Seventh-day Adventists believe in baptism, the Bible, communion, a healthy diet and equality. They also believe in heaven and hell. The Anabaptist Protestant tradition governs their doctrine.
Seventh-day Adventists see scripture as the inspired word of God. They believe that the Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation and that Jesus Christ is the eternal son of God who died on the cross to redeem mankind from sin. They baptize through immersion, symbolizing repentance and the forgiveness of sin.
Adventists' communion services are open to all believers and include feet washing, which symbolizes humility and service to others. They eat the healthiest diet possible, and most of them are vegetarians. They do not take alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs. 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. Unlike other Christian denominations, they believe that people do not go to heaven or hell immediately after death, but remain unconscious until their day of resurrection and judgment.
Adventists recognize Ellen G. White (1827-1915) as a prophet and consider her written works as a source of truth, which provides comfort and guidance to the church.