This calendar era is based on the traditionally reckoned year of the conception or birth of Jesus , with AD counting years from the start of this epoch and BC denoting years before the start of the era. There is no year zero in this scheme, so the year AD 1 immediately follows the year 1 BC.
From Rome, the Christ’s Nativity celebration spread to other Christian churches to the west and east, and soon most Christians were celebrating Christ’s birth on December 25 .
The Roman Christian historian Sextus Julius Africanus dated Jesus ‘ conception to March 25 (the same date upon which he held that the world was created), which, after nine months in his mother’s womb, would result in a December 25 birth .
Jesus was born about 4–5 BCE (BC) and died about 29-30 CE (AD). Our modern calendar, called the Gregorian calendar, is based on it, but has been proven to be a few years off. It is currently 2018 so if He died in 30 AD that would be 1,988 years .
Year 666 (DCLXVI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 666 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years .
Historians have never included a year zero . This means that between, for example, 1 January 500 BC and 1 January AD 500, there are 999 years : 500 years BC, and 499 years AD preceding 500. In common usage anno Domini 1 is preceded by the year 1 BC, without an intervening year zero .
With the story of the birth of Christ coinciding with this date, many Christian symbols for Christ use the astrological symbol for Pisces, the fishes. The figure Christ himself bears many of the temperaments and personality traits of a Pisces, and is thus considered an archetype of the Piscean.
We ask, “If all things have a creator, then who created God ?” Actually, only created things have a creator, so it’s improper to lump God with his creation. God has revealed himself to us in the Bible as having always existed. Atheists counter that there is no reason to assume the universe was created .
Jesus’ name in Hebrew was “ Yeshua ” which translates to English as Joshua .
“to give up one’s very self – to think only of others – how to bring the greatest happiness to others – that is the true meaning of Christmas .”
Though December 25 is the day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the date itself and several of the customs we’ve come to associate with Christmas actually evolved from pagan traditions celebrating the winter solstice. “In ancient Rome there was a feast called Saturnalia that celebrated the solstice.
A Christmas gift or Christmas present is a gift given in celebration of Christmas . The practice of giving gifts during Christmastide, according to Christian tradition, is symbolic of the presentation of the gifts by the Three Wise Men to the infant Jesus.
Helena, traveled to Jerusalem. According to tradition, she discovered relics of the cross upon which Jesus had been crucified. The spot had been venerated by early Christians, and she concluded it was Golgotha. Constantine ordered the construction of a basilica, which became known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre .
I’d even say there was no God before the end of the Neolithic age, and that means God is roughly 7,000 years old.
Christian tradition holds that Gestas was on the cross to the left of Jesus and Dismas was on the cross to the right of Jesus. In Jacobus de Voragine’s Golden Legend, the name of the impenitent thief is given as Gesmas . The impenitent thief is sometimes referred to as the “bad thief ” in contrast to the good thief .