A law from the 1600s will keep retail shops closed on Sundays
The history of the blue laws dates back nearly 2,000 years, when Roman Emperor Constantine in A.D. 321 wanted to set aside Sunday as a day for rest.
Until the 1990s, blue laws prohibiting the sale of clothes, home goods, appliances and other goods were much more common nationwide. The name ‚Äúblue laws,‚ÄĚ according to historians, comes from the fact that the Puritans tended to write their laws on blue paper.
New Jersey‚Äôs blue laws, prohibiting work on Sundays, have been on the books since the 1600s....
John MacArthur wrote: .... We believe the Old Testament regulations governing Sabbath observances are ceremonial, not moral, aspects of the law. As such, they are no longer in force, but have passed away along with the sacrificial system, the Levitical priesthood, and all other aspects of Moses' law that prefigured Christ. Here are the reasons we hold this view.
In Colossians 2:16-17, Paul explicitly refers to the Sabbath as a shadow of Christ, which is no longer binding since the substance (Christ) has come. It is quite clear in those verses that the weekly Sabbath is in view....
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New Jersey has some unusual laws, like the ones preventing gas stations from having self-service. I wonder if any SA posters have similar weird laws in their areas. And, if we have any posters in Muslim countries, they can tell us about the noise from the early morning calls to prayer.