Christianity is Sun Worship: Theist Response?
I have seen NUMEROUS sources recently that expose Christianity as nothing more than altered paganistic sun worship.
There are several key videos that make the case. I cannot figure how to embed them, but I welcome any help.
My favorite is very short and to the point. It has no publicized authorship, and appears to be very “underground.” Nonetheless, most of the information is factual and difficult to dispute. It can be found here (26 minutes):
Secondly, Reginald Finley interviews a woman who wrote a book about this issue (48 minutes):
Finally, the first video I saw on this topic is called “The Naked Truth”, and it lasts for about 2 hours.
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You can watch all of those videos to understand the arguments.
To put it in a nutshell:
1. Jesus is not a deity. He may or may not have been a real person.
2. The story of Jesus is plagiarized from other religions far more ancient than Christianity. This goes beyond Judaism. The bulk can be directly traced to Egyptian religion and worship of the sun god, Horus, who happens to share many important features with Jesus. These features are so identical, the issue cannot be due to coincidence. This is not to say that Horus is the only Pagan god with similar features, but he is one of the most identical to Jesus. Others might be Mithra, Krishna, Dionysus, Attis, or Zoroaster.
http://www.adam.com.au/bstett/BJesusandHorus74.htm http://ask.metafilter.com/54488/First-Century-Jesus-References http://www.geocities.com/nephilimnot/horus.html http://englishatheist.org/indexz31.shtml
Armed with a few good search words, your studies may yield better and more abundant sources.
3. All of the story of Jesus is astrology. He dies on a cross. The sun in the winter solstice on December 25 hangs in a constellation known as the crux. Then it is “born” after 3 days of seemingly hanging in the same spot and starts to set in a different place going further North each night. People were so fearful in the winter that the sun would not came back that they celebrated its return, and the end of the continual shortening of days. When it is born, the North star lines up with Orion’s belt, composed of three stars known as the “three kings”. In sum, this is all that the resurrection is. Nothing more. There was no real cross and no real dying savior. All of that mumbo jumbo was a template for other theological ideas, such as sin and salvation, to take root.
4. If Jesus WAS real, then it is highly likely that he was groomed to recycle myths from the past in order to become a tool of social control. In any event, the real or fictional Jesus was a tool of political control when he became historicized. Some scholars, I believe, may claim that Chrsitian gnosticism never intended for Jesus to be a real person and that the rituals and religious concepts of gnosticism were borrowed from other Pagan religions. I believe that the most plausible version is one in which religious gnostics made up the religion truly believing that it was something great, but that there was no real Jesus. Later, people like Paul (who never eyewitnessed Jesus) possibly either mistakenly thought Jesus was historical or concocted the historical Jesus. Being a skeptic, I’m not a fan of conspiracy theories. So once again, I would favor the church fathers mistakenly believing in a historical Jesus after years of the birth of non-historical Jesus Christian gnosticism.
How do Christians respond to the claim that Christianity is sun worship?
REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM.