Below are links to Huffington Post and LA Times articles reporting on the fact that Seventh-day Adventists live on average 10 years longer than other Americans, and compares them to long-living populations in other parts of the world, such as those blue zoners in Sardinia, Italy and Okinawa, Japan.
What Seventh-Day Adventists Get Right That Lengthens Their Life Expectancy By Ryan Buxton
Why Loma Linda residents live longer than the rest of us: They treat the body like a temple By Mary MacVean
My mother and I became involved with the Seventh-day Adventist Church for a number of reasons, the least important but still significant being their health message, which my diet was already inclined toward, but has become much more in line with over the past year and a half, and which my 86 year old mother is thriving on. We are not vegan, and may never completely give up eggs and dairy, although we use very infrequently now with salmonella egg scares and such. I prefer almond, cashew and coconut milk and vegan cheese is actually very good and has a much longer shelf-life than dairy cheese; and my mother, who loves ice cream, enjoys coconut or cashew milk ice cream just as much as the dairy version.
The first meal pictured above is black rice with black beans, corn and black sesame seeds, kale and tomato salad and oatloaf (with tomato sauce and melted cheese on top, like traditional meatloaf), which has become my new favorite to make up a big batch of and freeze as loaf and burgers—fiber, protein and nutrition packed, low-cost, quick to make and delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The second meal is oatloaf with chickpea cheese scrambled eggs. I have started making my own vegan cheese using chickpeas and sunflower seeds, which are equally as good for you but significantly less expensive than cashews, which most vegan cheese recipes call for.
As great as their health message is, the primary reasons we joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church is: 1) they keep the Sabbath of the Bible, as God commanded us to keep it in Exodus 20:8-11; 2) they teach the truths the Holy Spirit had in recent time opened my eyes to see in the Bible, which were not being taught in other Churches we had attended (Methodist, Baptist, Bible, Non Denominational, Mega Evangelical and Community); and 3) the SDA Church has the most inspired Bible scholars and teachers I have ever experienced—especially in the area of Bible prophecy. They have an abundance (almost an embarrassment of riches) of powerful, spirit-filled preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the end times messages contained in the Old and New Testaments, especially the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14:6-12, which is the God-given end time mission of the Church to preach to the world.
As someone who spends on average four-five hours a day studying God’s word, I could not bear to spend another hour in a lukewarm, milk preaching, Laodicean church. My mother had long ago become very disillusioned with the Methodist Church she had faithfully belonged to for over 50 years because of the apostasy that continued to creep in until the Church no longer bore any resemblance to the Church she had joined, been led to Christ in, and faithfully served—the one John Wesley had founded and would no longer recognize.
As I pursued my own study of the Bible, and God continued to shine more light on the truth of His his word, my search continued for a Church that preached Bible truth, and not traditions of men and politically correct and worldly doctrines of devils. Each time I would find one I thought could be home for us, some blatant errors would be preached and I would be on the search again.
Once the Holy Spirit revealed the Sabbath truth to me, I began prayerfully searching for a Sabbath-keeping Church that preached the meat of God’s word, and God led us straight to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, where we immediately knew we were home.
I knew nothing about the SDA Church except that I had known an elderly SDA man who used to visit me when I lived in Jamaica in the early 90’s. We would discuss the Bible, especially prophecy, but I thought he was strange because he kept telling me the Sabbath was Saturday, not Sunday. It is funny now, but I used all the same arguments with him that I hear Sunday Christians try to use with me now that I know the Sabbath truth but it has not yet been revealed to them. These arguments include: 1) “I worship God every day”—which of course all Christians should do, but the Sabbath is a specific day sanctified and blessed by God for us to keep holy, do no secular work or focus on our personal stuff, and instead give glory to and commune with our Creator (who in six days made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day, blessed and hallowed it)—of course worship and fellowship, caring for and visiting the sick, infirmed, imprisoned, walking in nature and enjoying God’s creation, etc. as Jesus did and showed us to do, is acceptable and encouraged). Jesus kept and taught us to keep the Sabbath, not legalistically, as did the scribes and Pharisees, but in love and devotion, as He created it to be kept. 2) “Jesus did away with that when He died.” Jesus actually kept the Sabbath while resting in the tomb and rose on the first day; and of course He kept it throughout His life and ministry. 3) “The Apostles did away with that after Jesus ascended to Heaven.” No where in the Bible will you find any scriptural evidence of this, and early Christians continued keeping the 4th Commandment Sabbath until at least 331 AD, when Roman Emperor Constantine legislated the Venerable Day of the Sun to honor and worship the sun god. Then in 364 AD at the Council of Laodicea, the Roman Catholic Church adopted Sunday as their official day of worship—it is therefore an institution of Rome contrary to the commandment of God. 5) “We are no longer under the law so don’t have to keep the Ten Commandments at all.” Of all the great deceptions Satan has used to blind the end time Church and lead her into apostasy to prepare her to receive the mark of the beast that she might be lost, this is the greatest and most dreadful, Revelation 14:9-12. Once I realized where Sunday worship had actually come from—pagan sun worship, hence “Sunday”, decreed by Emperor Constantine in 321AD and then picked up and enforced by the Roman Catholic Church State, who openly boasts it is her change, and not contained anywhere in the Bible—I ran from it like the sin it is. Sin is transgression of the law, and that was a definite transgression. 6) “The sabbath is only for the Jews.” This can only be said by Christians who do not study their Bibles for themselves (which I was once guilty of myself). The Sabbath was created by God in the Book of Genesis 2:2-3, long before a Jew existed, and long before God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, speaking them with His mouth and writing them with His own finger in stone, to evidence their permanence.
When the Holy Spirit revealed the truth of the Sabbath to me, I was shocked and then dismayed that I had heard the truth and rebelled against it, and had allowed the erroneous traditions of men to override the true word of God in my life. I just thank God He didn’t give up on getting through to me, and that I didn’t grieve away the Holy Spirit in the process. I have to say that keeping the Sabbath as God commanded is such an amazing blessing, as God intended it to be. To take a whole 24 hours to separate from the worldly and connect with the Holy does more to rejuvenate a person and solidify our relationship with our Creator than anything else could. I know in these end times, the Holy Spirit is working to get through to all Christians, as the call to “come out of her my people, that ye not be partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4) is given louder and more powerfully. If you feel the conviction, do not turn from it, no matter how inconvenient it might seem to be. God and our right relationship with Him is eternally more important than our earthly conveniences and traditions.
The Holy Spirit also led us to present truth ministries which we still listen to daily on Youtube and continue to be edified by, such as Greg at Bible Flock Box https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIR5QZdcEZgpeCCXIiCxRYg (Greg was the one who the Holy Spirit used to unquestioningly convict me of the Sabbath truth – watch his video “20 facts every Christian should know about the Sabbath” https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=20+things+every+christian+should+know+about+the+sabbath, along with all his other other short but scripture packed and truth filled videos – he is a truly spirit-filled young man.)