Time and Age
According to most faith traditions, the world was created by a supreme being. This being is called by different names according to one’s tradition yet it is the same being. In this Western society we typically use the name God. According to the bible, God created the day and the night. Days and nights were and are used as measurements of time. However it was man, and not God who decided that 30-31 days equaled a month and 365 days equaled a year. This is based on the Gregorian calendar which we use today. The Gregorian calendar was not always used and we didn’t always have 12 months in a year.
In the ancient Roman calendar there were only ten months in the year. The Romans borrowed parts of their early calendar from the Greeks. There were 304 days in a year. It is said that the Romans ignored the remaining 61 days, which fell in the middle of winter. The ten months were named Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November, and December. The last four months mean 7, 8, 9, and 10 in Latin. Septem=seven, octo=eight, novem=nine, and decem=ten. Supposedly, Romulus, the legendary first ruler of Rome, introduced this calendar in the 700s B.C.E. The Roman ruler Numa Pompilius added January and February to the calendar.
Ancient Roman Calender
This subject fascinates me because it shows me that time is, in a sense, nonexistent. The above statement says that 61 days were ignored on the ancient calendar. Where were they? Were they just hanging out in space waiting to be added? Would those persons born in January and February have birthdays in November and December or March and April? Selah; pause and think about that. There is no end to time; it keeps going on and on. If we can “push time forward or back”, it shows that there is no end. One of the things that I like to say regarding age, is we are the age we are because of the calendar we use. If we used a two year calendar, we would be half our age, a six month calendar would double our age.
We were created by an infinite being that is ageless. We were created in its image and likeness. Our true selves, our spirits are ageless as well. I believe, and this is my belief, that our bodies age because we have accepted facts saying that it will. All things in nature grow. All things appear to age; but is that what God intended for Its creation? Is that the truth of how it is supposed to be? Is this the result of the “fall”? These are the ponderings of my mind and I may never receive the answers but I like to wonder. In reality or in truth, we were never born, we never age, and we will never die. We are spirit beings having a human experience. We are ageless because of whose we are!
Rev. Michelle LaForest-Roberts
November 15, 2014
Think outside of the box, outside of what you LIVE everyday and experience the past.