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Why do many people in Latin America keep statues of the Virgin Mary in their yards and on the sides of their homes?

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John and Mary are my brother and sister in Christ. I don't worship my brethren, but I love them immensely.
---John on 3/29/08

Catholocism is trying to exalt Mary the mother of Jesus higher than Jesus Himself. She had NO authority over Jesus down here & there's certainly NO authority over Jesus up in heaven. For catholic people need to open their eyes because they'r headed for a Rude awakening. The blind shal lead the blind & they Both fall into the ditch.
---Lawrence on 5/31/07

You are 100% right, T.S. When Jesus, our Lord and Savior, says with His own mouth that there is NO OTHER WAY, that is good enough for me. Afterall, 'no other way' means just that - NO OTHER WAY. People who insist on saying that ANYONE else can mediate is sadly mistaken and denying the very words of Christ.
---Crystal on 5/16/07

Emcee: James Presided not the "pebble" written of in Mathew 16.

It is YOU who denies Scripture for tradition.

John14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by ME."

Not by the Pope, not by the Priest, not by dead Mary, not by dead saints but by CHRIST ONLY!
---TS on 5/15/07

TS::You are here to form part of the opposition which denies Truth.Matt16::17-19 gives you that truth.Rolling a pebble inside a n empty drum may produce sound BUT that is not Truth His WORD IS Believe it or NOT
---Emcee on 5/14/07

Emcce: Jesus never appointed Peter Pope. Peter is a pebble, and Jesus is the Rock upon which HE (refering to Himself) will build His Church.

In fact if Peter were appointed Pope why was it James who presisded over the Council found in Acts15 verse 19, James "My sentence is.." Clearly James presided by consent of the brethren not as Pope but as an equal allowed to make a ruling by the Spirit. Thy were all equal body member and Christ is the Head, not the Pope and not Peter.
---TS on 5/14/07

.agnea, As I have already said, you are misquoting the verse. The verse says: "God whom a Spirit, and them worshipping him must worship in Spirit and truth." It does NOT say "God is Spirit", instead it says "God is A Spirit." And what Spirit is God, which Spirit you may ask; truly I tell you, God is the Holy Spirit. God is not some impersonal spirit or just air like vapor which is everywhere, but instead HE is a person, a personal Spirit.
---Eloy on 5/14/07

Statues are an abomination to God. There are Mary worshipers all over the world. This does not make it right. Throw the statues away and repent. Only God can save you. I was a Catholic for over 30 years and I actually thought that I was a Christian. I was not. I was deceived like so many Catholics are, and that is a very dangerous place to be. There is not one thing that Mary can do for you. You must be Born again.
---kevin on 5/13/07

Idols - idols, all these things are idols. What part of not making a

Graven Image

don't you understand? Has God become like man and lied about this, and changed His mind?
---Josh on 5/13/07

Again this blog is about the statues of Mary.

Perhaps this is the leading of the Holy Spirit to talk about God.

I am not misquoting John 4:24. I am repeating the verse: "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
---agnea on 5/13/07

Listen up Everyone!!!

We could never comprehend God's thoughts as we can never comprehend God's love. He uses earthly metaphors to describe his love for us. The same for his bodily form. You people are trying to describe God's body using earthly definitions which is impossible - pure and simple. Trying to define the Spirit/Body of God in a worldly way is impossible like speaking privately in tongues - our minds cannot comprehend, but God knows your heart.
---Steveng on 5/12/07

Now I have heard everything. Mark, what bible are you reading. metaphors, NOT. did Jesus not let his apostles feel the wounds in his hands and feet. Did not Thomas doubt until He too felt the wounds. Sorry to burst your bubble, but the resurrection is the reuniting of our spirit and our bodies. Did Jesus not say, "for a spirit has not flesh and bones as ye see me have." why you choose to deny it beats me. just another misled person ranting on without having a clue what they are talking about.
---ashley on 5/12/07

John 17:3
And this is LIFE ETERNAL, that they might know THEE the ONLY TRUE GOD, and JESUS CHRIST, whom thou hast SENT.
1 John 5:20
And WE know that the SON OF GOD is COME, and hath given US an understanding, that we may know HIM that is TRUE, and WE are in HIM that is TRUE, even in HIS SON JESUS CHRIST This is THE TRUE GOD, and ETERNAL LIFE. SO THE TRUE GOD HAS A SON. HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST. GOD IS VERY STRICT WORSHIP GRAVEN IMAGES.
---doug7835 on 5/12/07

