The Sun God
Thousands of years ago, life on Earth was much different than it is today; there were no modern conveniences of any kind. Things we take for granted today were nowhere to be found in ancient times. When Humans were first waking up from primitive times, the Sun was their savior. During the daytime, when the Sun was out, everything was good and they felt safe. During the day, people could see what was going on around them and they could more easily become aware of any predators that may be attempting to make a meal out of them. When the Sun came up, everyone who lived back then would have felt much relief. The scary cold night would have finally ended, but after the Sun went back down again things were much different. People that lived then would have no longer been protected from the animals that might have wanted to feast on them. The nighttime was dark and cold; no one could see at night because there was no light -- it is the Sun that provides light to the world. When darkness crept in, people who lived thousands of years ago were constantly vulnerable to many dangerous things such as predatory animals. When the Sun came up, the ancients were once again safe, secure, warm, and protected from the dangers they perceived. In those days, the Sun truly was their "savior" -- and it rose every single morning. The Sun was their "risen savior", of which was the subject of much gratitude an adoration in ancient times; so much so, that they considered the Sun to be "God". Many so called "gods", "divine beings", and "deities" (almost too many to count) have been based completely on the Sun, and for good reason ... there would be no life on Earth without the Sun. Therefore, It is very fitting that people (especially ancient people) would have extremely high regard for the Sun -- this is why there have been so many "sun gods" or solar deities. Ancient people were very much aware that their very lives depended on the Sun (seems like they understood this better than we do), so of course they thought it was "God"; it makes perfect sense. The most ancient war that has ever existed on the face of the Earth is the war between darkness and light; this is why good is symbolized by light and evil by dark. The Sun is what lights the world; therefore, it is the Sun that is the "light of the world" -- this is the foundation of nearly every religion on Earth.
The Sun was symbolic of God to all ancient cultures, and that is why they all told the same stories. Details such as names, times, and places have constantly changed over thousands of years, but the basic story has always been exactly the same -- because it is the story of the Sun, which will be revealed in due course. As a direct result of the deification of the Sun, concepts have arisen that form the foundations of the very religious beliefs that still captivate many people to this day. However, most people do not realize the true origins of their faith. Ancient people believed the Sun was placed specifically, by God, in the sky; they believed the Sun was of God, consequently, they called it the "Sun (S-U-N) of God". Who owns the Sun? It belongs to, is the property of, and was created by God of course; therefore, and obviously, it is "God's Sun". Where is the Sun? It is in the sky (heaven); as a result, we have -- "God's Sun (S-U-N) in Heaven". What does God's Sun do in Heaven? The Sun provides light to the world (among other things); what else lights the world if not the Sun? Obviously the Sun is the "light of the world". Why have all of the sun gods been called the "light of the world" -- because the Sun is the light of the world, that's why. There is nothing else that provides light to the world other than the Sun. This all becomes "God's Sun (S-U-N) in Heaven is the light of the world". Where have we heard that before? It is very easy to understand, but too many people have no idea where these concepts, ideas, and beliefs actually came from.
In Ancient Egypt they referred to the Sun as the "risen savior", and every single morning the Sun would rise again. To the Egyptians, the Sun really was their "savior" (as it is ours); therefore, it is totally appropriate that they called the Sun their "risen savior" -- they knew they would die without it, and they were absolutely correct in believing this because they really would have died without the Sun. It makes perfect sense, but it seems these days we have no idea that our lives depend on the Sun. When is the last time you heard anyone mention that they appreciate the Sun? No, not at all -- now people seem to only think the Sun causes cancer! Little do they realize that their very life is completely and totally 100% dependent on the Sun. The ancient Egyptians were highly and constantly aware that the Sun provided energy to everything on the whole planet, including their very own bodies. They correctly understood that the Sun was the sole provider and source of the energy needed to sustain all life on Earth. The Egyptians knew it was energy from the Sun that made plants grow, and then this same energy was later transferred to the animals that ate plants. The people of ancient Egypt also understood that through the consumption of both plants and animals, that same energy from the Sun ended up in their very own bodies. They knew that the Sun is what made their lives possible; this is something we should all take a moment to reflect on, at least occasionally. Ancient Egyptians also knew the Sun would eventually use itself up and stop producing energy, as we know it will; this means the Sun gives its life so that we may live. Understanding what modern beliefs are based on can be quite fascinating, that is if your mind is open and capable of receiving the information. The Ancient Egyptians so loved the "Sun (S-U-N) of God" that they even named it; they named it Horus, which is the etymological origin of the word "Jesus". Horus was also called the "newborn sun", "risen one", and "risen savior" among other things. Egyptians, thousands of years before any of our modern religions, said that when the Sun came up there was peace on Earth, but when it went down there was no peace anywhere; consequently, they called it the "prince of peace". When the Sun went down the "prince of darkness" was said to have come out, whose name was Set -- this is why we say the Sun "sets" at the end of every evening. Ancient Egyptians believed that evil ruled the world while it was dark; when you combine dark and evil you get ... devil, and when you remove one "o" from the word "good" you get God. How much do we actually know about where things came from? Is it important to know? The most ancient ideas about "God" had to do with the war between light and dark. These ideas were personified into countless metaphoric stories, but all of these stories have been based totally on the Sun; metaphoric personifications of the Sun are the true origins of our modern religions. Darkness contained and concealed the workings of "evil", and to the ancients, it was extremely frightening; however, the Sun brought the light and was extremely good (God). The Sun truly was the most important thing to ancient people; it is also the most important thing to us in modern times as well -- you will die without it. Without the Sun, it will only be a few weeks before there is no life left on Earth -- seems pretty important. Or, maybe the Sun's only function is to give cancer to humans; one might be inclined to think this in our "modern" world. The ancient Egyptians were certainly not the first or the last, by far, to tell the Sun's story; this same story has been told countless times by a multitude of cultures spanning thousands of years. Modern religious beliefs are nothing more than a retelling of this same story, the Sun's story, but no-one seems to realize this.
