Over the recent years there have been quite a few manifestations of Mary in
various forms such as, bleeding palms, weeping statutes of Mary, and
photo-like images of Mary. Can Bible believing Christians accept these
things and follow their counsels?
Before writing anything about Mary, let me first say that Mary, the mother
of our Lord Jesus, was a very privileged person to be selected to be the
mother of Jesus Christ. We are all happy for her and thank God for
choosing her to be the mother of Jesus Christ.
Now having said this about Mary, let us consider some other facts about
her. While Mary was very privileged to be the mother of Jesus, it must
be borne in mind that she was, and so remained until her death, a human being
like any other Jewish woman, or like any other godly woman living today.
She is now in the grave awaiting the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
All the Marian apparitions we have been hearing and reading about are none
other than unbiblical information. Sincere Christians will have to weigh
all the facts they read about Marian apparitions against what the Bible says.
If the Bible says that when we die we sleep in the grave, and that at the
resurrection Jesus will raise our dead bodies, then these apparitions are
misleading and are to be set aside.
For example, here is what the Bible says about death and the resurrection:
(John 6:40 KJV) And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which
seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will
raise him up at the last day. Jesus says that all that believe in him
will be raised up when he returns on that great resurrection morning.
This means Mary, who is dead, will also be raised up on that day. Here
is another statement from Jesus: (John 6:54 KJV) Whoso eateth my flesh, and
drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Again, in this text Jesus promises to resurrect all those individuals that
believe in him and obey his voice. This means that Mary, who was a
believer in Jesus will also be resurrected at the end of time. Nowhere
in the Bible does it say that Mary was resurrected and that she is in heaven.
We know that Moses, Elijah, and Enoch are there because the Bible tells us so.
At the transfiguration of Jesus the disciples saw Moses, and Elijah: (Mat 17:1
KJV) And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and
bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
(Mat 17:2 KJV) And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the
sun, and his raiment was white as the light. (Mat 17:3 KJV) And, behold,
there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
And concerning Enoch, the Bible says, (Gen 5:24 KJV) And Enoch walked with
God: and he was not; for God took him. We know that others have been
resurrected at the resurrection of Jesus, for the Bible says, (Mat 27:52 KJV)
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
(Mat 27:53 KJV) And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went
into the holy city, and appeared unto many. But who these persons are we
have no clue. The Bible does not give their names. It would be
folly and unwise for us to start speculating about who these resurrected
individuals might be.
Finally, if these Marian apparitions are not actually Mary, since she is
dead and buried, and since we have no information that she was resurrected,
who then are they? Christians must always remember that their foundation
of truth must ever be founded on the Bible. The Bible must always be our
only rule of faith.
Concerning these apparitions this is what I say, (Isa 8:20 KJV) To the law
and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because
there is no light in them. These apparitions are bound to be false since
they are not according to the Word of God. Here is what the Bible says
further on this, (2 Cor 11:14 KJV) And no marvel; for Satan himself is
transformed into an angel of light. (2 Cor 11:15 KJV) Therefore it is no
great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of
righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Yes, the Devil is out to deceive all that do not put their trust in God's
Word. He will do all sorts of miraculous things as we approach the last
days. He knows that his end is near, and he is trying to deceive as many
as he can. Let us not be hoodwinked by him.
Yes, friends, let us not be fooled by miracles and apparitions today.
Let us test all these miraculous things by the Word of God. If they
contradict the Word then we are to throw them out lest we be deceived.
May God bless you and give you courage to trust His Word. God bless.
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