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Seventh-Day Adventists: Who the Heck Are They?

Updated on May 18, 2017
Ellen & James White, co-founders of the SDA church, and their children.
Ellen & James White, co-founders of the SDA church, and their children.

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church has been called a cult by some and "fringe" Protestants by others. But are they either? This article hopes to enlighten readers with facts about actual SDA beliefs.

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church is a Protestant denomination that began as an offshoot of the Millerite Movement. The Millerites were followers of William Miller, a farmer and a preacher, who upon reading scripture (specifically Daniel 8:14), came to the conclusion that Jesus Christ's Second Advent would occur on October 22, 1844. Many of Miller’s followers even sold their earthly possessions due to their conviction that the end of the world was near.

When Jesus failed to appear, Miller stated he had made a mistake; he then issued another date for the Second Coming of Jesus. After Miller’s second failure, most of his followers abandoned the movement. This second let-down became known as the Great Disappointment.

Nevertheless, a few believers chose to go back to their Bibles and try to figure out where they went wrong. From this small group, the Adventists began to form beliefs which would later form the doctrine for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The SDA church became a formal denomination in 1863, and was co-founded by Joseph Bates, Ellen G. White and James Springer White, among others. It should also be noted that members of the church are often referred to as SDA's or "Adventists."

Some Personal Background

Around 1956, two love-struck teenagers fell in love. One of them was my father, whose parents were very, very Catholic. The other teenager was my mother, who was raised by two devout Seventh Day Adventists, my grandparents. My parents married when they were both 18 years of age. After my brother and I appeared on the scene, both sets of grandparents unabashedly took it upon themselves to raise their grandchildren in the religion each had faithfully observed for many generations.

One might assume the contradiction between being raised both Catholic and Protestant may have bewildered two young children; however, no such perplexity or chaos ever materialized in my young mind nor in that of my sibling. In fact, having been raised by two "opposing religions" (both of which treated us quite well) was an experience neither of us have ever regretted. My brother and I appreciated both religions, strange as it may seem.

Furthermore, I can honestly say that Seventh Day Adventists have had a positive impact on my life. Thus, in having observed that SDA's are generally misunderstood, I decided to do my part to set the record straight. As an aside, I also attended an SDA high school and an SDA college.

My mom and her two little (part-time) Adventists. I'm the funny looking one on the end.
My mom and her two little (part-time) Adventists. I'm the funny looking one on the end.

SDA's Believe in the Basic Tenets of Christianity

Given the Millerite debacle, it is easy to understand why the SDA church has been considered a "fringe" religion by most folks. However, just like mainstream Protestants (and Catholics, for that matter), SDA’s believe in the major precepts of Christianity---that Jesus lived, died, and was resurrected; that Jesus is mankind's Savior and that Jesus will return again to gather the faithful to live with him for eternity. SDA's also believe in prayer, communion and missionary work. In effect, the SDA Church believes that salvation is God's gift to humanity through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. That being said, Seventh Day Adventists have some significant theological differences which we will explore later in this article.

Ellen G. White

Ellen G. White was one of the early co-founders of the SDA Church. She began prophesying at 17 years of age until she died 70 years later, in 1915. Adventists believe E.G. White had the "gift of prophecy" and that her many and extensive doctrinal writings were inspired by God. Indeed, Mrs. White's voluminous writings (5,000 periodical articles and 40 books) are considered the authority on SDA teachings. Additionally, Mrs. White had approximately 2000 visions pertaining to healthy living, end-times and other prophesies, as well as insights into the daily life of Jesus before his ministry began.

Smithsonian Magazine named Ellen G. White as one of The 100 Most Significant and Interesting Americans of All Time. The magazine article provides highly detailed information about Ellen White's visions as well as eyewitness testimony of these events in which Mrs. White would enter into a trance-like state during her revelations. However, the Smithsonian article downplays the supernatural somewhat, suggesting that the visions were a result of a traumatic head injury young Ellen had suffered as a child, which indeed she had.

Certainly, the Adventist church has received quite a lot of criticism regarding Ellen White's visions. It has even been suggested that White may have had epilepsy, possibly schizophrenia, and that, furthermore, her visions were a result of a "hysterical" personality. However, no credible evidence exists to substantiate any of these claims. Thus, the Smithsonian article leaves the reader to determine why and how the visions came about.