The Sun Moving Through the Constellations
The Sun from the Northern Hemisphere
On the first day of summer, the Sun is at its "most high" position in the sky; it is also in the constellation of Leo the Lion, which is where the idea of a "lion king" came from. From this "most high" position on the first day of summer, the Sun (as viewed from the Northern Hemisphere of Earth) then moves one degree south every day at the horizon. This continues until three months later when the Sun has gone a quarter of its journey; this is when fall begins, and it is because this is when the Sun "passes over" the Equator. After this, the Sun continues to move downward toward the horizon at one degree per day; after three more months, and halfway through its journey, the Sun finally reaches its lowest point in the southern sky -- and stops moving. This was a big concern to the ancients because they thought if something stopped moving it was dead -- they thought the Sun "died". How traumatic this must have been for them, especially so, considering that this so-called "death" of the Sun happened within the constellation of the cross. This means that the "Sun (S-U-N) of God died on the cross", at least according to the ancients. And just when did this happen? Strangely, this corresponds perfectly with the holiday we call Christmas. On December 22nd is when the Sun stops moving, and it does not move again until ... December 25th! On December 25th, Christmas day, the Sun begins again its one degree per day movement in the sky, but now it is rising in relation to the horizon. Ancient people perceived this to be the Sun "rising from the dead". This rising was also considered to be the "birth" of the Sun; the Sun was born, again. God's Sun (S-U-N) in Heaven is "born again" every year on the 25th day of December -- Christmas. How interesting is that? Now ... after all this, the Sun continues its journey (upwards from the horizon one degree per day) until it "passes over" the Equator -- Easter. In ancient times this was call for celebration because it meant that the Sun had completely risen from the dead and spring had begun. Life after the cold long winter could begin again, crops could be planted, and Earth finally became busy with life again. This happens just as the Sun reaches and "passes over" the Equator, which is where the "Passover" comes from. This genuinely is a great reason for celebrating; if it doesn't happen, as we have seen, we will not be around for long. At this point, this "newborn Sun" (S-U-N), sits right in the constellation of Virgo the Virgin. What? God's Sun (S-U-N) in Heaven is "born of a virgin"? Yes ... yes it is, and it is a wonderful story when you realize what it means. From there, the Sun continues upward until it again reaches the constellation of Leo the Lion and the completion of its yearly journey. At this time, the Sun is once again in its hottest and "most high" position -- this is why God is often referred to as the "most high", and it has nothing to do with anything other than the movement and position of the Sun as it is seen from the Northern Hemisphere of Earth. This has been happening exactly the same since long before any religions existed; it will continue until long after present day becomes ancient history.
Zeitgeist: The Movie | 2007 (Hd)
It's Just a Story
It is no secret that cultures rise and fall constantly building upon civilizations that came before. Knowledge and information in the form of stories is constantly being molded, evolved, and passed down through every generation. One such story is about a tortoise and a hare; we all know this one. We have this story, and ones like it, to teach children something they need to know about life. The details of the story might vary from person to person and maybe even from family to family, but the underlying foundation of the story always remains the same. Even if we changed the characters in the story to something else, like a slug and a centipede, the moral of the story would remain intact. You can change anything you like about the story, as long as you don't change the moral; if the moral remains unchanged, the details are irrelevant. Arguing about what kind of turtle it was, or exactly how fast the rabbit did run is silly -- those type of details are unimportant and of no consequence to the moral of the story. What matters and has value is what the story means. It's easy to recognize any story by its moral and basic theme, but settling the differences of the details is impossible. Everyone has their own version of the story, but the moral is shared equally by all. If we focus on the moral, we can agree; but when we focus on the unimportant and irrelevant details, arguments are sure to be had by all. The meaning of the story is what is important, not the details.
The Greatest Story Ever Told
The Sun's story has taken on many variations, but once the story is known it becomes easy to see and recognize. It's been told for thousands and thousands of years and is at the heart of all religions that began in the Northern Hemisphere. The details, times, places, and names are all irrelevant; It is the moral -- the meaning -- that has value ... so, what does it mean? It means: the Sun's story is the greatest story ever told.