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Pastor Ezekiel 02-06-2010 11:45 PM

Valentine's Day: Christian Custom? -- or Pagan Holiday?
 
WHERE DID St. Valentine's Day come from?

You might suppose school teachers and educators would know. But do they? How many of you were ever taught the real origin of Valentine's Day? -- were ever told in school WHY you should observe the custom of exchanging valentines?

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 so much as mentioned in the Bible as a practice of the 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's 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 festival in honor of Lupercus, the "hunter of wolves"?

The Romans called the festival the "Lupercalia." The custom of exchanging valentines and all the other traditions in honor of Lupercus -- the deified hero-hunter of Rome -- was also linked anciently with the pagan practice of teen-agers "going steady." It usually led to fornication. Today, the custom of "going steady" is thought very modern. It isn't. 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 into a box and drawn out by men as chance directed." That's the admission of the "Encyclopedia Americana", article, "St. Valentine's Day."

When Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire there was some talk in church circles of discarding this pagan free-for-all. But the Roman citizens wouldn't hear of it! So it was agreed that the holiday would continue as it was, except for the more grossly sensual observances.

It was not until the reign of Pope Gelasius that the holiday became a "Christian custom." As far back as 496, Pope Gelasius changed Lupercalia on February 15 to St. Valentine's Day on February 14." (see p. 172 of "Customs and Holidays Around the World" by Lavinia Dobler).

But how did this pagan festival acquire the name of "St. Valentine's Day"? And why is the little naked Cupid of the pagan Romans so often associated today with February 14? And why do little children and young people still cut out hearts and send them on a day in honor of Lupercus the hunter of wolves? Why have we supposed these pagan customs in honor of a false god are Christian?


Who Was the Original "St. Valentine"?

Valentine was a common Roman name. Roman parents often gave the name to their children in honor of the famous man who was first called Valentine in antiquity. That famous man was Lupercus, the HUNTER. But who was Lupercus? -- and why should he have also borne the name Valentine among the heathen Romans?

The Greeks called Lupercus by the name of "Pan". The Semites called Pan "Baal," according to the "Classical Dictionaries". Baal -- mentioned so often in the Bible -- was merely another name for Nimrod, "the mighty HUNTER" (Genesis 10:9). The hunter Nimrod was the Lupercus -- or wolf hunter -- of the Romans. And St. Valentine's Day was originally a day set aside by the pagans in his honor!

But why should Nimrod have been called "Valentine" by the Romans? And why should the celebration of this day have been anciently limited to the city of Rome before Pope Gelasius' time? What part did the site of ancient Rome play in the life of Nimrod?

Valentine comes from the Latin word "Valentinus", a proper name derived from the word "valens", meaning "to be strong," declares "Webster's Unabridged Dictionary". It means literally "strong, powerful, mighty." Any connection with Nimrod? We read in the Bible that Nimrod was the "MIGHTY hunter" (Gen. 10:9). It was a common proverb of ancient time that Nimrod was "the MIGHTY hunter before the Lord." NIMROD WAS THEIR HERO -- THEIR STRONG MAN -- THEIR VALENTINE!

How plain that the original Valentine was Nimrod, the mighty hunter of wolves. Yet another of Nimrod's names was "Sanctus" or "Santa," meaning "Saint." It was a common title of any hero-god. No wonder that the Roman Lupercalia is called "Saint Valentine's Day"!

But why do we associate HEARTS on a day in honor of Nimrod -- the BAAL of the Phoenicians and Semites?

The surprising answer is that the pagan Romans acquired the symbol of the heart from the Babylonians. In the Babylonian tongue the word for "heart" was "bal" (see "Young's" or "Strong's Concordance"). The heart -- "bal" -- was merely a symbol of Nimrod -- the "Baal" or Lord of the Babylonians!


Executed at Rome

Nimrod -- THE ORIGINAL ST. VALENTINE -- was also known as Saturn, the Roman-Babylonian god who HID from his pursuers in a secret place. The Latin word Saturn is derived from the Semitic-speaking Babylonians. It means "be hid," "hide self," "secret," "conceal." The original Semitic (Hebrew) word, from which the Latin Saturn is derived, is used 83 times in the Old Testament (see "Young's Concordance" under "Sathar," also "sether").

