A question of calendars as a New Year looms

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I DON’T like to make a big thing out of birthdays, but the joint birthday of my twin bother and myself falls on New Years Eve, which is a hard date to ignore.

 Birthdays typically in the Bible were mainly for the pagan nations around Israel at that time, and for despots like Herod and Pharoah.

 In the Bible Jews are not recorded as celebrating the day of their birth – it was more fitting to remember the day of one’s death, which is still a tradition in Jewish circles, known as a ‘yahrzeit.’

 Therefore, the celebration of Jesus’s birth, as a Jew, is not a very Jewish thing to do at all from the traditions in Israel 2,000 years ago.

 The early Jewish Church certainly never celebrated Jesus’s birth. That is why the Gospel writers are so silent as to exact dates and details. They simply didn’t consider it important enough, although the good news of the Messiah’s incarnation as Son of the Most High was stupendous in itself and is described as something tremendous.

The fact that we now use a completely different calendar to the one that is in the Bible, and that Jesus would have used, doesn’t help matters when it comes to celebrating original Biblical festivals.

 Most of the Feasts of the Lord have been replaced by ecclesiastical traditions made by man and observances like Passover etc have been replaced by the later Gentile (or non-Jewish) Church by such inventions such as ‘Easter’ (ironically named after a false deity).

 The Hebrew calendar is currently in the year 5775 as it dates from Adam and Creation.

 The Gregorian calendar, which is used in most of the Western world, was set in place by Pope Gregory XIII, and again is another man-made invention not ordained by God, as are the names of the days and months which venerate false gods or heavenly bodies such as the sun or moon (‘Sun’-day, ‘Moon’-day i.e. ‘Monday).

 Wednesday is named after Woden or Odin, Thursday is Thor’s Day etc. The Sabbath Day on Saturday was named after Saturn, (Saturday) and Sunday as the first day of the week replaced the seventh day Sabbath that God asked His followers to remember in the Ten Commandments.

 The New Year was not always celebrated on January 1 and it has had more than one change over the centuries, most notably from the month of March when it was formerly observed.

 The Gregorian calendar was not fully introduced into England until the mid 1700’s after the Julian calendar attributed to Julius Caesar proved to be several years out of alignment.

 The question is, what was wrong with God’s calendar in the first place?

 The book of Genesis states that the sun, moon and lights in the sky were for days and months and seasons, and a day began at sunset at the natural break between light and darkness, not halfway through the darkness at midnight which was later decided as the (man-made) dividing point for the day.

 The Hebrew New Year does not fall in December but in spring, with a civil New Year in Autumn.

 The majority of the populace has been celebrating ‘Christmas’ and will celebrate the Gregorian New Year (at midnight) on December 31 but these are not ordained by God Almighty and have nothing to do with His perfect calendrical system that was good enough for Jesus Christ.

Colin Nevin,

By e-mail.