The Canadian press recently reported about an apartment in British Columbia with walls soaked by a mysterious oil. The Catholic resident claims the oil is comprised of the tears of Mary. Hundreds of Canadian Catholics have already made a pilgrimage to the site.
These Marian “miracles” occur quite often all over the world. In response to a claim of an alleged Marian miracle or apparition, the local Catholic bishop must examine the evidence and decide if it’s “legitimate.” Even if the bishop gives his blessing, Catholics are not obligated to believe in the miracle.
What are Evangelical Christians to make of these constantly occurring Marian miracles? I certainly don’t believe they can be attributed to Mary. I think a lot of them can be explained by naturally occurring phenomenon, some of them by the power of suggestion and emotional hysteria, and perhaps some by demonic activity. Roman Catholicism, a mixture of paganism and Christianity, relies on faith in physical objects rather than on the biblically revealed truths of a spirit God.
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” – John 4:24
The early Christian church did not worship Mary. The very prominent position she now holds in Catholic theology gradually took shape over many centuries but Mariolatry has its roots in pagan mother goddess worship. See “The Virgin: Mary’s Cult and the Re-emergence of the Goddess” by distinguished British historian, Geoffrey Ashe, for a thorough examination of the pagan roots of Mariolatry.
Devotion to Mary certainly detracts from the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone and is a mark of a false church. Mary would not be pleased with the devotion, veneration, and worship that’s directed to her rather than to Jesus Christ. Salvation is not earned by engaging in religious activities (pilgrimages, saying the rosary, etc.). Salvation only comes by accepting Jesus Christ as Savior by faith. Mary would want everyone to go directly to Christ for the free gift of salvation that only He offers. He alone is the Savior.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
The Bible does mention a “Queen of Heaven.” See here.
Virgin Mary’s ‘Tears’ Soaking Apartment Wall, Drawing Hundreds of Worshipers