According to ancient tradition, Saturn (Nimrod) fled from his pursuers to Italy. The Apennine mountains of Italy were anciently named the mountains of Nembrod or Nimrod. Nimrod briefly hid out at the site where Rome was later built. The ancient name of Rome, before it was rebuilt in 753 B.C., was Saturnia -- the site of Saturn's (Nimrod's) hiding. There he was found and slain for his crimes. Later, professing Christians in Constantine's day made Nimrod -- the St. Valentine of the heathen -- a SAINT of the Church and continued to honor him under the name of a Christian martyr.


Why February 14?

But why should the Romans have chosen February 15 and the evening of February 14 to honor Lupercus -- the Nimrod of the Bible? (Remember that days in ancient times began at sunset the evening before.)

Nimrod -- the Baal or sun god of the ancient pagans -- was said to have been born at the winter solstice. In ancient times the solstice occurred on January 6 and his birthday therefore was celebrated on January 6. Later, as the solstice changed, it was celebrated on December 25 and is now called Christmas. It was the custom of antiquity for the mother of a male child to present herself for purification on the fortieth day after the day of birth. The fortieth day after January 6 -- Nimrod's original birth date -- takes us to February 15, the celebration of which began on the evening of February 14 -- the Lupercalia or St. Valentine's Day.

On this day in February, Semiramis, the mother of Nimrod, was said to have been PURIFIED and to have appeared for the first time in public with her son as the original "mother and child."

The Roman month February, in fact, derives its name from the "februa" which the Roman priests used in the rites celebrated on St. Valentine's Day. The "februa" were thongs from the skins of sacrificial animals used in rites of purification on the evening of February 14.


Cupid Makes His Appearance

Another name for the child Nimrod was "Cupid" -- meaning "desire" ("Encyclopedia Britannica", art., "Cupid"). It is said that when Nimrod's mother saw him, she LUSTED after him -- she DESIRED him. Nimrod became her Cupid -- her desired one -- and later her Valentine! So evil was Nimrod's mother that IT IS SAID SHE MARRIED HER OWN SON! Inscribed on the monuments of ancient Egypt are inscriptions that Nimrod (the Egyptians called him Osiris) was "the husband of his mother."

As Nimrod grew up, he became the child-hero of MANY women who DESIRED him. He was their Cupid! In the Book of Daniel he is called the "DESIRE of women" (Dan. 11:37). Moffatt translates the word as Tammuz -- a Babylonian name of Nimrod. He provoked so many women to JEALOUSY that an idol of him was often called the "image of jealousy" (Ezekiel 8:5). Nimrod, the hunter, was also their Valentine -- their strong or mighty hero! No wonder the pagans commemorated their hero-hunter Nimrod, or Baal, by sending heart shaped love tokens to one another on the evening of February 14 as a symbol of him.

Nimrod, the mulatto son of Cush the Ethiopian, was later a source of embarrassment to the pagans of Europe. They didn't want an African to worship. Consequently, they substituted a supposed son of Nimrod, a white child named Horus, born after the death of Nimrod. This white child then became the "fair cupid" of European tradition.

It is about time we examined these foolish, satanic customs of the pagans now falsely labeled Christian. It is time we quit this Roman and Babylonian foolishness -- this IDOLATRY -- and get back to the faith of Christ delivered once for all time.

Let's stop teaching our children these pagan customs in memory of Baal the sun god -- the original St. Valentine -- and teach them instead what the Bible really says!

Cranky Old Man 02-06-2010 11:59 PM

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Thank you Pastor Ezekiel for this lesson to all of us. I explained to my wife we will no longer be celebrating valentine. She cried a little, as women often do, but I am sure she understands. She knows I lover her almost as much as I love Jesus.

Matthew 24:24 "For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect."

Pastor Ezekiel 02-10-2011 05:32 AM

Re: Valentine's Day: Christian Custom? -- or Pagan Holiday?
 
Shout GLORY!!! :yahoo:

Jet O'Niell 02-10-2011 12:17 PM

Re: Valentine's Day: Christian Custom? -- or Pagan Holiday?
 
I never knew Valentine's day was so un-Christian. I thank you for the enlightenment Pastor Ezekiel.

