SUN WORSHIP

To completely grasp the reasons for modern Sunday Worship among "Christians", it is necessary to explore the history of its beginning. This is an important to those who want to find out where this practice came from.
 
To understand this we must go back to remote history, to the very dawn of the ages and follow the trail from there. It is clear that the ancients had a concept of a seventh day week. Obviously they got it from the week of creation. But this knowledge was to eventually be mixed with pagan ideas.
 
The ancients were pretty superstitious and considered things they did not understand as gods. They had many gods, but the sun, as the biggest phenomena in the sky became the primary deity in most pagan religions. Pictures, drawings, images, idols and sculptures of sun worship are all over the ancient world.
 
It is confusing to follow the trail of sun worship, the myths and legends. For there are many variations and the sun God was known by different names. Doing research into sun worship takes one into many directions, because it was so widespread, and constantly changing and intermixing with other beliefs.
 
The origins of sun worship goes right back to Ancient Babylon, to the fountain of paganism. When the first tyrant upon the earth Nimrod died, his wife said that Nimrod's spirit had ascended into the sun itself. With breathtaking eloquence she described to the people his new and elevated role as their benefactor and protector. Each morning he would rise, bringing light and life to the land as he traveled across the sky.
 
The Babylonian tablets show that the Sun-god was the principal deity in Babylon. What makes difficult the study of sun worship of the Babylonians is that they had many names for the sun-god; some of the names were Marduk, Shamash, Merodach, Nabu, Utu, and many others.
 
It was decided that the first day of the week would thenceforth be dedicated to the worship of the sun-god, and in like manner the rest of the weekdays would be dedicated to worship of the lesser heavenly bodies. Remarkable enough, though Mithraism later reshuffled the order of several celestial deities, our own weekdays today retain the Tuetonic names of these same planetary deities. The first day of the week remains Sunday; Monday commemorates the moon; Tuesday, the planet Mars (Tiu); Wednesday, Mercury (Woden); Thursday, Jupiter (Thor); Friday, Venus (Frigg or Freya); and Saturday is obviously named for Saturn.
 
As generations passed, religious leaders began to add doctrines and ceremonies to sun worship. They declared that if the sun gave life, it must require life in order to strengthen it in its journey across the sky. In response, hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children were sacrificed to the sun-god. Of such worship, God declared through Moses, "Every abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods." Deuteronomy 12:31. Deceived by demons and self-serving leaders and knowing no other religion than their own, the people blindly adhered to these doctrines of devils.
 
One spring not many years following Nimrod's death, the voluptuous Semiramis was found to be with child. Calling the scribes of Babylon together, she issued a most remarkable press release. Nimrod had impregnated her, she claimed, through the lively rays of the sun. As the offspring of the sun-god, the anticipated child would itself lay claim to deity, and by proxy, she, Semiramis, would henceforth be the "mother of god." Such blasphemy seems transparent in our day, but to a nation that had departed from the living God the absurd became commonplace.  - Dennis Creas
 
This story spread throughout the whole of the ancient civilizations, with each nation adding their own twist and legends to this one. "The dedication of the days to the seven stars, which are called planets, was established by the Egyptians, and it spread also to all men not so very long ago" - Dio Cassius Historia
 
The days of the week were assigned planets, which protected and regulated the day. The first day of the week was given to the first and biggest known celestial body. The worship of the Sun as a god was already an established idea, so when the days were assigned their gods, the worship of the sun god was quickly transferred to this day. 
 
Since the most ancient times, the sun has been a favorite "god" or god symbol of pagan people all around the world. The Babylonians, Persians, Greeks and Romans all worshiped the sun as a god. The native peoples of North and South America widely practiced sun worship, as did their Asian ancestors. The Europeans too were deeply involved in sun worship. There are thousands of museum pieces that show the widespread cult to the sun in all the ancient civilizations.
 
