Is Mother’s Day pagan?

What could be wrong with giving a gift to your mother on Mother’s Day, taking her out to dinner or buying her flowers? After all, she’s the one that brought you into the world right? She raised you up and provided food and clothing for you as a child.

Mother’s Day is deeply rooted in idolatrous practices and the worshipping of deities that the Bible warns us against.

Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Tributes to mothers can be traced back to a Greek festival dedicated to Rhea-the mother of many deities and the ancient Romans made offerings to Cyble-their great mother of gods. Christians then took on this festival the fourth Sunday in Lent in order to honor Mary-the mother of Christ. It was further expanded in England to include all mothers. In regards to honoring Mary, an example of a woman uplifting Christ’s mother is also mentioned in the Bible and Christ admonished her for doing it.

Luke 11:27-28 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. (28) But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

Christ put the emphasis on us applying the word of God to our lives and not being focused on anything else.

In the U.S. a campaign was led by Anna Jarvis to include a special day to honor mothers, in which a bill was eventually signed by president Woodrow Wilson recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday. Secular history teaches that Mother’s Day is tied into idolatrous practices and in the U.S. old practices were tied in with new ideologies. Only the Lord God has the authority to proclaim a special day for us to follow.

Leviticus 23:1-2 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, (2) Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.

When you read further in the twenty third chapter of Leviticus, it lists all the feasts of the Lord that we should celebrate. When we turn away from doing the commandments and keep our own traditions we are rejecting the word of God.

Mark 7:9  And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

To truly honor our mother’s is to keep the commandments of the Lord that they teach us. An example of this can be found in the book of Proverbs.

Proverbs 6:20 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Proverbs 31:1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.

An example of what the King’s mother taught him…Proverbs 31:3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

In today’s society, you have drug dealers, murderers and thieves who break the commandments all year long and then take their mother out to dinner on Mother’s Day. You also have people that disrespect their mother all the time but buy her flowers on Mother’s Day. This is nothing but foolishness and hypocrisy.

We should not just honor our mothers on one special day, but all the time.

Ephesians 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

This commandment was given for us to keep everyday and not just one special day of the year. For those that ignorantly celebrate mother’s day, not knowing that they were breaking the first commandment we pray that this was edifying.

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

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