep the Sabbath holy is no longer a must, though I’m sure the principle of having a day of rest is worthwhile

  • Purple Yin

    there are three major Christian groups, and they include the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox churches and the Protestantism groups.

    Those are not Christian beliefs.

  • Catherine

    Didn’t Jesus drink wine?

    • Robyn Su Miller

      Well put, Catherine

    • Charles Surby

      I’m a Jew and in the time of Jesus wine was not fermented. water was very bad tasting

  • Darrell Fincher

    Christ said HE was the way truth and life–and no one can get to the father any other way–why cant we christians — just be tolerant of each other and let God be God?

  • Benjamin Miles

    I’m a Trinitarian Assembly of God Pentecostal and I haven’t read anything that would make me believe that SDA isn’t saved. Now if I do, I will revise this statement. The only thing that I have heard and disagree with is that I heard that the SDA believes that he’ll is not eternal. However, even if the SDA doesn’t believe in an eternal hell, it isn’t taking away from their view of God.
    If the SDA’s congregations truly worship and believe in Jesus Christ, why would they not be saved?

  • Sarah Wilson Miller

    God doesn’t care weather you go to church on a Saturday or a Sunday, He looks into our hearts and judges that, not our behaviors, man looks on the outward flesh, while God sees into our soul. We need to worship God with our whole being and in everything we do. Many times, church is more of a social event than a time of true worship.

  • MAT

    the reason why ADVENTISTS does not accept water sprinkling as baptism is because JESUS was immersed in water.. I think churches who sprinkle instead of immersing did not grab the meaning of BAPTISM

  • D-Day

    Any so-called religion based upon the scribbling of a “prophetess,” Ellen White, must be suspect in its adherence to orthodox Christianity. Today, especially during the low times of ecumenism or being tolerant, many so-called Christians lack discernment due to ignorance, blindness, or outright stupidity and are subsequently swept away into one form or variation of Christianity or another. Christ predicted this so should it be any great surprise? SDAs may be somewhat closer to the Truth of the Bible than other cults such as JWs or Mormons but they still “miss the mark” by even deviating slightly. By the way, Ben Carson is one such person.