posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 01:16 AM
Alright, I have a few objections for everyone who is trying to put forth all this evidence that Christianity is "sun god worship."
First of all, a lot of the "evidence" being offered in favor of this proposition is absolutely, 100% circumstantial. For example, somebody said
that the reason most Christians worship on Sunday, rather than on the actual Sabbath day as far as the Old Testament is concerned (Saturday, as any
halfway-knowledgeable Christian will readily admit), is that early Christians were trying to absorb pagan customs in order to attract non-Christians
to participate in Christian worship. Did you ever think that the real reason for this could be that according to Christian belief, Jesus rose from
the dead on a Sunday? In Christian theology, there are many parallels between the story of creation and the story of redemption, and the resurrection
is seen as a sort of new Sabbath day, in a sense.
Somebody else cited the similarity of the English words "sun" and "son" as evidence that worship of Jesus Christ is really just a "cover" for
sun god worship. Maybe it never occurred to this person (people?) that the first Christians, who wrote the New Testament and all, did not speak
English? I don't speak any of the languages that the original versions of the New Testament books were written in, but I seriously doubt that this
similarity exists in these languages, which are very different from English. Even if the words were similar in other languages, as I said before I
think anyone would agree that it is entirely possible that this could just be a chance coincidence. In my personal opinion, the use of this kind of
extremely shaky evidence (if it can really even be called "evidence") does more to damage the anti-Christian crowd's credibility than it does to
help it. I just really don't understand what the similarity between "sun" and "son" has to do with anything. Am I missing something here?
Others have said that the fact that some (perhaps even most) Christian holidays fall on the same days as certain pagan holidays is evidence of all
this sun god worship stuff. Almost all Christians know that this is a fact, but almost no Christians see it as damaging to their faith. Why, you may
ask? Simple: There is no particular reason to have most Christian holidays on any specific day of the year, because the Gospels do not give exact
dates for the events in Jesus' life. Further, some Christians (Catholics, for example) celebrate some holidays that do not have anything to do with
a distinct event that happened on a particular day in history (All Saints Day, for example). Since there was no date required by history for these
celebrations, Christian leaders figured that they might as well use them to replace traditional pagan celebrations. It may very well have been
intended to serve sort of a symbolic purpose - as Christ replaced the old pagan gods, Christian holidays replaced the old pagan holidays by "taking
over" if you will the days on which pagan celebrations were held. The possibility of some pagan customs that were not distinctively pagan by nature
(in the sense that they were not in violation of Christian principles) being absorbed by the Christians does not mean that Christianity is just sun
god worship under a different name. We use the same ceremony to swear in our President every 4 years in the U.S. Does that mean that we are swearing
in the same President every 4 years? Of course not. In the same way, people can use similar or even identical rituals and such to worship Jesus that
was used to worship a pagan sun god, and that does not necessarily mean that they are worshipping the same being.
If somebody can really give me some good answers as to how the evidence I mentioned above proves (or at least strongly supports) the proposition that
Christianity is just disguised sun god worship, I will read and think about your point of view. However, I honestly think this is just evidence of
how determined some people are to attack Christianity (and really just organized religion in general). It is like some people can take just about any
piece of information and spin it in such a way that it makes Christianity look bad, never mind that there are other ways to interpret the same pieces
of information that are equally reasonable (and in some cases more resaonable) that do not make Christianity or whatever the target religion is look
bad, or maybe even make it seem more sensible. There is a fine line between questioning traditional beliefs and just presupposing that anything that
involves tradition or authority figures must necessarily be some sort of conspiracy. I think the latter of the two is what a lot of people are doing
in this thread. Thanks for reading this; I know it was pretty long, but I feel like the ovservations needed to be made...
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