Marian apparition's claim - Mary was sinless from birth (Immaculate Conception)
In some of the Marian apparitions, Mary claims that she had an Immaculate Conception (she was sinless) for us. Actual quotes from Marian apparitions appear below. Following the Marian quotes are Bible verses from both the Catholic and Protestant King James Bibles that deal with the same topic.
Marian Apparition Quotes
Quote: I am the Immaculate Conception. Apparition: Lourdes Status: Fully approved by the Catholic church Source: http://www.theotokos.org.uk/pages/approved/words/wordlour.html
Quote: The Child Jesus again appeared to Lucia in February 1926 to encourage her to propagate this devotion, and additionally on the night of 29-30 May 1930; as she was praying before the Blessed Sacrament, she received an interior locution explaining why it was necessary to have a communion of reparation on five Saturdays. She explained later that she had been given to understand that this related to the five main types of blasphemies and offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary: that is against the Immaculate Conception; against Mary's Virginity; against her Divine Maternity and her spiritual motherhood of mankind; for the offences of those who encourage in the hearts of children indifference, contempt and even hatred of her, and finally as reparation for those who outrage her in her holy images. * Apparition: Fatima Status: Fully approved by the Catholic church Source: http://www.theotokos.org.uk/pages/approved/words/wordfati.html
This Marian apparition quote is not referenced in the Messages from Heaven video.
Quote: Mary indicated that she was the Immaculate Virgin when questioned, and told the children to return on 8 December, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. When asked by Fernande if she wanted a chapel built, she replied, "Yes," before disappearing. Apparition: Beauraing Status: Fully approved by the Catholic church Source: http://www.theotokos.org.uk/pages/approved/words/wordbeau.html
Quote: You will never be alone. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way which will lead you to God. Apparition: Fatima Status: Fully approved by the Catholic church Source: Bob and Penny Lord, The Many Faces of Mary: a love story, Westlake Village, CA, Journeys of Faith, 1987, p. 146. Message from Our Lady of Fatima.
Related Bible Verses about Jesus
These Marian apparitions claim that Mary has attributes that the Bible says only Jesus (and in some cases the Holy Spirit) has. Consider the Bible verses below from both the Protestant King James and Catholic New American Bible's. In both cases they directly contradict the apparition claims. See this link for a list of 20 claims the Marian apparitions make about Mary that are directly contradicted by the Bible. Also note that nowhere in the Bible does God say that Mary has any of these traits. Additionally, God specifically warned us that these apparitions would be commonplace in the last days, and that their purpose would be to deceive us. For more information on that, see clips numbers 6, 7 and 8 of the Messages From Heaven videotape.
Protestant King James Version (KJV) Bible Catholic New American Bible (NAB)
Matthew 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Matthew 19:17 He answered him, "Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments."
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:23 ...all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
1 John 3:5 You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.
The sixth video clip from the English version of the video is titled (on our web site) "Comparing messages from the Marian apparitions to the Bible". In that clip, a comparison is made between the characteristics the Marian apparitions claim for themselves against the Bible. Keep in mind that with the exception of the Medjugorje apparitions, only Catholic church and Bishop approved messages were considered in this video.
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