A Biblical look at Fatima
As requested, this month we look at Fatima through the lenses of Scriptures to see what we can find. But let us start by first checking out what information we can find out about it through the internet. Then we will compare that information with God’s word to see how legitimate were the things that supposedly happened there. The information about Fatima that I used were found at this web address: http://www.fatima.org/essentials/facts/story1.asp and seems to be accurate in stating what Fatima is about. This is some of the information found there.
“The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children near the town of Fatima, Portugal between May 13 and October 13, 1917. Appearing to the children, the Blessed Virgin told them that She had been sent by God with a message for every man, woman and child living in our century. Coming at a time when civilization was torn asunder by war and bloody violence, She promised that Heaven would grant peace to the entire world if her requests for prayer, reparation and consecration were heard and obeyed.”
In Mary’s requests we see that, “Our Lady stressed the importance of praying the Rosary in each of her apparitions, asking the children to pray the Rosary every day for peace. Another principal part of the Message of Fatima is devotion to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart, which is terribly outraged and offended by the sins of humanity, and we are lovingly urged to console her by making reparation. She showed Her Heart, surrounded by piercing thorns (which represented the sins against Her Immaculate Heart), to the children, who understood that their sacrifices could help to console Her.
The children also saw that God is terribly offended by the sins of humanity, and that He desires each of us and all mankind to abandon sin and make reparation for their crimes through prayer and sacrifice. Our Lady sadly pleaded: "Do not offend the Lord our God any more, for He is already too much offended!"
The children were also told to pray and sacrifice themselves for sinners, in order to save them from hell. The children were briefly shown a vision of hell, after which Our Lady told them: "You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace."
This is enough information to see that even without the details of Mary’s request for us to do the, “consecrating of Russia,” or to go into the three secrets that Mary supposedly gives the world, that Biblically there is a problem. In much of it, if not all of it goes against Scriptures. Let me explain so that those who think or believe in this as being from God can distinguish what is found in Scriptures from what is their feelings on this.
First of all is this really Mary and is this a true message from God? Many would say she is special because she is Jesus’ mother. But in Luke 11:27 and 28, in response to the cry “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” Jesus said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” In other words that doesn’t give her any extra privileges. Secondly , look at what she says in her messages. These messages all point to her, not Jesus, as in when she said, “Only I can help you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.“ For instance, Acts 4:12 tells us, “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Talking about Jesus) The Bible also tells us, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” (1Timothy 2:5) Jesus waits for us to, “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Didn’t He also say repeatedly, “Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.” for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you?” (Isaiah 46:5 and Deuteronomy 31:6.)
The Bible tells us Satan can transform himself into an angel of light and this obviously is his work. (2 Cor. 11:14) Whoever is appearing as Mary, asks for many unbiblical practices as she has people making sacrifices, wearing scapulars, doing novenas and also for the rosary to be said. The rosary, basically a repetition of words forbidden by Scriptures in Matthew 6:7 and all of these other things mentioned, are done in order to save the lost from hell. Yes even the sacrifices to clear one’s own sins go against God’s word. The Bible tells us, “These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.” (Col. 2:23)
Instead of looking to some apparition ask yourself, what about what Jesus did at Calvary’s cross with His shed blood when He said “it is finished?” Salvation comes to people when they freely accept his substitutionary sacrifice on their behalf and follow Him, not her. We must remember who God is and to obey Him. The Biblical Mary tells us “Do as He says.” Let us do that by diligently growing in His word and using it to guide our path each day.