htp://AdventMessage.com - The Hypocrisy of Sunday Worship. "Sunday is our mark of authority...the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact."
Catholic Record (September 1, 1923)
"You will tell me that Saturday was the Jewish Sabbath, but that the Christian Sabbath has been changed to Sunday. Changed! But by whom? Who has authority to change an express commandment of Almighty God?
When God has spoken and said, 'Thou shalt keep holy the seventh
day', who shall dare to say, nay, thou mayest work and do all
manner of worldly business on the seventh day, but thou shalt keep holy the first day in its stead?
This is a most important question which I know not how you can
answer. You are a Protestant, and you profess to go by the Bible and the Bible only; and yet, in so important a matter as the observance of one day in seven as a holy day, you go against the plain letter of the Bible, and put another day in the place of that which He has commanded.
The command to keep holy the seventh day is one of the ten
commandments; you believe the other nine are still binding; who gave you authority to tamper with the fourth?
If you are consistent with your own principle, if you really follow the
Bible and the Bible only, you ought to be able to produce some
portion of the New Testament in which this fourth commandment is expressly altered."
Burns and Oates, Library of Christian Doctrine, as quoted in Carlyle Haynes, From Sabbath to Sunday (Review and Herald, 1928): 48.
The system of worship has its origin in the legend of Nimrod and his wife Semiramus. Nimrod was the great-grandson of Noah. He
rebelled against God, like his father Cush. Eventually Nimrod was
put to death for his evil deeds, and according to the ancient patriarchal system, parts of his body were sent to various cities as a warning. His wife Semiramus fled, and spread the rumour that he had ascended to heaven, where he had become one with the sun. When Semiramus later gave birth to a son, she claimed that it was the reincarnation of her deified husband, and that he had returned to save the human race. She was later deified as the mother of the sun god, and it was supposed she had ascended into heaven as the queen of heaven. In the various cultures throughout history and around the world, the same basic deities have been worshipped under different names.
The pagan system of sun worship had three main aspects: the father, mother, and the son. In ancient Chaldean times, these were the god Bel or Merodach, Ninus the son who was also worshiped as Tammuz, and the female goddess Rhea who was also worshiped as Ishtar, Astarte, or Beltis. She was also referred to as the “queen of heaven,” and the “wrath subduer.”
Mother and child worship was the basis of the ancient religions. In the various religions of the world, the same system of worship was
perpetuated under different names. In Egypt , the mother and child were worshiped as Isis and Osiris or Horus, in India as Isi and Iswara, in China and Japan as the mother goddess Shing-moo with child, in Greece as Ceres or Irene and Plutus, in Rome as Fortuna and Jupitor-puer, or Venus and Adurnis, and in Scandinavia as Frigga and Balder.
The mother and child were worshiped in Babylon as Ishtar and
Tammuz, and in Phoenicia, as Ashtoreth and Baal. Moreover, the
child was worshiped as both husband and son of the mother goddess. Catholic customs stem from ancient pagan practices and beliefs. Pagan priests were celibate, tonsured, and received the power of sacrificing for the living and the dead.
The same power is given to Roman Catholic priests. Pagan celibate priests are dedicated to the mother goddess, and Catholic priests to Mary the mediatrix.
Now you can understand how sun worship snaked its way in