I am going to offend some of my christian friends here. What on earth is it with Christians and dates?
I have received so many inane texts about how October 2010 is a unique month and that it occurs once every 863 years, once every 1000 years (which is quite obvious) and all sorts of other outlandish claims.
I got one last night about how October 2010 has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays; and that this unique combination occurs only once every 863 years. I was then requested to forward the two-page text so as not to break some puerile fengshui luck. I don’t know which upset me more, the banality of the text or the requirement that I should use my money send a two-page text to four more people in order to partake of this Chinese luck.
On the 6th of June 2006, it was night vigil galore. On 7th July 2007, it was the turn of those seeking some gamblers’ goodluck. Each year, I am bombarded by texts and mails, proclaiming fantastic interpretation of some date or another.
Where do people – particularly my Christian friends – keep their grey matter on issues such as this? The Gregorian calendar is cyclical for crying out loud. Within a 28 year period, every date combination you can come up with is repeated (except years, which are unique anyway). So, come October 2027, there will be 5 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the same month, so what becomes of this fengshui drivel? Given that the Gregorian calendar was derived by skipping some dates, which 10 October 2010 is valid? Is it the Julian or Gregorian? Or the Jewish calendar? Or the Islamic calendar? Or the Chinese?
Purely from a biblical perspective, there are clear restraints placed by God, which forbid a Christian from astrology, which is equivalent to this dates combination claptrap . “For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.” (Deuteronomy 18:14). Somewhere, between being true to one’s faith as a Christian and using our brains, one would ordinarily assume people will realise each day is unique and appreciate it for what it – a gift from God.
Henceforth, if I get any text or mail about how this date occurs once every 777 years or that another month has a Friday the 13th, my reaction will be definitely explosive!