Weaker Vessel 02-12-2011 11:49 AM

Re: Valentine's Day: Christian Custom? -- or Pagan Holiday?
 
I definitely agree with you on this issue.

First, the so-called "holiday" (holy day) puts women on a pedestal, which can cause them to be puffed up with pride and their husbands may engage in worshiping them instead of God.

I am very disturbed the schools are inculcating our children into Paganism by letting them make paper hearts and exchange so-called "Valentines". It's debauchery!

No one should be dating, or even pretend dating, until they are ready for the responsibilities of marriage and childbearing. Reading religious literature would be time much better spent.

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holidays that exalt humans or human organizations are not acceptable...(Jeremiah 17:5-7; Acts 10:25, 26) Keep in mind, too, that the origin of religious celebrations has a bearing on whether they please God or not. (Isaiah 52:11; Revelation 18:4)
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The purpose of sex is childbearing--not to be the subject of a holiday! I ask, who would conceive of such a holiday? hmmm? :devil:

It's not so secret at all. Everyone knows where it originates:

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...xCozcZjTB9Vnlg (Thanks, that counts as 20 minutes towards my required monthly preaching quota.)

Pastor Ezekiel 02-12-2011 06:21 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Weaker Vessel (Post 693654)
(Thanks, that counts as 20 minutes towards my required monthly preaching quota.)

1 Corinthians 14:34-36
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

Weaker Vessel 02-13-2011 12:20 PM

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Ezekiel, I am not preaching in the church. I'm preaching on the bus stops and in the door-to-door ministry, remember?

Do all Baptists shout like you? I'm starting to think so. I used to attend a Baptist church when I was younger, and man, did they do some shouting. I always thought the pastor was going to bust an artery.

Well, have a nice, uplifting non-Valentine's Day. I'm going to be home-schooling my 7 kids as usual, after the early-morning preaching and window washing while Korah babysits his younger siblings. He is so mature for a 12-year-old! He will make someone a fine husband in a few years.

I wonder what the weather will be like tomorrow for preaching. The updraft in this below-zero weather can get chilly in these skirts. Satan sure loves to put obstacles in our way, but I won't let him.

Hadassah is studying the dinosaurs right now and I am having a hard time explaining the truth to her. Zebedee is helping his sister when he can, but this week it's his chore to make lunch for everyone. He is too short to stir the barrel of rice as it cooks--you should see how cute it is--we have him stand on a stool and stir it with an oar!:innocent:

Anyhoo, I've got a lot to do....so goodbye for now! Agape.

Jessica4JC 02-14-2011 05:30 AM

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I believe LOVE should be shown to my wonderful husband everyday, through thick and thin. We don't need some one day out of the year to remind ourselves of that.

Jerakk 02-15-2011 09:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Weaker Vessel (Post 694223)
Ezekiel, I am not preaching in the church. I'm preaching on the bus stops and in the door-to-door ministry, remember?

Do all Baptists shout like you? I'm starting to think so. I used to attend a Baptist church when I was younger, and man, did they do some shouting. I always thought the pastor was going to bust an artery.

Well, have a nice, uplifting non-Valentine's Day. I'm going to be home-schooling my 7 kids as usual, after the early-morning preaching and window washing while Korah babysits his younger siblings. He is so mature for a 12-year-old! He will make someone a fine husband in a few years.

I wonder what the weather will be like tomorrow for preaching. The updraft in this below-zero weather can get chilly in these skirts. Satan sure loves to put obstacles in our way, but I won't let him.

Hadassah is studying the dinosaurs right now and I am having a hard time explaining the truth to her. Zebedee is helping his sister when he can, but this week it's his chore to make lunch for everyone. He is too short to stir the barrel of rice as it cooks--you should see how cute it is--we have him stand on a stool and stir it with an oar!:innocent:

Anyhoo, I've got a lot to do....so goodbye for now! Agape.

Pastor Ezekiel wasn't shouting. He was just using a larger font for our fellow brothers and sisters who's eyesight isn't as good as it used to be. Why would you insult him? More so how can you say he's shouting to begin with? The last time I checked you can't hear written words.

Pastor Ezekiel 02-06-2012 02:12 AM

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Shout GLORY!! :yahoo:

Billy Bob Jenkins 02-06-2012 02:52 AM

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More people have anal sex on Valentine's Day than any other day of the year. Valentine's Day is a celebration of sodomy and coprophagia.

