Easter is the reason we use the Gregorian calendar

BY the 16th century, scholars had realized that the Roman Empire’s Julian calendar was out of sync with the solar year — and that Easter was falling further away from the spring equinox.

In an effort to close the gap, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar. But because of old religious rivalries, Protestants in Europe were dead set against the change. It wasn’t until 1752 that

England adopted the Gregorian calendar. On that day, the country skipped forward 11 days overnight, going from Wednesday, September 2, to Thursday, September 14. The Gregorian calendar is still the most widely used civil calendar today.

Eastern Orthodox churches still use the Julian calendar to calculate religious holidays. As a result, while most of the Western world will celebrate Easter on April 5 this year, Orthodox churches are celebrating on April 12.

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19 thoughts on “Easter is the reason we use the Gregorian calendar

    • Eurocentric white fascism Dom, every ethnic group should have their own calendar. Happy 1436 AH, month of ?Sha’ban or Rabi II – if muhammad says the sky is supported by tall mountains that settles it. Ps. Lots of respect, taqiyya respect in fact. Ps. Al Shabaab has nothing to do with Islam – and if it did it would just be proof of the Crusades and White Eurocentric Fascism and raciss. Oh and, lets tolerate more diversity until, well paradise. or 72 virgins, or sultanas/raisins. May all your Jinn be good.

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    • Ps. No-one understood Jesus like Muhammad. He made so many improvements and if white Eurocentric Fascists, Hitler types one and all, would just hurry up and you know……..
      Hppy Jinn

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      • Thinking ‘out loud’ just seems to help picture things Bryan. How can I talk to Al Shabaab brothers in allah as equals? Kumbaya friends. This is the point. Specifically which things Jesus said do you feel muhammad improved with his teachings? Which of Muhammad’s words are an improvement on Jesus Christ’s? That is as honest a question as I can offer without prejudice.

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      • A lot of reading in that, Dom! One day I might get around to it.
        I was and still am impressed by Bahai-ism, and would have been more involved but for the fact of swapping our cultural holidays – Christian fasts and feasts – for ones that were foreign to me.

        I believe they follow the early peaceful teaching of Mohammed, particularly the teaching that the highest spiritual quality mankind can have is mercy.

        They themselves teach “O son of man! If thine eyes be turned towards mercy, forsake the things that profit thee and cleave unto that which will profit mankind. And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself. Humility exalteth man to the heaven of glory and power, whilst pride abaseth him to the depths of wretchedness and degradation.”

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    • Yes, well I read Psalm two, courtesy of Jewish friend King David; which bits of it do you think YHWH doesn’t want you to fulfill specifically – like detailed exegesis?
      But there was my honest question Bryan, which sentence Jesus’ said on Earth do you think muhammad improved with his “ministry”?

      If we are all going to embrace Al Shabaab as fellow monotheists, surely its relevant to 150 dead students – all children of Abraham – brothers?

      Oh, and happy Good Friday – Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary between two sinners day, spear in the side, dead day.

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  1. Destiny: never too late

    TWO THIEVES WERE SEALED WITH THE SAME FATE BUT THEIR DESTINIES WERE OPPOSITE

    “As the most disgraceful form of execution under ancient Roman rule, crucifixion was designed as a punishment to maximize pain and suffering for the worst of criminals.

    These criminals were flogged and made to carry their cross before being nailed to it and hung up under a sign with their crime written on it.

    The most famous and unusual of deaths by crucifixion was Jesus Christ the Nazarene.

    While the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate found no grounds to crucify Jesus, he gave in to the demands of a jealous crowd stirred up by the religious mob.

    Hatred towards Him had arisen when He claimed to be God and challenged the religious authority of the day with His piercing teaching about God’s forgiveness for those who are humble of heart and His miraculous signs that proved His divine authority.

    Hanging on a cross at Golgotha, the sign under Jesus mockingly read “This is the King of the Jews”.

    On both sides of Jesus hung two thieves who had been sealed with the same fate.