.rebecca, "And Iaacob called the name of the place Penuel: for I have seen God face to face, and yet survived is my life. Blessed they of clean heart: for they will see God. All things were given to me by the Father of me: and no one knows the Son, except the Father; nor does know anyone the Father, except the Son, and to whomever will the Son reveal." Genesis 32:30; Matthew 5:8; 11:27. Please read John 14:21,23; I Timothy 3:16; I John 3:6.
---Eloy on 5/12/07

.mark, you will believe whatever you desire.
---Eloy on 5/12/07

.mark, God is not a metaphor. He has real body which sits upon his throne- Rev.3:21; I Tim.3:16. God grieves and cries- Gen.6:5-7; Judg.10:16; Jer.48:30-33,36. God has humor- Deut.30:9; Ps.2:4; 37:12,13; 59:8; Is.62:5; 65:19; Jer.32:41; Zeph.3:17; Lk.10:21; Jn.11:15. God has a soul- Lev.26:11,30; Job 23:13; Is.1:14; 42:1; Jer.5:9,29; 9:9; 6:8; 32:41; Zech.11:8; Mat.12:18. God feels our pain- Hb.4:15,16. He loves, he hates; he made a heaven, he made a hell. But your depiction of God is not this.
---Eloy on 5/12/07

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.mark, you need to Read the Holy Bible without adding your own private interpretations to them. Counting all people, and according to the Scripture, many see and have seen God's face. But today few and fewer still are neither seeing nor seeking his face, because they are separated from him by sin. And most today are leaning upon their own unregenerate understanding, rather then upon God's own words. You can serve your metaphor; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
---Eloy on 5/12/07

.mark, btw, I don't have any ideas about God, instead I only have facts and truth which are founded in my life experience and in reality and in the scripture.
---Eloy on 5/12/07

.rebecca, Jacob called the place, Penuel= the face of God, and not Penimalak= the face of angel. Scripture reads that God revealed his face to Moses because he sought his mercy. lit.Heb: "And he said, You are not able to see my face, for no bloody one can see me and live." Exodus 33:20. Now please read Deuteronomy 34:10. You used I John 3:2 to mix together the 2nd coming of Christ with people whom are now living in sin. Please continue to Read the passage- I John 3:3-15.
---Eloy on 5/12/07

Eloy, your idea's of God are very much misquoted and the reason is, because you do not know what the Trinity is. God is A Spirit, in that He is the Father, incarnated Son, and the Holy Spirit. God does not have a body. He is a Spiritual person. He did come to us in the Son, in order to die for our sins. In His glory He is not a human person as us. Every indication from Scripture that speaks of God seeing, feeling, hurting, extending His hands, are metaphors.
---mark on 5/12/07

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#2. In order for human beings to understand God when He speaks, He does it in the form of a real person. He is not a real human person since He is Spirit. He came in the human person of Christ, and that is the only time, anyone saw God as a human person. He did not die, Jesus Christ died, the human being. We are in His image in that we could reason, and have intellect, will, and emotion. In the morals sense, Adam and Eve, were like God because they were good and sinless.
---mark on 5/12/07

Because they are decieved by the Catholic church into believing there is another mediator between us and God when there is only one, Jesus Christ, Yahshua Messiah
---Charles_Lancaster on 5/11/07

TS::"I hear you Loud & Clear--out"
---Emcee on 5/11/07

.agnea, you are misquoting the scripture. lit.Gk: "God whom a Spirit, and them worshipping him must worship in Spirit and truth." John 4:24. Please Read- Romans 8:9. God is A Spirit, not spirit, as though he were some kind of impersonal air. God has a Spirit, and he also has a body, and he also has a soul; and even though he is our Creator and the Almighty whom has made us in his own shape and according to his likeness, yet we can have personal interaction with him, and he desires such from us.
---Eloy on 5/11/07

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Emcce: I love it! By your last quote you prove that the Holy Spirit is not in the RCC! Amen. Finally some Truth from you. Even God can make Donkeys Speak ;)
---TS on 5/11/07

God reveals himself to those seeking him, if you are not a seeker and a disbeliever then you may not see him; but if you are a sincere believer and seeker of God, then he also is sincere in manifesting himself to you. But the worldly minded and double-minded will rarely, if ever, get to know him; and why? because sin separates them from God, and they wrongly think all people are alike like they themselves. There are children of God whom always behold his face, and there are children of Satan whom do not.
---Eloy on 5/11/07

This blog is actually about statues of Mary.

