By r. a. Sabbath Day (Ex.20: 8 – 11) Sat., Jan.20, 2018
In Messiah’s name: for those with eyes to see and ears to hear.
In another few weeks Atheists, Evolutionists, LBGT, Catholics, Christians, local schools and others will be celebrating the very popular Saint Valentine’s Day.
Without going too deeply into relevant sources, one of several sources I read, suggests the festival has its roots in a Roman [sexual] fertility festival of the Lupercalia (February 15) which was in the honor of the god, Pan.
“The name (Pan) seems to be borrowed from the Greek name of Pan – Lycaeus – from lukos, a wolf… because Pan, as god of shepherds, protected sheep from the rapacity of wolves”. It appears Pan was worshipped in ancient Egypt, Babylon, Rome and by the Phoenicians.
Pope Gelasius, in the 5th century C. E., changed the name of the pagan Lupercalia festival, and, instead of Feb.15, the Pope set Feb.14 as the new date of observance. This was still in keeping with the Feb.15 evening celebrations of the Lupercalia.
As with many of the pagan Christian festivals, the Roman Church “Christianized” them by giving them new names. Thus, Feb.14 was called Saint Valentine’s Day in supposed honor of a martyred priest by the name of Valentinus.
Nevertheless, there are individuals and assemblies throughout this earth who will not be participating in that Christian pagan deity festival. Here’s why not!
29 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,
30 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.’
31 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; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
32 “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.
Jeremiah 10: 2 -“Do not learn the way of the Gentiles… for the customs of the peoples are futile”.
Those who will not be observing these “futile” customs are those who are converted and, with reverential fear, are obeying the Creator-God’s commands and following his true son, Messiah.
Peace, blessings and protection to all those who love the truth and hate the lies and deceptions.