PrefaceThis eBook outlines what I think are essential conceptsin order to understand the teachings of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.If you have never heard of these ideas before, it is quitepossible you do not fully understand the Adventistteaching known as the 3 Angels Messages.This book was written for that purpose, it is intended asan aid to help understand those messages.I hope it will be easy enough for even children toappreciate.
InstructionsTo get the most out of this eBook, I would like to makethe following suggestions:• read the eBook through• then go back and prove with a fact that each point is true.• make sure you can verify the truthfulness of each point by hook or by crook.That’s it.God bless you.
“Laws and principles are not forthe times when there is notemptation: they are for suchmoments as this, when body andsoul rise in mutiny against theirrigour ... If at my convenience Imight break them, what would betheir worth?” Charlotte Bronte , Jane Eyre
this is what was said in the book TEMPERANCEChapter 2—The Inception of IntemperanceSatan gathered the fallen angels together to devise some way of doing the mostpossible evil to the human family. One proposition after another was made, tillfinally Satan himself thought of a plan. He would take the fruit of the vine, alsowheat, and other things given by God as food, and would convert them intopoisons, which would ruin man’s physical, mental, and moral powers, and soovercome the senses that Satan should have full control. Under the influence ofliquor, men would be led to commit crimes of all kinds. Through pervertedappetite the world would be made corrupt. By leading men to drink alcohol, Satanwould cause them to descend lower and lower in the scale.Satan has succeeded in turning the world from God. The blessings provided inGod’s love and mercy he has turned into a deadly curse. He has filled men with acraving for liquor and tobacco. This appetite, which has no foundation in nature,has destroyed its millions.—The Review and Herald, April 16, 1901.
this is what was said in the book Counsels on Diet and FoodsThe Secret of the Enemy’s Strategy—Intemperance of any kind benumbs theperceptive organs and so weakens the brain-nerve power that eternal things arenot appreciated, but placed upon a level with the common. The higher powers ofthe mind, designed for elevated purposes, are brought into slavery to the baserpassions. If our physical habits are not right, our mental and moral powers cannotbe strong; for great sympathy exists between the physical and the moral.—Testimonies for the Church 3:50, 51.The brain nerves which communicate with the entire system are the only mediumthrough which Heaven can communicate to man and affect his inmost life.Whatever disturbs the circulation of the electric currents in the nervous systemlessens the strength of the vital powers, and the result is a deadening of thesensibilities of the mind.—Testimonies for the Church 2:347.Satan is constantly on the alert to bring the race fully under his control. Hisstrongest hold on man is through the appetite, and this he seeks to stimulate inevery possible way.—Counsels on Diet and Foods, 150.