But somebody mentioned about seeing God face to face. I am not contradicting any belief. Your belief is your belief. I am not qualified otherwise. I was actually quoting John 4:24. "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

This bible truth has nothing to do with me. So sorry I didn't quote the bible verse before this.
---agnea on 5/11/07

TS::You are correct"the Holy spirit whom the world could not Recieve"That is why he instituted HIS CHURCH RCC Mat16:17-19 who is the guiding spirit From within & NOT without,hence the need for a pope as stated by Jesus when He appointed Peter
---Emcee on 5/10/07

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Well, if one thinks about it, yes that does make sense. Sorry Catherine.
---Rebecca_D on 5/10/07

Helen and catherine: You have not spoken to God face to face if you had you would be glowing so brightly that no one could look upon you.

Additionally "No one has seen the Father Except the Son"

You might Speak to the Father through the Son but you have never seen His Face and lived to tell about it.

The Lord put Moses in the cleft of a rock so that he would not be consumed by the Lords Brightness. Scripture is clear.
---TS on 5/10/07

Helen 5378>>>Well, I am sure happy somebody understands something. God is more alive that you or I. Good Day.
---catherine on 5/10/07

Rebecca D - What Catherine said does make sense. Stop and think about it. I have not seen God's face either, but I have talked to Him face to face. Face to face is in His presence.
---Helen_5378 on 5/10/07

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Emcee: my wordly friend, Jesus did not say He would send the Pope...He said He would send the "Comforter, the Spirit of Truth Whom the world can not recieve"

Still no comprende chica?
---TS on 5/10/07

Catherine: now, you said no one has seen God's face, but you've talked to him face to face. You do not make sense. Moses was afraid to look upon God when he appeared to him in the burning bush. Jacob didn't see God face to face, for it was an angel. Gen 32:24-31. Face means presence. Just like Adam and Eve hid themselves from the presence of the Lord Gen 3:8. God told Moses that no man shall see his face and live. Read Ex 33:8-23. At first Moses was in the presence of God, but didn't see his face. CONT:
---Rebecca_D on 5/9/07

CONT: Eloy: All these people were in the presence of the Lord. God told Moses that no man shall see his face and live. How is it that he wouldn't let Moses see him but he let you? Are you above Moses? You didn't read Ex 33:20-23. 1 Jn 3:6, please you still sin. You need to back up and read vs 2 because it says Beloved, now are we the sons of God, it DOTH NOT YET APPEAR what we shall be, but we know that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
---Rebecca_D on 5/9/07

agnea, God is not spirit, as though he were some impersonal ethereal air or oxygen, that is falsehood. No, God is "A" Spirit, he is a real person whom is the Holy Spirit. God does not show himself to people for no purpose, but that we may know him, hear him, see him, follow him, and have faith that he will fulfill his words. Please Read- Exodus 19:9; Nehemiah 9:12-15; John 14:23; Acts 26:15-18, these passages show that God is not just spirit, but instead "HE" is The Almighty Spirit.
---Eloy on 5/9/07

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agnea, what you say contradicts the truth in the Scriptures, and also contradicts those of us whom have already really seen God, therefore you are also contradicting reality. Gk: "God whom a Spirit, and them worshipping him must worship in Spirit and truth." John 4:24. Please Read- Romans 8:9. And again: Please Read- Genesis 32:30,31; Exo.33:11,13,18-23; Deut.34:10; Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 5:8; 11:27; John 14:21,23; I John 3:6.
---Eloy on 5/9/07

emcee, I have Christ, and you have catholicism. And may I be so bold as to say, I have the better of the two.
---Eloy on 5/9/07

All RC's, be assured that the statues you are committing spiritual adultery with serve to attract demons. As long as you have them, your homes are thourough ground for the devil, and since you don't have any power over him, he remains. Lose the idols and come to the living God. You might be sincere but you are also SINCERELY WRONG!
---Dima on 5/9/07

Eloy::To find the AlmightyLook through the Marieology as her soul Magnifys the LORDIt is in your stubborn will & fixed line of sight that you are making error.Horses wear blinders, But you sir, are a child of God Be a CHILD but not a stubborn in Matt16:17-19 not your version
---Emcee on 5/9/07

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TS::Yes it is true Peter did not understand why Jesus had to Die, but are you claiming lack of comprehension on the same grounds.?Did not Jesus say he would send the paraclete who will guide his Church & His followers, or are you still claiming no comprende?Friend we are to row in unison to get to where God wants us togo.We row to the beat of His drum.
---Emcee on 5/9/07

Emcee: I do not agree...and Jesus said to Peter, "Get behind Me Satan!" in verse 23 of Mathew 16...that you choose to twist to your liking.
---TS on 5/9/07

Deuteronomy 7:5
But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their GRAVEN images with FIRE.
Deuteronomy 7:25
The GRAVEN images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therin: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.
---doug7835 on 5/9/07

Not only Catholics in Latin America, but also in other countries who belong to RC have statues of Mary in their
houses. Catholics claim they don't worship Mary, yet they pray to the statues.

