scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Millenniums and birthdays and counting
Sun Nov 21 1999 - 07:24:15 CST
Millennia and people's ages are a bit different. If you recall back
when you were born <g>, for the first year, you were so many months old.
You didn't get to be one year old until you had lived 12 months. If we
set up a calendar based upon how we count our own age years, the first
calendar year would be year 0, the second would be year 1, etc.
However, the calendar we use is not set up this way. Calendar people
decreed that year AD 1 began the year Jesus was born, not after he lived
12 months. There is no year 0. Thus Jesus had his first birthday in
the year AD 2; his second birthday was in the year AD 3; he turned 10 in
the year AD 11. (Of course, all these calendar numbering decisions
occurred well after Jesus died. He would have used some other calendar
Millennia in the western part of our world follow Jesus' age because
that's how many years have occurred since his birth. Right now is the
year 1999. Jesus' age would have been 1998 had he lived on earth. Next
year is the year 2000; he would have turned 1999. The millennium
doesn't change until 2001 when Jesus would have had his 2000th birthday.
Someone is bound to ask why we don't celebrate the turn of the century
on Dec 25th, 2001. Although the calendar was set up to coincide with
Jesus' age, the calendar gurus (the most recent ones, that is) decreed
that the year 1 started January 1st of the year he was born, not the day
of his birth.
- Tee (who isn't meaning to start a religious discussion, merely to
explain the millennium numbering system)
> There is a difference between being 2000 years old and being in one's
> 2000th year. That difference is one day...your birth anniversary, but
> unless one is getting very detailed, it is generally reported as a
> A boy born in 1979 is in his 21st year but was only 20 yrs old on his
> last birth anniversary.
> On that basis, I find it clear and convincing that the millennium will
> roll over at 12:01 am on 1-1-2000.