Summary: What do the apparitions of Mary have to do with the living taking to the dead?
Can the Living Talk With the Dead
Apparitions of Mary
video: Messages from Heaven
46 And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is his name. Luke 1
WHAT IS AN APPARITION?
The word "apparition" comes from the Late Latin word apparitio which means "appearance" or "presence." An apparition refers to the sudden appearance of a supernatural entity which directly manifests itself to a human person or group. Within a Catholic context, it could be the presence or manifestation of any supernatural figure. Catholic scholar Louis Bouyer describes an apparition as "a manifestation of God, angels or the dead (saints or not) appearing under a form that surprises the senses." This revelation to the senses involves seeing, but frequently the other senses as well. Some apparitions -- usually of Mary -- have included the hearing of voices, touching the figure, and even the smelling of specific fragrances.
It seems that people haven’t got a clue about spiritual truth. Many believe that the dead are roaming the earth as spirits or ghosts to help or haunt the living. Dale Earnhart Jr. in his account of his narrow escape from a burning sports car, as his Dad (Dale SR -deceased) pulled him out of the car and led him to safety. The lady I spoke of last week who believes her deceased mother and brother came in her house and rubbed her shoulder comforting her. Others speak of seeing deceased people who haunt the places where they were killed etc. Many use mediums and seances to contact dead loved ones. Shows like Medium, Dead Zone, Crossing Over with John Edward, etc.
I Can the Living talk to the Dead? (USA Today June 20, 2001
In 2000 , 28% of Americans (up from 10% in 1990) believe that People can hear from, or communicate with the dead. Another 26% aren’t sure, but won’t rule it out. Gallap poll
Crossing Over with John Edward -on SCI FI channel - Says he hears dead people.
Maxine Weaver and Tea Bags and Tears.
Ten years after her daughter, Lindy shot herself in the head, She went to a Maryland Psychic Cyndi Wallace. Wallace said Lindy was attempting to talk to her, “Do you remember the tea bags?” Six months after Lindy’s suicide, her mom found a note penned by her that read, “I love you, Mommy.” It was buried in a canister that held tea bags. She said no one but her husband knew about this, so it must be real. She is a faithful Methodist church goer.
II Where are the Dead?
a. Some believe roaming the earth to help loved ones. Dale Earnhart JR , Brian
b. Some believe roaming the earth to haunt enemies, or helping solve their murder so they can
have peace and rest. (King Herod was afraid Jesus was John the Baptist come back to haunt him) God said “Vengence is mine, I will repay.”
Red Headed Pastor p179 Koch Christian Counseling
c. Some believe mediums can contact the spirit world and enable them to speak. Seances
-In reality you are speaking to demons pretending to be your loved one, and they know anything you have said or done on earth, they have been here since creation.
d. The Bible is very clear about where the dead are. Luke 16 Rich man and Lazarus
Eccl. “Body goes back to the dust, but the spirit returns to God who gave it.
19 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 "The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ’Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ 25 "But Abraham replied, ’Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ 27 "He answered, ’Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 "Abraham replied, ’They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ 30 "’No, father Abraham,’ he said, ’but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ 31 "He said to him, ’If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’" Luke 16