LOVE, LUST AND LIES IN VALENTINE CELEBRATION (2)
According to Wikipedia, 'Saint Valentine's Day, commonly known as Valentine's Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year.
' Valentine's Day is a pagan relic frolicking in Christian colours.
Like its satanic brother pagan festival Halloween, Valentine's Day celebration is undeniably and historically rooted in pagan revelries.
Classics professor Noel Lenski of the University of Colorado, USA, informs us of the Roman foundations of Valentine's Day: 'The lovers' holiday traces its roots to raucous annual Roman festivals where men stripped naked, grabbed goat- or dog-skin whips, and spanked young maidens in hopes of increasing their fertility.
' Few things can be more outlandish than this! But for the mercies of our risen Lord Jesus Christ, I would have loved to see this unfair ritual carried out on the luminous bodies of many nymphs happily and expectedly convulsing over the Feast of Saint Valentine today.
For equity sake also, it would have been fun to see turbo charged women and girls in vengeful mood against centuries of discrimination 'grab goat- or dog-skin whips, and spank' without mercy hapless and helpless men 'in hopes of increasing their fertility!' Infertility is not a female preserve despite the naivety, ignorance and bias of traditional societies.
The scholar Lenski tells us that an annual popular pagan festival called Lupercalia was held every February 15 for more than 150 years after Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity in the Roman Empire in A.
Professor Lenski recalls that Lupercalia was 'clearly a very popular thing, even in an environment where the [ancient] Christians are trying to close it down.
So there's reason to think that the Christians might instead have said, 'OK, we'll just call this a Christian festival.
'' That was how St.
Valentine was tagged with the pagan theatrics of Lupercalia.
Though Professor Lenski does not ascribe 100 per cent correctness to this historicity, he argues that "it may be a convenient explanation for a Christian version of what happened at Lupercalia.
" The mystery religion of Babylon which enveloped the world vomited the spirit of Valentine Day festivities.
Wikipedia tells us that 'in Roman mythology, Lupercus is a god sometimes identified with the Roman god Faunus, .
of the founding of his temple on February 15, was called the Lupercalia.
' Lupercus was coined from the Latin word lupus or wolf.
Wikipedia is definite that 'Rome was traditionally founded' at the Lupercalia.
Deified as the god of fertility, the ritual of the two classes of the college of Lupercalia was meant 'to expiate and purify new life in the spring.
' Lupercalia was originally denoted and celebrated as 'the festival of sexual license.
' It was the eve of the sex rite of the pagan Roman fertility god.
Romans of antiquity also celebrated on every February 14 to honour Juno Fructifier, a goddess and consort of the Roman gods.
Nimrod, a predecessor of St.
Valentine was a biblical, ungodly mighty hunter of the post Flood creation who sowed the seed of idolatry, false worship of God and occultism was also worshipped in Babylon mystery religion which flourished in Rome.
Does God Approve of Using Pagan Practices to Worship Him? Valentine's Day and its trappings are related to pagan idolatry.
Yet, many ignore that.
Notice that the Bible repeatedly warns against using pagan practices to worship God: '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' (Deuteronomy 12:29-32, NKJV).
'Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe' (Jeremiah 10:2-3, KJV).
Notice also want the New Testament teaches: ' .
abstain from things offered to idols' (Acts 15:29, NKJV).
' Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.
For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God'.
(2 Corinthians 6:14-16) 'What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons'.
(1 Corinthians 10:19-21) But because most who profess Christianity do not heed these warnings, they are disobeying God's instructions.
You can also watch a YouTube video about this titled Should Christians Observe Valentine's Day? Dear Abby My Boyfriend Does Not Give Me Presents on Valentine's Day: A reader sent this to me in the following: February 10, 2014 - 'DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been together for 2 1/2 years, living together for two.
He says Valentine's Day is a made-up holiday to get people to spend money.
I told him every holiday is geared toward people spending money.
I find myself feeling angry and hurt that I'm not receiving anything for Valentine's Day.
He never buys cards or flowers for me.
How do I communicate to him that this is important to me without making things worse? -- CRAVING A LITTLE ROMANCE.
DEAR CRAVING: Your boyfriend may be cheap, but he also has a point.
According to a report on npr.
org, the celebration of Valentine's Day started in ancient Rome and contains elements of both Christian and pre-Christian religions.
In the third century A.
, two men named Valentine were executed by the emperor Claudius II in different years on Feb.
14, and a few hundred years later, a pope (Gelasius I) combined St.
Valentine's Day with Lupercalia -- a fertility feast -- to replace the pagan ritual.
(Research this online if you wish, because I found it fascinating.
) The holiday didn't become romanticized until the Renaissance.
That said, allow me to point out that there are few things more unpleasant than feeling forced to give someone a gift.
'Abby' had several helpful points that all should consider.
The woman that wrote her the question, should also consider the following scripture: ' Do not love the world or the things in the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, this is not of the Father but is of the world.
17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides foreve' (1 John 2:15-17).
Her lust for the things of the world is not Christian.
Adopting Pagan Holidays Supports Islamic Positions! Muslims have concerns about Valentine's Day.
