Bible's view on Valentine's Day celebration

The Bible’s View On Valentine’s Day Celebration

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Celebrations are an integral part of human life. Since we are social beings, we will always have one form of celebration or another to mark. It could be a personal or general celebration. Over the years, the celebration of Valentine’s Day has taken on a global dimension. But what is the Bible’s view on Valentine’s Day celebration?

The question becomes profound when it involves Christians, especially Christian youth. So why celebrate Valentine’s Day as a Christian? Before answering that question, we should run through some facts about the origin of Valentine’s Day.

Facts about Valentine’s Day

Before we look at what the Bible says about Valentine’s Day,

It began with the celebration of the Lupercalia festival. Lupercalia is a fertility festival and the celebration of the founder of Rome. They held the festival in a cave where the founders of Rome, Romulus, and Remus, were believed to have been raised by a female wolf annually on February 15.

The worshippers will gather in the cave to kill a goat and a dog. The hides of the animal are then dipped in the blood for purification. It is also celebrated with wild, romantic, and sexual rendezvous.

While ladies and women lined the city streets, they would use the blood-soaked hides to touch the women and splash on farm products. This, they believed, would bring a bumper harvest next planting season. The women also believed it would make them fertile for childbearing.

With time, the Lupercalia festival took on a new twist. This time, single women will write their names and drop them in a big jar in the city center. The young bachelor will come around to pick names in a sort of marriage matchmaking or for sexual pleasure for the season. However, some of them ended in actual marriages.

Pope Gelasius abolished the festival to pave the way for Valentine’s Day celebrations. Later, the celebration of love is connected with Saint Valentine’s Day. There are few people—priests, even a pope named Valentine.

Since the story behind the veneration and celebrations of Valentine’s Day remains murky, Two martyrs seem to be popular with the celebration. Still, historians are not sure whether the two stories refer to the same individual or a separate person. Incidentally, Emperor Claudius II executed two of these people.

One story stated that the said priest was conducting marriages for single soldiers against the order of the emperor. Emperor Claudius II believed unmarried soldiers made a better army than married ones with families. That was why he sent the priest to jail.

However, the priest fell in love with his jailer’s daughter.

Another version of the story says the priests even restored the girl’s blind eyes. Whichever way, Valentine wrote a letter that he signed off with “your valentine “. This was the last correspondence between the two.

Still, the event never culminated in the celebration of February 14 as Valentine’s Day until the English poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, came on board with his poem around 1375. His writing painted February 14 as the mating period for both birds and humans. With this, Valentine’s Day took on an additional dimension as a lover’s day.

The ugly side of Valentine

As we consider what the Bible’s view on Valentine’s Day is, we need to see the ugly side of the celebration. This is probably the reason some frown at celebrating Valentine’s Day.

I think the ugly side of valentines is why some ask why celebrating valentines by Christians. The essence of the celebration is love. When you observe, many people, especially the young ones, are obsessed with sensual passion. The word love means different things to different people. The mention of love means sexual passion.

The immorality of many young people who see the period as a way to satisfy their sensual urges usually mars such a period. Some young ladies will be disfigured, impregnated, or contract sexually transmitted diseases during this period.

This is where celebration should be redefined. We should redefine the concept of love instead of the unhealthy fanfare associated with Valentine’s Day.

As we look at the Bible’s view on Valentine’s Day, there are about three reasons some Christians don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. One, it is unknown to the Bible, and either Jesus or the disciples celebrated it. Two, they believed the celebration had its roots in paganism. Third, it is highly commercialized.

Despite those reasons I mentioned and others that may be available, you don’t throw away the baby with the bathing water.

After all, Christmas and Sunday worship have no biblical foundation. In essence, you, as a spirit-filled Christian, should be able to sieve the chaff from the wheat for any celebration. Note that naming, marriage, and burial celebrations can turn worldly if you don’t manage them well.

What is the Bible’s view on Valentine’s Day?

Put everything together, and you ask, “What is the bearing between Christianity and the celebration of Valentine’s Day?” The following passages of the Bible will answer the question of why celebrating Valentine’s Day is not out of place for Christians. Not only that, it will be a guide to knowing what should be our disposition to any festive event at all.

One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their minds. Romans 14:5. The book of Colossians 3:16-23 also explains what should be the believers’ stand on social issues.

Jesus is our model and pattern in everything. While he was here, Jesus socialized with people in his constituency. Sinners organized more of the social functions Jesus took part in. Sometimes the people will invite Jesus.

In others cases, he will show interest in being their guest. Whichever way, Jesus glorified God in such cases. I believe this should be our stand as believers. As my pastor will say, “You can’t be more Catholic than the pope.”

Let us study the changes in the different dispensations before I conclude. That several people abused a system or an idea does not mean you could not use the same period to do something different and better.

Some people use the period of Valentine’s Day to make money by selling cards, chocolate, flowers, and other items. Others employ the time to satisfy their inordinate affection.

Yet others use the period to show friendship to others and renew their love for the special people in their lives. After all, Jesus uses all the social engagements he attends to add value to the people and further his ministry of salvation and restoration.

To me, what you do in a day says more about the day than the day itself. Jesus said the altar sanctifies the gift, not the other way around. That was the Bible’s view on Valentine’s Day celebration.

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