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The Re-Birth of the Sun

Hi. Y'all know me. You know what I typically write about. Well, today I am writing about a holiday observance, Christmas. Most of us associate it with the birth of Christ. But no doubt you realize Christmas comes nearly on the same day as the shortest -darkest- day of the year. In fact, that day and the days that follow, when the hours of light increase until late in June, were also of interest to worshipers of the Sun God. They awaited the "rebirth" of the Sun, since sunlight is closely associated with life and crops. Yes, food means life!

Please don't think me as one who considers himself as holier than his own next door neighbor. I was shown that Christ's birthday, as described in the Bible, did not occur during this time of year, but in the early Fall. In fact, the entire Christmas season did not even begin to be celebrated by "Christians" until the 4th Century after the death of Christ! During the earliest part of the development of Christianity, Jesus' birth was never observed, but his death was. This is because his birth was relatively unimportant, compared to his death. For it is his faithful death that paved the road to salvation!

Please do not accept my word on this. Check your encyclopedias. And if/when you learn what I say here is true, don't assume it doesn't matter. Rather, consider if God thinks it matters. For we amount to little, but God is the very source of life, and breath, and all things.

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MegL wrote on December 17, 2017, 4:05 PM

I love coming up to 21st December and the shortest day of year, just as I feel sad coming up to 21st June. I know that once we have passed 21st (or 22nd) December, the days will start to lengthen, even if I cannot see it on a daily basis. At this latitude, we gain an hour of daylight in the morning and another in the evening every month. I know that on the first Sunday in February each year, I can have my tea at 5pm and it will still be light, whereas it was starting to get dark at 4pm at the start of January. And at the start of March, it will still be light at 6pm.

VinceSummers wrote on December 17, 2017, 4:34 PM

I, too, rejoice when the darkest day is past. I do realize it ties in, historically, with agriculture and paganism. But I also realize it is, in reality, simply part and parcel of nature.

VinceSummers wrote on December 17, 2017, 4:42 PM

Can you see (the evil man) Constantine's reasoning? The birth of the sun becomes the birth of the Son. Thus he could combine the so-called Christians and the pagans together to form a more powerful military.

MegL wrote on December 18, 2017, 1:43 AM

Yes, there have been some brilliant PR people and marketers throughout history.

VinceSummers wrote on December 18, 2017, 7:47 AM

And Constantine's mom...! Don't even go there...

lookatdesktop wrote on December 19, 2017, 5:50 PM

I wonder if Jesus was born sometime in October. I wonder if there is way to find out the exact day Jesus was born on. Hmm.

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VinceSummers wrote on December 19, 2017, 5:56 PM

Probably the beginning of October, possibly the tail-end of September. But it does not matter. If it did matter, it would have been recorded in Scripture.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 19, 2017, 6:05 PM

Of course. I still honor His birth, no matter what day or month it was. I no longer place a tree in the house nor do I put up a crucifix any more. I have learned better not to be a part of the pagan ways of man in the matter of Christmas. Ba Humbug.

VinceSummers wrote on December 19, 2017, 7:04 PM

Besides... it's his death that really matters, and we have an exact date for that. It's because that day is super important, so it was put into the scriptures.