Appointed Times

When studying Scripture, an infrequently-considered topic is time. The three major, monotheistic religions–Christianity, Islam and Judaism–treat time differently, each following its own calendar, complete with times that are set aside for observance. Importantly, as Johnson has noted, all of these faiths depart, to one degree or another, from what he calls “God’s clock”, a depiction of time that secures its foundation in the words of Scripture.[1] For instance, while the birth of Jesus is covered in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, the annual celebration of it, Christmas, is not found in the Bible. There is no instruction from Jesus that His birth is to be remembered on a particular date or at an appointed time, if at all.

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