An author by the name of Marcus Lowth over at the Listverse website has taken it upon himself to regurgitate the zodiac/Jesus connection conspiracy. The unfortunate thing about this is that these types of websites do not employ people with relevant credentials, instead many writers on this website are paranormal enthusiasts, Marcus is no exception.
The problem is is that this article has over 300 comments, as opposed to the usual 50 comments the website seems to average. These types of articles generate huge readers and large numbers of shares.
Now normally a website such as this isn’t taken seriously by anyone with an education in the field of mythology or religion/history, but since the website caters to the regular internet reader, a regular internet reader (myself) should respond.
The article offers “ten reasons” that the story of Jesus is really an allegory for sun worship. New Agers eat this type of stuff up, and in my evangelistic pursuits I have encountered people who buy into this theory whole cloth.
This theory is used to support the idea that Jesus “did not exist” (although the article doens’t necessarily argue for that) and that Christianity was stolen from previous religions, or in this case, was based entirely off the zodiac.
What these theory proponents like to do is use Christian language and equivocation into things that have no relation with each other. Let’s take a look.
The first day of the “new” Sun is December 25, which, as we all know, is the day Jesus was born in the stable in Bethlehem. Even terms such as the “Son of God” could have originally, in ancient texts, have simply been “the Sun God.” As we will look at later in this list, the new Sun comes after the winter solstice, which ends the previous cycle of the Sun, before its rebirth—essentially, the circle of life.
If you’re wondering where that link leads in the citation, it leads to a blogspot website. Yes, that’s the kind of scholarship the zodiac mythers use, they like to quote each other pretty often. Anyway, the sun is not “reborn” on the 25th, it only appears to resume motion after the three day solstice, both dates have no relevance, because the Lord Jesus Christ was NOT born on December 25th, that date was adopted centuries later.
Secondly, there is still no connection between the two, Jesus did not experience a “rebirth” when He was born in Bethlehem, that was His first birth, unlike the “new” sun zodiac mythers try to claim is born on the 25th. And lastly how does one get “The Son of God” from “The sun god” in ancient texts that were not written in English where the two words don’t sound similar?
Following December 25—when the Sun is reborn—it begins its journey through the houses of the zodiac, just as Jesus begins His life, first as a young child (new Sun) and all the way to summer, when the Sun is at its strongest, or when Jesus was at His most influential and powerful. As a further testament to this, many ancient records depict the Sun as a baby around December and January, a young boy at Easter, a strong and able man during the summer (sometimes with long, yellow hair, indicating bright sunrays), and a tired and frail old man in the months approaching winter.
As I said above, Jesus was not “reborn” or “made new” in Bethlehem, that was His first and only birth, not a yearly cycle, and the sun is not “reborn” either, it’s the same sun as before the equinoxes. Secondly, where in any Christian or New Testament text is Jesus said to have been His most influential in the summertime? Someone please show me, because I cannot think of one. Jesus died and Rose again at around 33. He was never an old man.
Of course, as much as we are familiar with Christmas and the story behind it, most of us will also be familiar with the story of the Three Wise Men and their journey to meet the new “King of Kings.” This is actually—if you believe the claims—a reference to the three stars of Orion’s Belt, which just after the winter solstice, align in such a way as to point to Sirius, the brightest star in the sky and the star that the Three Kings (the three stars of Orion’s Belt) follow or are guided by.
The three stars of Orion’s Belt were also once called the “Three Kings of Orion”—another example of where the story of the Three Kings going to meet the new Son (Sun) of God may have come from. Not only is this an intriguing argument, but it is a great example of the intricate knowledge that ancient people must have had of the universe, which, for all intents and purposes, is the heavens.
I thought we are talking about sun worship? The “three kings” point to Sirius, not the sun. So which one is it?
Ultimately, this parallel is moot, because there were NOT “three wisemen” and they were not kings.
Anyone who has read the Biblical texts knows that there were three TYPES of gifts presented by the wisemen, not even three gifts, but three different types of items presented to the toddler (not newborn) Jesus. Wisemen were servants of kings and princes in the ancient world, they were not kings themselves. And the Bible never even hints to there being three of them.
At the age of 30 years, Jesus was baptized, at least according to the Bible. It is theorized that this is actually documenting the Sun entering the water sign, the House of Aquarius, 30 days after its birth.
Again, that link leads to a blogspot blog. Jesus was not baptized at exactly 30, but the reference in Luke says ABOUT the age of 30. Either way, Jesus was NOT baptized “30 days after His birth” the Jews knew nothing of infant baptism. How entering through a particular constellation is equivalent to the Jewish rite of water purification for priests is not elaborated.
Even Jesus going on to become a shepherd is reasoned to be the Sun again entering a new house of the Zodiac—this time that of Aries—represented by a ram, which of course, would have once been a lamb. Lambs were sacrificed in ancient times, their blood allowed to spill on the land as an offering to the Sun in return for a plentiful harvest. This is just one of the reasons for lamb being typically a food associated with Easter.