In any event, it is these seemingly strange trances which have caused reasonable people to speculate if the Seventh Day Adventist church is a cult-like organization.

Adventists are Exceptionally Health Conscious

One cannot speak of Adventists without first realizing how well-respected they are in the field of healthcare and nutrition. The SDA approach to healthy living is really quite simple; It promotes a vegetarian diet of legumes, whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables. The SDA church believes that our bodies are the temple of God and must therefore be respected as such. SDA's tend to be vegetarian; many do not smoke or drink much, if any, alcohol. Additionally, Adventists tend to remain physically active into old age. In fact, Loma Linda, a primarily Adventist community in California, boasts one of the longest and healthiest life expectancy communities in the world; Interestingly, such communities are referred to as blue zones.

World SDA Health Care

No. of Hospitals & Sanitariums
Clinics & Dispensaries
Outpatient Visits over
175
385
18,540,278
Orphanages & Childrens Homes
Airplanes & Medical Launches
Nursing & Retirement Centers
29
7
140
http://www.adventist.org/en/information/
Loma Linda Medical Center, an SDA facility.
Loma Linda Medical Center, an SDA facility.

In fact, my very own Adventist grandparents never smoked, never drank coffee or liquor and never ate meat of any kind. My grandpa even grew his own vegetables. My grandmother was a superb cook who never purchased an ounce of meat. She also enjoyed her brisk walks.

Because I also spent a good portion of my time with my Catholic relatives who ate meat, smoked, drank coffee and liquor, I came out somewhere in the middle of the nutrition spectrum. (Although I have never smoked.) Accordingly, I am very grateful for the lessons I learned from the Adventists about proper diet, to include viewing my body as a temple of God. I feel confident that this knowledge has greatly contributed to my over-all health, well-being and self-respect.

Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson, One of the More Famous SDA's

One of the more illustrious SDA's in the United States is Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon and former Director of Johns Hopkins Hospital of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Dr. Carson was undoubtedly a gifted physician. He successfully separated conjoined twins; developed and performed (intra-uterine) surgery on a fetal twin, and performed a hemispherectomy to relieve the seizures of an infant, among having performed many other difficult surgeries. Dr. Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2008.

Dr. Ben Carson is currently the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, under the Trump Administration.

SDA's are Deeply Involved in Education

The Church has approximately 7,000 schools around the world and over 100 colleges and universities. Adventist universities produce a plethora of physicians, nurses and other professionals. Indeed, when I attended an SDA high school and college (My high school senior class had only 40 students), I was surrounded by classmates whose parents were M.D.'s or other medical professionals. Although I was definitely the poor kid on the block, I always felt perfectly at home among these more privileged students.

Back In the Day...

Here I am at Pacific Union college, modeling ski wear for an SDA promotional event. The other coed got first dibs on the faux fur jacket. Darn her!
Here I am at Pacific Union college, modeling ski wear for an SDA promotional event. The other coed got first dibs on the faux fur jacket. Darn her!

SDA Baptismal Vows

1. I believe in God the Father; in His Son, Jesus Christ; and in the Holy Spirit

2. I accept the death of Jesus to pay for my sins

3. I accept the new heart Jesus gives me in place of my sinful heart

4. I believe that Jesus is in heaven as my best friend and that He gives me the Holy Spirit so I can obey Him

5. I believe God gave me the Bible as my most important guidebook

6. By God living in me, I want to obey the Ten Commandments, which include the observance of the seventh day of the week as the Sabbath

7. I want to help as many people as possible to be ready for the soon coming of Jesus

8. I believe God gives special abilities to His people, and that the Spirit of Prophecy is given to His chosen people

9. I want to help God's church with my influence, effort, and money

10. I want to take good care of my body because the Holy Spirit lives there now

11. With God's power, I want to obey the basic principles of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

12. I want to be baptized to show people I am a Christian

13. I want to be a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and I can believe this church has a special message to give to the world

Just How Do SDA’s Differ from other Protestants?


  • SDA's believe that the Sabbath is Saturday, not Sunday.

