Valentines Day

Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

At work on the 14th February 2013, I was asked by a colleague what I am doing for Valentines day. When I told her that I do not believe in it and it is a pagan holiday and an excuse for people to spend their money, she was surprised.  How did this day come about anyway?

Research has showed me that there are two theories regarding Valentines Day origin, however both theories support the idea that Valentines day celebrates Valentines death. Valentines day was named after three saints with the name St Valentine. Some say that one of the priests was sent to prison for marrying soldiers when the emperor at the time believed that single men were better soldiers. He continued to marry lovers in secret, but the emperor found out and killed him.

The other theory is that Valentine helped Christians escape the roman prisons where they were beat and tortured. As he was in prison himself, he sent letters to his lover expressing his love to her. Others believe that the Roman Catholic church is responsible for celebrating this day through this Pagan Festival.

How does this relate to me? Being a seventh-day adventist, should I celebrate this day? Showing your spouse or partner some words and actions of kindness should not be done only for one day but should be expressed everyday.