Daily headlines prove that Christian persecution has reached epidemic proportions, creating a global humanitarian and political crisis, most notably in the Middle East and Africa.
Concurrently, all Christians throughout the world are experiencing another form of persecution. On the surface it is peaceful and silent, but underneath just as deadly as the physical kind sans the torture, beheadings, and refugees. This subtle form of Christianity bashing is so quiet that Christianity’s 2.4 billion followers are largely unaware it is even happening. The “persecution” comes from pressure by society and popular culture to abandon traditional B.C./A.D. time dating in favor of B.C.E./C.E. dating now quickly gaining worldwide acceptance. For those unfamiliar, let’s define all the terms.
B.C. stands for Before Christ and A.D. represents Anno Domini, Latin for “in the year of our Lord.”
B.C.E. stands for Before the Common Era, while C.E. means Common Era.
Given my religious background as a Jewish convert to Christianity since 1975, I feel compelled to take a stand against this “time dating persecution,” which is also a de facto war on Christianity — and one Christians are losing.
For me, it all started back in 1963 when my 8-year-old ears first heard the historic dating terms B.C.E. and C.E. while attending Hebrew school at our local temple.
After asking my teacher what the initials B.C.E. and C.E. represented, she mouthed the words, but neglected to define “Common Era” itself. I remember wondering why, if this Common Era was so “common,” I had never heard of it – not an unreasonable thought considering that I attended public elementary school where the term “B.C.” was always associated with ancient history – especially dinosaurs and cavemen.