The Right Hand Man : Part II
The King of Jerusalem : Part II

Happy Birthday Sol!

In two recent addresses entitled 'Christmas isn't too good to be true,' and 'On the Angelus'  Pope Benedict reflected on the 'mystery' of Christmas. Three of his more interesting statements were:

"...There lies Emanuel, the Creator made creature, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a poor manger."

"...In the darkness of the night of Bethlehem...a great light was truly lit: The Creator of the universe incarnated himself, uniting himself indissolubly with human nature, to the point of really being 'God from God, light from light' and at the same time, man, true man."

"...Christ is the sun of grace who, with his light, "transfigures and inflames the universe with expectation" (Liturgy)..."

Aside from the Orwellian 'doublespeak' and 'doublethink' inherent in these first two statements, and the downright anti-Christian claims about God becoming man, it is important for Christians to know the pagan concepts associated with 25 December.

The Emperor Constantine the Great [272-337] declared that, instead of Saturday, the Sabbath would be on Sunday - "the venerable Day of the Sun," a day already sacred to Mithra and Sol Invictus and also that December 25, a day sacred to these same two pagan gods, would be the official birthday of Jesus. Coins minted during his reign depicted the head of the Sun God and were inscribed: "SOL INVICTO COMITI" (Committed to the Invincible Sun).

From the Roman Catholic Encyclopaedia:

"...The well-known solar feast, however, of Natalis Invicti [the birth of the Sun], celebrated on 25 December, has a strong claim on the responsibility for our [Christmas] December date...

"...Mommsen (Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, 12, p. 338) has collected the evidence for the feast, which reached its climax of popularity under Aurelian in 274.

"...The earliest rapprochement of the births of Christ and the sun is in Cyprian [d. 257AD]: "O, how wonderfully acted Providence that on that day on which that Sun was born . . . Christ should be born. 

"...Chrysostom: "But Our Lord, too, is born in the month of December . . . the eight before the calends of January [25 December] . . ., But they call it the 'Birthday of the Unconquered' [Sol Invictus] Who indeed is so unconquered as Our Lord . . .? Or, if they say that it is the birthday of the Sun, He is the Sun of Justice." [Catholic Encyclopaedia]

At the time of Jesus and the apostles, Rome was the dominant power and Romans were overlords of most the known world. As the teachings of the apostles spread abroad, they were absorbed by Roman and Hellenistic society. In most cases, Christianity was regarded as just another new religion instead of a new way of life as taught by the apostles. That the feast of Sol Invictus should eventually be declared as the official birthday of Jesus is just one small example of the process by which the new religion of Christianity was grafted into pagan teachings, thus preserving a semblance of Christianity, which placated those professing the new religion without outraging the feelings of those supporting the old.

This faux Christianity has continued to deceive millions for almost two thousands years. Any person familiar with ancient history knows that paganism abounded with 'sun' gods,' 'divine' heroes, and 'queens of heaven.'

Multitudes of theologians and many thousands of learned tomes have endeavoured to demonstrate that these pagan teachings were derived from the Bible and many millions of Christian faithful have been thoroughly deceived by them over the centuries.

While most of us enjoy the Christmas season with our families,  it is just as well to keep in remembrance that the original purpose of 25 December was not to remember the birth of Jesus. It is also well to cease being deceived about the teachings of the Christian churches and to cease paying homage to their false gods no matter how cloaked in Christian piety.

It is also instructive to be aware of the judgement pronounced upon the priestly proponents of pagan worship:

"Then he brought me to the door of the gate of YHWH's house which was toward the north; and behold, there sat the women weeping for Tammuz.* Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this , O son of man? thou shalt again see yet greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of YHWH's house; and behold, at the door of the temple of YHWH, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of YHWH, and their faces toward the east; and they were worshipping the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this , O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here..." (Ezek. 8:14-17)

"Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places. And your altars shall become desolate, and your sun-images shall be broken; and I will cast down your slain men before your idols...that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your sun-images may be hewn down, and your works may be abolished." [Ezek. 6:4-6). See also 2 Chron. 14:5; 34:3-7 and 2 Kings 23:5.

*Tammuz: Babylonian deity supposed to be referred to in Ezek. viii. 14. He is regarded as the husband, or sometimes as the son,** of the goddess Ishtar..." [Jewish Encyclopaedia:  Isidore Singer and Joseph Jacobs.  Bibliography: Frazer, Golden Bough, 2d ed., i. 360 et seq.; Jastrow, Religion of the Babylonians and Assyrians, p. 549, Boston, 1898; W. Robertson Smith, Rel. of Sem. p. 411; Barton, Sketch of Semitic Origins, pp. 211 et seq.S. J.]

**We will have more to say later about the god who is both husband to, and son of, a goddess.

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