SDA's take the fourth Commandment (and all Ten Commandments) quite literally: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy....in it you shall not do any work...the LORD made heaven and earth...and rested the seventh day...Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

SDA's refrain from working on Saturday and they attend worship services on Saturday. No Adventist would ever think of replacing the Sabbath day (Saturday) with Sunday; they believe doing so would be to reject the Word of God. Adventists observe the Sabbath from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset.

  • SDA's rarely, if ever, wear jewelry.

The idea behind forsaking jewelry is many fold. I will only touch upon it here. The pagans of Roman times wore jewelry, not only to adorn themselves quite lavishly, but to also honor the pagan gods and/or Caesar. In fact, ancient Roman jewelry was engraved with pagan symbols or etchings of Caesar. Some early Christians began wearing engraved jewelry, but St. Paul warned against wearing anything that might honor paganism and the excesses of Rome. Thus, St. Paul encouraged women to be modest in their dress.

Needless to say, most jewelry pieces today are not engraved with images of Caesar and/or pagan gods. Nevertheless, Adventists still counsel against "needless adornment" and instead encourage "simplicity" of dress. Actually, Ellen G. White had owned a gold watch for a time, but eventually discarded it because it proved to be a stumbling block for some church members. Otherwise, E.G. White had no personal problem with the watch.

That being said, SDA's have not been "allowed" to wear wedding rings because it was thought to be "prideful." It was not until 1986 that the ban on wearing wedding rings was lifted. Prior to that time, Adventists wore a nice watch instead of a ring as the marriage symbol. Many Adventists still follow that custom today.

The SDA wedding watch.
The SDA wedding watch.
  • SDA's are politically diverse.

45% of SDA's are Democrats, 35% are Republicans, 19% identify as Independents or claim no political affiliation. About 53% approve of larger government, while 42% prefer a small government. Surprisingly, Adventists believe it is important for the woman to make her own choice about abortion. The official stance is that women must choose for themselves when there are extenuating circumstances, such as rape, incest, congenital defects or serious jeopardy to the health of the woman.

Corporal Desmond T. Doss. 1919-2006.
Corporal Desmond T. Doss. 1919-2006.
  • SDA's are Conscientious Objectors.

Adventists, by and large, do not carry arms during wartime, but they have always willing served in the military as medics or in any other capacity that does not include the killing of another human being. The reason SDA's will not bear arms is due to the Sixth Commandment, "Thou Shalt Not Kill." Again, SDA's take the Ten Commandments literally.

By now, many of you may be familiar with Mel Gibson's Oscar nominated film, Hacksaw Ridge, a powerful portrayal of the true story of Desmond Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist conscientious objector, who volunteered to join the army during World War II. Doss is credited with having saved approximately 75 lives as an Army Medic during his service in World War II.

Corporal Doss was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Truman "for outstanding gallantry far above and beyond the call of duty." The Medal of Honor is the highest award a soldier can achieve. Doss never fired a single bullet, nor was he tucked away in a tent during battle. He saved lives by putting others ahead of his own safety, on the battlefield. It is an understatement to say that his faith and courage were truly remarkable.

A Film based Upon the Life of Desmond Doss.

  • SDA's do not believe in Hell or eternal punishment.

The SDA church believes that the dead know nothing (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6) and that they remain in a sleep (of sorts) until the Final Judgment Day. SDA's believe that when Jesus comes again, the righteous will live with him in heaven a thousand years for a time of reconciliation, after which time God will then return to earth to resurrect the unrighteous dead; He will then cleanse the earth with fire. In essence, SDA's do not believe in eternal torment but in a quick annihilation. After the cleansing, the Lord and the faithful will create a new heaven or "New Jerusalem" on earth where sin is no more and where joy and peace reign forevermore.

Around the world there are 18.1 million SDAs, making them a larger global presence than the Southern Baptist Convention (15.5 million), the United Methodist Church (12.8 million), or Mormonism (15.3 million).

~TGC The Gospel Coalition

  • SDA's are ethnically diverse and have been since their founding.

According to Pew Research, Seventh-day Adventists "top the list" regarding diversity, with the highest score of all major religions within the U.S., at a score of 9.1. For adults who identify as Seventh-day Adventists, 37% are white, 32% are black, 15% are Hispanic, 8% are Asian and another 8% are another race or a mixed race.

What's Your Verdict?

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Grain of Salt, Anyone?

