Malaysian news agencies are reporting Catholics are flocking to the Church of St. Thomas More in the town of Subang Jaya where it’s alleged a statue of Mary has been smiling, shedding tears, and has grown three remarkable inches taller!
Marian apparitions and miracles are a major part of Catholic lore. For Catholics down through the centuries, the “more-merciful” Mother Mary has often replaced God as the focus of worship and devotion. Instead of acknowledging they are helpless sinners and accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior by simple faith, Catholics turn to Mary, the sacraments, sacramentals, and a host of other contrivances in their quest to become holy enough to merit Heaven.
In pagan religions the life-giving mother goddess was known by a variety of names and was quite often the primary deity of worship. Catholicism “christianized” this very popular goddess by elevating Mary to semi-deity as the “Mother of the Church” and the “channel of all God’s graces.” See my previous blog here for information on historian Geoffrey Ashe’s book, “The Virgin: Mary’s Cult and the Re-emergence of the Goddess,” regarding the pagan roots of Mariolatry. Humble Mary’s highly-exaggerated role in Catholicism is in marked contrast to her very minor presence in the New Testament. As for statues, nowhere in the Bible does one of God’s followers bow down before an image or statue of the Lord or anyone else. God strictly forbids it (Exodus 20:4-5, Leviticus 26:1, etc.). Statue worship (aka veneration) was another Catholic accommodation to paganism.
“Salvation is found in no one else (but Jesus Christ), for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
“As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” – Luke 11:27-28
Virgin Mary ‘miracle’ draws Catholics to Subang Jaya church
BY P. DIVAKARAN