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CHRISTIANIZED PAGAN VALENTINE'S DAY
WHY GOD GAVE THE 10 COMMANDMENTS
God gave the ten commandments to Moses written in two stone tablets to be delivered to the Israelites to be observed throughout all generations. They were to keep them perpetually and they would be blessed. When they forsook the commandments of God during the Old Testament Times, God allowed the Assyrians and the Babylonians to capture and destroy Israel when the Israelites sinned against the Ten Commandments.
Written below are five of the Ten Commandments. Israel was under Roman domination during the time of Jesus. Seventy years after the death of Jesus, Jerusalem was completely destroyed. God kept His promise to Abraham and He remembered the Covenant He made with Abraham. For 2000 years Israel was non existent. Such was the result of the anger of God over Israel's sinning, and it was not until 1948 that Israel was declared to be a nation again.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (Exodus 20:1-5)
1. And God spake all these words, saying,
2. I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the earth:
5. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, or serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.
God detests sins and all unrighteousness and forbids His chosen people not to follow them or their customs less they incur His wrath. The Israelites incurred the anger of the Lord in the Old Testament twice by God allowing their enemies to defeat them. They were defeated twice, once by the Assyrians and the second time by the Babylonians, who brought the captive Israelites to Babylon. After seventy years of captivity, King Cyrus allowed the Israelites to return to Israel. 50,000 Israelites returned to rebuild the temple of Jerusalem under Jerubabbel.
At the time of Jesus living on earth, the Romans were in control of Israel, but 70 years later, Jerusalem was again sacked. Jerusalem was no more for 2,000 years until ater the Second World War when she was resurrected as a nation of Israel in 1948.
What is the TRUE Origin of Valentine's Day?
What is the TRUE Origin of Valentine's Day?
The Silence of Educators
Teachers are all too often silent about the origin of the customs they are forced to teach in today's schools! If they were to speak out, many would lose their jobs! Isn't it time we examined why we encourage our children to celebrate St. Valentine's Day - when it is never mentioned in the Bible as a practice of the New Testament Church?
Today, candy makers unload tons of heart-shaped red boxes for February 14, while millions of the younger set are annually exchanging valentines. Florists, consider February 14 - St. Valentine Day - as one of their best business days. And young lovers pair off - at least for a dance or two - at St. Valentine's balls. WHY? Where did these customs originate? Where do we find any such practices in the Bible? How did we come to inherit these customs?
A Christian Custom?
Did you know that centuries before Christ, the pagan Romans celebrated February 15 and the evening of February 14 as an idolatrous and sensuous festivals in honour of Lupercus, the "hunter of of wolves"?
The Romans called the festival the Lupercalia. The custom of exchanging valentines and all the other traditions in honour of Lupercus ... It is merely a rebirth of an old custom "handed down from the Roman festival of the Lupercalia, celebrated in the month of February, when names of young women were put in a box and drawn out by men as chance directed." That's the admission of the Encyclopedia Americana article entitled St. Valentine's Day."
Isn't it ridiculous that women's names are drawn out of a box and men can have whoever draws out the name of any girl. It can be called "Chance Encounter." It is worst than those of a blind date.
HISTORY OF VALENTINE'S DAY
"While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial — which probably occurred around 270 A.D — 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. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
Today, the Catholic church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred."
This confirmes that Valentine Day was a "christianized pagan celebration" of the heathen Lupercalia festival in ancient Rome and a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture.
Besides this, the Catholic church recognises three different saints named Valentine who were martyred. The church cannot decide which is the true Valentine.
From Wikipedia, the free encycloped
Saint Valentine's Day (commonly shortened to Valentine's Day) is an annual holiday held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. The holiday is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). The holiday first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
For more details on this topic, see Saint Valentine. Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome (Valentinus presb. m. Romae) and Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae) Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. His relics are at the Church of Saint Praxed in Rome and at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland. Valentine of Tern became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location than Valentine of Rome. His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni (Basilica di San Valentino). The Catholic Encyclopedia also speaks of a third saint named Valentine who was mentioned in early martyrologies under date of February 14. He was martyred in Africa with a number of companions, but nothing more is known about him.. No romantic elements are present in the original early medieval biographies of either of these martyrs. By the time a Saint Valentine became linked to romance in the fourteenth century, distinctions between Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni were utterly lost.
Main article: Lupercalia Though popular modern sources link unspecified Greco-Roman February holidays alleged to be devoted to fertility and love to St Valentine's Day, Professor Jack Oruch of the University of Kansas argued that prior to Chaucer, no links between the Saints named Valentinus and romantic love existed.
Earlier links as described above were focused on sacrifice rather than romantic love. In the ancient Athenian calendar the period between mid-January and mid-February was the month of Gamelion, dedicated to the sacred marriage of Zeus and Hera. In Ancient Rome, Lupercalia, observed February 13 through 15, was an archaic rite connected to fertility. Lupercalia was a festival local to the city of Rome. The more general Festival of Juno Februa, meaning "Juno the purifier "or "the chaste Juno," was celebrated on February 13–14. Pope Gelasius I (492–496) abolished Lupercalia. It is a common opinion 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, and that a commemorative feast was established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I, of those "... whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God," among whom was Valentine, was set for the useful day.
