Saturday, February 5, 2011

Valentines Day - Day of Lust, Not Love

What does that "heart" shape really mean?
This information can be easily verified at your local library or on the internet. Don't take my word for it; look it up.  You will find even more details than I am including in this post. Each year on February 14th  millions of people celebrate a day known as “St. Valentine’s Day.” Countless heart-shaped cards and boxes of chocolates are given as gifts. Even churches have Valentine parties on this so-called “Day of Love.”  People of all ages get into the act, from school-age children  on up to  elderly folks.

,,,the heart is deceitful above all things...
Sadly,  most people never question the origin of the customs that they involve themselves with; they don't ask questions.  They do what everybody else is doing, never stopping to consider how God feels about these activities. When we consider that Valentine’s Day is a day of preoccupation with the heart, it is essential that we listen to the following words spoken by the Almighty, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his wages, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9-10 Christians should be known by their discernment and should be asking questions regarding Valentine’s Day. What is the origin of this unusual day? Why is there a preoccupation with the color red? Where did the heart shape come from, and what does it mean?

 The ancient Romans believed that every month had a spirit and that this spirit  gained  strength and reached its maximum power in the middle of the month. This was usually the 15th day, and it was a day when witches and augurs, or soothsayers worked their magic.  Since February  had only 28 days, the ides of February became the 14th day of that month.   February 14th was called “Lupercalia” or “day of the wolf.” This was a day that was "sacred" to the sexual frenzy of the goddess Juno.
This day also honored the Roman gods, Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the legendary twin brothers, Romulus and Remus,who were said to have founded Rome.. These two are also said to have been suckled by wolves in a cave on Palatine Hill in Rome. The cave was called Lupercal and was the center of the celebrating on the eve of Lupercalia or February 14th. On this day, Lupercalia, which was later named Valentine’s Day, the Luperci or priests of Lupercus dressed in goatskins for a bloody ceremony. The priests of Lupercus, the wolf god, would sacrifice goats and a dog and then smear themselves with blood. These priests, made red with sacrificial blood, would run around Palatine Hill in a wild frenzy swinging a bloody strip of  goatskin  called a “februa.”

Women would sit all around the hill, as the bloody priests would strike them with the goatskin strips to make them fertile. The young women would then gather in the city and their names were put in boxes. These “love notes” were called “billets.” The men of Rome would draw a billet, and the woman whose name was on it became his sexual lust partner with whom he would fornicate until the next Lupercalia or February 14th.

Thus, February 14th became a day of unbridled sexual lust.
The color “red” was sacred to that day because of the blood and the “heart shape” that is popular to this day. The heart-shape was not a representation of the human heart, which looks nothing like it. This shape represents the human female matrix.
When the Gnostic Catholic Church began to get a foothold in Rome around the 3rd century A.D., they became known as Valentinians. The  Valentinians retained the sexual license of the festival in what they called “angels in a nuptial chamber”, which was also called the “sacrament of copulation.” This was said to be an reenactment of the marriage of “Sophia and the Redeemer.” As the participants of the February 14th ritual began their sexual sacrament, presided over and watched by the priests known as Valentinians, the following literary was spoken: “Let the seed of light descend into thy bridal chamber, receive the bridegroom… open thine arms to embrace him. Behold, grace has descended upon thee.”
As time went on, the Orthodox Church suppressed the Gnostic Catholics and manufactured “St. Valentine”, whose day continues to be celebrated in these modern times.

...but, it looks so innocent...

Once a Believer in Christ realizes what "Valentines Day" really is, he or she should avoid participating in this holiday.  In God’s eyes, it is still “Lupercalia”, the “Day Of The Wolf.” Men become wolves, as they carry on the Satanic rituals of fornication.  We must ask ourselves, “Should a true Believer be associated in any way with this celebration?  Romans 12:2 answers this very well, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…”

Not everyone loves St. Valentine
The religious police in Saudi Arabia, in 2002 and 2008, banned the sale of all Valentine's Day related items. The police warned shop workers to remove any items colored red as they consider Valentine's Day a Christian holiday. In 2008 this ban created a black market for roses and wrapping paper.
In Pakistan, the Jamaat-e-Islami political party has called for the banning of the holiday. Despite this declaration the celebration of Valentine's Day has grown increasingly popular. Florists are expected to sell a large amount of flowers, especially red roses.
In Iran, the celebration of Valentine's Day has been harshly criticized by conservatives who see the day as opposed to Islamic culture. The Iranian printing works owners' union, in 2011, issued a directive banning the printing and distribution of any goods promoting the Valentine's holiday such as cards, gifts, teddy bears, posters, boxes printed with hearts or red roses. Activities promoting the holiday are also banned. The union warned that "Outlets that violate this will be legally dealt with."
It is a shame that the Islamic religious leaders find offense in Valentines Day, while our so-called Christian nation continues to celebrate it.

So, does it  REALLY MATTER?

Are you caught in a web of deceit?
Does it matter that an ancient festival used to worship pagan gods and promote fertility was adopted by the church and used to worship the God of the Bible? Does God really CARE what customs are used to worship and honor Him or what holidays we celebrate?
Notice the following warning God gave to Israel: "When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How did these nations serve their gods? I  also will do likewise.' You shall NOT worship the Lord your God in that way; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods . . . " (Deuteronomy 12:29-31, NKJV)   Note that the issue in this passage is NOT the worship of other gods. The warning is to not adopt CUSTOMS used to worship or honor other gods in order to worship the One True God.
Valentine's day and its symbols are rooted in the worship of false gods and has no Biblical basis. Those who celebrate Valentine's Day and consider themselves believers in the God of the Bible need to take a prayerful look at no longer observing the holiday.  Ignorance of the facts is one thing, but, now that you know, what are you going to do about it?

Shalom  Y'all - Twyla

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