I remember in elementary school, we always exchanged “valentines” with our classmates. In high school, you were hoping for that red, pink, or white carnation from a special someone or just a friend. Today, as Valentine’s Day approaches, people generally fall into one of these categories:
- They have a special someone and have made plans to celebrate. They look forward to receiving (and giving) cards, candy, flowers, and other gifts. They make reservations at their favorite restaurant. Some may even decide to get married or engaged on this day.
- Those people that don’t have a special someone. They get depressed because they somehow feel left out of this tradition.
- Those that have significant others and don’t have any interest in celebrating Valentine’s Day for whatever reason.
Whatever category you fall into, my reason for not celebrating Valentine’s Day anymore is the same reason that I don’t celebrate Halloween; both holidays have pagan roots. Refer to my post The True Meaning of Halloween. Also, when I researched this holiday, I discovered some facts that I would like to share with you.
The Bible mentions a man named Nimrod that was known as a “mighty hunter“. He was Noah’s great-grandson. Noah, of course, built the ark. He had three sons-Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham had a son named Cush, who was Nimrod’s father. After the flood, Noah became a farmer and planted a vineyard. One day, he became drunk from the wine, and his son, Ham found him naked in his tent. When Noah awakened, he knew that Ham had shamed him, so he cursed his offspring.
His grandson, Nimrod, definitely didn’t disappoint in that regard. He built the city of Babylon and became its ruler. He along with others attempted to build a tower to reach heaven. At that time, everyone spoke one language. God “confused their language” so that the Tower of Babel would not be built. The intention was not to give God glory, but to reach heaven to be as high as God (Chick Publications).
In addition to that, Nimrod was a high priest in a satanic occult. His wife was Queen Semiramis. Together, they were able to control the people through the occult and a counterfeit, satanic religion. A common religious practice was sacrificing babies. Shem, his great-uncle, was so outraged that he killed Nimrod and cut him into pieces (Chick Publications). Now that he was dead, Semiramis deified him as a sun god. Sun worship was predominant during that time. She even went as far as having an illegitimate son and naming him Tammuz. Semiramis believed that this baby was Nimrod reincarnated. He was also called Cupid, which we associate with Valentine’s Day. Cupid is typically depicted as a chubby kid in underwear that shoots arrows at unsuspecting people to make them fall in love. It also goes back to Nimrod being a “mighty hunter” with his bow and arrow.
Queen Semiramis was so evil and sick that she lusted after her own son and soon married him. Many women desired this Cupid, which provoked jealousy. So Cupid can make people fall in love as well as arouse jealousy. Tammuz is also called Baal; Baal worship was very common and mentioned throughout the Bible. The Babylonian word for heart was “Bal”. Tammuz is often depicted holding a heart shaped fruit in his hand. He became known as the “god of the heart” (Babylon Forsaken Ministries). We see hearts everywhere around Valentine’s Day-heart-shaped candy, cookies, cards, etc.
Knowing these facts, I do not have a desire to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Some may say that you’re showing love on this day. What about the other 364 days? I have been married for more than 8 years, and I don’t need one day out of the year to say “I love you” or wait to receive a gift. We should show love to one another everyday. Both Christians and non-Christians celebrate and honor these holidays because it’s how we were taught; we accept it because it’s a tradition. With many of these holidays, Christian principles are blended with pagan ideologies. Many churches are promoting Valentine’s Day. Secular views are brought into the church and mixed with biblical principles. I’m not saying that it’s every church or not to go to church at all-just be aware that it happens. We need to discern from what is right and what is wrong. Now that my eyes have been opened, I’m learning that you have to pay attention to the man behind the curtain, so to speak. What’s going on behind the scenes? Sometimes, we have to look beyond what we’re told. Oftentimes, people only get a small piece of the story and leave out the important facts. I always tell my readers to do their own research and form their own opinion. If somebody told you that we’re living on Saturn and not Earth, you wouldn’t believe them, right? Now is the time to examine yourselves and pay attention to your surroundings. What do you believe?
Daniels, David W. Babylon Religion. Ontario: Chick Publications. 2006