No one can see God face to face. He is Spirit so we worship Him in truth and in Spirit. Search the Holy Bible.
---agnea on 5/9/07

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.mark, Jesus is the Almighty God. Please Read- I Timothy 3:16. You speak falsehood in telling people whom have truly seen God with their own eyes and have truly been touched by his physical hand, that they have not, when in fact we have. Again I tell you, Read- Genesis 32:30,31; Exo.33:11,13,18-23; Deut.34:10; Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 5:8; 11:27; John 14:21,23; I John 3:6.
---Eloy on 5/8/07

.emcee, please stop promoting Mariology rather than Christology. Christ is the only Salvation for man, he alone is the Almighty God, and not Mary.
---Eloy on 5/8/07

TS::you said Exactly but I think you left out the word Opposite.Because at no time have you acknowleged Matt16:17-19 otherwise you will have acknowledged that the Pope is Guided by the Holy Spirit when talking on doctrines of Faith & Morals.DO YOU AGREE?
---Emcee on 5/8/07

Catherine ... I see what you are saying.
Now I said "see" then!
It just shows how words mean different things to different people, or how people say or write things which don't really mean what we understand them to mean.
I think a lot of misundertsading of the RCC arises because Protestants do not understand the words in the way that the RCC uses them.
Worse still, the virulent anti-RCs deliberately distort what the RCs say.
---alan_of_UK on 5/8/07

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Exactly Emcee, the Word not the Pope's tradition is to be obeyed :)
---TS on 5/8/07

Alan Of Uk::Thank you for your forthright & honestly direct Answer.As to agreeing on what is the truth If the word of God is to be accepted as His truth Then I will most certainly agree with Matt16:17-19 My God does not mislead.Peace be with you Good Friend.
---Emcee on 5/8/07

alan of uk>> In the Bible it is often referred to face to face when someone talks to God or better yet when God speaks to them. He has favored me like that.
---catherine on 5/8/07

The rest of YOU Robyn& Eloy ECT::You are entitled to your opinions. But fact remains that each of us will be called to answer for our individual thoughts words & actions,no need to condemn others practices The word of God IS clear. The RCC (ROBYN) IS guided by the HOLY SPIRIT make no mistake about that.Verify your information.PRAY for Guidance & check the spirits who roam the word seeking the ruin of souls.Eyesw will not be opened by him but by God & mary who points the way from Gen3:15
---Emcee on 5/8/07

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Some say they have seen Him, had coffee with Him, were shaving while talking to Him face to face. Some even had a brew with Him. When we speak about God we do get carried away some times. Some times so carried away our language and grammer changes. Some, in the past did see the incarnated Christ, but never God's face. God is Spirit and no one can see His Spirit nature.
---mark on 5/8/07

Catherine ... I am not sure how you can talk to anyone "face to face" without seeing them.
You are distorting the term as Emcee first used it.
---alan_of_UK on 5/8/07

Bob: It is not the fault of the Latinos. Its the fault of Antichrist. Look at her doctrines against the scriptures and see if the Pope and Priest stand "In Palce of Christ".

If they deny the Bible on Idol Worship what else do they teach that leads away from Scripture?

Advise Latinos to read the Bible and turn from ALL False Worship.
---TS on 5/8/07

Catherine, I have seen God more than once, and I know that I will see more of God. All of God's children see God's face; the carnal man whom is not seeking God will not see God's face, because with sin they separate themselves from my holy God and refuse to come to him, but instead they choose to remain in darkness and wrongly believe that all mankind are like they themselves. Please Read- Genesis 32:30,31; Exo.33:11,13,18-23; Deut.34:10; Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 5:8; 11:27; John 14:21,23; I John 3:6.
---Eloy on 5/8/07

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catherine, what does that prove? The devil talks to God.
---AJ on 5/8/07

They don't have statues because of latin Americans, they have statues because the Catholics want to worship statues of someone they percieve represent those of the past. While they are only statues, worhipping statues or images of someone is restricted by Scripture. Please don't blame the latin Americans, blame the Catholic church for allowing it to go on. If they only spoke against it, many would stop. But they dont' because many statues bring in money when they pray to them for a miracle.
---bob on 5/8/07

