Marian apparition's claim - Mary is a Mediatrix (Mediator)
In some of the Marian apparitions, Mary claims that she is a Mediatrix (Mediator) 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: Little children, I am the Mother of Good Counsel, Mediator, who is trying to persuade you to listen to the call. My message is of faith, love and hope. More than anything, it brings reconciliation between people and nations. It is the only thing that can save this century from war and eternal death. Apparition: Betania Status: Bishop approved. These are apparitions in which the local Bishop (Ordinary) has investigated the apparition and its message and given his seal of approval (Imprimatur). This means Catholics can (but are not required) to visit the apparition site and listen and obey the messages. Source: Sister Margaret Catherine Sims, CSJ, Apparitions in Betania, Venezuela: Mary, Virgin and Mother of Reconciliation of All People, Framingham, MA, Medjugorje Messengers, 1992, p. 50. Message given to Maria Esperanza in Betania, Venezuela.
Quote: …do not let yourselves be seized by fear or discouragement. Have great confidence in the powerful work of intercession and mediation of your heavenly Mother. Apparition: Message number 441i to Father Gobbi. Status: Bishop approved. These are apparitions in which the local Bishop (Ordinary) has investigated the apparition and its message and given his seal of approval (Imprimatur). This means Catholics can (but are not required) to visit the apparition site and listen and obey the messages. Source: Paul A. Mihalik, The Virgin Mary, Fr. Gobbi and the Year 2000, Santa Barbara, CA, 1998, p. 34. Message number 441i to Father Gobbi.
Quote: Dear children, today I invite you to ask yourself why I am with you this long. I am the Mediatrix between you and God… Apparition: Medjugorje Status: Not officially church approved, but it is endorsed by dozens of Cardinals, Bishops, and the Pope himself. Source: Petrisko, Call of the Ages, p. 313. Our Lady of Medjugorje, July 17, 1986.
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)
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
For those who would argue that Mary is the mediator between us and Jesus, not us and the Father, the next verse in 1 Timothy refutes that argument.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God. There is also one mediator between God and the human race, Christ Jesus, himself human,
Hebrews 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
Hebrews 8:6 Now he has obtained so much more excellent a ministry as he is mediator of a better covenant, enacted on better promises.
Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
Hebrews 12:24 ...and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and the sprinkled blood that speaks more eloquently than that of Abel.
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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