Christianity Is Sun Worship in Disguise
Revised: 2018 Jun 03
(Retitled by the editor: Here comes the sun — again and again)
Published 2017 Nov 17
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Sun worship was common in the ancient world. Although Christians generally consider such veneration “paganism,” even Christianity is rooted in pagan mythology and sun worship.
The sun takes preeminence over the apparently tiny stars of the Zodiac, a large region of the night sky ancient astronomers divided into 12 constellations, or “signs.” In Genesis, Jacob, the patriarch of Israel, plainly refers to himself and his 12 sons as the “sun” and “stars.” (See ch. 35:22b; 37:9-10, NRSV throughout.) There is, in fact, a lot of paganism in Israel’s history. However, since most readers of this column are probably more familiar with the New Testament (NT), let us skip forward a few centuries.
The sun sustains all life. In the NT, Jesus is a “great light” and the only “true light” able to provide the “light of life” (Matt. 4:16; John 1:6-9; 8:12). (See also, John 10:28; Acts 4:12.) The sun lights up the world followed nightly by 12 star signs. In the NT, Jesus is the “light of the world” followed by 12 disciples (John 8:12).
Most modern Christians know virtually nothing about astrology. Consequently, they fail to recognize its symbols in scripture. In former times, however, Christians were aware of the Bible’s astrological connections and embraced them. In countless paintings, Jesus and the “Virgin Mary” are portrayed with halos symbolizing the sun, reminiscent of Egyptian statues of Horus on the lap of his virgin mother, Isis, with the sun over her head. Jesus and Mary are simply reworked pagan characters. Throughout Christian history, cathedrals have been adorned with zodiacs, i.e., images of Jesus surrounded by the 12 apostles, each paired with an astrological sign. (See the link below.)
Every autumn, the sun regresses south until it appears to die and “hang” at the “Cross” constellation on or about December 21. For three days thereafter, any movement of the sun is imperceptible. However, after three days, the ancients noticed it beginning to rise again. So, they celebrated its “rebirth” on December 25. Is it merely coincidental the birth of Jesus is celebrated every December 25 followed by “12 days of Christmas?” Should we not consider it suspicious Jesus supposedly died on a cross and rose again after three days on “the day of the sun” and that some Christians still go out to witness the sunrise on Easter Sunday, clearly, associating the resurrection of Jesus with the rising sun? Should we dismiss it as meaningless that Christians have always regarded Sunday as “the Lord’s Day,” or that Jesus came to “give light to those who sit in darkness” and “shone like the sun” at his transfiguration (Luke 1:78-79; Matt. 17:2)?
Paul admonished Christians to let Jesus “shine” on them so they might live up to their role as the “children of light” (Eph. 5:8, 14). Metaphorical contrasts between light and darkness pervade the Pauline letters.
Shamelessly plagiarizing Greek mythology, the author of the second letter attributed to Peter continues the Bible’s reliance on paganism by borrowing an image of Zeus banishing the Titans to the darkness of Tartarus, a place far beneath the underworld. The Petrine author claims God cast rebellious angels down to the “deepest darkness” of hell (Greek: tartaros) (2 Pet. 2:4). Despite the details being virtually identical, Christians dismiss the first story as a preposterous heathen myth while claiming the second was inspired by God. If one were a counterfeit of the other, wouldn’t it logically have to be the latter?
The positions of most stars are fixed as though painted on a dome over the earth which rotates nightly around Polaris (the North Star). However, ancient astronomers observed that seven heavenly bodies were not fixed: the sun, moon and five visible planets which they named after their gods, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Together, they comprised the seven “wandering stars.” (The sun was referred to as a star.) In Revelation, Jesus is portrayed as the sun — the “bright and morning star” — his face compared to “the sun shining with full force” as he clutches seven stars representing angels, a stunning parallel to the seven star-gods (ch. 2:28; 22:16; 1:16, 20b). (See also, 2 Pet. 1:19.)
In another obvious reference to the Zodiac, God’s people are “clothed with the sun” (Jesus) and crowned with “twelve stars” (ch. 12:1). Also, in Revelation, another famous image of Zeus, the “thunder god,” “King of the gods,” hurling lightning bolts is recycled as Jesus, “King of kings” and “Lord of lords,” firing off “flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder” (ch. 4:5; 19:16). Finally, just as the 12-sign Zodiac incorporates four seasonal subdivisions, each consisting of three signs, New Jerusalem descends out of the Zodiac with 12 gates, three on each of its four walls. The city is literally founded on the zodiacal number 12. (See ch. 21:12-14.)
Christianity is indisputably rooted in ancient paganism. Of greatest significance is the implication Jesus probably never existed as anything more than a fictional rehash of an earlier mythical son-of-a-virgin character fabricated to symbolize and honor the rising sun. Yes, Christians enthusiastically sing, “Shine, Jesus, shine…Shine on me,” blissfully unaware they have been duped into worshipping the sun.
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