    Joining the mocking crowd, one thief shouted out to Jesus “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” (Luke chapter 23).

    He hurled insults despite his situation but was quickly rebuked by the criminal on the other side of Jesus who retorted, “Don’t you fear God since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

    Turning to Jesus this thief humbly added, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”

    Having acknowledged that he was getting what his deeds deserved and yet that Jesus was God and without sin, something amazing happened.

    Jesus turned to this thief and answered him saying, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

    This man came and Jesus received him instantly into his everlasting Kingdom as they were dying together.

    Suddenly the cruelty of death lost its sting and the guilt of past sins was replaced with a reassurance that Jesus did not hold anything against this thief because of his humility and faith in Him.

    No matter what you have done, where you have been or what experiences you have had in life, know this: it is never too late to turn to Jesus in this life.

    Like the example of the thieves next to Jesus, God’s everlasting promise to you is that He “resists the proud but gives grace (undeserved kindness) to the humble” (James 4:6).

    His arms are always open ready to receive you if you humbly come to Him in faith with a genuine desire to submit everything to Him.”

    CHALLENGE the Good News paper—-April 2015

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    • Hi Mon,
      I feel that though the account given in your quote from Challenge accords closely with the Gospels, there are a couple of discrepancies which tend to over-dramatize the scene.

      One is that there is no account of a crowd gathered around the crucifixion scene in the Gospels. The most that is described, is those ‘who were passing by’. I understand that the common people were kept at some distance from the actual ‘crosses’. They simply could not casually hover round, with the Roman guards in place. Then another point is that one of the many terrible things about classical crucifixion was that the victim commonly died of asphyxiation, because they find it almost impossible to breathe. The Challenge account rather unrealistically describes the ‘bad’ thief as shouting and hurling insults. Pretty impossible I would say, especially with the agonizing pain they were going through at the time.

      Finally one other detail given in the Gospels sounds most unlikely. With the feast of the Passover on top of them, and the huge duties they had to fulfil at the Temple, I cant really believe that the High Priest or any of his fellows would have had any sort of opportunity or inclination and time to hang around any crucified Jew and certainly not at Passover.. Just think about it. Also I dont think they would want to be seen as allied with the hated Romans at the time.

      Cheers, Rian.

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      • Just a further significant thought about the point I brought up in that last posting.
        I expressed doubt about the likelihood of the High Priest or any of his fellows hovering round a crucifixion scene.

        Note how much comment is made about the detail in the parable of the Good Samaritan, where the priest and etc just walk on the other side of the road, to avoid contamination of ritual uncleanness by the poor sod in the ditch.

        Just think the High Priest and probably the majority of the resident officiating Priests would be in close preparation for the huge amount of ritual work connected with the slaughter of the livestock etc, in just a very short time. Ritual impurity in their tradition, could happen by walking over a grave. Just imagine these guys standing round near a spot, and close by too, where there are likely to be dead and dying men. Far worse and more contaminating than just an injured man by the side of the road. They would be needing to go through the elaborate washing process to attain the desired ritual cleanliness. Just give it some thought.

        Is there by any chance a single devout Christian on this blog who might just find it in their mind to comment at least along the lines of ‘Yes, it does seem a significant point, although I still have to accept the Gospels account as the truth’.? Pretty please?

        Fascinating how so often we dissenters along with the Atheists are told that we have closed minds and need to open them. And yet Christians can be just so biased that they have some sort of divine permission to close their minds over traditional or Biblical concepts. Another of the inherent problems with Christian ‘Faith’.

        Cheers, Rian.

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      • And what is your point Rian?

        That the crucifixion didn’t happen? That the resurrection didn’t happen?

        The points you bring up are (yet again) just opinion. “I very much doubt…I think that is unlikely” etc etc………That makes them just opinion….insignificant, not significant

        BUT if you are arguing about the crucifixion and resurrection’s reality, then that would be significant.

        Are you?

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      • Yes Bryan.

