Seventh-day Adventist community loses Sunday mail delivery
Mail carriers won't be delivering in Loma Linda, California, next Sunday for the first time in 81 years.
April 18th, 2011
11:36 AM ET

Seventh-day Adventist community loses Sunday mail delivery

Come next Sunday, residents of Loma Linda, California, will notice that something's missing on the streets U.S. Postal Service mail carriers.

By Brad Lendon, CNN

(CNN) – – The community's 21,000 residents are predominantly Seventh-day Adventists, who observe the Sabbath on Saturday. For 81 years the post office went along, giving Loma Linda on Sundays the mail delivery that almost all of the country gets on Saturdays, according to local media reports.

But costs and technology are forcing an end to Sunday delivery, according to a report in The Press-Enterprise newspaper.

Carrier supervisor Duane Hubbard told the paper that the postal service's computers don't recognize Sunday as a workday, meaning the local office is unable to communicate with any other agency offices then.

Read the full story from CNN's This Just In.

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    September 8, 2012 at 2:23 am |
  3. angel

    I find it kind of interesting what people say they "believe" or "don't believe" like that changes the facts of creation or any other fact the Bible states. The Bible is the inspired word of God and the prophecies and history prove it true beyond a doubt. Whether we believe it or not is irrelevant. Jesus will come and those of us who love and obey Him will be with Him eternally. Those who don't want to be with Him will be destroyed in hell and banished from existance forever, afterall people who hate God and live contrary to God's will wouldn't be happy in a perfect, sin-free eternity anyway. God is always love. He sent His son to die for filthy, sinful, ungrateful people such as us. We didn't deserve it, but oh what marvelous love that He would've done it for even one who would accept it. I for the life of me don't see how anyone can deny or turn away from that kind of sacrificial, beautiful love, but sadly most will. Even so, come Lord Jesus! I can't wait to see Him coming with power and great glory! I can't wait to thank Him for all He did to save a sinner like me! That day can't come soon enough.

    April 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  4. Sam

    Im SDA and most of the things mentioned are true. Could you imagine a priest grinding in the club? Should we be watching people getting naked in the movies? Should we be reading about murder and adultury in novels? But for the most part we aren't that extreme. We like to wear fashionable clothes like Banana Republic and JCrew. Not too much jewelry but maybe some earings and bracelet for girls. Nothing wrong with watching sports unless its taking up too much of your time.

    April 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  5. Artist

    Patty, so tell us, do you think the earth was created in 6 days and the earth is under 10,000 to 12,000 years old?

    April 19, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • PattyS

      I believe what the Bible teaches about the six literal days of creation. The very first verse of the Bible states, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth". At the beginning of day one the world itself was a blank canvas (without form and void or empty, Genesis 1:1) and covered by water (the deep) and dark (Genesis 1:2). Then God made it inhabitable and created life upon it in a six-day time span. Regarding how long it had been in that state prior to God's six days of creation, maybe He had just made this planet or maybe He chose it for us from the billions of other planets He had made.

      April 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  6. Artist

    "Tradtionally, they don't dance, listen to pop music, go to movies, theatre, read novels, gamble, wear jewelry, play games or watch sports as these are all activities that have a negative spiritual influence."
    "Most SDAs beleive Genesis to be literal – 6 day creation and a young earth et al. and yet also believe that there is, out in the universe, other planets teeming with alien life that is free of original sin. This view was espoused by their prophetess Ellen White."

    Sound like baptists lol an exciting bunch yes they are. lol
    Not mention a very intelligent bunch *cough* Holy crap I cannot imagine trying to have a conversation with one of these freaks.

    April 19, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  7. Doc Vestibule

    7th Day Adventists are an interesting bunch!
    Originally referred to as "Millerites", they were expecting the 2nd coming to occur on very specific dates in the mid-1800s.
    In the wake of the inevitable "Great Disappointments" when Jesus failed to show up, most of them went their separate ways and crawled on back to the Protestant churches from whence they'd come.
    Tradtionally, they don't dance, listen to pop music, go to movies, theatre, read novels, gamble, wear jewelry, play games or watch sports as these are all activities that have a negative spiritual influence.