I reject Valentine's Day; I accept Jesus. The only things that will pass through my anus are poop and the Holy Spirit.

Dr Laurence Niles 02-07-2012 04:18 PM

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Well I never give presents to my wife as that may make her covertous.

Psalm 10:3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.

She however thought to tempt me into covetousness :angry: by buying me several thoughtful gifts she knew I would like.

The only thing I could do was drag her to the local quarry (she's been limping a bit from the partial stoning she received for a previous infraction; but that's another story) burn her presents in front of her sobbing face and put them in rock filled sacks to sink in the deep water filled pits (screaming at her that presents are not the only things that can sink with enough rocks attached to them). :angry:

Well, there were some tears but by the time we got back home (she was still limping) the was no more time for crying as it was my tea time. :thumbsup:

All in all a mixed bag of a day.

Praise Jesus!
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Mary Etheldreda 02-07-2012 05:07 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Billy Bob Jenkins (Post 845247)
More people have anal sex on Valentine's Day than any other day of the year. Valentine's Day is a celebration of sodomy and coprophagia.

I reject Valentine's Day; I accept Jesus. The only things that will pass through my anus are poop and the Holy Spirit.

You speak the LORD'S honest truth, brother. This is why my precious children will never go to the public schools. With their Gay Agenda, they make a huge deal of this day and have lots of sweets to share (to condition the children to feel good when thinking about doing gay things).

Billy Bob Jenkins 02-07-2012 05:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Mary Etheldreda (Post 845830)
You speak the LORD'S honest truth, brother. This is why my precious children will never go to the public schools. With their Gay Agenda, they make a huge deal of this day and have lots of sweets to share (to condition the children to feel good when thinking about doing gay things).

It is best that one's rectum be hermetically sealed shut with all one's might every moment of every day, except when moving one's bowels or praying. One wouldn't want the Holy Spirit to feel unwelcome in any part of one.

On Valentine's Day I am not even going to move my bowels. In fact, I am just going to stay in my prayer closet all day so I don't get raped.

Mary Etheldreda 02-07-2012 05:19 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Billy Bob Jenkins (Post 845833)
It is best that one's rectum be hermetically sealed shut with all one's might every moment of every day, except when moving one's bowels or praying. One wouldn't want the Holy Spirit to feel unwelcome in any part of one.

On Valentine's Day I am not even going to move my bowels. In fact, I am just going to stay in my prayer closet all day so I don't get raped.

Do the gays get even more aggressive on this, their holy day?

:o

Billy Bob Jenkins 02-07-2012 07:26 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Mary Etheldreda (Post 845834)
Do the gays get even more aggressive on this, their holy day?

:o

Yes ma'am they do. Valentine's Day is such a gay holiday that queers are overwhelmed by the impulse to rape and will insinuate themselves into Christian communities where they can persecute the just out of jealousy because God does not love them. Gays are also particularly active on full moons and Halloween, but Valentine's Day most of all. Part of it is the Catholic/Pagan origin of the holiday. Gays also love the solstices and equinoxes, if their gay nature wasn't obvious. Everything pagan is pretty much gay, or perverted in some comparable way.

Dr Laurence Niles 02-07-2012 08:01 PM

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Here is proof that Valantines Day is evil (is may even convince all the gatheists out there).

Everyone's favourite Nazi mouth piece discussion board "Stormfront" endorses Valentines Day as well as crypto fashist catolick doctrine! I received an unsolicited email thus:

http://www.stormfront.co.uk/valentines/

I stopped reading as soon as I was sick in my mouth; which was immediately. :angry:

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IAmFilthy 02-08-2012 05:51 AM

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god damn guys. i love valentines day.

thats when i have amazing ___ in romantic situations.

Mary Etheldreda 02-08-2012 05:56 AM

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:o

Dr Laurence Niles 02-08-2012 09:39 AM

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Originally Posted by IAmFilthy (Post 846052)
god damn guys. i love valentines day.

thats when i have amazing ___ in romantic situations.

This is a family webcite. Don't you worry that children will see your filthy whorespeak?

But what can one expect with a user name like that? :angry:
:supaburn:
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