Alternatively, William M. Green argues that the Catholic Church could not abolish the deeply rooted Lupercalia festival, so the church set aside a day to honor the Virgin Mary
Professor Oruch of the University of Kansas argued that prior to Chaucer, no links between the Saints named Valentinus and romantic love existed. So, where does "love" comes in Valentine Day?
" Alternatively, William M. Green argues that the Catholic Church could not abolish the deeply rooted Lupercalia festival, so the church set aside a day to honor the Virgin Mary...
Since the church could not abolish Valentine Day, the church conveniently set aside a day to honor the Virgin Mary.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY AND ORIGIN OF VALENTINE'S DAY?
Like many holidays, Valentines Day is a day of symbols. Walking around in the first few weeks of February, you can't turn a corner without seeing a red rose. The rose was sacred to Venus who is the Goddess of Love. Another popular symbol of the day are birds, particularly doves and lovebirds. These are two birds which mate for life and it was once believed that they choose their mate in the middle of February. Of course no Valentines Day would be complete without a multitude of hearts. It was once believed that the heart was the center of all emotion. People believed that when they gave a heart, they were truly giving all of the love and emotion that they possibly could give. In the Middle Ages men would pull a woman's name out of a bowl. This would be the man's Valentine. To show his devotion, the man would wear the paper containing the woman's name on his sleeve for a week. This soon became known as "˜wearing your heart on your sleeve'. And Valentines Day wouldn't be the same without a visit from Cupid, the winged cherub with a bow and arrow which he uses to place people into love. The origins of Cupid can be traced back to the days of the Roman Empire. Cupid is a Roman God, the symbol of passionate love. (He is the son of Venus, who remember is the Goddess of Love.) Cupid fell madly and completely in love with Psyche, whom it happened was a mortal. This did not please Venus at all and she gave Psyche a particularly hard time, consistently tempting her and driving her off. Eventually, through a small series of human faults, Psyche was tempted to look into the "˜box of beauty' and when she did, she unleashed a deep slumber onto herself. Cupid then came to Earth and searched the world for her. He found her in her deep sleep. His love for her was so strong though that he was able to take the sleep from her and place it back into the box. Then he used an arrow to pierce her heart and awaken her.
Besides giving cards, candy and kisses there are some other interesting customs (both current and past) associated with Valentines Day. For instance, in England children take to the street, singing songs and passing out cards. In Denmark people give out pressed white flowers as a sign of their affection. In the 1700's, English women would write the names of men on small pieces of paper and then roll the paper up inside little balls of clay. They threw the balls into the water and the first paper that popped to the surface was the one with the name of the woman's true love. A popular belief is that if a woman goes to a graveyard and runs around reciting a certain chant, she will see an image of her true love. A similar idea held over from years past is that on Valentines Day a woman is to sit by her window. The first available man that walks by is the one who is destined to marry her.
Cupid is a Roman God and supposed to be the son of Venus, the Goddess of Love. Cupid fell in love with a mortal named Psyche. She was tempted to look into the 'box of beauty' and fell into a very deep sleep. Cupid used an arrow to pierce her heart and awaken her.
This is pure romantic fable and has no part in Christian worship of the Lord God. Christians are to worship the Lord God and love all human beings as themselves. The love Christians show is AGAPE LOVE, NOT ROMANTIC LOVE.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NEWS
The lovers' holiday traces its roots to raucous annual Roman festivals where men stripped naked, grabbed goat- or dog-skin whips, and spanks young maidens in hopes of increasing their fertility, said classics professor Noel Lenski of the Univerity of Colorado at Boulder.
HOPEFULLY SOME MAY CHANGE
It is very difficult to change a very popular perception of the population of the world. It is like hitting your foot against a stone wall. In the middle of writing of this hub, my right toe hit the metal door of the emergency door to the staircase of the condo. As a result, I had used Chinese plaster and a topical Corticosteroid cream to ease the pain. Blisters on the right shin appeared. I could not walk and my brother in law bought me a walker. My family doctor had never seen such blisters before and thought that I might have broken my ankle and advised that I should go to the nearest hospital, I went to Mt. Sinai Hospital Emergency Hospital and the doctor said she had never seen such blisters before. Another doctor was consulted. I shall be seeing a dermatologist shortly.
I am aware I am writing a very controversial topic and there were interruptions. I am on pain killers and praying to God to help me in my pain. GOD did help me and I am grateful for that.
In the article which I quoted from BibleStudy.com, the url could not be used, and so I erased it. The article can be copied, but it will not paste. I had to write the article by long hand and then type it.
It is no coincidence that I hit my foot against a steel metal door. My doctor could not diagnose the blisters on the shin and also the doctors at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Whatever happens, I need to complete the article and have it published. Hopefully, some Christians eyes will open when they see that pagan Valentine's Day was christianized. It is hard to resist the tale spun about Cupid and love, chocolates and roses. The images are so alluring and romantic. Many cannot resist the temptation and fall into the hands of the evil one. Can you resist? Christians are supposed to avoid any dealings with pagan rituals or anything that has pagan origins. God be with those who are willing to forsake them. God be with you!
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