What Are the Beliefs of the Seventh-Day Adventists?

Seventh-day Adventists view the Ten Commandments as law, modeling how they live on them and believing that following them brings them closer to God. In line with the Fourth Commandment, they believe Sundays are days of rest and restoration, and they hold worship services on Saturdays.

Seventh-day Adventists believe in the absolute truth of the Bible and view it as revealing God’s will for them. They believe it holds the key to salvation and clearly spells out how they should live and act toward others. Seventh-day Adventists view Ellen G. White, one of the church’s founders, as a prophet. They study her writing as they do the Bible.

They dedicate their lives to glorifying God and believe their bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. To that end, Seventh-day Adventists believe in the importance of eating a healthy diet. They’re prohibited from using tobacco and illegal drugs and from drinking alcohol.

Seventh-day Adventists do not believe in heaven and hell as actual places where people go after they die. Instead, they believe that after someone dies, he remains unconscious until Christ returns to Earth and resurrects everyone. At that time, each person receives their final judgment. The saved and redeemed dwell with God on Earth, while the condemned are destroyed by fire.

Adventists’ communion services are open to all believers and include feet washing, which symbolizes humility and service to others. They regard marriage as a divine institution and allow divorce only on accounts of infidelity. They also discourage interfaith marriages and remarriage after divorce.

Seventh-day Adventists observe the Jewish custom of keeping the seventh day of the week holy. They worship on Saturday and believe that worshipping on Sunday is not biblical.

They believe Jesus is God’s son, that he became a man and died to pay for man’s sin. They also believe that Jesus began judging humanity in 1844.