Have you noticed how the dates C.E. (Common Era) and B.C.E. (Before the Common Era) rather than A.D. and B.C. are creeping up on us like a thief in the night? I have observed this little switcheroo creeping in here and there. It’s much like pulling the window shades down little by little until you suddenly realize, “its dark in here.”
I’m guessing that the ones who feel better about the date re-labeling are the same people who feel good about removing God’s name from money and political platforms. They are the same people who want to take God out of the public square, out of Christmas, out of all education. They want to change B.C. and A.D. to B.C.E. and C.E. for the same reason they want to change the definition of marriage.
The most visible uses of Common Era notation are in museums, like the Franklin Institute and the Smithsonian Institution. Usage is also increasing in textbooks; so do not be surprised if someday your child comes across an old (2012) high school biology book and asks you, “Dad, what does A.D. mean?”
Nevertheless, the fascinating thing to me is how long the B.C./A.D. method of dating has endured in civilization. All attempts to snuff out Christ, have failed. Regardless of what historical revisionists have done so subtly so far, they are stuck with the original documents of 2000 years of recorded history that contain the dates B.C and A.D. Like the stars you can’t do away with them. The indelible fact remains; Jesus’ birth is the fulcrum of all history. And even if they succeed with the B.C.E./C.E. nonsense, the numeral date itself is the same and still refers back to Jesus’ life. So there will always be an astute student in the class who will ask, “Teacher, what happened 2,025 years ago that made us date our calendars around it?”
These revisionists better get their heads out of the sand. The nouveaux dark ages will descend upon us soon enough. We don’t need their newly so-called enlightenment-thinking to redefine who they now think we are. We’ve walked down the dark roads of their starless nights before. We’ve had our great experiments with these wiser-than-thou, dorkmatory-brainiacs who continuously come along with new ideas of how to correct our understanding of ourselves as they see best. The philosophy of the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution and Thomas Paine’s not so enlightened Enlightenment, and Nietzsche’s-nonsense etc. etc. has made foolish the thinking of such gadflies. Like Adam and Eve you can only hide from God so long. To my way of thinking it’s as silly as changing the names of the stars. No matter what these secularist-progressives want to do they cannot do away with their wonder and majesty. They’re here to stay! To me B.C.E. will mean, “Before the Christian Era,” and C.E. will mean, “Christian Era.” Problem Solved!
The reason for such a revision of history is plainly written in Scripture, Romans 1:28; “They do not like to retain God in their knowledge.” But their problem is that God just won’t go away!“The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork. Day after day it speaks out; night after night it reveals his greatness,” (Psalm 19:1-2). That’s not new knowledge that old knowledge that will never fade away.
And That’s Something To Think About.