Should Torah Believers Celebrate This Day?

 When you walk into the stores around the beginning of February, the glare from the bright red, heart-shaped boxes of candies will almost blind you. On February 14th, millions of people, young and old alike, buy tons of candy and exchange millions of valentines. Men send women flowers for Valentine’s Day, making February 14th, according to the florists, one of their best and busiest days. Young women buy evening gowns and young men rent tuxedos to appear desirable at the St. Valentine’s Day dance, more commonly referred to now as the Sweetheart Dance.

 Is Cupid any different than Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, or the tooth fairy? 

I believe NOT

When Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire, multitudes of pagans called by the church to convert, flocked into the church, bringing with them their pagan customs. Can St. Valentine’s Day be true worship? The answer is “no.” As seen above, centuries before Christianity, the pagan Romans celebrated this holiday as an idolatrous festival in honor of Lupercus, the deified hero-hunter.

 It is time to start exposing all these foolish, pagan customs and teach what the Torah says instead: “Come out of her, My People, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues,” (Revelation 18:4). As recorded in 2 Thessalonians 2:7, Paul knew that the mystery of iniquity was already at work. We, as true believers, must not be entangled in that mystery.


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