Noone has seen God's face, but I have talked to Him face to face. Have you?
---catherine on 5/7/07

These people have a superstitious belief that these manmade idols of ancestors protect and bring good fortune to their households, and so they enshrine them and place them around their properties. The old testament calls them teraphim, which are manufactured idols which have absolutely no life nor spirit nor power within them, no more than a piece of wood or furniture or a stone or metal or pottery or cement has any power in them.
---Eloy on 5/8/07

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Lorra, we are commanded to pray FOR one another , not TO one another. So why are you twisting the scriptures to support your claim? Can ''Mary'' hear EVERY prayer being offered to her? Is she omnipresent? No human ever born has that attribute but God.Once you get acquanted with the REAL Jesus, you won't have time for ''Mary''.
---Dima on 5/7/07

I am sorry to say this but the Catholic church is going to have a very, very heavy score to settle with our God one day, very soon. This church has lead many, many good and trusting people to the bowels of Hell! Many, many generations of people have already been lost to the Catholic Church, if you can call it that. If I am wrong, please God, forgive me but I feel in my spirit. I am correct.
---Robyn on 5/7/07

The Father, son and the Holy Ghost has long since left the Catholic Church if they were ever there. The Pope is the God of the Catholic church along with Mary. The parishioners are his(Pope) loyal subjects.So sad.I think it is a tie between Mary and the Pope, as too who holds the most power over their subjects.
---Robyn on 5/7/07

Emcee ... No, that Alan was not me.
My way of communication with God is not the same as yours, mine is right for me, and yours is right for you. There are various other things where our perceptions differ, and I argue with you sometimes because I cannot see how yours is justified.
But as you know, I do not condemn you or the RCC.
Neither of us, nor anyone else here, has "seen the face of God" and none should claim they know the full and only truth.
Blessings, brother
---alan_of_UK on 5/7/07

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Alan::You are not the Alan I Know but if you were You would know That no one has seen the face of God so how do you determine who is the true God Have you tested the spirits that prompt you.
---Emcee on 5/7/07

Lose the statues and come to the living and true God, in spirit and in truth.
---Alan on 5/7/07

Mary can not hear you. She died and is awaiting ressurection. Do not do as Saul and fall prey to familiar spirits.

God loves Catholics too and asks us to plead for them to see the wisdom in Scripture and to replace error filled tradition with truth.

The Dead Sleep and know nothing. Even Job wanted to be hid in the grave until Gods Day of Wrath had passed.
---TS on 5/7/07

ALL::"My soul doth magnify the LORD"the lord is Jesus :To magnify is to if you are short sighted & Need transalation or Direction ask Mary SHE will point the way to Jesus she bore HIM& has never lost sight of Him Till this day.
---Emcee on 5/5/07

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In Catholic school, we were forced to pray to Mary. I'm not a Catholic anymore. Mary can't hear any prayers from the time she died. We will see her someday when we are with the Lord if we are saved. The Mary that people see is not the mother of the human Jesus, but a demonic apperation.
---Johnny on 5/5/07

If you really do have Jesus then you will have absolutely no need for statues. Do you know Jesus?
---Helen_5378 on 5/5/07

What is this fasination with the statues? Are they necessary? Why do you have to have these external things? I don't get it.
---Gloria on 5/4/07

you guys arent really answering the question.
the have statues because alot of latin americans are catholic, and catholics place mary very highly, since she was jesus's mother and a woman who strived to be christ-like. i am catholic and i feel like she is a great example of a godly woman. you really cant get anymore godly than being jesus's mother!
---sd on 5/4/07

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Lorra: It is a presumption that appartions of Mary are the departed saint. They are not. They are the same demonic spirit that fooled Saul into thinking he was listening to Samuel. As a result he killed himself in battle instead of fighting Philistines he had defeated many times before.

God called necromancy, familiar spirits an abomination for good reason.

Apprations are leading Rome away.
"Come out of her My people"
---TS on 5/4/07

Whether referred to as Aphrodite, Diana, Ishtar, Venus or Mary, it's all the same thing in a different wrapper. The creation of icons to Mary, or any other departed Saint, is nothing short of pagan idol worship. The Lord has frowned upon such things throughout the Bible. Any religion which encourages the creation of such statues (which are then kissed, blessed, reverenced, & carried through city streets on a raised platform) is simply a false idolatrous religion be it Roman Catholicism or otherwise.
---Crystal on 5/4/07

Lorr: Its a sin to pray to the dead Mary.

Deu18:11,12 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a NECROMANCER. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD

Lev20:6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
---TS on 5/3/07

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