CONTROVERSY TO CHANGE AD/BC CALENDAR!
Christians have used the labels A.D. for the Latin “Anno Domini” meaning in the year of our Lord, and B.C. for “Before Christ” to designate calendrical years for hundreds of years. This portrays human history as directly relative to Christ. This dating system was proposed by the monk, Dionysius Exiguus, in the year 525, and he never stated a date for Jesus’ birth!
Now this AD/BC system has become an affront to non-Christians, liberals, secularists, and Muslims because of its religious significance to Christ! They argue that Christians need to leave behind the AD/BC dating system, because it perpetuates the stereotype that we are arrogant and insist upon couching all of human history including non-Christians and Islamists into our religious claims. They also argue every time Christians insist upon the AD/BC dating system, we impose our own relative dating system upon our society!
Muslins insist that their rights are being violated, because of our Christian dating system. They believe that we are in year 1430 (AH-Anno Haiiri of the prophet Muhammad). The Muslim calendar is based on year of the heigira, the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina.
Non-Christians insist that the Bible is a figment of our imagination, and AD/BC dating system is wrong.
Liberals insist that we need something new and different such as the CE/BCE dating system in order to be politically correct. The reason that this system is needed in our modern world of scientific reason and religious plurality is to please everyone. This system CE (Common Era) and BCE (Before Common Era) would eliminate Christ from the calendar!
Just using common sense, there is no need to change our dating system, because the AD/BC requires no re-dating of historical events! Also, those who oppose the AD/BC system need to demonstrate their faith in some more meaningful way than simply insisting upon a particular set of calendar labels!
From a Biblical standpoint those who oppose the AD/BC dating system need to develop a kinder religious tolerance instead of a refusal to accept different belief systems. In matters which are primarily concerns of custom and culture, it would be wise to exercise patience, understanding and religious tolerance
Without Christ, mankind could not be saved but would slip back into paganism and barbarism. Christ has opened to mankind the door of heaven and has made salvation possible. It is indeed terrible to contemplate trying to wipe the influence of Christ out of our civilization by removing our Christian calendar that reminds us of His life.
Measured by any standard, the life of Jesus is the greatest life ever lived on earth, and it is folly for us to try to erase the calendar that reminds us of that life! (Col. 1:13-20)
----- Earl Sutton