Keeping Track of Time with Calendars

People are accustomed to consulting a calendar on the wall, and often electronic versions complete with reminders. A quick internet search can reveal the most popular songs the year you were born, and the same with movies. Time can be fun in some ways.

The Gregorian calendar we currently use was instituted by Pope Gregory XIII in February 1582. It replaced the Julian calendar, which was an improvement over the Roman version. (It has some problems that need adjusting.) Protestant and Orthodox countries did not want to conform, but eventually had to admit the new calendar was better.

Calendar, Unsplash / Eric Rothermel
In the first book of the Bible, God told us about the passage of time: There was evening and morning, day one...the second day...the third day...and so on. On the fourth day, he created the sun, moon, and stars. Those were put in place to be used by us to mark the passage of time.

We read that people kept track of time and told us how long Adam and others lived, so they knew how to record years. This reveals that they had some kind of calendar. We have seen things such as Stonehenge that indicate ancient people knew about complex mathematics and calendars. If you study on it, timekeeping indicates how God created an orderly and consistent universe.

What year is it according to the standard calendar? Oh, yes. We count the years based on Jesus Christ, and changing things to Common Era and Before Common Era do not change that fact which aggravates secularists.

October 4 is the anniversary of the institution of the Gregorian calendar, by which most of the world keeps track of what day, month, and year it is. 

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But where did calendars begin? Adam wasn’t created on January 1, was he? And even though we celebrate Jesus’ birth on December 25, few people would suggest that as the actual day he was born. As with many things, the origins of the calendar go back to Genesis.

Will you read the full article for me, for old times' sake? To do so, see "Tracking Time: Where Do We Get Our Calendar."