By proclaiming December 25th in honor of Sol Invictus, Aurelian made it possible for the worshippers of all the various gods to recognize Sol Invictus as the personification of his own sun god-Deus Sol Invictus, a single sun god at the head of the Roman Pantheon incorporating all the sun gods within the empire: Sol Invictus was a single god that everyone could recognize as their own. What a concept! And, by proclaiming December 25th as the birthday of Sol Invictus, Aurelian was able to pull it off.
One of the bronze coins minted during Aurelian’s reign depicts Aurelian on ond side, and on the other side, Sol Invictus with his radiant crown, a symbol of the sun gods. When conpared to a coin from the reign of Elegabalus, it is easy to see a striking resemblence of Baal or El Gabal – the very same sun gods with the very same radiant crowns.
Here we find the Syrian sun worship we read about in the Old Testament alive and well in the Roman Empire a thousand years after the time of Elijah and some 250 years after the time of Christ. Continuing with our time line, we will find that during the third century, aspects of pagan worship, including the festival of December 25th, would be incorporated as a part of the Christianity of that day – a Christianity recorded by the “Church Fathers” that has come down to us today.
“Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity and things wherein there is no profit. Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?