        Rian,

        However much you would disagree, even I view your comments as consistently antagonistic towards ‘us’ Christians. I say ‘us’ because your comments/attacks? are always worded, ” you Christians”. I don’t know about anyone else here, but I interpret that as contempt, amongst other things you say. There seems to be a disconnect between the way you express yourself; how and what you say, and how you perceive yourself. It doesn’t go down too well though, unfortunately, and even I have reached the stage where I no longer want to discuss the issues that you bring up any longer. It just backfires in my face. I can’t handle your contempt for the God that I love and His Word any more, and I will not subject myself to it any longer. Sorry Rian, but that’s how I feel.

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      • Bryan,

        You folks are just hyper-sensitive about your beliefs. Cant we discuss opinions anyway, if that’s what I’m putting forward?

        If you will look at just what i wrote there, you will not find any suggestion that the Crucifixion or the Resurrection didnt happen. What concerns me there are a few of the details of the scene. Neither did I make any suggestion that the Faith of Christians was wrong, or ineffective. As I’ve said on a number of occasions, I have no doubt that a relationship with Christ is a very real experience for the faithful, that people are aware that their ‘sins are forgiven’, and that the Bible gives them hope and surety about their souls etc. And I never have made any attempt to suggest that Christianity is ‘wrong’ or bad or doesnt work, or that any Christian should quit their faith and leave Christianity.

        To Mon, sorry you take my posts as sounding the way they apparently do to you, but again, just read what I’ve just written. Also, sure, some of the points I raised were based on assumption and logic, based on some knowledge of just what is understood about Roman and Jewish custom etc. In particular I would swear black and blue that what I said about the condition of a victim on the Cross is standard information. In every book or source I read, it is indicated that a crucified person is largely unable to speak normally, because of the increasing asphyxiation they are going through. just check that out and see if I’m right. Note that I DIDNT state that the ‘robbers’ on the accompanying crosses failed to make the comments attributed to them. I just dont believe they could ‘shout’ or literally ‘hurl abuse’. It is not put that way in the Gospels, is it?

        You quote the passages from the Gospels, which I actually made a point of reading carefully prior to making my posting. I virtually always check out the Scripture references before I make any posting here. I was right that it spoke of ‘those who were passing by’, not anything like a crowd presumed to be somewhat static about the scene. I similarly read in the Gospels about the Priests being there, but I still maintain that it sounds rather unlikely. Again I say, look at the context suggested by the Passover duties. I just cant see that this particular issue is particularly disrespectful to Christianity or to the Crucifixion itself.

        Now I have to state clearly that I have always said here that I do not believe in the literal truth of the Scriptural text. So it is not in any way disrespect for Christianity that I have when I discuss such matters in my postings. If you folk carry a certainty that the text is literally true, fair enough, but I am not attacking Christians or Christianity when I make these statements. There are just loads and loads of good sincere Christians of many ‘schools’ who do not take the text as literally accurate, word by word. And you already know that, dont you?

        I should think you would know darned well already that I do not hold any conviction about the Resurrection. If I did, for heavens sake, I would just have to be a believer, wouldnt I? I leave that, like many other things open ‘for further light’. But as I said in the opening paragraph above, none of my comment on this blog is ever intended to cast doubt on the essential teachings of Christianity. I just discuss theories, historical issues and facts that are known or put forward. These are the things that can be debated, but not ‘heavenly things’. Attack is made of different stuff. I have directly and sincerely answered your essential queries there. Please Bryan, acknowledge what I’ve said here.

        So just double check please before you jump to conclusions about me.
        Cheers Rian.

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      • Thanks Rian,

        I am acknowledging what you said, and I too hope that I made my position clear in the email I sent you.

        Lots of love, as always, Mon.

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    • DRAWING A LINE IN THE SAND
      April 4, 2015 By Dave Gipson

      “To our opinions and preferences, Jesus boldly draws a line in the sand and says, “Make a choice”. If someone on the street made such a bold statement to us, we’d rightly ask him what right he has to make such an exclusive statement. To that question, Jesus only need point to an empty tomb and a cache of eye witnesses who went to their deaths all claiming that Jesus conquered the grave and rose on the third day. Of all the other explorers, He is the only One who knows the path out of the grave. All the rest died lost in the forest.

