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Sightings Of The Virgin Mary

With sightings of the virgin Mary increasing, especially in food items, does that mean the end is near?

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all christian where does our religion start at the foot of the cross and at the foot of the cross who was there to weep for christ his mother and because of that we respect and love her with all our hearts and we ask her to pray for us in our hour of need to the lord jesus christ catholic do not worship mary we just love her for bringing christ into the world catholic teach there children that the blessed mother dose not replace the lord will ever
---ed on 9/30/10

m.p.a. No, John the Baptist died before Christ did, but I brought him up because many thought that he was the Messiah, partly due to his behaviour and dress as a prophet, and possibly due to his being an only child. If you were looking for a man born of a virgin would you look for someone with a lot of siblings or a child born of unusual and unique circumstances.

Mary was put into the care of John, son of Zebedee, brother of James the Greater whose death is recorded in Acts.
---lorra8574 on 3/21/07

Mary was only a woman. God never said that we are to pray to mankind. Catholics make Mary an idol. No one ever worshipped her during her lifetime. Mary worship is a demonic trick that has sent millions to Hell. Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Romans 1:22 professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
---Andre on 3/21/07

Bobby; I never hide behind the mask of a fictitious name!
---1st_cliff on 3/19/07

A couple of your personalities, cliffy?
---Bob on 3/18/07

Another Mary worshiper. That is a dead end.
---Newton on 3/18/07

Lorra, are you suggesting that the 2 Johns you mention here are the same person? "Further, Jesus gave Mary into the care of John who was NOT a brother, which would have violated all accepted practice (including His own). Some thought John the Baptist was the Messiah. John was also an only child." They were not, John the baptist was beheaded before Jesus was crucified.
---m.p.a. on 3/18/07

1st Cliff::I am astounded, a good opponent in a debate but still a gentleman & scholar.nothing to forgive Sir.Re the half bros those were doubtful because if he had Bros Or half it would be their duty according to Jewish Custom to care for the Mother but in their absence He Decrees His mom to humanity & vice versa.
---Emcee on 3/17/07

RYAN::Not only wil I enjoy my Catholicism but will not stoop to tarnishing the Name of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION If you want to believe & think like a Human you must remember the possibility as you say Remote is yet a possibility & with God all things are possible so to be wrong would make you & a lot of disbelieving Characters false witnesses breaking the commandment of God So Please believe what you want She is spotless sinless a lady of the HIGHEST caliber who own the title "MOTHER OF GOD"
---Emcee on 3/17/07

I'm sorry Steveng ... I had read your previous to indicate you saying that Mary put herself on a pedestal.
I realsie now you did not mean this
---alan_of_UK on 3/18/07

alan_of_UK: "... I see you continue to denigrate Mary..." On the contrary, she is to be remembered among nations as the woman MOST favored by God to carry Jesus. I never denigrate Mary, I just simply said she was dead, a person cannot pray to a dead person, and who will definately rise in the first resurrection.
---Steveng on 3/17/07

lorra8574; There are those today who believe there was hanki-panki between J&M after all they were betrothed! It's more difficult to believe that Mary was virgin 'till Jesus'birth than to accept that they carried on a "normal" married relationship after the event! What would your reson be that she remained celabate?(after) You believe that marriage is dirty or sinful? It's God ordained! Who is "too holy" to have children? Even God has a Son!
---1st_cliff on 3/17/07

God said not to make any graven images and that we should have no other god other than him. How much plainer does he have to put it??? Wearing a medallion around your neck with some so-called saint on it is idolatry.
---Susie on 3/16/07

Jesus had half brothers, that is in the Bible. Yes, even a scapula is an idol. Why do Catholics think they need all this stuff. You were given your treasure and all you will ever need in Jesus, but you refuse to recognize it.
---. on 3/16/07

Is wearing a Saint medalion idolatry?
---Caring on 3/16/07

Helen, if Jesus had been the oldest of several children, no one would have believed that He had been born of a virgin. They would have believed the more common practice that the little lady made woopie with her betrothed before the official wedding night.

Further, Jesus gave Mary into the care of John who was NOT a brother, which would have violated all accepted practice (including His own).