They have condemned it, and they sometimes also condemn what they understand to be 'Christianity' because of it.
Look at some of what the Muslims say about Valentine's Day: ISTANBUL: The Mufti's Office in the Black Sea province of Rize has sent mosques in the city a text condemning Valentine's Day, which will be read by imams during their Friday sermon.
The special day falls on Friday this year, the Muslim holy day and the day on which imams give weekly sermons to the community.
The text sent by the Mufti's Office explains that there is no Valentine's Day in Islam.
'In our religious ideology, there is no Valentine's Day, because you cannot assign a day for love.
The love for which a day is assigned is a lost treasure.
The best gift to our dear spouses is our heart, full of love and loyalty.
The most beautiful bouquet is a warm heart and a smiling face,' the sermon stated.
'In a world where betrayal and violence have been rising, how much is the fictional Valentine's Day worth?' it added.
aspx?pageID=238&nID=61771&NewsCatID=393 January 29, 2014.
Celebrating the Valentine Day is not permissible because: Firstly, it is an innovated holiday that has no basis in the Sharee`ah.
Christians were aware of the Pagan roots of Valentine's Day.
The way the Christians adopted St.
Valentine's Day should be a lesson for Muslims.
In fact, the failure to fully separate Valentine's Day from its pagan roots explains why Islamic scholars and a number of Muslims avoid adopting traditions of non-Muslims, even though they could possibly be Islamicized.
We should avoid anything associated with pagan immoral practices -.
- Islam does not encourage flirting or suggestions of romantic relationships before marriage - Love between families, friends and married people does not need to be celebrated on a day with such un-Islamic origins (Ruling on Celebrating Valentine's Day.
htm, January 31, 2004).
Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen wrote condemning celebration of Valentine thus: 'Celebrating Valentine's days has become widespread amongst youngsters lately.
This is a Christian festival, during which they wear red clothing and exchange red roses.
Kindly clarify the ruling on celebrating such festivals.
Celebrating Valentine's Days is prohibited for the following reasons: 1.
It is an innovated festival that has no grounds in Islam.
It invites to lust and encourages immorality.
It busies the heart with useless matters and attaches it to harmful matters, that only go against the guidance of our Salaf (pious predecessors) may Allah be pleased with them.
Therefore, it is not permissible to practice anything associated with this festival, whether it is related to food, drink, clothing, gift exchange or anything else.
Finally, a Muslim should be proud of his religion and should not be naïve to follow everything he sees around him.
I ask Allah to protect the Muslims from all temptations, visible and invisible, and to take care of us and give us strength.
Allah Knows best'.
What is the ruling on Valentine's Day? Firstly: Valentine's Day is a jaahili Roman festival, which continued to be celebrated until after the Romans became Christian.
This festival became connected with the saint known as Valentine who was sentenced to death on 14 February 270 CE.
The kuffaar still celebrate this festival, during which immorality and evil are practiced widely.
Secondly: It is not permissible for a Muslim to celebrate any of the festivals of the kuffaar, because festivals come under the heading of shar'i issues which are to be based on the sound texts.
Partially joining in, at the very least, is disobedience and sin.
it is not permissible to celebrate the festivals of the ignorant and the mushrikeen (polytheists).
What is the ruling on Valentine's Day? http://islamqa.
info/en/ref/73007 viewed 02/04/12) Terengganu PAS deputy publicity chief Azman Shapawi Abd Rani said any celebration must be completely stopped as it could lead to immoral activities 'between men and women without any legal ties.
' 'PAS will take action to discourage Muslims from celebrating Valentine's Day as it goes against their morality,' he said.
The Fatwa Committee of the National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs had in 2005 decreed that celebrating Valentine's Day was forbidden in Islam as it could lead to moral decadence.
(PAS to go on campaign to discourage Muslims from celebrating Valentine's Day.
The Star, February 1, 2013.
Turkey, and other Islamic-dominated lands, steps to minimize its impact have been taken: Conservatives in Pakistan tacked up posters urging people to boycott Valentine's Day on Thursday, saying it's a western-inspired event that's spreading vulgarity in their country.
For them, Valentine's Day is nothing but an occasion to encourage illicit relations between the country's young and unmarried males and females.
It's a sign that Western culture and values are eating away the fabric of Pakistan's traditional, Islamic society.
Valentine's Day, they say, is not a Pakistani holiday and not part of the culture here.
'In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, government officials and clerics in Jakarta called for young people to skip Valentine's Day, saying it was an excuse for couples to have forbidden sex.
Valentine's Day under attack in Pakistan.
AP, Febuary 14, 201.
Pakistan's Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, or PEMRA, sent a letter to TV and radio stations reminding them that the holiday is 'not in conformity to our religious and cultural ethos.
' The report warns that 'a large segment of society' has complained about 'Valentine's Day celebrations' and blames Valentine's Day for 'depraving, corrupting and injuring morality of Pakistani youth.
The letter begins: It is generally observed that in the past 'Valentine's Day' is celebrated on February 14 by all the satellite TV channels whether an Entertainment or News & Current Affairs channel.
