Christmas? Divine or Pagan
The Sun was the Dying God of the ancient world. After his birth on December 25th the young deity increases every day in his power and strength, and defies the demon of darkness in the struggle, till the final week in March comes, when his progress is retarded and he becomes stationary. [Note: Easter varies from around the 21st March up to the l9th of April, as it follows the sun's cycle (Collins, Table of movable feasts)]
The struggle between the two seems to have come to a climax, and the devil appears to be going to have the better of the conflict. Therefore, it is a time of great anxiety and apprehension - a day of mourning and weeping for the maidens of Adonis; the suffering God undergoing his last ordeal; Herculese gone into Hades; Attis is nailed to the trunk of a pine tree - in short, the dead god is interred in the tomb, but two days after, all sorrow and weeping change into merriment, the Sun-God has finally overcome the forces of darkness. The Sun-God has passed the Rubicon, i.e. the Equator. Now, Herculese can begin ascending from the underworld. Adonis, Attis, Dionysus, Baal/Bel and Jesus can begin rising from their respective tombs.
The date of the Dying God and that of the Rising God, therefore, become great events and are attended respectively with mourning and rejoicing - just what we would have found 900 BC in Ancient Babylon on Good Fridays and Easter Sundays then, so we find the same today in the Modern Pagan West where nothing has changed except the name of the Sun God.
If we were living in York or Chester and the date was March 31st 50 BC, we would be preparing for the same Easter festival following the same Christmas festival on or around the 25th of December during which time would have commemorated his birth to a virgin mother in a cave one who had 12 disciples; one who was called saviour; and one who sometimes figured as a lamb; one whose disciples were initiated through baptism; and one in whose remembrance sacramental feasts were held. The only difference you would notice if you went back in time would be the name. In those days the one who rose again on the third day was called Mithra not Jesus." [another perfect example of Generic Engineering]
Kamal-ud-Din continues:".. when I say that at the time of the appearance of the real Jesus on earth, there were temples without end dedicated to gods like Apollo or Dionysus among the Greeks; Herculese among the Romans; Mithra among the Persians, Adonis and Attis in Syria and Phrygia; Osiris, Isis and Horus in Egypt; Bel/Baal and Astarte among the Babylonians and Carthaginians and so on.
All these deities were sun-gods, and it was believed that they were born in a cave or underground chamber, of a virgin mother, on or about Christmas Day.
They led a life of toil for the good of mankind and were called by such names as "Light-Bringer", "Healer", "Mediator", "Saviour, and "Deliverer".
They were vanquished by the Powers of Darkness and descended into Hell or the Underworld. They all rose again from the dead to become the "Lights" to guide mankind to the heavenly world. They founded Communions of Saints, and churches into which disciples were received by baptism. They were commemorated by Eucharistic Meals.
Adonis - the Syrian god, born of a virgin was killed and rose again in the spring. Every year " The maidens wept for Adonis (Ezekiel VIII 14) and then rejoiced over his resurrection."
Attis - The Phrygian god, was also born of a virgin named Nana. He was bled to death at the foot of a pine-tree. His blood renewed the fertility of the earth and thus brought a new life to humanity. He also rose from the dead.. In celebrating his death and resurrection, his image was fastened to a pine tree on March 24th, and the day was called "The Day of Blood", since on that day the deity was bled to death. The image was then laid in a tomb with wailing and mourning, but the coming night changed sorrow into joy. The tomb was found to be empty on the next day, when the festival of the resurrection was celebrated. These mysteries seem to have included a sacramental meal and a baptism of blood.
Bacchus - Sometimes called Dionysus, was born of a virgin named Demeter on the 25th of December [she is sometimes called Semele and sometimes Ceres from which we derive the word cereal, seen on Bank of England notes seated with a stem of wheat in her hand]. Evil had spread over the world, the God of Gods was begged to save mankind. Jupiter hearkened to the prayer, and declared that his son would redeem the world from its misery. He promised a Liberator to the earth, and Bacchus came as a saviour. He was called "The Only Begotten - Son"
"It is I", says Bacchus to mankind, "Who will guide you; I who am Alpha and Omega." He was also a great traveller, and brought the gift of wine to mankind. Changing water into wine.
"Suffering was common to all the sons of Jove", says Justin Martyr. For this reason they were called "The slain ones", "Saviours", and "Redeemers". Bacchus was also slain to redeem humanity, and was called "The Slain one and the Sin Bearer", "The Redeemer. His death, followed by resurrection, was celebrated with all kinds of wild festivities, and there was a representation of the passion of Bacchus, Dead, Descended into Hell, and re-arisen.
Quetzalcohuatl, the Mexican Saviour was born of a virgin, Chimalman, who had received the message informing her that she was to become the mother of a son without any connection with man, but through a heavenly messenger. Soon after the ambassador left, she conceived and bore a son Quetzalcohuatl - the word meaning "Our Beloved Son". This offspring fasted 40 days, and was tempted by the devil. He was crucified, at, which time the sun was darkened and withheld its light. His second coming was so eagerly awaited that when Cortez appeared, the Mexicans greeted him as the returning God." [The Sources of Christianity, page 74-75]
Taken from the book, ‘Satanic Voices - Ancient and Modern’ by David M. Pidcock, 1992 (ISBN: 1-81012-03-1)