Some thought John the Baptist was the Messiah. John was also an only child.
---lorra8574 on 3/16/07

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----cg:: do you have proof of that? Has she"the mother of God" asked anyone to disown her son,Jesus Her God & YOURS IF at all.Her plea to Humanity is REPENT CHANGE He is offended would you suggest that is the enemy or is your statement more closer to the false charge.
---Emcee on 3/16/07

Those who denigrate The mother of Jesus who is HER God, as she openly Declared need to examine their own conscience. Because it is their insistence by the adversary that keeps the issue going Growing & the ressurecting of this question is by those powers who perpetuate this unbelief.
---Emcee on 3/16/07

That's o.k. Thanks for replying. Idolization and worship of Mary would be sinful.

"So, most blessed means that you can pray to her. I don't buy that." We were talking about apparations not prayer. That if Moses appeared to the living, why is it so inconceivable that Mary (who bore God into the world, and described as most blessed in the N.T.) could appear to the living?

Did God send a communication to the living: that Moses would appear to the disciples?
---Ed on 3/16/07

"If ever there was a mortal as close to God as the angels then surely it is Mary."

Ed....I took this statement to mean that you thought Mary was an angel. I am sorry if I misunderstood you. Although I realize that Mary was a blessed woman, giving birth to the King of Kings. She is no one to be idolized, worshipped, or prayed to.
---Susie on 3/16/07

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So, most blessed means that you can pray to her? I'm not buying it.
---Julie on 3/16/07

alan, of course it's not Mary's fault. She was a good woman and highly favored of God and she did her part, but this is not the Mary that is prayed to. It's a trick of the enemy. The enemy has got so many fooled. Heed the warnings now, before it's too late.
---cg on 3/16/07

This is what I believe. That Jesus is the Saviour. The Trinity. And "Love your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself."
---Ed on 3/16/07

I can understand why people are frightened of idea of apparitions (at one level i am frightened too). Remember Jesus walking on water. The disciples were terrified: they thought He was a ghost. But God resides in everyone single one of us. We shouldn't be frightened. I believe it is right to question, but not right to say no, never.
---Ed on 3/16/07

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Actually, it is not the real Mary that has been put on a pedestal! The Mary who is on a pedestal is the (supposed) Queen of Heaven, intercessor in place of Jesus, without sin, still a virgin after several children (wow what a feat that is). Just as there is another Jesus, another gospel. Mary who is worshipped is not the Mary of the Bible.
---Helen_5378 on 3/16/07

Steveng ... I see you continue to denigrate Mary. Sad
She was not perfect or sinless, I agree. Neither was Moses.
Mary did not put herself on a pedestal. That is others who have done that. Not her fault.
---alan_of_UK on 3/16/07

Does anyone know if God or any of his angels prepared man in the Bible for Moses appearing before the disciples.
My point is if not, then why is it 100% inconceivable that Mary should appear to the living. She was after all the woman who bore God into the world. The New Testament tells us very cleary that she was most blessed.
---Ed on 3/16/07

Ed, you have a right to believe what you want. I can't help you.
---Peter on 3/15/07

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Emcee, enjoy your catholicism. I'll enjoy the word of GOd that teches there were men, like James, who were Christs half-brother and John. Unfortunately you are so entwined in catholicism you would beleive a priest or any other catholic theology over truth. I love and respect Mary just as much as Abrahma, Isaac, David, Solomon, and many other saints but they are not worthy of worship, that alone should only be given to the Father but, as a catholic, this is nonsense to you.
---Ryan on 3/15/07

alan_of_UK: You're getting your worldly knowledge get in the way of truth. We'll take Moses, for instance. Does the Bible say God buried Mary? God would have surely said if He did like He did with Moses. Mary was 'the most favored among women' to carry the child, but she was not a perfect, sinless person. Did the NT put Mary upon a pedestal? Did Jesus put himself on a pedestal? What was the gospel Jesus was preaching? It wasn't about himself, but of the Kingdom of God and how to get there.
---Steveng on 3/15/07

Emcee; Your right, I did err about the apostle John. Actually His biological 1/2 brothers were Joses(not John) James,Juda and Simon.(Mark 6.3 & Mat13.55) To err is human,to fogive is devine!
---1st_cliff on 3/15/07

