## Wednesday, August 19, 2015

### How Your Calendar Proves God

It is easy to determine by way of astronomy how mankind in every nation universally aligns their calendars by days, months, seasons and years. All of these time markers in human life are marked by observable astronomical constants. For example, a day is 24 hours because that is the duration of one rotation of the earth on its axis. Similarly, our months represent the approximate intervals between new moons. Seasons are marked by equinoxes and solstices. And, a year is the duration of one orbital revolution of the earth around our sun. However, there are no such astronomical markers or constants for a seven-day week. Some have argued that a week represents approximately one-fourth of a lunar cycle. But, that argument breaks down on its face both in math (weeks don't fit well into months) and in its arbitrary partition (fourths). Why not partition the lunar cycle in halves or in thirds? Why not a fourteen-day week or a ten-day week? Why does everyone use a seven-day week? In fact, almost every civilization on every continent for the entirety of recorded history have observed and ordered their lives around the seven-day week. And, we have done so for no apparent astronomical reason. In addition to that, why does our seven-day cycle almost always include at least one day of rest from work? And, why is the day of rest always observed on either the first day or the last day of the week and not anywhere in the middle? How could such a system have originated and be observed universally even across widely dispersed people groups who have very different calendars and in every phase of history? What would a single answer to these questions suggest? Does your calendar prove there is a God?

Most encyclopedias and reference books treat these questions and their answers rather superficially. Is it because they prejudicially ignore what truth clearly suggests? After all, are these questions not legitimately worthy of serious responses? Take Wikipedia for example. Even the authors of Wikipedia can’t bring themselves to recognize a historical origin of the seven-day week any earlier than 500 B.C. in spite of glaringly obvious evidence to the contrary. Do you not see the obvious intentional ignorance in Wikipedia’s conclusion? After all, the relevant passages from Genesis and Exodus were written long before 500 B.C. and record observance of a seven-day week over 6,000 years ago. And, the finding and dating of the Dead Sea Scrolls proves that such books were not edited but authentic. The earliest books of the Bible that you are familiar with are identical to those that long predate 500 B.C. In fact, the relevant passages from Genesis and Exodus were both authored primarily by Moses around 1,500 B.C., approximately 1,000 years earlier than the earliest reference credited by Wikipedia. Is there any substantiated argument that the Creation account (Genesis) and the Mosaic Law (Exodus) are younger than 500 B.C.? Of course, the answer is no. In fact, even the most liberal critics date the Creation account to at least 850 B.C. And, no critic can deny that the Mosaic Law was recorded by its namesake, Moses, around 1,500 B.C. Why would Wikipedia ignore the obvious fact of these passages’ earlier authorship and that they are the earliest record of the seven-day week known to man? Maybe, it is because the truth will prove that the Bible is accurate and the authors of Wikipedia have an unhealthy bias against God? Maybe the truth behind history proves God. Maybe the authors of Wikipedia are not as vigilant about truth as we naively assume? I submit to you that the Bible is clearly proven more accurate than Wikipedia.