First of all, Jesus was never a shepherd by profession, as the article seems to indicate. Jesus never tended to physical sheep that we know of, but spoke of Himself as a Shepherd in spiritual terms. I suppose the 23rd Psalm is a part of the conspiracy as well.
Secondly, the lamb being eaten at Easter has nothing to do with pagan rituals, the lamb was eaten at Easter in reference to the Paschal lamb eaten at Passover.
As spring continues to make the push toward summer, ancient civilizations would see their supplies from the previous year’s harvest dwindling. They were essentially now at the mercy of the Sun to assist in providing what was needed for another good harvest so that they might stock up again for the following year. This is claimed to be symbolized in the story of Jesus, as Christ then ventures out to the “salvation of men”—to provide what they were so very desperate for.
Where in any Christian text is Christ said to have “ventured out” for salvation? He died upon a cross for our salvation, not take a journey.
The summer solstice is generally on June 21 and is symbolized by Jesus being at His most wise and powerful. Essentially, as He spread goodwill and good deeds, resulting in joy and happiness in His life story, so does the Sun as its rays provide heat and light to the Earth, not only for human beings and all things alive but for crops, ensuring a good harvest and plentiful amounts of food.
The sun also provides heat stroke and sunburn, if we are to attribute the deeds of the sun to Jesus, why not these? Where in any New Testament text is Jesus said to have been His most powerful in the spring?
The ancient Phoenician god Bel (sometimes spelled “Bil”) is just one of many ancient deities to be symbolized with a halo. So, too, is Jesus, who is often depicted as having a halo around His head. Conversely, as we will look at in a moment, He would be depicted wearing a crown of thorns at the time of His crucifixion, a reference to the shortening of the days as summer comes to an end—and the rays of the Sun “weaken.”
In terms of the harvest and the zodiac, the crab (Cancer) represents the period where vegetation dries and returns to the Earth (or goes sideways or backward), before a final growth spurt toward harvest. As the Sun enters Leo (late July/early August) it is at its hottest and most powerful (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), just as Jesus was, right before the Roman Empire made the collective decision that He was a little too powerful.
Many deities were depticed with a halo, here’s something interesting, Jesus wasn’t depticed AT ALL until a century after He walked the earth. And a crown of thorns is a crown, not a halo.
The last statment makes no sense, the Roman empire didn’t crucify Jesus because they thought He was “too powerful” they crucified Him at the behest of the Sanhedrin who accused Him of blasphemy. These guys seriously need to read a little history.
As summer gives way to autumn, the days become shorter—or the Sun becomes “weak” and loses its power. Jesus’s eventual crucifixion reflects this part of the Sun’s cycle. In fact, the cross and its connection is largely down to a zodiac disc used by many ancient civilizations, which was divided into four by a cross being placed or drawn over the top of it (aka the four seasons). In the middle of the cross is the Sun, and the dial tracks its movements through each house of the zodiac.
Expressions such as “crossing over,” represented by the Sun passing over the cross, are believed to have first given life to Jesus or the Sun dying on the cross—it is crucified. Indeed, it is claimed by some that this is really where the origins of the phrase of someone “passing over” really stem from: the Sun crossing (passing) over this cross and dying.
First of all, the sun DOESN’T “die” the sun’s rays only appear to weaken due to the sun’s position from the earth, second of all, Jesus didn’t “cross over” anything, the equivocation is made to the two English words cross (crucifixion) and cross (pass by) which didn’t exist in the ancient world. The sun dial being divided into four sections has nothing to do with the Roman crosses which were often in the shape of a capital T. And were used to kill people, not measure time.
The story of Jesus states that He was crucified between two “common thieves” named Dismas and Gestas. This symbolizes the Sun’s journey into the Houses of Scorpio and Sagittarius
That link leads to a website claiming Jesus is a retelling of Buddah, and no, no story of Jesus claims that. At least not any New Testament document. The theives are never named, and if they were, adding those two zodiac signs to their names is completely a stretch.
The winter solstice occurs each year around December 21, as the Sun is at its lowest point. To many back in antiquity, the Sun, at this time, had died. This, as we previously covered, was symbolized by the crucifixion, and now with the Sun remaining at its lowest point (dead) for three days, Jesus’s body was laid to rest in a cave for three days before His “rebirth”—and then it’s back to the first point made in this list.
As we have already showed, the sun doesn’t “die” to use this word is to dishonestly equivocate two things (light being weakened with a man being killed) which have no relation.
Secondly, Jesus was not “rebirthed” three days later and He was not laid in a cave, He was Resurrected. Again, using loaded language and equivocation.
Of course, there are 12 disciples, which in reality—according to these types of theories—were actually a nod of the hat to the 12 signs of the zodiac. This is not just in the story of Jesus, either. Twelve is a recurring number in many other ancient legends—12 and one, with the one being the Sun.
No, Jesus chose 12 disciples to judge to the 12 tribes of Israel, which came to be from Jacob’s 12 sons. (Matthew 19:28)
And yes the number 12 is used in many mythologies, but even we use it today to buy eggs and donuts. I guess the french cruller I had this morning was really a symbol for sun worship.
Ultimately, these types of theories use what we have seen, very bad scholarship and loaded language.