With respect: read my post! I never said angels were mortals. I said they have appeared to mortals. My point with angels being that others, but God, can appear to the living. In fact both angels and mortals have appeared to the living.
---Ed on 3/15/07

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And I am not going to be bullied out of this forum for defending my faith.
---Ed on 3/15/07

Always go to God first. God bless you all.
---Gina on 3/15/07

Ed....Don't you read the Bible at all? Human beings do not become angels when they die. Angels were created long before Adam and Eve. I get tired of people putting doctrine into the Bible that isn't there. People say all the time that their deceived loved one are now angels. And, that is just not Biblical.
---Susie on 3/15/07

1. Peter.
I don't object to people criticising fringe Roman Catholic beliefs. Such as whether we should venerate Mary or not (don't forget Luther and Calvin held great respect for Mary, and Luther actually supported veneration of Mary). What I object to is people completely writing off Roman Catholicism, on these blogs. At the end of the day most Protestant denom. and the Roman Catholic Church share the same core beliefs.
---Ed on 3/15/07

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2. Peter.
I also think it is dangerous to write off completely the possibility whether Mary can appear to mortals. Moses, Elijah, the Angel Gabriel and other angels have appeared to mortals. Mary bore Jesus, God incarnate, into the world. We know how blessed she is because it says so in the gospels.

---Ed on 3/15/07

3. Peter.
You are right about people sometimes being obsessed about signs. Surely it is better that we just get on with our Christian lives especially in our often ordinary lives. God is as much in the ordinary as the extraordinary. But by the same token we shouldn't cut ourselves off from the extraordinary either (Jesus' life was full of extraordinary miracles too.)
---Ed on 3/15/07

4. Peter.
Yes the evil one is constantly causing mischief in the world. Just look at all the wars the world. And what about our own communities and our own families. Maybe nothing too extraordinary but families can be mean and unkind to each other in a multitude of ways.
Faith is, of course necessary, but at the end of the day it is, surely, only the Love of God, that can protect us from evil.
God bless.
---Ed on 3/15/07

Ryan:Humans think like you . But Jesus said "the ways of God are different than the ways of man".It is better to err on the side of what is Good & Holy rather than on the side of innuendo,lest the trap ensnares the trapper.Casting slurs on anothers character is "Bearing false witness".We are called to be like children, insinuations against a lady is Cowardice. SHE & ST.Joseph were the Guardians of Jesus.Only people with intent to harm would sully the sacredness of His Holy Family
---Emcee on 3/15/07

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---Peter words here are full of wisdom for many. I would ask all RCC members who hear a little small voice inside of them saying," you should look closely at this situation and you should ask almighty God to show you if you are correct in sticking with the RCC" to listen to that voice because that voice is the wooing of the Holy Spirit!
---Mima on 3/15/07

1. Ed, you don't get it, because you don't understand spiritual matters. I'm not talking about appearances here, any born again believer knows exactly what I'm saying. When I said that she is not the Mary of the Bible is because she could never be. These visions that people say are Mary are an angel of light from the devil himself. He has many fooled. Most of these people are looking for a sign and Jesus warned about looking for signs.
---Peter on 3/15/07

2. Ed, I have been through some serious spiritual warfare in my Christian walk since I left the Catholic Church, but the Bible says we will, if we are Christ's. Believe me, I am not just spouting something here to win an argument. This is serious, and I know what I'm saying here. Before I got born again the devil never bothered me because he had me already. There is more going on in the spiritual world then you realize, but I am not blaming you because you don't understand yet.
---Peter on 3/15/07

Lorra, You sound exactly like I did when I was Catholic. Let's see, your probably in your early forties and have children and you mean well and your doing the best you can. Am I close? If you really love God, and want to know His truth, then seek God with your whole heart, He'll show you . All I'm asking, don't take the word of any church, but go to God Himself with your requests. He is faithful, and He loves you. There is so much more God has for you. I promise it will be worth it. God bless you Lorra.
---Peter on 3/15/07

