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Why do we count the years from when Jesus died? Why not Count the years from the oldest fossil record?

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Wouldn't that number keep changing everytime they found a new fossil? How about we use the age of the planet, today is Feb. 15th, 4 billion, 6 hundred million, 8 thousand, 3 hundred and fifty seven ... whew! I'll stick to 2013, thanks.

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Wait a minute! Trick question! The calander starts when He was BORN! :-) haha
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Well people are discovering new fossils and rocks all the time, so the 'year' would have to change each time. Plus, it would be annoying to have to say I was born in 10394857694, instead of 1956.

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Haha gold star :-)
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For you also.
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I actually mean the oldest fossil record of man's existence
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well fossils of those are still being discovered all the time also. Besides, the existence of modern humans only go back APPROXIMATELY 160'000 years ago, and it took about 7 million years for humans to evolve from chimp-like, to human-like.
Green sea tutrles on the other hand, have been around for 150 million years.
The existence of humans is vastly insignificant when we are looking at the age of the Earth.

But still, new fossils are being discovered all the time, so its impossible yet to pinpoint a year we should 'go from'.
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new fossils of modern humans** I meant to say, concerning the last sentence.
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Take him to school, Estelle! haha :-)
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Shhhhhhhhhhhh. Next we'll have the radical atheists wanting to change that. ( I said radical. I don't mean all of those who choose not to believe)

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this didn't answer the question. or even give a thought about the question! Good on ya.
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No it didn't. Enough others gave the right or best answers so I added some levity. Bother you ? Sucks to be you I guess
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It is not levity when you blame 'radical athiests' for your ills.
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What's ills do you speak of?
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perhaps because those of us who believe KNOW that we are recognizing the CREATOR rather than the created.

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Very nice come back
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Awesome Cookie !
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gosh, thanks
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I thought GOD was the creator, not Jesus.
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is that a serious comment?
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"If it ain't broke don't fix it". The Gregorian calender is a convention for recording time periods used by much of the world and it would be far too costly and inconvenient to change it. (Just look up some history about how annoyed people got when their countries switched over from the Julian calender to the Gregorian).

To be picky, the Gregorian calender doesn't count the years from Jesus's *death* but from his *birth* - AD stands for "Anno Domini" meaning "In the Year of Our Lord".

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Time keeping started when the Pope Gregory XIII thought that it's current calendar was too difficult so he asked his scientists to come up with a new system and after a while they they came up with the Gregorian calendar. The "Anno Domini" was made afterward to make a split between before time keeping and after. first adopted by catholics and pre Gregorian was the Julien calendar.

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If suppose we start from that and suppose some 50 to 70 years after that again we dig out some fossils may be some thousands of years than the previous one, will we change all the books and history accordingly, DO YOU REALLY JUSTIFY IT.? After lab / carbon test we are not sure about the exact age of the fossils. It varies and varies to some hundred to thousands of years.

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The reason why we keep this calendar is because the Christian church got SO powerful as a result of politics and local conditions, they were able to basically 'force' the usage on everyone. Worldwide. This was done, because the Church realized there was 'something' wrong with the earlier calendar. The seasons were changing day by day, coming earlier each year. So, they were convinced by a mathematician to adopt the 'new' calendar. Since, in the Christian world, their whole existence was based upon the birth of Jesus, they started the calendar on that year. This is ONE instance where the church Heirarchy didn't excommunicate, kill or shun some one, simply because they dared to 'correct' what the Church elders believed.

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The earth 'year' was previously thought to be 365 days long. But, because the yearly days that they could observe and prove from the suns angle in the sky, They realized that it was slightly longer. It took a couple years to accurately figure it out, but they finally came up with the current calendar which is pretty accurate, They HAD to use a reference point. So they picked what was a 'starting date' for them. Were there other dates? Sure. But, none more important that the reason for them being in power.
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