    One has to wonder how a church whose prophet was proven disastrously wrong multiple times more than 150 years ago could still exist, but there they are!

    April 19, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • PattyS

      Seventh-day Adventists are one of the religious groups that came out of the Millerite movement. They themselves never set dates for Christ's second coming. I have been an SDA for almost 40 years and have yet to know of a wrong prophecy given.

      April 19, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      As an SDA adherent, do you believe that Jesus has actively been judging humanity since 1844 and that the dead are actually just asleep?

      Some further oddities:
      Most SDAs beleive Genesis to be literal – 6 day creation and a young earth et al. and yet also believe that there is, out in the universe, other planets teeming with alien life that is free of original sin. This view was espoused by their prophetess Ellen White.

      A special obsession with se.xual repression is another hallmark of the church, with some going to far as to suggest using carbolic acid on the female genitalia to prevent mast.urbation.
      7st Day Adventist and health nut John Harvey Kellog was one such person. While in charge of a sanitarium, he imposed SDA doctines pertaining to diet (vegetaranism and bland foods), exercise and se/x. He routinely would perform circu.mcision on adult males to prevent self-play, along with the binding of the hands, special locking underwear etc.
      Though unrelated to anything the church taught, he was also oddly fascinated with enemas, administering daily yogurt rectal baths to his patients.

      April 19, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  8. Megan

    To Reality: I guess I don't understand why you choose to read "Religion Blogs" at CNN if you don't like what you read, and then spend however much time you do writing pages about...whatever they're about, they're too long and boring so I don't read them. Oh, I don't remember who said it, but someone said that the higher-educated someone was, the more likely they would be to not be a believer? I don't think that's necessarily true. My pastor got a masters in Biology at the University of Montana. From what I understand, to be a pastor you have to have attended college for some time.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:15 am |
  9. Adelina

    Sunday is the Lord's Day, though Christians live for Jesus everyday.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • PattyS

      Referring to the seventh-day Sabbath (in context), Jesus said in Matthew 12:8 "For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day." That shows that Jesus claimed the Saturday Sabbath as His day. Nowhere in Scripture is this ever changed.

      April 19, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • becca

      Good point Patty, the Sabbath has never changed! That's because God never changes. God is the same yesterday, today and forever.

      April 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
  10. Patcee

    All I know about Seventh Day Adventists is that they really know how to eat healthy. If you run into one, ask them for some food tips.

    April 19, 2011 at 4:09 am |
    • Adelina

      Actually the Jews are the best on that.

      April 19, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  11. Sho nuff

    Nice picture of a mailtruck. Such clear edges and sharp focus. Amazing.
    This is truly ART. It captures a moment in time. Sort of. I see lots of movement. Mostly in the cameraman's hand. Very nice. Ok done now. 😯

    April 19, 2011 at 4:07 am |
    • I'm seeing pixels everywhere! :D

      It looks like it's missing a front wheel. Is this making some sort of artistic political statement about the Post Office?

      April 19, 2011 at 4:12 am |
  12. Zhang

    Unlike other so-called Christians, Seventh-Day Adventists at least understand the concept of keeping the Sabbath holy.
    Other than that, I fail to see why they would care about Sunday mail delivery anyway. The Post Office never should have given them special consideration in the first place, or give any special consideration to any religion, for that matter.
    Our weeks are only seven days long because of the Moon and the persistence of crazy people who ascribe "mystical" importance to the number seven.
    To give some sort of "voodoo" power to the randomly-determined criteria of our Earthly habitat and our primitive body rythms (sleep, etc.) and say that this is somehow "holy" is to make much ado over nothing.
    Oh, the Earth has a "day and a night", so that must be holy for some reason.
    Right. Keep your hands where I can see them and back away slowly.
    How can I trust people who make any kind of shlt holy just because our planet turned out to have a moon and to rotate more than once per orbit?
    You religious ppl are nuts. Christians don't even see how crazy they are.
    Sunday mail delivery...whee! Look! I'm a prophet! No hands! Whee!

