Here is a basic point for this article, I do NOT believe the being showing up in Marian apparitions is actually "Mary" but a fallen angel or other demonic spirit here to deceive.
Here is a good video that describes how scripture shows these apparitions to be false:
One thing that helped wake me up and get me out of the Catholic church was reading the Bible and books from the Catholic church library on Marian apparitions at the same time. Fatima, Guadalupe,Lourdes, Knock, I examined them all and started seeing how things did not add up!. To be frank, "Mary" creeped me out, even her willingness to show poor little kids, visions of hell to traumatize them forever told me this wasn't anyone who was nice! The constant appeals to "suffering" for your own salvation and more told me, these events were not holy. In Catholic school as a child, I had this one teacher who loved Fatima, and made constant pilgrimages there. "Mary" seemed to be who she followed rather then Jesus.
One Vatican approved apparition is Our Lady of Fatima, and one of the most widely known ones where "Mary" showed up to three children in Portugal and gave them messages. It was interesting to note the figure calling itself "Mary" showing up at Fatima told the three children:
"Only I can help you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God."
Sometimes this is translated too as "Only I can save you"
Consider how much in opposition this is to the gospel!.
Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Sorry but everything this "Mary" figure makes up sounds like something Satan would definitely make up. Do not forget Satan's assertion in Isaiah 14:14 "I will be like the most High."
There is even more contradictions against scripture.
"Mary" of Fatima states:
"Here you see hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart... Pray, pray a great deal and make sacrifices for sinners. So many souls go to hell because there is no one to pray and sacrifice for them.”
What God says:
Hbr 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
Definite discrepancies there. Even the line about saving souls from hell? Well think that one out, how is someone saved who is already in hell?
This was a definite "angel of light" to deceive!
There are many websites on line that expose the anti scriptural assertions of this demonic figure like this one:
"I boldly assert that His suffering became my suffering, because His heart was mine. And just as Adam and Eve sold the world for an apple, so in a certain sense my Son and I redeemed the world with one heart".
I recommend this book for all to read:
The Marian Apparitions' Plan calls for this "miracle" to unite all religions under the umbrella of the Roman Catholic Church! These Marian Apparitions are REAL -- they are demons masquerading as the Virgin Mary so men and women the world over will worship her rather than Jesus
But, most insidiously, demons are masquerading in other major world religions, appearing as apparitions of the primary Goddess of that religion -- from Hinduism to Buddhism. Therefore, the Marian Apparitions are appealing to Hindus and Buddhists, thus uniting these religions under Rome.
The authors of this critically important book ask these questions: 1) Who is the "Queen" of Revelation 18? 2) Who is the "Lady of Kingdoms" referred to in Isaiah 47:5? You may be shocked to realize that the Catholic Virgin Mary is just a reincarnation of this Chaldean "Lady of Kingdoms". It is time to uncover this mystery, expose the identity and agenda of the "Queen", and realize her prophetic place in Scripture.
140 pages, paperback"
The authors are correct, this "Mary" figure actually is drawing in all religions who look to a "goddess" figure: this includes Buddhists, Hindus and even according to this report Muslims.
"In an unexpected twist of globalization, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and other pilgrims regularlyWhat is sad is many evangelicals who should biblically know better, are being led back to the false Catholic version of Mary.
worship at famous Roman Catholic shrines to the Virgin Mary such as Lourdes in France and Fatima in Portugal. They drink the holy water, light votive candles and pray fervently to the Madonna for help with life's hardships. Many venerate her like one of their own goddesses, a view that would be a heresy if a Catholic theologian tried to defend it.
"Rather than turned away, the newcomers are
free to join the crowds from Ireland, Italy, Spain, and other traditionally Catholic countries who flock to Europe's most popular shrines."
For those who think God would send someone back from the dead to pass out warnings [of course some of these apparitions are supernatural while others are based on pure charlatanry] Luke 16:25-31 clears that up
25But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
28For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
The sad thing is so many are deceived, and there are new "Marian apparitions" still popping up all over. The Vatican even keeps "approving" even older ones of these even with this one in Wisconsin..