Have you ever wondered what Valentine’s day is all about? Who is Valentine? Why is this considered a “holy” day? Why do people feel the need to purchase billions of dollars’ worth of gifts annually to show their love for one another? Who is Cupid? What is the significance of the arrow? Why do we associate a naked little boy with “love”?
Origin of Valentine’s day
The practice of Valentine’s day originated in Rome with the feast of Lupercalia. This was the fertility celebration named for Lupa, the she-wolf who suckled the founders of Rome. In this fertility worship practice inebriated males sacrifice a goat to Venus, wear it’s skin and go through town whipping women with a short strip of leather dipped in blood to promote fertility.
Why is Cupid associated with Valentine’s day? Cupid is said to be the son of Venus, the goddess of love, and Mars – the god of war. Cupid is always represented as a naked little boy holding a bow and an arrow. The various entities associated with cupid are young boys. In light of the current sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Organization, it would be wise to stay away from any practice which focuses on young boys and their homosexual relationships with grown men outside of their family.
What is love?
All these symbols have one thing in common, and there is a logical explanation to their association with the heart, February 14, and idolatry. None of which have anything to do with real love. God’s word says that God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. (1 Jn 4:16)
For this is the love of God, that we keep His Commandments: and His commandments are not a burden. (1 Jn 5:13) The last line in this chapter is: “Little children keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” There is a close association between love, God, keeping his commandments and staying away from idols.
The commandments of God are clear so that no one will miss the point. The point is that God is a jealous God and does not tolerate the worship of other gods. You might think that as long as you don’t bow down to an idol that means you don’t worship a foreign god. If you keep the traditions of idolaters, you are worshiping their gods – no matter what you call it.
If a government or president keeps the Commandments, statutes and Laws of God then they deserve respect because they have authority with God. Corrupt governments and leaders propped up by wealth, weapons and power do not deserve respect and only achieve it through fear and threat. Knowing this, these powers enlist false teachers to convince you that you should submit to authority and that failure to do so will result in tragedy and social unrest. The fact is, corrupt governments and leaders are the cause.
Pat Robertson recently stated the following regarding the shootings in Las Vegas:
“Violence in the streets, ladies and gentlemen. Why is it happening? The fact that we have disrespect for authority; there is profound disrespect for our president, all across this nation they say terrible things about him. It’s in the news, it’s in other places. There is disrespect now for our national anthem, disrespect for our veterans, disrespect for the institutions of our government, disrespect for the court system. All the way up and down the line, disrespect.”
In the beginning, God destroyed the earth by water because of their worship practices, oppression and violence. Soon after the flood, Nimrod – King of Babylon began to deify himself and to do the worship practices that were taking place before the flood. When Abraham saw what was happening he said: “Woe to my father and this wicked generation, whose hearts are all inclined to vanity, who serve these idols of wood and stone which can neither eat, smell, hear nor speak, who have mouths without speech, eyes without sight, ears without hearing, hands without feeling, and legs which cannot move; like them are those that made them and that trust in them.” (Jasher 11:32)
As of 2005 54% (3.6 billion people) of the world’s population considered themselves adherents of an “Abrahamic religion.” Christianity being the largest at 33%, Islam second at 21% and Judaism at 0.02%. All “Abrahamic religions” claim a direct lineage to the Biblical Patriarch, Abraham.
Jesus said, If you are the children of Abraham, you would do the works of Abraham. So let’s see how well connected these “religions” really are to Abraham!