Another Hubpages author has stated that the SDA church is a cult and that once involved, one "CANNOT leave the church" (paraphrase), the implication being that the church will engage in some sort of nefarious, menacing activity to make a fearful follower stay. His point seemed to be that the SDA church is dangerous and SCARY!

Frankly, I've never heard anything more nonsensical in my life. Nobody chases anyone down in the SDA church. That kind of talk is beyond silly. Crazy stuff just doesn't happen. SDA's are some of the most grounded people I've ever met. They tend to be highly-educated and frankly, quite normal---sometimes even a little bit on the boring side, when all is said and done.

However, each individual must decide for themselves what they choose to believe. Let's face it, some SDA beliefs may seem odd, but cult-like? Not at all.

My brother, Orlando, SDA high school graduate, a PhD., and current Dean of Business and Health Administration.  (No wonder why he appreciates the SDA health & education message.)
My brother, Orlando, SDA high school graduate, a PhD., and current Dean of Business and Health Administration. (No wonder why he appreciates the SDA health & education message.)

Final Reflections

This article has touched only upon a few facts pertaining to Seventh Day Adventists; Nevertheless, if it has served to educated the layman on a few points of interest pertaining to SDA's, then its purpose has been accomplished.

In closing, let me share with you what my brother stated regarding his feelings about the SDA church---given that we were raised together, and in two different churches.

He said: "I felt there were too many rules, and I'm the type of person who feels obliged to follow all of them, but I respect their health message very much. To this day, and I still lean toward the view that Saturday is the Sabbath, even if I go to church on Sunday sometimes. Also, they are the only church that follows all Ten Commandments."

I asked him if he thinks the church is a cult. He laughed, as if to say:

"What a dumb question. No."

I feel the same way.

Truly....Savvy

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      Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hey Girlfriend, where ya been hiding? I knew Zero about SDA but now have the first-hand information you have provided here. I will rarely discuss religion and surely would not comment on one I have no experience with except to say Thank you, for the mini tutorial. Your excellent writing skills held my interest.

      What I would like to say is that the picture of you, your brother & Mom is as precious as can be. How dare you refer to yourself as "funny-looking!" That is one beautiful family and not a one of you could deny each other! You & your brother both resemble your lovely Mother ~~even without seeing a photo of Dad.

      BTW, you didn't need to model the "fur" for "added" attention! Did you ski too...or just model as a skiier? LOL Peace, Paula

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      KingdomCome 2 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      You stated that the SDA follow the ten commandment. What about the New Commandment that Jesus gave which is discribed in John 13:34 (NKJV) which states: 34 A New Commandment I give to you, that you love one another AS "I" HAVE LOVED YOU, that you also love one another.

      I know the SDA do not follow this one because they have NEVER listed it or MENTIONED it ever. SDA have NO idea this NEW COMMANDMENT even exists.

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      savvydating 2 months ago

      KingdomCome....I have the impression that your heart is not filled with the love of Christ. I have updated the hub to include the Baptismal vows.

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      savvydating 2 months ago

      Hi Paula....I've stayed out of the loop for a little while to write this piece. I'm glad you enjoyed the article!! I had no idea it it would make some people mad. LOL. I've had to delete two comments that were NOT nice! But anyway, thank you for saying I wasn't funny looking. I do have other baby pictures where I looked better, but I liked that one. I never skied because I was the poor kid, but I did by best to "rock" the outfit. Hahaha. BTW, as an aside, I recommend the movie, Hacksaw Ridge. It's really good! Thanks for commenting and being nice to me. Lol. It's always a pleasure to hear from you, Paula! ;)

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      savvydating 2 months ago

      KingdomCome.....Of course they know that commandment. Loving one another is their thing if they are true to their faith. That's why SDA's have hospitals, missions and orphanages around the world----to help and love people. Desmond Doss was a great example of what it means to love. He literally placed his life above others.

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      John Ward 2 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      I had never given any thought to what or where the SDA was. I had always thought that it was a small denomination, not a cult. your article has give me something to think about. Taught me a lot, never to old to learn new things.

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      savvydating 2 months ago

      What are your sources?

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      savvydating 2 months ago

      Faith-hope-love, The SDA church is a small denomination. You are correct about that. You're a good man. Thank you for reading this article. It's something different to know about.

