March 17th is the day when supposedly a man named St. Patrick died. Every year, various Christian denominations and non-Christians celebrate the anniversary of his death. Do we really know who St. Patrick was? Have you ever wondered why he is so popular? Why is this holiday filled with Shamrocks, Leprechauns and Good Luck?
Come with us, as we search for the answers to these questions and the origin of Saint Patrick.
Maewyn Succat was born around 385-390 AD during the Roman occupation of Britain. His Dad was a very wealthy magistrate, when Maewyn was a young lad, he was sold into slavery. He managed to escape, fleeing to France, where he later became a priest; taking on the Romanticized name of Patrick. Pope Celestine I ordained him a Bishop. He believed his calling was to convert Irish pagans, therefore, off to Ireland he went, seeking to convert as many pagans as he could during his thirty-year journey.
How was one man going to be able to change a very pagan polytheism country, such as Ireland, into accepting the Catholic Christian faith?
He used one of the oldest tricks in the book, Compromise! He adopted many of the traditional Irish rituals and just blended them all together. Yeah, a 'religious malt,' This is nothing new. Turn with us to the great book of Exodus 32:5, 'And Aaron saw and built an altar before it. And Aaron called out and said, "Tomorrow is a festival to Yahuah."
Coming out of 400 years of slavery, the children of Yisra'el played the adoption game. They thought, like so many today think, it's fine to adopted pagan rituals by adding them to the true worship Yahuah seeks. On the contrary, to what many think, He despises it! We later learn that not only was that feast unacceptable but many died that day (Exodus 32:4-6). Today, many worship this dead man known as Saint Patrick by partying (getting drunk) Some are indeed Irish, but many more masquerade on this holiday by dressing up in green, wanting to be Irish.
Although Yahuah created the shamrocks, the symbol of the three-leaf clover has deep pagan roots. For instance, according to the Celts each leaf represents Crone, Mother and Virgin. To others, it represents Faith, Hope and Charity. St. Patrick used it to represent the pagan trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Others believe shamrocks have magical powers connected with them.
According to Irish mythology (side note: mythology may contain myths but to those who practice it, this is their religion) Leprechaun's are like male faeries. These little old men are said to be shoemakers and extremely rich. They believe if one were to catch a leprechaun then he would have to tell the catcher where their hidden treasure/gold is. They are very mischievous and like to play tricks on humans. What is interesting is that Pookie (from Halloween) and Cupid (Valentine's Day) are also mischievous spirits.
Fortuna, is the false deity of Luck. She is equivalent to the Roman female deity Tyche. There are many different types of this Fortuna. For instance; Fortuna Annonaria brought the luck of the harvest, Fortuna Primigenia directed the fortune of a firstborn child at the moment of birth, Fortuna Virgo luck of the virgin, and Fortuna Publica luck of the people. The list goes on with a total of 18 different Fortuna deities.
According to many, luck can be obtained by doing certain rituals. These rituals involve prayer, spells and sacrifice.
Luck is equivalent to Fortune and can be traced back to the Syrian or Canaanite deity of Gad.
Isaiah 65:11, "But ye that forsake YHWH, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for Fortune, and that fill up mingled wine unto Destiny." (ASV)
"But you are those who forsake Yahuah, who forget My set-apart mountain, who prepare a table for Gad, and who fill a drink offering for Meni." (ISR)
Clearly, everything about St. Patrick's Day is contrary to the written word of Yahuah.
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