      Religious re-imagineers may try to explain the resurrection away as a strictly “spiritual event” – that Jesus didn’t physically rise from the dead to prove His deity, but it was a symbolic resurrection. The only problem with this is that I am not interested in being only “symbolically resurrected” after I die and then going to a “symbolic heaven”!

      No, the Bible is a book set amidst a definitively historic backdrop, and Jesus was part of that history. He was not talking in the context of symbolism and religious double-speak. He was saying in effect, “I am God, and if you truly embrace all that I am and all that means, you will have eternal life”.

      The resurrection of Easter Sunday is God’s line in the sand for humanity. It sets Jesus apart from all other prophets and priests, all whom still reside in their tombs. It says that He alone has the right to speak for the Father, because He was not just a man like the other prophets. His resurrections sets Him apart and renders invalid all other claims to Truth.

      While you may choose to believe it was some grand hoax, He does not give you the option of lumping His teaching with that of the other entombed prophets of the ages. He has drawn a line in the sand for all time. Love Him or leave Him, but never take Him for granted. In the coliseum of history, He truly stands alone – loving and self-sacrificing, yet demanding we make a choice.

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  2. Kathleen,

    If you are reading this, I just want to let you know that I am missing you terribly. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, be blessed dear sis.

    Love, Mon xxoo

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  3. This is what I believe Rian, not your speculations.

    Harmony of Trials and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ—First three hours on the cross—9 AM till 12 noon

    Matthew 27:35-44 NET
    When they had crucified him, they divided his clothes by throwing dice. Then they sat down and kept guard over him there. Above his head they put the charge against him, which read: “This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.” Then two outlaws were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by defamed him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who can destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are God’s Son, come down from the cross!” In the same way even the chief priests – together with the experts in the law and elders – were mocking him: “He saved others, but he cannot save himself! He is the king of Israel! If he comes down now from the cross, we will believe in him! He trusts in God – let God, if he wants to, deliver him now because he said, ‘I am God’s Son’!” The robbers who were crucified with him also spoke abusively to him. Jesus’ Death

    Mark 15:24-32 NET
    Then they crucified him and divided his clothes, throwing dice for them, to decide what each would take. It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription of the charge against him read, “The king of the Jews.” And they crucified two outlaws with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by defamed him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who can destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself and come down from the cross!” In the same way even the chief priests – together with the experts in the law – were mocking him among themselves: “He saved others, but he cannot save himself! Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross now, that we may see and believe!” Those who were crucified with him also spoke abusively to him. Jesus’ Death

    Luke 23:33-43 NET
    So when they came to the place that is called “The Skull,” they crucified him there, along with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. [But Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”] Then they threw dice to divide his clothes. The people also stood there watching, but the rulers ridiculed him, saying, “He saved others. Let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, his chosen one!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the king of the Jews.” One of the criminals who was hanging there railed at him, saying, “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Don’t you fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we rightly so, for we are getting what we deserve for what we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

    John 19:18-27 NET
    There they crucified him along with two others, one on each side, with Jesus in the middle. Pilate also had a notice written and fastened to the cross, which read: “Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews.” Thus many of the Jewish residents of Jerusalem read this notice, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the notice was written in Aramaic, Latin, and Greek. Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The king of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am king of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” Now when the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and made four shares, one for each soldier, and the tunic remained. (Now the tunic was seamless, woven from top to bottom as a single piece.) So the soldiers said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but throw dice to see who will get it.” This took place to fulfill the scripture that says, “They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they threw dice.” So the soldiers did these things. Now standing beside Jesus’ cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. So when Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing there, he said to his mother, “Woman, look, here is your son!” He then said to his disciple, “Look, here is your mother!” From that very time the disciple took her into his own home. Jesus’ Death

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