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      savvydating 2 months ago

      What religion do you follow, KingdomCome? I am disappointed with your spitefulness. I have not attacked you. Please do not attack me or one of the churches I was raised in. Thank you.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      I read every word of this article and found it interesting. Although not my personal beliefs, I liked knowing more about your background. When you have parents of different religious backgrounds, it can be challenging to sort out the message. However, you and your brother have found it to be a positive growth experience. Some of the comments here are just vile. Wow.

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      Alan 2 months ago from Tasmania

      Yvette, I speak here as one who does not accept any of the premises put forward by any Christian doctrine, therefore you and I would be on two sides of the fence, so to speak. But I fully respect you for stating all that you have in this well-written hub. I feel no need to argue any of it with you, totally accepting you background and consequential points of view. You display a lot of love and tolerance to others who are in disagreement. That, in my understanding, is spirituality, getting to know depths of one's true nature....something which the so-called Christians here seem to know very little about.

      So, Yves, keep your feet firmly on the ground; continue the journey of your life as you feel committed.

      Those who belong to the WBC (The Wholly Bigotted Church) will feel very successful when they arrive back here on Earth and find they had been paving the streets of Hell with hatred for much of their lives.

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      savvydating 2 months ago

      Thank you Flourish! My brother and I were treated well by both religions. To this day, we simply focus on the basic tenets of Christianity. Works for us!

      Yes, some of the comments here are definitely not "Christ-like."

      Thank you for stopping by & for actually reading the article. Lol.

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      savvydating 2 months ago

      How kind of you, johnnycomelately. Thank you for your words of encouragement. They mean a great deal to me. Yes, you and I come from different schools of thought, but we are all fellow humans struggling to live this life the best we know how. Some more than others. Lol.

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      KingdomCome 2 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      Yves- I DO NOT follow any man made fake churches.

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      John Ward 2 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      To charlie. Check your definition of Cult. NO!! The SDA is not, and I repeat, not a Cult. It may have started out that way, but now is one of the smaller denominations.

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      John Ward 2 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Kingdom Come obviously has no sense. For this Lack I can forgive. Yves is not a liar and I can not see the sense o personal attacks. Right or wrong, Personal attacks, Like any Violence does not produce any better understanding or donate any further growth in a discussion. A debate is to create at least one winner and a loser. A discussion improves understanding and builds growth. It helps to develop good relationships. Try it in the future. John SFO?TOF

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      savvydating 2 months ago

      Thank you, John. No doubt, the SDA church had some "odd" beginnings, yet they certainly believe in the same Christ who lived, was crucified; who was resurrected, and who will return again to judge the living and the dead.

      There is no question that theological differences exist between all true Christian sects, but what is that compared to the truth of the living Christ and what he came to teach mankind?

      How good of you to say something even if your church is not the same as those I grew up with. You inspire me. That being said, I am not a good example of a Christian. But you, on the other hand, strive to be. Thank you for that.

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      savvydating 2 months ago

      celafoe, I have deleted your two recent posts of minutes ago. Making fun is of anything or anyone childish---to say the least. Frankly, you went too far. I do not plan on accepting any more of your comments unless they serve to alert HP of bullying practices on your part. Just so you know...

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      KingdomCome 2 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      John Ward- Obviously you don't understand the bible you claim to read or else you would see the falsehoods that Yves is spewing in the article. You are the one LACKING.

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      savvydating 2 months ago

      KC...Leave John out of this. I've only allowed this comment so that HP can read this.

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      John Ward 2 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      To kingdom Come. I am not going to debate with you on whether you think, or choose to believe I read the Bible or not. I am a catholic and a member of the Franciscan Order. As a Franciscan we pray the Bible and study it every day. But you may not in your mind believe that or not. It is your choice but I do suggest that you God has given us two ears and two eyes but only one mouth. He had a good reason for this and it was that we should at least listen twice and look or discern twice before we speak once. My Blessing to you and my prayer for you is that you learn to think at least four times before you speak or go into attack MODE. May Our Lord and our God Bless you and give you the gift of his grace and the benefit of his Patience and Wisdom.

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      savvydating 2 months ago

      John....Thank you for a beautiful message and prayer. You are a man of faith and graciousness. I appreciate you and your strong Catholic faith.

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      Alan 2 months ago from Tasmania

      Kingdom come, kingdom go, it matters not in the slightest.

