Valentine's is Pagan - So What?

Thursday, February 14, 2013 (All day)

What difference does it make if I celebrate St. Valentine's Day?

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[Darris McNeely] It's Valentine's Day, a major commercial holiday in the world. Steve, what do you think is the best thing about Valentine's Day? You know what I think the best thing about Valentine's Day is?

[Steve Myers] What's the best thing?

[Darris McNeely] The next day, everything is half priced: candy, chocolates, even the roses. I think that probably speaks as much of the value of the day as anything else.

[Steve Myers] There's no doubt - it may seem that we're just down on all of the holidays, but actually the day after Easter, the day after Halloween, the day after Valentine's Day is much more important because of the half priced candy than anything that happens on those days because of where they come from.

[Darris McNeely] They come from practices and customs deeply rooted into paganism and we understand a lot of people don't care about that anymore, but God cares. His word shows us that we should care as well. And the absurdity of all of these customs, whether it's Valentine's Day, Halloween, or some of the others that are rooted in pagan worship is that God thinks they're absurd and actually they're worth less than half price.

[Steve Myers] Absolutely. When you think about "Well, I don't worship on Valentine's Day. I don't do anything like that. So you know I'm just trying to be nice, trying to be nice to my wife, trying to be nice to people." But wait a second. It does tie in with what God says. Here's what He says in Jeremiah:10:2, He starts out by saying, "Don't learn the way of the Gentiles." Other translations say don't follow those practices. Don't act like the other nations. It also says in The Message, "Don't take on the godless nations as your models." Why is that important with Valentine's Day? Because it comes from pagan practices. It was brought right into the Catholic Church under the guise of a saint, and yet…

[Darris McNeely] It goes all the way back to Rome.

[Steve Myers] All the way back to the Roman gods. So we don't want any part of that whether we're blatantly religious about it or just having a nice holiday by giving our spouse some flowers.

[Darris McNeely] The point is if you're going to show your husband, your wife love and show them respect, that's a daily 365 day a year issue. It's not relegated to just one day, and certainly don't take a day that has pagan origins and try to make it something when really in the reality of it in today's society it becomes nothing more than a commercial venture as absurd as the reality of going out the next day and trying to find everything for half price, even though you would save a little money doing that.

[Steve Myers] That's right. So get rid of that. This is a discounted holiday. Get rid of it all together. Love always. Don't be cheapskates, and do what's right. Don't pick up these practices in any form. Get rid of them in your life and you'll be much happier.

[Darris McNeely] That's BT Daily . Join us next time.


Laura.H's picture

I have always said that Valentines Day is a joke.... I don't like that fact that this "one" day of the year is when I should show my love, it should be done everyday. Honestly, I feel the same way about Mother's Day, everyday is Mother's day to me!!!!

linda effenberger

linda effenberger's picture

What a good point you made, Laura.H: we should show our love everyday! Comes down to what the Son of God tells us to do: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Notice that this command is found in Lev. 19: 18. It is quoted in Matt:22:39; Mark:12:31; Luke:10:27; Romans:13:9; Galatians:5:14 and James:2:8.


irini_limaj's picture

Yes Laura, it must be almost a decade that I don't celebrate V day either. Not because I thought it was wrong I just think it doesn't make any sense at all. If I love I love always and I show it always and I expect the same, now if someone doesn't feel the same I sure don't want them to try today just for the sake of romance. I never thought this would apply to mother's day though, but now that I think about it you are right about that too...I just have to think this through cause my mom is from another generation and some things have a different meaning to her so I should be careful not to hurt her feelings...maybe if I tried to be there for her more, would make this way much easier.


KARS's picture

Hi guys,
You guys have really made me laugh today. Thanks.

It's true about the half-price sales the next day.
They actually help with the prep for the NTBMO, ULB, & FOT. We enjoy putting together gifts. So in this area it can come in handy. :o)

Have a good evening gentlemen.

Norbert Z

Norbert Z's picture

I was listening to CBC radio on Valentines day at work and they had numerous shows dealing with the subject. Mostly from a secular perspective of "having a nice holiday".

My general impression of some of what was said from their secular perspesptive is that when they're talking about espressing love, they really promoting the idea of sexual promiscuity. Basically explaining how people can have a nice holiday.

From what I understand, being prudent with your spending dollars is a good thing, however that day highlights one major problem with this world. The idea that sexual attraction somehow equates with the love of God. I think it could be said, when some people refer to "love", what they really should be saying is the word "lust".


wdeaton65's picture

That was cool finally truth the whole world needs to know these things 7 feasts of YHWH not 8 not 6. Thank you brothers keep it up things like this is what will bring GODS people out of confusion or the city of Babylon same thing. Blessings


Tholp1's picture

Study's have shown that this day is the "Break up Day" for most couples or the "Day of Divorce" for many married couples. Lawyers offer divorces for free on some occasions. That's how crazy this day is. This man made Holiday is just not working very well for us. I agree with these men that loving your spouse is an all year around issue, not just for one day.

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