Saturday, February 13, 2010

History of Valentine's Day

Well it's interesting how even worldly sources openly acknowledge the pagan origin of Valentine's day. Here's a link from Phoenix Flower Shops on the:
History of Valentine's Day

"The origins of Valentine's Day trace back to the ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia. Held on February 15, Lupercalia honored the gods of Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus.

In addition to a bountiful feast, Lupercalia festivities are purported to have included the pairing of young women and men. Men would draw women's names from a box, and each couple would be paired until next year's celebration. Many of these pairings resulted in marriages.

While this pairing of couples set the tone for today's holiday, it wasn't called "Valentine's Day" until a priest named Valentine came along. Valentine, a romantic at heart, disobeyed Emperor Claudius II's decree that soldiers remain bachelors. Claudius handed down this decree believing that soldiers would be distracted and unable to concentrate on fighting if they were married or engaged. Valentine defied the Emperor and secretly performed marriage ceremonies. As a result of his defiance, Valentine was put to death on February 14th.

After Valentine's death, he was named a saint. As Christianity spread through Rome, the priests moved Lupercalia from February 15th to February 14th and renamed it St. Valentine's Day to honor Saint Valentine."

Now no one can say they aren't aware of the origin of this holiday. I also didn't know that part about the soldiers and marriage ceremonies. Nice how the priest not only incorporated a pagan Roman celebration into Christianity, (in clear violation of Jehovah's standards) but he also ignored the command given at Deuteronomy 24:5 which says:

"In case a man takes a new wife, he should not go out into the army, nor should anything else be imposed onto him. He should continue exempt at his house for one year, and he must make his wife whom he has taken rejoice."

Of course Christians weren't supposed to be soldiers anyway, but still, just goes to show how far *off base* Christianity became, once men started substituting their own rules and ideas instead of sticking to the original Scriptures.