1: Are these hoaxes or real? 2: How does this affect our view of Jesus? 3: Why Mary and not Jesus? 4: Why do some statues cry blood, and what does this show/symbolise?
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My family came from the Irish/Scottish occult, and they would talk about all sorts of signs and wonders like this. My mom was "healed" from MS by dipping in the pool at Lourdes. The Bible warns us about the end times and that the signs and wonders would be very strong. Jesus warned us not to allow deception to grab us. It's only going to get worse. Now these signs you mentioned above are from the devil--period. They are used by him as a counterfeit to the real thing. They are there to satisfy a person's hunger and curiosity toward spiritual things. It will always turn a person's attention off of the glory of God and places it on the priest or person in charge. If the healing or sign is from God, it will bring revival and repentance.
Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord" (Lk 1:46). The entire song of Mary in Luke 1:46-55 is one of worship and praise. She worshipped God "in spirit" (v 47). Jesus has given us a clearcut instruction about true worship: "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth" (Jn 4:24). Any form of idol worship is sin. One of the main reasons why God’s judgment came on the people in the Old Testament was their sin of idolatry. The devil has duped Christians down through the ages that worshipping images of Christ or saints is alright. But look at the crystal-clarity of the second of the Ten Commandments: "You shall not MAKE for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not BOW down to them nor worship them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me" (Ex 20:4,5). That nothing is exempted is seen clearly from the repeated use of the word "any." God calls image worship as "iniquity" because it amounts to "hating" Him. Yes, reducing the Spirit-God to the form of a picture or an image is nothing but dishonouring His Name. Nobody photographed Jesus. The portraits of today are simply guesswork and tradition. Paul says pointedly, "From now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer" (2 Cor 5:16). The celebration of Mass is another contradiction of the simple teaching of the New Testament. Christ was crucified once and for all for us and His sacrifice is not to be repeated in any sense, but only remembered spiritually. "By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever sat down at the right hand of God and the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us" (Heb 10:10-15). The Lord’s Supper is only to "remember" the Lord with thanksgiving and joy. The bread and wine are just emblems of His body and blood. They remain as bread and wine even after blessing them and it is false to say they actually become the flesh and blood of Jesus. In fact in the early apostolic church there was not even the practice of a servant of God "giving" the bread and wine to the believers. It was a corporate exercise. "The cup of blessing which WE bless... The bread which WE break" (1 Cor 10:16). Another practice you must forsake is the worship of Mary. She was human, not divine. Her blessedness was a sheer gift of God through His grace and favour. The secret of her blessing was the presence of the Lord with her (Lk 1:28,30). The conception of Jesus was by a power outside of her—that is, the power of the Holy Spirit which came on her. She had no redemptive virtue, but she looked to God for her own salvation. Worshipping Mary is opposed to the message of the Cross of Christ, because no one is co-redemptrix with Christ. The wise men from the East did the right thing. They saw both Jesus and Mary but they worshipped Him only! (Mt 2:11). They brought three gifts and all were presented to Him—not one to Mary, one to Joseph and one to Jesus! Mariology, that is the doctrine of Mary, is not determined by any reference to the Bible or to Christ. It is an invention of man. "There is a way which seems right to men, but its end is the way of death" (Prov 14:12).
Are the statues of the Virgin Mary crying real? Not all. Are these hoaxes or real? A lot are hoaxes. The Catholic Church has been very strict in declaring which ones are real and which ones are hoaxes. How does this affect our view of Jesus? It is only by Christ that these miracles happen. The statues themselves do not have power. Why Mary and not Jesus? God, not us, decides through whom the miracle is to take place. A doctor heals miraculously, not by his own power, but by God's. Why do some statues cry blood, and what does this show/symbolise? Sorrow, I guess.
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