The sun being upheld by the ankh in Egyptian artwork
When I see conspiracy theories involving supposed Satan worship, one thing I tend to encounter, depending on what I chance upon via search terms or what links I find, is the belief among Christian conspiracy theories and theorists that sun worship is the same thing as worshipping Satan (or Lucifer, as some of them still erroneously call him), often as part of conspiracy theories directied at the Freemasons and the Catholic Church. They also claim that Mithras, Baal, Lucifer, and Nimrod (the last two aren’t even deities) were sun gods, and that Ra or Amun-Ra are analogous to Satan for no apparent reason other than they are high sun gods.
It makes me wonder, why do Christians find sun worship so satanic, and what does it have to do with Satan other than they hate any form of worship that doesn’t involve Jesus? I mean I thought for Christians Satan represented darkness not light. And don’t give me anything about Lucifer because he doesn’t have anything to do with Satan. What exactly does Satan have to do with the sun in any context? And of all the things Christian conspiracy theorists pick on, why sun worship?
I’ve heard from various sources, all of them likely Christian, that Baal was linked to sun worship (then again some of those some sources claim Baal and Nimrod are the same entity). Aside from that, I’ve found no evidence that Baal was ever a sun god.
And keep in mind, in ancient Canaan, Baal was often worshiped in the form of many deities bearing the title Baal, though we was still often thought of as the great and mighty fertility deity (though to be fair, this might have been to do with the fact that only priests were allowed to utter the name Hadad; and it’s possible Baal became a distinct deity later). There’s also Bel from Mesopotamia (not to be confused with the Celtic Bel, or Belenus), who was also believed to have been a sun deity, though I have heard nothing linking Bel to the sun. Bel was associated with Marduk, who was not a solar deity. There’s a deity called Malakbel who is a sun deity, but that is a separate deity that has Bel as part of its name.
My only theory is that Baal became identified with the sun at a much later point, or that Baal’s association with the sun is merely from a Jewish or Christian point of view. Or perhaps, it might just be another wacky conspiracy theory invention.