It is the “second largest U.S. consumer spending holiday” according to the National Retail Federation. Estimates suggest that Americans will spend more than $14 billion this year at restaurants, on clothing, jewelry and flowers. And like so many other American commercial traditions, its roots can be traced back to ancient times. Predictably, the holiday we call “Mother’s Day” has Pagan origins.
The Pagans called her by many names. She was known as Aphrodite, Cybele, or Sybyl, Diana, Electra, Europa, Isis, Venus, Semiramis, Ashtoreth and Astarte, — Ishtar Feast days honoring the mother goddesses were known from antiquity. The fact that Americans only began doing so for a little over 100 years facilitates the cognitive divorce between the hoary practice of the ancients and contemporary Americans, many of whom claim to practice the Christian faith.
600 years before Christ, the ancient Greek Pagans honored Rhea, wife of Cronus (or Saturn-Satan if you prefer) who was worshipped as the mother of the gods and goddesses. Likewise, in Pagan Rome, there was a similar festival dedicated to the worship of Juno, called “Matronalia.”
In England, “Mothering Sunday” began to be observed in the 13th century, honoring their mothers with Simnel cakes or “Mothering Day” cakes. This practice is tied to the heathen practice of women baking cakes to the “Queen of Heaven.”
This celebration was adopted by the Roman Catholic “Mother” Church. This is the same Roman church which absorbed the Pagan practices dedicated to celebrating goddess worship (Easter) and the heathen celebration of Saturnalia, renamed Christmas.
There is little doubt in this authors mind that most professing Christians will say that Mother’s Day has nothing to do with the Pagan practices of the ancient world. Despite the fact that the origins of this holiday are well known, most Christians simply cover their ears and refuse to acknowledge the truth.
After all, the American observance of Mother’s Day first began in 1907 and was made a national celebration by Woodrow Wilson in 1914. What’s wrong with paying tribute our their mothers? The Bible says “honor thy father and thy mother” doesn’t it? Such legalistic sophistry ignores that fact that no such day of honor was recognized by early Christians nor even mentioned in the Bible.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
It is no coincidence that the annual Rites of Spring Pagan Celebration in New England, began during Mother’s Day weekend in May of 1979, near Boston where Julia Ward Howe, held the first organized Mother’s Day meetings of America. A similar event was held last year, Mothers Day weekend in Berkeley, California. In Brighton – United Kingdom, and elsewhere, there were comparable celebrations dedicated to the Mother goddess.
As other holidays having roots in Pagan sun worship, Mothers Day is always held on the day named in honor of the Sun. Mom Note: <It should also be noted that we get the saying “Mother Earth” from this same goddess worship!>
It is a sad fact that most professing believers will refuse to hear or consider the truth contained herein. They will complain that their “Christian” values are under attack in this nation, and yet will observe Pagan inspired celebrations which were foisted upon them by the same nation that works to their destruction. They reject the knowledge of God and his feast days and embrace the practices of the heathen. If God’s people forget his law, is it also not right that he should forget them?
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Article reposted from beaconoftruth.com