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How has the Bible influenced sports?

During the early years of the United States, it was illegal in most areas of the United States to play sports on Sunday. This was in obeisance to the Fourth Commandment, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” (Exodus 20:8) Over the years, this observance fell out of practice in most areas of the country. Still, the Bible continues to influence sportsmanship and the lives of athletes in and out of the sports arena.

One major way the Bible has had long-lasting influence on sports culture has been with the establishment of the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association).


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