happy sun“It may sound odd at first, maybe even a bit preposterous, but Christianity has a lot more connections to mankind’s long tradition of sun worship than the average Christian would be comfortable admitting.

Since the earliest time of man, people have witnessed the sunrise anew each day to give light, warmth, and life to the world. To even the most unenlightened observer, this cycle of seeming death and resurrection has profound implications. After all, without the sun to provide us with it’s energy, our existence as we know it would not be possible. Of course, most people today know that the sun isn’t a god. This doesn’t change the fact that it was once – and to some extent still is – worshiped as the god of gods, the life-giver; the (mostly) benevolent source of light and warmth. From here, the overarching theme gets only slightly more complex.

Apart from the discovery of mathematics, the first truly prolific science was undoubtedly astrology. People began to take notice of patterns in the heavens and learned that they could use this knowledge to predict eclipses, the change of seasons, the behavior of their prey, and later tell the precise times it was best to plant and harvest their crops. To help communicate and keep track of these patterns, particular star formations were given names and stories were formed around them to aid in remembrance. There were, and still are, twelve such constellations in what we now call the zodiac, perhaps the first truly universal calendar.

Twelve, with the sun as the central figure.

Over time, science became religion, as stories became myth and then belief. To those that knew better, the ones who believed the myths must have seemed foolish and ignorant. However, though there were many variations in the myths and beliefs they had, the people had become largely uniform in their faith whether they realized it or not. This was due to the fact that it was all centered around a single element: astrology. This, it turned out, was incredibly useful in unifying people into the first civilizations. Religion gave those who were wise enough a powerful force with which to bind peoples together, and when it was suitable, even a wedge with which to divide them against each other. The key as it turned out, was to unify or centralize beliefs into one set, and in many cases, one dominant god among many, and then later, one god only. The people charged with this task were the first true missionaries, and as it turned out, the most logical and effective central god figure to proselytize with was a solar god.

So where does Christianity fit into all of this? It turns out that to the academic eye, Christ appears to be yet another solar deity in a long line of them. The evidence is in your Bible. One only needs to examine the divine attributes of Jesus in light of the other solar gods – most of whom came before Him. A few of the most well-known such figures are Horace, Mithra, and Krishna, but there are a great deal many others. Common elements include a virgin birth, death and resurrection, and being called king of kings, light of the world, etc. The existence of these attributes – present among all such figures – are in actuality largely symbolic references to a common source: the sun’s role in the astrological zodiac.

The evidence is presented much better than I could have hoped to do myself, here in a clip from the film ‘Zeitgeist’. Don’t worry, you’re not a pirate if you watch it; it’s perfectly legal.”

–Arktis

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