International Date Line 3
“Tonga, or the Friendly Islands, lies in the South Pacific Ocean, nearly due south of Samoa and southeast of Fiji. The international date line, which begins the day, runs between Samoa and Fiji. It follows roughly the meridian 180 degrees. However, for commercial reasons, the Tongan Government had the date line placed east of Tonga so they would have the same day as New Zealand and Fiji. Tongan commerce is mainly with New Zealand and Fiji. The Tongan people are the same as the Samoans, and they are on the same longitude line; and thus have the same time but, strange to say, keep different days. …

The need for a date line is apparent. As people traveled from the old world both east and west they discovered upon meeting on the other side of the world that they were keeping different days. As the day must begin somewhere, by common consent the meridian 180 degrees was decided upon. Here a line could be drawn from the North Pole to the South without running through any great land mass. This was the only suitable and no doubt providential place in the world for the date line. This is where the new day begins. …”

My comment: As you can see, the International date line does not follow a straight line, but rather a crooked one.

More: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1966/01/why-seventh-day-adventists-keep-sunday-in-tonga

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I am a second generation Adventist who joined the church by baptism almost seven decades ago when the Adventist Church was still pro-life. I have a Ph. D. Degree in religion, and my dissertation was entitled "From Pro-life to Pro-choice: The Dramatic Shift in Seventh-day Adventists' Attitudes Toward Abortion." I recently published a book with said title which is available at http://lulu.com. You need to type my name in the Search blank space to access it. I believe that the Adventist Church should get out of the abortion business, especially out of the elective type of abortions. The church did compromise on this moral issue back in 1970 and many of its hospitals were allowed to profit from the killing of innocent unborn babies with impunity. The church needs to repent of this great moral sin and publicly admit that it was wrong for the "Remnant," Church which keeps God's Commandments, to profit from what the Bible and our Adventist pioneers labeled as murder. The Lord is merciful and forgiving, but public sins must be publicly repented of in order to secure God's forgiveness. P.S.: I recently published my second book dealing with abortion and the Adventist Church. The title is: “Murder in Paradise: A Serious Warning to the United States & the Adventist Church” http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?type=Print+Products&keyWords=Samojluk+murder+in+paradise&x=5&y=10&sitesearch=lulu.com&q= Paperback: List Price: $22.49 $9.00 You Save: 60%

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