every now and then, some idiotic christian spouts off that because the current year is based on the alleged birth date of their precious Jesus Christ that that somehow means that Jesus is "real"..
Being correct about Jesus being "real", is irrelevant, even if you *are* correct, because aside from this being idolatry, but... what the fuck does the frikking year have to do with anything?
The year we use is an arbitrary numbering system that could have been based on anything, so how does the numbering of our years got anything to do with being a good christian? That *is* the point of being christian; that you be a kind and generous and loving individual, you know that, right?
That is all there is to christianity so if you need the constant environmental stimulation in seeing that it is the "year of our lord" as some sort of reminder that you are supposed to a good christian, then your motivations for being christian are driven by selfishness because all *you* are interested in is seeing things that are christian and since *you* see christian things, that somehow makes *you* a believer, and that somehow makes *you* a good person and that somehow means that *you* get to live with god in heaven for all eternity when *you* die.....
#fail at being Christ-like much, or is it just a hobby?
but even if the year being based around Christ is supposedly some beacon in our history that proves that Christ is lord or some shite, then it should be pointed out that Christ was pretty much a nobody for the first three hundred years after his death... and that the Anno Domini calendar wasn't devised until 525AD and wasn't adopted by anybody until 532AD and was not widely used by many people until 800AD or so ... and some countries didn't adopt it until about 1400AD!
the Ancient Romans used the founding of Rome as the reference point for the year, which in our current scheme of years, was 753BC
the calendar we use today is based on ten month Roman calendar which then evolved into the twelve month calendar that was introduced by Julius Caesar at about 45BC and was slightly amended later on by Augustus in 4AD, this calendar was used up until 1582AD when Pope Gregory slightly changed it again..
but the point here is that we have had many calendars over the millennia and we didn't start using the Anno Domini calendar until 532AD - so when some smart arse goes on about how the year being based on the "fact" that Jesus was born is proof of Jesus, then they can be told something along the lines of: if Jesus was so special, then why did it take over five hundred years to start using his birth year as the current year?
ps. the monk who "calculated" Jesus' birth year, got it wrong, 2012AD should actually be 2016AD, by the way