Harry Short (“The fraud of our calendar,” Dec. 29, 2012) seems to be upset because according to him, our calendar is off. It does, however, seem to be used by most of the civilized world without problem. The real issue is of course that it recognizes the birth of Jesus as its pivotal date.
His complaint that there is no scientific proof that Jesus ever existed misses the point. Science is not the basis of determining whether someone existed. What science would you use to prove anyone existed? Eyewitness accounts are what we consider relevant. We do have the eyewitness accounts of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, as well as other Bible writers.
If these accounts were submitted in a court of law, it would be sufficient, as legally only two eyewitnesses are necessary to establish fact. The Bible gives enough evidence that any logical thinker can connect the dots.
The truth is that if Jesus did not claim to be the son of God, as Mr. Short readily admits, he would accept the fact that Jesus existed. If Jesus is not a real person of history, why would Jesus, whose ministry lasted only three years and built no city, invented no consumer product, nor conquered any nation, be remembered at all?
There is also no such thing as a “false holiday.” Mr. Short’s complaint about Easter is irrelevant. Either a day is a holiday or it isn’t. If Mr. Short is so upset about the calendar, I suggest that he use the Jewish year that runs from Sept. 16, 2012, to Sept. 4, 2013, on our calendar. They believe that this is the year 5773, dated from the first day of creation.
We know that the seventh day is a “legitimate holiday,” because after six days of creation, even God took the next day off to rest. Happy holidays.
Pastor Art Zacher
Berean Baptist Church