In Egypt the center of sun worship was at Heliopolis. The sun god was the most important deity in the Egyptian pantheon. He had many names: as the sun disk, he was Aten; as the rising sun, he was Khepri, the scarab; at the sun's zenith, he was Re, the supreme god of Heliopolis; and as the setting sun, he was Atum. Egypt's pyramids and obelisks, as well as the sphinx, were associated with the sun god. In the New Kingdom, the sphinx was a symbol for the sun god as Re-Horakhty, the winged sun disk that appeared on the horizon at dawn. Amenhotep IV, instituted a revolution in Egyptian religion by proclaiming Aton (the sun) the true and only god.
 
Sun worship was also widely practiced by the people of the Middle East, and even the Israelites were sometimes corrupted by it: Baal was the Sun God of the Canaanites and Phoenicians. It was him whom Elijah the Prophet defeated in mount Carmel, in his contest with the priests of Baal. The sun God Baal was not able to able to create a fire for his followers while the God of Elijah could.
 
Later on Ezekiel reproved Israel for engaging in such pagan worship. "Then he said to me, "Have you seen this, O son of man? You will see still greater abominations than these." And he brought me into the inner court of the house of The Lord; and behold, at the door of the Temple of The Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men, with their backs to the temple of The Lord, and their faces toward the east, worshiping the sun toward the east." (Ezekiel 8:15-16 RSV)
 
In 274 C.E. the Roman Emperor Aurelian begins new Sun cult.
"In 274, Aurelian … created a new cult of the “Invincible Sun.” Worshipped in a splendid temple, served by pontiffs who were raised to the level of the ancient pontiffs of Rome, celebrated every fourth year by magnificent games. Sol Invictus was definitely promoted to the highest rank in the divine hierarchy and became the official protector of the Sovereigns and of the Empire… He [Aurelian] placed in his new sanctuary the images of Bel and Helios, which he captured at Palmyra. In establishing this new State cult, Aurelian in reality proclaimed the dethronement of the old Roman idolatry and the accession of Semitic Sun-worship. This sidereal theology, founded on ancient beliefs of Chaldean astrologers, transformed in the Hellenistic age under the twofold influence of astronomic discoveries and Stoic thought, [was] promoted, after becoming a pantheistic Sun-worship, to the rank of official religion of the Roman Empire. - Source: Franz Cumont, Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans (reprint; New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1960), pp. 55, 56.
 
FROM PAGANISM TO CHRISTIANITY
 
The early church was free from paganistic influences and symbols, but that was not to remain for long. In Rome far away from Jerusalem and heavily influenced by the pagans from all over the empire, the church begun to make compromises.
 
It was a little bit of paganism here and there, till eventually a strange mixture of Christianity and paganism emerged from this union. The offspring of this union was neither pagan nor Christian. It was a strange combination that professes allegiance to God yet serves the devil through idolatry.
 
The emperor Constantine who had the role of Pontifex Maximus in the pagan religion was the one who started this process. He was a pagan sun worshiper that accepted Christianity but was not baptized into Christianity until a great many years later just before his death. He made Christianity official and then begun to make changes to the Church, a change here and there and presto, Paganism and Christianity were merged into one.
 
The first Sunday Law was enacted by Emperor Constantine - March, 321 A.D. This Emperor is the true legislator of Sun-day worship, not Aumen as some suppose.
 
“On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country, however, persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits; because it often happens that another day is not so suitable for grain-sowing or for vine-planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost.” (Given the 7th day of March, Crispus and Constantine being consuls each of them for the second time [a.d. 321].) - Source: Codex Justinianus, lib. 3, tit. 12, 3; trans. in Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3 (5th ed.; New York: Scribner, 1902), p. 380, note 1.
 
We see clearly in this law that it was as a veneration of the sun day that it was proclaimed no mention of Christianity is made anywhere in this proclamation.
 
SUN WORSHIP IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
 
The heavy influence of sun worship is clearly seen in the Catholic Church rituals and symbols.
 
