The pagan practice of Valentine’s Day
World’s celebration for Valentine’s Day is coming, so I guess it’s an opportunity for me to share something about it based on history and how it contradicts to God’s divine revelation in the Word.
One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men- his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.
Some also believe that Valentine’s day is celebrated to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial- which probably occurred around 270 AD while others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “christianize” celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival.
Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day around 498 A.D. The Roman “lottery” system for romantic pairing was deemed unchristian and outlawed. Later, during the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of bird’s mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February -Valentine’s Day- should be a day of romance.
The Romans called the festival the Lupercalia. The custom of exchanging valentines and all the other traditions in honor of Lupercus- the deified hero-hunter of Rome – was also linked anciently with the pagan practice of teenagers “going steady”. It usually led to fornication. Today, the custom of teenagers dating only one person on a regular basis a thought very modern.
Nimrod – the original St. Valentine– was also known as Saturn, the Roman-Babylonian god who hid from his pursuers in a secret place. The Latin word Saturn is derived from the Semitic-speaking Babylonians. It means “be hid”, “hide self”, “secret” and “conceal”. The ancient name of Rome before it was rebuilt in 753 B>C was Saturnia – the site of Saturn’s (Nimrod’s) hiding place. There he was found and slain for his crimes. Later, professing Christians in Constantine’s day made Nimrod – the St. Valentine of the heathen – a saint of the Church and continued to honor him under the name of a Christian martyr.
Myths or muthos refers to words, speeches, and conversations concerning such things as rumors, reports, (true or false) stories, and fictions; these are profane and old-womanish myths. (Life-study of 1 Timothy, msg. 1) Cupid in mythology (Roman) is the god of love. It is derived from Latin “cupido” meaning “desire”. Almost and always, he is depicted with two arrows – gold-headed and lead-heade; gold for falling in love and lead for falling hatred.
Practices in Valentine’s Day such as giving flowers, cards and especially dating are empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world and not according to Christ; therefore it must be condemn from among God’s children (Col. 2:8; 2 Cor. 6:17, 7:1)
The divine revelation in the bible is Christ as the reality and everything to the believers (Col. 2:17; 3:11). God in Christ is the reality of our love; if we have Christ we have the real love, apart from Christ our love is not love (1 John 4:8-9). Only God is the source of love because God Himself is love (1 John 4:8).
Pagan practices are empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world and not according to Christ (Col. 2:8). Nothing is real in it and it does not depend on the revealed writings of God, but on the traditional practices of men. Although practices of this are not according to the Bible, Christianity followed them because of tradition. The principle we should follow is that of testing everything with the Bible; we should care only for God’s direct revelation in the Holy Word, not for anything that is according to the tradition of men.
As believers and children of God, we must purge out the old leaven of Christianity (1 Cor. 5:7); we must come out of their midst and e separated and must not touch what is unclean.. (2 Cor. 5:7). 2 Corinthians says “Therefore since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and of spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” We must hate what the Lord hates (Rev. 2:6). By fleeing youthful lusts to preserve our vessels from fornication (2 Tim. 2:22; 1 Thes. 4:3). We must guard ourselves from idols because He is a jealous God (1 John 5: 21; Deut. 4:24).
May all the young people in the Lord’s recovery will make a great resolutions of heart and great searching of heart!
(Enjoyed from the Lanao Young People’s Meeting)
As the chorus of the hymn says:
Lord, refine our hearts,
Never to be apart,
Fully trusting in your love,
Single and true.
Lord, refine our hearts,
Spread Yourself in every part,
All Your life divine impart,
Until we will be filled with You!