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Steveng How do you know that Moses etc were "more godly" than Mary?
I recall nothing in the Bible to measure the godliness of Mary, nor any reference to her behaviour, godly or otherwise.
Just because you (and I believe rightly) do not believe she is more than any other human, does not mean that you should denigrate her, as your words seem to imply
---alan_of_UK on 3/15/07

Steveng Steveng ... I don't believe in these apparitions of Mary. Those who see them may be the victims of self-delusion, or there may be another explanation.
But that is not Mary's fault!
She was a great and worthy woman, blessed by God ,,, maybe the greatest blessing (i.e. bringing Jesus the baby into this world) apart from the blessing we receive upon salvation.
You can't say that she was less godly than other bibical characters.
---alan_of_UK on 3/15/07

#1 Emcee, Jesus was in His thirties when He said this. You believe Mary and Joseph went thirty plus years without having more children? If Joseph were a catholic, he would have revered her for being the birth mother of The Christ and produced more children with her, becasue her womb would, in his oponion, be the most blessed womb in all existence and she was his (Joseph's ) wife.
---Ryan on 3/15/07

#2 Emcee, Actualy, I don't think Joseph had to be a catholic to think these thoughts, he was, after all, Jewish, and he produced children with his wife during the life of Christ.
---Ryan on 3/15/07

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Steveng. Marian apparitions often don't appear as the blond haired blue-eyed caucasion version painted over the centuries. Juan Diego saw an olive skinned, brown eyed woman which was someone he could relate to. In other places, she has appeared in a form that resembled someone close to what they might expect, but none have looked like any traditional artist renditions. Juan Diego's Tilma bears her image without the assistance of an artist.
---lorra8574 on 3/15/07

the bible says in mathew 24 about the endtime it says there will be wars pestilence, and many coming in his name, but jesus said that we should not be moved by this things but it will occur like lightining.that everybody will see. in other words mary the sign of mary is not the direct inciendent precceeding the coming of our lord,
---hill on 3/15/07

Steveng, the best known apparition of Moses and Elijah was recorded in the Book of Matthew 17:3. They were speaking to Jesus directly and Peter, James and John were witnesses. Before you start criticising others, start by reading the Bible yourself.
---lorra8574 on 3/14/07

I had a Mary sighting. It was in front of the local catholic church. She was wearing a crown or a tiara or something and was made of stone. Is this a representation of her being a queen or something? Is she considered the queen of heaven? Read Jer 44:17-19 Then Jer 7:18
---MARK on 3/14/07

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1st Cliff ::You profane the name of God Where does it say that John was Jesus Biological brother John was His disciple.Shame! Find the truth Not your misenterpreted Views, Seems you are mixing with the wrong Crowd & continue to be a sensationalist. False BTW
---Emcee on 3/14/07

Ryan::Notice the Jewish Tradition at the time Jesus had no older siblings Or younger ones Hence The Pledge "Son behold your Mother"Gen up?
---Emcee on 3/14/07

Mary is as dead as a doornail and won't be resurrected until Jesus returns. These apparitions are from Satan. Why not apparitions of more Godly people like Moses, Elijah, the Apostles, etc? Because we don't know what they look like. Notice these images of Mary all look like the Catholic Mary. Why Mary? Because Mary, or any one of her many names, are found in every religion in the world including Islam. Mary is the bond of all religions and who is the glue to bring together all religions.
---Steveng on 3/14/07

1st Cliff, John is not a brother of Jesus, even though they may have been related. John is not even listed as one of Jesus' cousins. And Jesus often referred to Mary as woman, but was not a derogatory term nor a disclaimer of Mary being His earthly mother. Jesus was acting properly in Jewish tradition (and in obedience to the Decalogue) by seeing to His mother's wellfare after His imminent death on the cross.
---lorra8574 on 3/14/07

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How can you be so sure?
Angels have appeared to people before. The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary in the gospel of St Luke. If ever there was a mortal as close to God as the angels then surely it is Mary. She was after all the mother of Jesus. The mortal mother of Jesus, God incarnate.
---Ed on 3/14/07

There is no doubt that some Catholics often do venerate Mary too much at the cost of adoration to God.
But it is a question of balance.
I think, that in response to some Catholic's saccharine view of Mary, some Protestants have scraped away what is inspirational and beautiful about Mary, and left something utilitarian and dull.
Catholics: too flamboyant. Protestants: too black and white. Perhaps that is what really separates us in general.
---Ed on 3/14/07

But who is the Mary of the Bible? Maybe the image of Mary that has grown up in the tradition of Lourdes is actually quite different to the actual image that the simple uneducated, peasant girl, Bernadette, allegedly saw?
---Ed on 3/14/07

True Marian apparitions are rare, most apparitions are either hoaxes, frauds or demonic. It is possible to tell the difference, but some churches are better equipped for this than others. The RCC has policies and practices in place.