      The Here and Now is where it all happens. This is the moment the "I" meets Eternity. The Still Small Voice of Consciousness, of Awareness, of knowing what is true.....it is Here that each of us is central to the Kingdom. No argument; no doubt; no confusion; no anxiety; no ego. Just At One With The Universe, yet each of us with a special, unique part to play in the unfolding of that Divine Consciousness.

      Each to our own journey in life.

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      savvydating 2 months ago

      No ego, anxiety, confusion, argument etc., is a tall order for humans. Personally, I try to be more relaxed about making mistakes and in realizing I am quite flawed--- otherwise I would be anxious every minute. Lol. Thanks for stopping by again, Alan.

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      Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Yves & Alan.....Can I tell you? All the doubt, confusion and anxiety I deal with daily, blows my ego to smithereens!!! I use the word, "Help," a whole lot!!...........Hugs

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      Nell Rose 2 months ago from England

      To be honest we don't get to hear about them over here in England so this was pretty interesting. As for saying that they are too controlling etc, I think many of them are but if you are happy then what's it to do with others? I think they sound fine!

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      savvydating 2 months ago

      Hi Nell....Personally, I didn't find them controlling, but then, unlike my brother, I didn't stress over all the rules. Hahaha! SDA's are actually down-to-earth people. I truly enjoyed attending their schools. I also attended Catholic schools, as well----if you can imagine that. Lol.

      Thanks for stopping by Nell. So happy you found the hub interesting, dear lady.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Yves, as a product of Adventist education, you are a great example. I've been an Adventist -still am-since childhood, and I couldn't write on this topic any better than you did. Yes, the Adventists excel in their education and health programs, and they are mainstream Christians with great emphasis on healthy living. Happy that and your brother have such high regard for my church.

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      savvydating 7 weeks ago

      MsDora.....I had no idea! How wonderful to hear that our Christian upbringing is so similar, well, except for my also being raised Catholic. Actually, you are the one who is a great example, but thank you for the generous compliment just the same. It's not everyday that I run into someone who understands the church fully. I am thrilled to learn this lovely fact about your background!!

      Yes indeed, my brother and I have the greatest respect for SDA's. Always have. Always will. As a side note, please feel free to call me either savvy or Yves. Both names work for me! Lol.

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      Yoleen Lucas 6 weeks ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Hi, Savvy Dating!

      I have been out of the loop for awhile myself, busy with other projects, but have been checking in HubPages from time to time. As a result, I am just now finding this article.

      The SDA church saved my life many times. Growing up in sinful Oakland CA, it enabled me to escape the penitentiary otherwise known as Oakland Public High schools. I attended Pinecrest Camp, operated by SDAs near Lake Tahoe, for 8 glorious summers; many of my best childhood memories were made there.

      I love the healthy and wholesome culture promoted by Adventists! No, it is NOT a cult!

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      savvydating 6 weeks ago

      Thank you dear, Yoleen. Nice to see you back! You are correct. The SDA church is not a cult, not even remotely. I used to attend Vacation Bible School as a little kid and it was quite fun. Not one person tried to brainwash me. Lol.

      I'm actually amazed that anyone would believe such things about SDA's.

      I am glad you were able to attend Camp. No doubt, it must have been a great reprieve from the turmoil of the inner city. Thank you for speaking kindly about the Church. Some of the comments I received were so vile, I had to contact HP. They agreed with me.;)

      Anyhoo....appreciate your stopping by, girlfriend.

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      MizBejabbers 6 weeks ago

      Very good and informative article. I have had friends who were SDAs and they were very nice educated people. I took classes on Revelation at the local SDA church years ago. Despite the classes, I learned things from this article that I didn't learn at the church. SDA is definitely not a cult in my opinion but a well-organized and caring religion.

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      savvydating 6 weeks ago

      Thank you for your kind reply, MizBejabbers. Personally, I have found SDA's to be very grounded. I am truly glad you learned some new things from the hub. I appreciate your stopping by despite our political differences. That was very big of you.

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      DDE 2 weeks ago

      Hi, interesting and lots to think about and great emphasis here.

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      savvydating 2 weeks ago

      Hi DDE...Thank you. SDA's have a good message, in my opinion. I appreciate their values very much.

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