The first and most clear influence of the Sun on the Catholic Church is the worship service conducted every Sunday. Contrary to popular belief or Catholic apologists the real switch to Sunday worship was when sun worshipers came into the early roman Church and changed the day of worship from the Sabbath to Sunday. Sun day as it was then known was already a popular religious day with the pagans.
 
For over two thousand years the pagans had observed the Sunday as their religious day, The Catholic Church instead of fighting this, just switched and begun to worship on both Sunday and Saturday. Then in order to break away from Judaism they decided to abandon the Sabbath, and adopt the Sun day as their day of worship.
 
The Catholic Church made a sacred day of Sunday … 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. - Source: Arthur Weigall, The Paganism in Our Christianity, p. 145. Copyright 1928 by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York.
 
Q. What is Sunday, or the Lord's Day in general?
A. It is a day dedicated by the Apostles to the memory that Christ our Lord arose from the dead upon Sunday, and therefore is called the Lord's Day. It is also called Sunday from the old Roman denomination of Dies Solis, the day of the sun, to which it was sacred. - Source: Source: The Douay Catechism, (An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine) of 1649, by Henry Tuberville, D.D., published by P. J. Kenedy, Excelsior Catholic Publishing House, 5 Barclay Street, New York, approved and recommended for his diocese by the Right Rev. Benedict, Bishop of Boston, April 24th, 1833, page 143.
 
The next symbol we see of sun worship is on the yearly Christmas celebration. This pagan festival started in Babylon in the Mithra religion and then spread far and wide. In roman times the celebration of the rebirth of the sun-god was on Dec. 25. It was a wide-spread religious celebration known throughout the Roman Empire as "the birthday of Sol Invictus" or the Unconquerable Sun.
 
Christmas is rich with sun symbolism there is the Christmas burning of the Yule log, the many lights that are lighted on Christmas, the lights around the houses. Everything in Christmas is connected in one way or another with the veneration of the sun.
 
Then we have the Easter sunrise service. Which in reality is a service dedicated to the sun. Easter was the celebration of the spring sun. This was an ancient ritual that God condemned in Ezekiel 8:16. God is not honored by the sunrise service it is a pagan custom that was used to worship the sun.
 
Other things associate with Easter are the Catholic "blessing of the new fire" on the evening before Easter Sunday, and then you have the Easter Bonfire. The hot buns decorated with solar crosses made of white icing. The Pagan Greeks made offerings of cakes inscribed with the solar cross to Eos, the Goddess of the Sunrise. Anglo-Saxons too make offerings of cakes incised with solar crosses, and they were worn as amulets and hung in the homes for protection and prosperity. These clearly superstitious and paganistic practices are done in Easter, and it is clear they are a form of sun worship.
 
Another peculiarity of the Papal worship is the use of lamps and wax-candles. The use of these lamps and tapers comes from the same source as all the rest of the Papal superstition. Lighted candles formed part of the worship of the sun for according to the established rites of Zoroaster; the sun-god was to be thus worshipped.
 
Every Egyptian was required to light a lamp before his house in the open air; this was an act of homage to the sun, which had veiled its glory by enshrouding itself in a human form. In Babylon, this practice had been exceedingly prevalent, as we learn from the Apocryphal writer of the Book of Baruch [Chapter 6, verse 18]. "They (the Babylonians)," says he, "light up lamps to their gods, and that in greater numbers, too, than they do for themselves, although the gods cannot see one of them, and are senseless as the beams in their houses." In Pagan Rome, the same practice was observed.
 
The Monstrance or Ostensorium another strong symbol of the sun is actually a chalice in the form of a sun and inside it contains the round wafers another symbol of the sun. All the popes and Catholics are commanded to bow down before this chalice.
 
The veneration of the sun in the Catholic Church is quite obvious. Sunbursts are everywhere you look in the Catholic church, that image is in the altars, the vestments, in many images of the saints and in many other places.
 
