The ancients recognized an annual pattern and began to model some of humanity’s earliest spiritual concepts from their observations of the Solstices. The fading sun became a symbol of our inevitable death.
Many Christians are regressing away from Grace and the promise of the New Testament back to the legalism and “us vs. them” mentality of the Old Testament.
“We pay our debts in business dealings because we have to; we give gifts to our loved ones because we want to. It was not law but love that lay behind the sacrifice of Christ.” – B.F. Wescott