of Valentine and Jesus Christ

Posted: 14 February, 2008 in Ponderings
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of Valentine and Jesus Christ, Flowers

Inspired by this article here. On Valentine’s Day, while people are merrily celebrating love, romance and sweet nothings, cash registers ringing enthusiastically, consumerism bleeding and materialism abounds, one has to wonder where all this came about.

  • Valentine’s Day acquired its name from a martyred saint, but no one is quite certain who this St. Valentine was.
  • The origins of Valentine’s Day predate Christianity.
  • The most plausible theory for St. Valentine’s Day traces its customs back to the Roman Lupercalia, on Feb 15, a feast celebrated in February in honor of the pastoral god Lupercus, a Roman version of the Greek god Pan.
  • As Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire, it was common for pagan converts to retain their earlier religious customs and practices. To Christianize the heathen practice.
  • Members of the early Church considered themselves “saints,” meaning holy or separated to God. However, it wasn’t long before “saints,” in the Roman tradition, began to take on the meaning of a special class of martyrs or performers of heroic virtue.
  • The evolution from the early Church’s recognition of all members being saints to the veneration and worship of the dead is rooted in the early mixture of paganism with Christianity.

So we can see that the early Church was plagued with deception, confusion and ignorance. But we know better now. We are set apart from the world, such participation or avoidance from the is so significant to God.

Throughout the Bible, we see God repeatedly warned about mixing with pagen practices and customs, that will ultimately lead to bondage and judgement.

of Valentine and Jesus Christ, My Beloved

Nowsadays, modern people don’t normally find out where the root of the practice is from. Many ancient pagen customs are packaged into neat, fashionable and modern way of life, that is actually the bait of Satan. But we always have the Bible and the Holy Spirit as our guide.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.   Romans 12:1-2

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