The symbols of sun worship are everywhere one looks inside the Catholic Church. The pictures of saints with a halo on their heads was first used in veneration of the sun god helios. The tonsure of the monks are in veneration of the sun. The "balda" of the sun inside St. Peter's basilica, the ancient Egyptian obelisk in front of St. Peter's with a sphere of the sun-god "Ra" on its top.
 
Only a blind person would fail to see that the Catholic Church engages in sun worship, and they have deceived the whole world into doing it themselves. There really is no excuse for those Christians who after knowing these facts continues to worship on Sunday, the day of the sun.
 
Sunday was a day of veneration to the sun, and it continues to be a day of veneration to the sun inside the Catholic Church.
 
Thus is the history of the enactment of Sunday as the day of worship. All true Christians should realize that the supposed specialness of the fixed day of the Sun has nothing whatsoever to do with observance of the divine calendar which mandates the seventh as special.
 
AFTER THE REFORMATION
When the protestant reformation begun, some of the reformers wanted nothing of the customs of Rome to remain within the church. They reject idols and other brazen pagan symbols. The reformers indeed went far away from Rome but unfortunately not far enough. They still kept some remnants of the traditions of Rome and one of them was the worship on sun day. It is understandable that the reformers could only reform so much.
 
Yes there were Sabbath keepers before the reformation, but their numbers were few and their doctrines banned. After the reformation begun, there sprung many new groups that begun to worship on the Sabbath. The new freedom of religion (although still limited) generated by the winds of the reformation, allowed the flourishing of the new groups.
 
Just like ancient Israel went after the worship of Baal (the sun God), so do most of today’s Christians worship on the sun day. Where is the Elijah of today who will stand in the midst of the 800 prophets of Baal and destroy the cult of sun worship?
 
Yes Elijah was in the minority, but he was right. Today the majority of the preachers rise up and teach people to that is ok to worship on the sun day. They have the Bible in their hands which clearly teaches that one has to worship God on the day God has chosen, which was the Sabbath, yet they ignore or twist the scriptures to make it acceptable to worship on the Sun day.
 
But despite this God still has his seven thousand who have not bow the knee to Baal, and refuse to worship on the Sun day. Yes we Sabbath keepers are indeed in the minority, but that does not mean that we are wrong. Noah was in the minority, yet he was quite right.
 
Today most Christians ignorantly and out of tradition worship on the sun day, without realizing they are paying homage to the Catholic Church and the Babylonian cult of sun worship. The heathen worship the sun on Sunday; we are not to learn the ways of the heathen and worship on Sunday.
 
Some excuse sun day worship by saying that it doesn’t matter because we do not direct our worship toward the sun, but toward God. Well what they don’t realize is that God was very specific about how he wanted to be worshiped. So no, you can not worship God anyway you want to, it has to be according to his precepts.
 
Some excuse sun day worship by saying that it doesn’t matter what day we worship. We’ll that is their opinion, but apparently it matters to God for he ordained the Sabbath as the day of worship for his people. You can not decide what is acceptable to God; it is God who decides what is acceptable to him.
 
If those who say it doesn’t matter really meant what they said, then they wouldn’t have a problem switching to the Sabbath. They say it doesn’t matter yet they stubbornly refuse to worship on any other day than sun day. They will not switch to the Sabbath, but neither would they switch to any other day. So it is obvious that it does matter.
 
If you still think that you are not participating in sun worship, you have been deceived by the lies of Babylon. I really don’t know how to say this without sound harsh, but the truth must be told regardless of how political correct, popular or divisive it may be. If you worship on the Sun day, you are participating in sun worship. You may think you are not and you may make many excuses but the truth is that you unknowingly are paying tribute to the sun.
 
Nowhere in any scripture are we commanded to worship God on Sunday. There is absolutely nothing to support worshiping God on the Sun day. There is absolutely nothing in the scriptures that declares Sunday holy. The only day that is mentioned over and over again for proper worship is the Sabbath, with is Saturday.

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