Can We Trust Claims of Virgin Mary Sightings: Why not Peter, James, or John?
Recently, a character claimed that he took a shuttle to the Kingdom of God and saw Jesus. He claimed that he had lunch with the Lord! Though people read these claims, no one dared to question the legitimacy of this claim. Can we really experience the metaphysical within spirituality? In fact the question is, are the dead really dead?
After the death of Christ, the disciples were seating in an upper room afraid to go outside. Their master had been crucified and some people were questioning the legitimacy of their faith. The Jewish hierarchy, Pharisees, Sadducees and the Teachers of the law needed to dismantle the Jesus ‘cult’ as is evidenced by Saul of Tarsus and his crusade against the Christians (The road to Damascus). Then while they were in the room, Jesus appears. His status had changed from solid matter to embrace the metaphysical state whose identity was not restricted by solidity. He had become like air without losing his entity as a being.
Given that we are all matter, we exist within constrains of the same. We cannot dissolve into air and enter into rooms. To do that, our mathematical state has to be altered. For this to happen, we have to have identified the blue print of our being to decode that which matter is, removing the numbers that solidify us and somehow induce into ourselves the mathematics that make air and wind invisible outside of their effects: Wind is identified via its effects. In fact solidity restricts wind in that while one is in a house, the effect is not felt!
St. Paul presents a case of out of body experience, “I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say (2nd Corinthians 12:1-6)
Paul removes himself from this metaphysical spiritual experience to not put the focus on him rest people worship him! In fact he does not verify this experience because he cannot mentally present evidence of whether it was within matter or without. This is different from Christ’s appearance to the disciples in a room locked and sealed. His was an expression of absolute freedom from matter. He not only existed outside of matter, but controlled matter without losing self! Paul claims absence, “whether in body or not, I do not know”. Christ did not deduct his experience; his was actual and physically verifiable. The disciples saw him and touched him. He was as matter though outside of matter! Hope I did not lose you.
Humanity live within the constrains of matter. “Cursed is the ground because of you. You shall eat through sweat until you return to the ground for dust thou art and to dust you shall return. The act of death results from the curse of the ground. Since all things, including ADAM is matter, and matter is cursed, then, we cannot change our state. To change our state so that we are not subject to the limitations of matter within life and death, we would have to be divine. That is why Christ can change his state.
The man who claims that he went to heaven and sat with Christ must have been high on some opium, or some of that cheap kumi kumi. Even if he was, he could not have verified it given that one has to be out of the body. Paul said, “I do not know”. In fact Paul speaks of that man in the second person singular, “I know a man.”
As per the visions of Mary, it can only be true if the virgin Mary did not die, which is not historically verifiable given her being subject to the universal proclamation of “thou shall surely die”, or the Divine I AM chooses to review her to those who see her appearance. Again there is no evidence of this. Unless we want to believe that she is alive in the Kingdom of God within actuality not awaiting the resurrection of the body that is a must for all humanity. (1st Corinthians 15)
You see, the Christian faith is verifiable, not blind. Faith is intellectual; otherwise the Bible is mute and nonsensical! God commissioned the Bible for a reason! If you read it you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free: From false claims!
Teddy Njoroge Kamau (PhD) HTBluff Associates. An EMG Consortium. Diaspora Messenger Senior Columnist. Follow @HTTBluff