    April 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • Steve (the real one)

      from Romans 14
      5 One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
      6 He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.
      It does not matter what day we hold in esteem as long as it s done unto the lord, whether Saturday, Sunday or every day!

      April 18, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  13. Et tu, USPS?

    I wouldn't mind doing without mail service on Saturdays or Sundays.
    It really doesn't add much to the business cycle as businesses can use a shipping service for weekend deliveries if that's what they need.
    And if it will save the USPS money and keep them in business, then they should cut back wherever needed.
    Take Wednesday off the list as well. Who needs every single day for mail deliveries? Do a Mon-Tue/Thu-Fri mail delivery and I think most people would be able to cope.
    And the USPS would get back on their feet that much faster.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  14. GSA

    @mykids – Could you refrain yourself from shoving your beliefs down @Reality's throat and quit the anti-drivel posts? You're such a waste of space on this board.
    Same stuff different pile!

    April 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  15. JohnQuest

    HeavenSent, It shows even when it was written the author knew it wouldn't be believed my the more informed. The more educated (knowledgeable) the least likely someone is to believe.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  16. Artist

    HeavenSent, it shows us men were quite delusional and insane way back when as some are now. Man is still a child believing in their respective Santas.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  17. myklds

    Reality..Could you refrain youself from shoving your unbelief down to believer's throat and quit the drivel? You're such a waste of space on this board.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Reality

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated based on the studies of historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

      I might believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven.

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection, descent into Hell
      and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.


      April 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Adelina

      Yes, please listen to Myklds, Reality. Write your own paragraph if you have any real knowledge. (I'll read them if they are short.)

      April 19, 2011 at 7:59 am |
    • Reality

      Short enough?

      Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" will converge these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

      Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

      April 19, 2011 at 8:09 am |
    • Buckminster Fullerene

      Could you refrain from using incorrect grammar.

      Yours are not short enough.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  18. Reality

    "In Seventh-day Adventist beliefs, the "three angels' messages" is an interpretation of the messages given by three angels in Revelation 14:6-12. The church teaches that these messages are given to prepare the world for the second coming of Jesus Christ, and sees them as a central part of its own mission."

    Just another version of the Great Angel Con Game:

    To wit:

    Joe Smith had his Moroni.

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented.

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

    With respect to the Book of Revelation:

    "Nineteenth-century agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll branded Revelation "the insanest of all books".[30] Thomas Jefferson omitted it along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he "considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams." [31]

    Martin Luther "found it an offensive piece of work" and John Calvin "had grave doubts about its value."[32]

    April 18, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Just think Reality, how many years ago this scripture was written.

      O Lord, why have You made us stray from Your ways, and hardened our heart from Your fear?

      Isaiah 63:17


      April 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • Dexter Skagway

      Oh Lord, why have You sent HeavenSent into the world totally bereft of all sanity and reason? And why do You inflict her on the rest of the world when she does nothing but repel everyone from your wisdom?

      Hello, God? Are you there? God? No? Well, that explains people like HeavenSent and Adelina?

      April 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
    • San Onofre Surfer

      @ Dexter Skagway,
      Hey Dex,
      We are SHOCKED, SHOCKED by your post ! How could you ? You forgot THE most important part.
      You forgot to say "Amen". Please see to it that this heinous omission does not happen again.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Buckminster Fullerene

      @ San Onofre Surfer,
      That was the funniest thing I've read here in weeks.
      Don't waste your time there, we all know he has a "drop down" menu for all his personalities.
      Oh wait, .....I almost forgot. Amen.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
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