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The origins of Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day was established by the Catholic church in 496 AD by Pope Gelasius who changed the Roman celebration of Lupercalia from February 15th to the familiar February 14th. The name “Valentine's” was derived from three saints who bore the name.

Named after Lupa (the she-wolf who legendarily nursed Romulus and Remus, the twins who founded Rome), Lupercalia was celebrated by flogging women and fields with blood-dipped goat hide strips to promote fertility. Also, the women would place their names in an urn for the men to withdraw and mate with for the festival. Marriage occasionally resulted from the match-making.

Is participating in such a pagan festival really beneficial to you walk with the Father, or does it hinder you? We are commanded not to partake in pagan practices. “When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.” (Deuteronomy 12:29-31)

To find out more on this article, use a search engine such as Bing or Ask. There is a small, growing movement in the Wapello County and Jefferson County area to remove pagan traditions from Christianity. To find a meeting, text or leave a message at 641-451-1111. Peace in the Savior.

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