It is rare that I encounter other bloggers sharing my perception of our Sun as a celestial being – a conscious entity. So it was great to be reading Michael Fenemore’s knowledgeable account of the Sun-worshipping foundations of Christianity. I got the impression of someone coming to similar conclusions as myself though from a very different route. But when I came to his final sentence I would have spluttered out anything in my mouth at the time. (“Yes, Christians enthusiastically sing, “Shine, Jesus, shine . . . Shine on me,” blissfully unaware they have been duped into worshipping the sun.”)
It began, encouragingly, like this:
Although Christians generally consider such veneration paganism, it’s evident 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 twelve 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.