Chapter Seven: Source of All Deity Myths: “The Amazing Sun”
Truly the sun was the first god of mankind, and other gods have been based on it. The sun walks on water and rides on the clouds; gives life and produces the harvest; is the light of the world; dies at the winter solstice to be reborn on December 25; is both kind and cruel; rules the good day while the darkness governs the evil night; is no respecter of persons; is dependable and faithful to rise every morning; and, if he turns his face from us, we die. As Psalm 19 states, the heavens declare God’s glory and his work, speech, and knowledge. They are a voice that goes to the end of the world, with nothing hidden from the sun, the “bridegroom coming out of his chamber.”
With regard to sun worship, Dameron wrote of Hercules:
“Parkhurst, in his Greek Lexicon, says: ‘It is well known that by Hercules was meant the sun or solar light, and his twelve famous labors referred to his passage through the zodiacal signs.’ And that the Garden of the Hesperides was the Garden of Eden, and the serpent’s head was crushed beneath the heel of Hercules; all of which goes to show that the ancient theology taught by Moses was the same as that which existed in India, Egypt, China, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Arabia, Asia Minor and Palestine; with the Greeks, Romans, Celts, Gauls, modern Europeans, Australians, ancient Mexicans and Peruvians, which had its origin with the pre-historic man long before the continents took their present shape. The legends among the savage as well as the civilized man, point to the antique garb, with its shreds and patches of ever increasing theological complications, for the benefit of modern fanaticism, and the edification of those who are content to take the word of priestcraft, instead of thinking and investigating for themselves.”
Tertullian admitted that Jesus was a sun god when he said, “You say we worship the sun; so do you.” Stella Woods confirmed this as follows:
“The Bible tells us that three wise men came from the east, following a star that led them to Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Messiah. [Peter] Joseph claims that the star in the east was Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, which on December 24th aligns with the three brightest stars in the constellation of Orion (Orion’s belt). The stars were referred to by many ancient cultures as the Three Kings. You may recall . . . that the great pyramids of Egypt were built in exact alignment with these three stars, to channel the star energy on the earthly plane. And when Sirius (the brightest star) lined up with the Three Kings, they pointed to the place of sunrise on December 25th – the symbolic birth place of the sun or son.”
The Jews, however, promoted their sun myths as truths. Graham wrote:
“The Greeks were not so gullible. So let us see the difference between the Hebrew mythologists and the pagan ones. The purpose of the latter was the preservation of truth and enlightenment of man through the Zodiacal Night. To this end they wrote their tales in such a way that no intelligent man could be deceived by them; they purposely made their myths incredible and their gods immoral that no religion might be founded on them. They did not say they walked and talked with Zeus, or that he commanded them to write. They made no claim to divine revelation or inspiration; they wrote with a simple naiveté that charms but does not seduce. The Hebrews, on the other hand, wrote with malice aforethought; their purpose was not the preservation of truth and human enlightenment but the obscuration of truth and the enslavement of the mind to priestly rule. They were religion makers, and to this end they claimed divine authority; they even put their preposterous claims into the mouth of their monstrous God and declared he said them. Having no material or national power of their own, they invented a conceptual one to intimidate their neighbors and to cripple the Gentile race. And how they have succeeded!”
Emperor Constantine was the first to prescribe Sunday, the day of the sun, as a day of worship for Christians. Eusebius wrote:
“He [Constantine] ordained, too, that one day should be regarded as a special occasion for prayer: I mean that which is truly the first and chief of all, the day of our Lord and Saviour. . . Accordingly he enjoined on all the subjects of the Roman empire to observe the Lord’s day, as a day of rest . . . his desire was to teach his whole army zealously to honor the Saviour’s day (which derives its name from light, and from the sun).”
Arthur Weigall noted that the Church made Sunday sacred
“largely because it was the weekly festival of the sun; for it was a definite Christian policy to take over the pagan festivals endeared to the people by tradition, and to give them a Christian significance. But, as a solar festival, Sunday was the sacred day of Mithra; and it is interesting to notice that since Mithra was addressed as Dominus, ‘Lord’, Sunday must have been ‘the Lord’s Day’ long before Christian times.”
Thus the sun, which had been freely worshiped by the Jews, continued to be the deity of Christians; and as long as it shines, life continues for man and his earth.
I know some will say, “Yes, God wrote all about his son in the heavens.” But which god? And which son? Again, why would the one true deity be the new kid on the block who looks like all the other fake kids who came before him?
Tina Rae Collins
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 For a thorough study of this issue, see Solar Mythology and the Jesus Story: A Primer on Astrotheology, solarmythology.com, 8 Dec. 2013, web, 18 June 2014.  Dameron, 56. J. Chapman, “Tertullian,” The Catholic Encyclopedia (New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912); newadvent.org, 2012, web, 18 June 2014.  Stella Wood, “Winter Solstice–Sun on the Southern Cross,” June 2008, pdf, 19 June 2014.  Graham, 275-276.  Eusebius, Life of Constantine, IV, Ch. 18.  Weigall (Putnam and The Book Tree), 145.