B. C. & A. D.

J. D. Conley
January 4, 2015

Approximately fifteen years ago many so-called Bible scholars and historians discarded the use of B. C. [Before Christ] and A. D. [anno Domini], Latin for "in the year of our Lord," to divide time. In their place are found the soulless B. C. E., and C. E., meaning: "Before the Common Era," and "Common Era." The doing away with B. C. and A. D. is troubling because it ejects Christ from history, or His Story. He not only preceded history, (Micah 5:2), He was there at the beginning (Col.1:16-17), is here now, (Heb.13:5), and will be here at the end, (1Cor.15:24).

Another disturbing fact regarding the disuse of these important initials is that it tends to rob Jesus of His Deity. This practice doesn't just relegate Him to the back row of history, but kicks Him out altogether. At first glance it seems strange that of all people, Bible scholars and historians would omit the use of these longstanding terms. Yet, they do so because many of them do not respect the Bible as God's inspired Word. They seek to find fault with the Bible. They will tout the Bible's good moral teachings but refuse to accept its Divine inspiration. Yet, the very moment inspiration is undercut, then everything in the Bible is greatly diminished, including the cardinal doctrine of Jesus' divinity. "Why allow Jesus Christ to dictate the division of time, if He is no more than a mere man?" That seems to be the motivation for the change.

Hence, the expunging of B. C. and A. D., in favor of the nebulous B. C. E. and C. E., has been the sad result. But even these substitutes do not change the fact that there is still a division in time, or era's. This division cannot be denied, nor does it change the fact that Jesus is the very One who caused this separation! One may ask, "How does this change in the marking of eras seek to rob Jesus of His Deity?" Consider this observation, "...once He appeared, He struck history with such impact that He split it in two, dividing it into two periods: one before His coming, the other after it" (Sheen, Life of Christ 19-20).

Who but the very Son of God could have had such an impact on the history of the world? This makes the practice of omitting the employ of B. C. and A. D. from the annuals of history, an attack on the Deity of our Lord and Savior.

May Christians worldwide continue to use B. C. and A. D. in their marking of time, even on this first Lord's day of A. D. 2015.