PEMRA has been receiving complaints from a large segment of society that Valentine's Day celebrations are not in conformity to our religious and cultural ethos and has, therefore, condemned its unequivocal a propagation through media.
Furthermore, such events have been perceived as a source of depraving, corrupting and injuring morality of Pakistani youth as well as violating Code of Conduct developed by PEMRA in pursuance of Rule 15 & PEMRA Rules 2009.
Pakistani regulator warns media against promoting Valentine ™s DayWashington Post, Febuary 14, 2013.
com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/02/14/pakistani-regulator-warns-media-against-promoting-valentines-day/ Notice that because of sexual immortality associated with Valentine's Day, many of the states in Malaysia have taken proactive steps to try to stop sinning then: PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hasan Tantawi said the Kedah, Kelantan and Selangor governments have directed all local authorities to work closely with police and Rela in order to carry out operations to check immoral activities during Valentine's Day.
He said the National Fatwa Council forbids Muslims from celebrating Valentine's Day because of elements of Christianity and sin.
(Move on Valentine's Day 'sins' Malaysia Star - Feb 8, 2011.
KUALA LUMPUR - More than 300 volunteers between 19 to 25 years-old today joined a programme to make Muslims wary of the importance of not celebrating Valentine's Day.
Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director of Family, Social and Community Division, Saimah Mokhtar hopes parents take the ban on Valentine's Day celebration seriously as it has elements of Christianity and mixed with vices forbidden by Islam.
The programme called "Jerat Hari Valentine" (Valentine's Day Trap) targets several locations in Kuala Lumpur, said Jakim director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha.
Now Jakim wants parents to ban Valentine's Day celebration.
February 3, 2013.
Notice that many of the Muslims associate Valentine's Day with Christianity (obviously the false compromising kind) and sin.
In other words, Valentine's Day causes the name of Christ (through the term 'Christianity') to be blasphemed among the Gentiles (Romans 2:24; Isaiah 52:5)! Even some the Muslims can see the hypocrisy in this.
How does this pagan holiday directly help get the true gospel out? It does not.
And that is the point.
Valentine's Day includes elements of paganism, idolatry, and sexual immorality.
Notice what the Bible teaches: '.
You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? 24 For "the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you," as it is written'.
there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed'.
(2 Peter 2:1-2) Does not the observance of Valentine's Day contribute to blasphemy by the Gentiles (at least many of the Muslim ones) because many who profess Christ keep it? This should never be.
Here is a link to a YouTube video on this subject as well Should Christians Observe Valentine's Day? Concluding Comments: What is the true meaning of Valentine's Day? What is the true meaning of Valentine's Day? The true meaning of St.
Valentine's Day is that many people often ignore the instructions of God and embrace paganism in their lives.
Not necessarily intentionally, but since the Bible is clear that Satan "deceives the whole world" (Revelation 12:9), Valentine's Day seems part of his plan to do that.
That is the real meaning of Valentine's Day.
The Bible never indicates that Christians should celebrate anything like St.
Thus, the celebration of Valentine's Day is not enjoined on believers--even if there is some controversy associated with some of the history of it.
The Bible is clear that God is not pleased with activities that honor the 'Queen of Heaven'.
Valentine's Day is NOT some attempt to share God's love.
It began as a pagan courtship and sex holiday.
It is even an example to Muslims of how "Christianity" (falsely called) is sinful--this is no way to get the good news of Jesus out.
Although it has dropped some of its more direct pagan symbols, even today, the pagan being Cupid is associated with the Valentine holiday.
The so-called 'Christianization' of non-biblical, pagan celebrations is an affront to God and causes His name to be blasphemed among the Gentiles--if you consider yourself a Christian, do not contribute to blasphemy against the faith.
No professing Christian should take any part in such celebrations.
Here is a link to a YouTube video on this subject as well Should Christians Observe Valentine's Day? As you stare longingly into your lover's eyes this Valentine's Day, forget about love.
Think instead about good, old-fashioned lust and you'll be much better-off for it.
Just what's so great about having a one-track mind? Well, where to begin? Activation of the sexual behavioral system (which is scientific shorthand for 'lust') was designed by evolution to help us reproduce - its function, simply, is to get people into bed.
And lust is exquisitely designed to do so - when horny we tend to see others as more attractive, pay good looking people more attention, and even read sexual intent into others' faces.
All these mental shifts come with a narrowing of attention to the present and a focus on details, which makes sense as lust is about where to put what and in what order.
And it's this last fact - that lust triggers local, detail-oriented processing - that underlies one of the most remarkable boons of this deadly sin - it makes you smarter.
Valentine Day celebration is not Christian.
It is a pagan demonic festival that seeks to promote immorality and lead to various sinful activities in disobedience to God's commands with consequences of eternal judgment reason you should not honour a day or engage in any activity that dishonor God your Creator(See Eccl.
Valentine Day celebration is no love but lust perpetuated over the years with lies.
It is un-Christian and against God.
Don't celebrate please, You are loved and dear to me.
I LOVE YOU.
You are blessed for life.
Written By Dr.
Lewis Akpopgena [email protected]