Even when an apparition is declared to be worthy of belief, the messages and or instructions of the apparition are only binding upon the seer who receives the visions.
---lorra8574 on 3/14/07

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True P2 This is good, because most Catholics don't like what these apparitions say - read the Bible, pray without ceasing, repent of your sins and turn back to God.

Few people like to be told what to do, especially if it is something that they should have been doing all along.
---lorra8574 on 3/14/07

Emcee, if you are referencing John 19:26 this is what it says:

When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

Notice it says, Woman..." not mother.
---Ryan on 3/14/07

**"Mother Behold thy son"was misinterpreted by Many**

Actually, the word was "Woman", not "Mother," or to be precise "Little Woman"--a diminutive, and as we know diminutives are frequently used to express special affection.
---Jack on 3/14/07

Emcee; When Jesus said "behold thy Son" and "behold thy mother" the context indicates that the mother and son here are "John" (Jesus' biological brother) and Mary their mother. Jn.19.27 "behold "your" mother."from that hour on the disciple took her to his own home!
---1st_cliff on 3/14/07

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How about an Elvis sighting? Same thing. There she is! Oh no, that's just a demon. WAKE UP!
---Bing on 3/14/07

Please remember to disagree without being disagreeable.
---faye4464 on 3/14/07

This simply means that people are seeing what they want to see. They have very vivid imaginations. That's all there is to these kinds of things. It is bordering on the ridiculous now days.
---Susie on 3/14/07

The end of this era should be determined by Matthew the 24th chapter. I really don't bye these sitings. I think to be on the safe side as Christians we need to compare the events with the Word of God and if it's not relevant, than we should put it out of our mind.
---Yolanda on 3/14/07

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Sorry to dissappoint you Emcee, but your belief is based on sinking sand. You are not honoring the real Mary, and you are certainly not honering God, to say the least. The Mary you honor is of the Devil himself. I know, I was there. The Catholic Church has so many brainwashed. You need to get born again, just like it is written in the Word of God. Hopefully someday you will understand. How much time do you think that you have left here on earth, since Pergatory is a myth? The truth will set you free.
---David on 3/14/07

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
---Rev_Herb on 3/14/07

RYAN::There is many a truth spoken in Jest.Jesus dying on the cross said "I THIRST""Mother Behold thy son"was misinterpreted by Many. The Lourdes Fatima Guardalupe & Medjugorje apparations are authentic.Those Not wanting,to believe may do so. But prudence suggests to side with Our Mother..The message is CLEAR & is meant as an advantage.Mary understood the words "Mother behold Thy son"Did you who ridicule Understand the Message :SON behold YOUR Mother"
---Emcee on 3/14/07

There was a story in the news about Jesus on the Cross appearing in a tree. I think it's like looking at clouds and using your imagination. I have no doubt Jesus or Mary could appear to people when they pray, but people sometimes get carried away.
---grace3869 on 3/14/07

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*Apparitions have occurred prior to numerous major historical events.*

And prior to great signs appearing in the sky.

"And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring" Lu 21:25
---augusta on 3/14/07

The Church doesn't acknowledge claims of people seeing Mary, Jesus or anyone else in "food." This is why a casino, opposed to a Catholic, purchased the sandwich with an image of a woman who looked like Charo on it.
---augusta on 3/14/07

*But seriously, the apparent "appearance" of Mary are nothing more than just fallen angels tricking people.*

Humans try to trick us too. Even self-proclaimed Christians who sometimes deceitfully "appear" as other posters using aliases to make their questions look sincere.

Fortunately, the Lord told us how to test the spirits.
---augusta on 3/14/07

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