The pagan solar deities of the ancient world were all called the light of he world. The Solis Invicti “Unconquered Sun” was a universal concept. So what is the difference between a Biblical faith and paganism?
Well, it depends on the church one attends.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
. . . that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, Phil. 2:15
In some Christian teaching there is very little difference between the pagan and the sacred. All of ancient paganism was whitewashed by changing the names and places of the ancient deities to that of Christian ones. This was a problem from the very beginning of the Congregation of the Lord. But it became far worse in the 4th century when Constantine made Christianity the state religion of the Roman Empire. This made being a Christian the only way to obtain power in the new government. So pagans flooded the churches and found their old “Unconquered Sun” by a new name. Don’t be to hard on Constantine, he was more politician than theologian. Anything that stopped the war that brought him to power was welcome. He even paid people to convert.
So what had been a slow process of paganization suddenly became and overwhelming flood.
From then on we see Christ represented in full pagan regalia of the halo of sunlight siting in a circle of the Zodiac. The pagan pantheons were replaced with Mary and the saints. As the Reformers put it, “The church was full of foul idolatries and flatterers, who cleaved to a faith which their hearts never welcomed.”
It must be remembered that the Jews who made up the early church where also fully paganised.
The light in the Bible is a metaphorical light not a physical light. We don’t worship the creation but the Creator.
The light that the Bible is about is spiritual light. This needs to be read in Greek.
And night shall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and ever. Rev. 22:5
photos is the noun for light
luchnos is the noun for lamp
helios is the noun for sun
photizo is the verb for give light
The way this is translated “the Lord God will be their light” isn’t quite what the verb means. It makes it sound as if he is a solar deity. Photizo is a verb. It would have been better as “the Lord God will enlighten them.”
These corruptions came from the Mystery Religions. Which is a corruption of the promise of God to provide the Redeemer.
. . . and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; Eph. 3:9
These Mystery Religions all had a communion, a baptism, singing and chanting to achieve an alter state, and many other things we are taught are Christian. Christian they may be, but they are not Biblical.
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 1Cor. 10:23
We must constantly ask, why are we doing this or that? Where is this tradition from? Does it support truth or is it full of error? Elijah’s question is just as good today as it was 2500 years ago.
And Elijah came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word. 1Kings 18:21
The only difference is the inherited churches have over the centuries changed Baal’s name to Jesus. They way they can have their Christmas cake and eat it to.