Adventists shy away from anything to do with the sun. Sun worship, they say. But comparing God to the sun is not wrong.
Jesus claimed to be the light of the world.
John 8:12 – Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
In the physical world, what is the natural light of the world? The sun, obviously. Jesus is the spiritual light of the world, the creator, without whom even the natural sun would not exist.
Malachi 4:2 – But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
Jesus is called the Sun of righteousness, rising with healing in his wings. The wings of the sun are the rays of light. Ever see Jesus depicted with rays of light coming from him? Ever be told that that is a sign of sun worship? It’s not. It’s biblical symbolism.
Luke 1:78 – Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us.
Dayspring? Dawn. The rising sun.
Psalms 84:11 – For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
2 Sam 23:3-4 – The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
Next time you see a halo around the head of Jesus in a picture, remember that light forms a circular glow, and this simply is a symbol of Jesus as the light of the world.
Next time you hear that the symbol of the sun is pagan, remember that the Bible uses the symbol of the sun to refer to Jesus.