A few months ago, I received an article from a fellow Onion-head [that is what we, who love to research the Bible, call one another]. I love studying, working, researching anything written about God’s Word. As I read, I always have Jesus on my mind. Since Jesus is the Head of the Body [his Church], and I am a part of that Body, something was eating at me!
Since Genesis 3:15, Jesus has always been God’s plan for the redemption of mankind. Jesus has been the focal point for history! This brother had used B.C.E. and C.E. to convey the historical timeline of his article [and the article was biblically awesome], instead of the terms historically used B.C. and A.D. So I shared a little of what I am now sharing with you, with him. He received it well and has since changed to the more traditional way. Hey! I am not into tradition, if it takes me away from the Truth, but if it adds to the Truth, then I will live with, and even fight for it.
The terms A.D. and B.C. were used by the Church dating to a little after 500 A.D. Then around 1500 A.D. it was standardized and used throughout Europe by the common man. The people living there [at that time] were mostly Christian and the terms spread to their colonies. We used it here, as we too were once a colony. Most people left Europe, for religious freedom, and went to the colonies, so Christianity was on their minds. So why today, are they always taking Jesus and His Father God [and ours] out of everything, and why are we letting others do it? What we are covering in this article, is only one of many examples. We let them use terms, that are wrong, and say nothing or do nothing about it? Once we as westerners said, in reference to historical time, A.D. [anno Domini] meaning anno [year], Domini, [of [our] Lord]. It is defined by American Heritage Dictionary1 as: “a specified year of the Christian era.” We see this “year of our Lord” used in many official documents [Tennessee used it seven times in the Preamble of its state Constitution, for example]. Today, if we were doing it right we would say: “In the Year of Our Lord, A.D. 2014.” We used B.C. [Before Christ] and again American Heritage Dictionary defines: “In a specified year of the pre-Christian era.” Now today, even though the majority of Americans claim to be Christian, we allow the powers of the world, and Satan, to change our books, magazines, newspapers, etc. They change how people refer to time in history?
Today instead of A.D. they say C.E. [Common Era] and B.C.E. [Before the Common Era], defined by American Heritage. Okay, if other countries want to change because they are not a predominately Christian nation, then let them go ahead, but we are a predominately Christian nation. Do not fall into another trap, which takes Jesus out of our lives. Acts states:
Acts 2:36 (NIV)2
“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
God made Jesus the center of Christianity, so we should fight to keep him there. Please do not let Satan continue his watering down of the Truth, or one day it will be gone. If that happens, sure we can blame our Enemy Satan, but what about the blame we will have on our shoulders, if we say nothing, do nothing? If someone says C.E. or B.C.E. lovingly correct them. If you hear it said on television, by anyone, write a letter, or call them. Those who spread this garbage will have to answer to the Lord one day, for their lies. If you are a Christian, use the correct terms, they were used by most of the western world for centuries. So say it, no matter what country you are from. If we stand for what is right, maybe right and Truth will still be living in our hearts and many, when God sends Jesus back to gather us to him. C.E. and B.C.E. leave Jesus out, and after what he did for us all, I think we should fight to keep him in history. By what I see in the Bible, as the Head of the Body, he was really there at those points in history called A.D., fighting for his Body, and Before Christ [B.C.] God was fighting for the believer’s line, so Christ could come. So let us keep B.C. and A.D.! O.K.?