The Sun God, Jesus, and Our Hearts

by Joshua Tilghman on March 18, 2014

Sun GodI am currently reading the New York Times Bestseller, The Secret History of the World, by Mark Booth. In the beginning of the book, he does a great job showing how ignorant our modern scholars can be when trying to explain what the ancients really believed spiritually. For example, in one passage he states that scholars like to believe the Egyptians actually worshipped the sun as a sentient being. This is silly. As Booth tells us Robert Temple’s commentary on texts by Aristotle, Strabo, and many other philosophers of the ancient world have clearly shown that they “…saw the sun as a sort of lens through which the spiritual influence of a god rayed from the spiritual into the earthly realms.”

In other words, people like the ancient Egyptians never worshipped the sun itself. To them it was no God. The sun was more like a conduit, something that received God’s power or love and in turn poured it out on humanity. By “spiritual realms” is meant higher or advanced states of consciousness, which God is the highest or first cause. Therefore when God created the sun, he was expressing a part of his love which would be poured out so that consciousness could experience life more abundantly (as we’ll see in a moment, this has direct relevance to a scripture from 2 Peter).

Everything that we have discovered in modern science about the sun’s importance to our solar system shows that that is exactly what God did. Without the sun, no life would exist. Even the atoms which make up our body were made from the remnants of another sun that went supernova billions of years ago. We can be assured of this fact because we now know that all the elements of the periodic table following hydrogen and helium are made in this manner. Without a supernova, there would be no oxygen to breathe, no gold to mine, and no carbon to form carbon-based life. As much as you might hate the new age phrase, you really are a star child!

Maybe it’s time to realize that the ancients weren’t ignorant or superstitious, but possibly had a better understanding of our place in the universe than we do. The ancient Egyptians were quite intelligent. Booth reminds us of the fact that ancient Egyptian wise men knew that Sirius is a three-star system as opposed to being a binary star system. In the modern world this fact was only recently discovered in 1995 when French astronomers uncovered a red dwarf using strong radio telescopes. In the ancient world, this type of advanced astrological / astronomical knowledge was taught in the Mystery schools.

So what’s any of this have to do with the Bible?

Mystery schools of the ancient world instructed that mankind has both a head and heart consciousness. They taught that heart consciousness emanates from the sun (as a metaphor for the “son”) and actually is received in the mind through the heart. In other words, and as Booth puts it, the ancient Mystery schools taught that “…the heart is the portal through which the Sun god enters our lives.”

Fascinating. The sun god, eh?

Could this be part of the reason for a well-known scripture in 2 Peter 1:19:

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.”

The phrase day star is an obvious reference to Christ. A star produces light and the Bible says God is light. The imagery in our verse from 2 Peter suggests that His (Christ’s) conscious light rises within us via the heart, or that aspect of consciousness which is concerned with higher emotions. In esoteric literature, these higher emotions come from a plane just above the mental plane—known in esoteric literature as the Buddhic or spiritual plane—closely connected to the wisdom of the spirit. This is because through the receiving and application of true wisdom results automatically in the individual expressing higher emotions well beyond the limited aspects of the ego.

Returning again to the imagery in 2 Peter, the sun, or “day star” as it is called, has always been a symbol for the higher self in esoteric literature. The sun rising and the imagery of the “dawn” refers to the fact that when the higher self, your true self, begins to manifest over the ego on the higher planes, there is a new dawn within you. It is an advancement of consciousness, and this is what happens as the Christ rises within you. All this powerful imagery used by the ancients, including the authors of the New Testament, suggests that the risen sun / son (Christ) is a risen state of consciousness.

The Biblical writers obviously knew and taught the wisdom of the Mystery schools. And yes, my dear reader, it is true: metaphorically speaking, you are a sun child and Jesus really is a Sun god! Remember, Jesus’ birthday is on December 25th, the symbolic death of the sun (winter solstice) before it is raised again after three days and begins to wax stronger as it shines longer each day heading towards spring.

Next time we read anything in our history books about the ancients being sun-worshippers, let us remember that the earliest Christians and even the New Testament writers used the same imagery and spiritual principles as they Egyptians. In fact, this was the heritage of the Old Testament as well. Perhaps you remember this often quoted scripture from church services:

winged sun god“But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings…” (Malachi 4:2).

Oh yes, Malachi said sun, not son. It’s certainly something to contemplate.

I write this post to point out one thing: perhaps everything in our physical world is more spiritual than modern Christianity would let on. Perhaps it is ALL spiritual just like the ancients said it was!


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

anonymous March 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Thanks Josh !


Robert March 18, 2014 at 7:09 pm


An interesting post. I peaked at the book by Booth on Amazon and it sounds like something we can all appreciate and get a birds eye perspective of the whole mystery school movement.


Joshua Tilghman March 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm


You have no idea. For anyone who wants a fairly accurate assessment of what was taught and how in the early mystery schools, this book is a must! You would not be disappointed! If you ever get the chance to read it, e-mail me and let me know what you thought. Blessings my friend.


Sparks March 19, 2014 at 8:05 am

Hi Josh,
Another fine and insightful writing!
The ancient Egyptians certainly had much more going on than we actually do know of, in fact, a long debated question is if Jesus was introduced/initiated into the trainings at a very young age, all speculative, but as we can sense through his teachings, there certainly seems to be something there.

As Robert has used the “birds eye perspective”, and in working with the Doves, I do know they use the sun and the earth’s gravitation to navigate safely home, they will also use markers along the way! Personally, I have never worn a watch and know the time almost exactly and always navigate while driving by the sun, if its visible, it will surely get you to where you are going!
Am a avid star-gazer and sun-gazer…here is a safe way to view the sun:

“But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings…” (Malachi 4:2).

Beautiful!! adding the “Ankh” to that we have Sun and Life!
although mainstream Christianity will condemn any such “nonsense”, there is that Gnosis going on in our DNA, especially when we are with the Nature…

and for your listening enjoyment!

Its All Right,


Joshua Tilghman March 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Thanks Sparks!


Dayna March 19, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Hi Josh,

I really enjoyed reading this post. Recently, I’ve been helping my daughter in 5th grade study material for science and it has been such an eye-(re)opener. I’m enjoying it so much more than she is. 🙂 I’m sure I knew most of what I’m going over with her, but somewhere down the road I pushed it aside after being taught it was “unspiritual” and really of no importance. It’s so obvious that EVERYTHING & EVERYONE is connected. It’s amazing!! Your last statement – “perhaps everything in our physical world is more spiritual than modern Christianity would let on. Perhaps it is ALL spiritual just like the ancients said it was!” – is absolutely true. You can remove the “perhaps” because it definitely is! We are children of God…children of the light! Awesome!!



Joshua Tilghman March 23, 2014 at 12:02 am

Lol, thanks for the comment, Dayna. I agree!


Quentin March 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm



Robert March 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Awesome. Everything and everyone becomes more spiritual when we become more spiritual. (Even the IRS fits into this yet somewhere, and I am working in my spirit to find where. LOLROF)


Joshua Tilghman March 23, 2014 at 12:04 am


I love reading your comments when you get to joking like this. Perhaps you’re doing taxes? I would say that the IRS fits into this where Jesus says “render unto Caesar what is Caesars.” 🙂


Angela March 29, 2014 at 11:24 am

I so need to talk to you. Thank you thank you thank you.


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