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God Is The Sun

Updated on January 31, 2015
Thanks, Nasa, for showing us god.
Thanks, Nasa, for showing us god.

Thou arisest beauteous in the horizon of heaven, O living Aten, beginner of life when thou didst shine forth in the eastern horizon, and didst fill every land with thy beauty

Thou art comely, great, sparkling, and high above every land, and thy rays enfold the lands to the limit of all that thou hast made, thou being the sun and thou reachest their limits and subjectest them to thy beloved son.

Being far off, yet thy rays are upon the earth. Thou art in men's faces, yet thy movements are unseen. When thou settest in the western horizon, the earth is in darkness after the manner of death. The night is passed in the bedchamber, heads covered, no eye can see its fellow. Their belongings are stolen, even though they be under their heads, and they perceive it not.

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Aton was of course Ra or Re, Egypt’s sun god. He was part of a pantheon of Egyptian gods. But Akhenaton turned him into the only god, starting a short period of monotheism in Egypt, well before Moses led the way out of Egypt to create his.

The sun has long been considered a god by many cultures around the world, and it is easy to see why. As Akhenaton tells us, people live in fear of the dark. You can have things stolen from you in the night, right in front of your face, because you are blind. It gives energy to make things grow. It gives warmth and light. The sun is the perfect candidate for godhood. Bringer of life and light. Without it we would all die and life on this planet would go instinct in a matter of months.

It is from these ideas that the concept of light = good and dark = evil comes from. The Aztec sun god Huitzilopochtli fought with darkness every day, and lost the fight by evening. Then he would regain strength and rise again, defeating darkness once more. Many of their rituals and sacrifices were aimed at helping the sun once and for all defeat the evil dark. The same story was told in Egypt as Ra took on his daily battle with darkness chasing it down with a chariot.

Like I said: Many cultures from around the world took the sun as their primary god. Amaterasu was the Japanese Sun goddess. She was born from the left eye of a primordial god. She hid from her father but was eventually coaxed out, which became the first dawn. Helios was the Greek sun god until he became Apollo/Helios. The Greeks often merged two or more gods together. Rome later adopted him as their own.

The Hittites, Syrians, Aramaeans and Luwian, all worshiped Arinna. She was another goddess of the sun. The Sumerians worshiped Utu, Persia worshiped Mithra, the Norse worshiped Sunna. To Inca’s it was Inti, in west Africa it is called Liza, the Celts called it Lugh, the Hindus call it Surya, and the Ugarit call it Shemesh.

Sol Invictus was the god of Roman: The unconquered sun. This title was also used for Mithra. In fact, Constantine was both a believer in Mithra and Sol Invictus before and even after he converted Rome to Christianity. He wore a costume to make himself look like Sol when he dedicate Constantinople as the capital of New Rome. He even made an edict telling Christians and sun worshiper’s alike that it was important for them to join together to celebrate the day of the sun. He was the first to make “Sunday” a holyday, not for the Christian Sabbath, but rather for Sol Invictus. It is also no secret that the birth of Sol is December 25th and that it was designated Jesus birthday so that worshipers of Jesus and Sol could worship together. Everyone likes a good party.

With the advent of science we began to learn all about the sun and found out something extraordinary. When the universe began there were giant hydrogen stars. The pressure and temperature inside those stars created all the atoms we have today. When those stars went nova they spread these new atoms out in clouds of dust. The clouds condensed creating smaller stars and planets. On the surface of this planet at least, the new atoms reacted to one another to form all the substances we see today, and eventually led to human beings.

As Carl Sagan loved to say: “We are stardust.” Truly a sun was our creator and our mother. She gave her life for us and was resurrected or reincarnated into our own sun. She now gives us life and maintains it.

If the ancients only knew how right they were. 

How manifold are thy works. They are mysterious in men's sight. Thou sole God, like to whom there is none other. Thou didst create the earth after thy heart, being alone, even all men, heards and flocks, whatever is upon earth, creatures that walk upon feet, which soar aloft flying with their wings, the countries of Khor [Palestine and Syria] and of Kush, and the land of Egypt. Thou settest every man his place, and makest their sustenance, each one possessing his food, and his term of life counted; tongues made diverse in speech and their character likewise their complexions distinguished country and country.


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      Ron Hooft 6 years ago from Ottawa

      Great to meet you too. I'll be taking a look at that hub you wrote. Sounds interesting.

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      Jewels 6 years ago from Australia

      I think we have a few things in common! Nice Hub and I love the NASA pics. It's been awhile since I've been there, thanks for the reminder. I have a hub The Sun in You which shows another depiction of the Sun as our essence, and of course is the symbolism of ourselves as an emanation of the Sun. I also wrote a poem a few years ago (A Waltz With the Gods) which was an experience while doing spiritual practices. It also has a relationship with the Sun, though it's a bit obscure for some! Great to meet you at HB.