||Stephen Yulish was always interested in UFOs and was a member of NICAP and APRO in the
1960s after reading Project Bluebook. He studied astronomy and exobiology at
Case Western Reserve University and graduated in 1969. He eventually became a
History Professor at The University of Arizona for seven years where he visited
Allen Hyneck's Tucson group. He became interested in Bible Prophecy after he had
a headon collision with Jesus Christ in 1988. He is presently disabled with MS
and writes about endtime scenarios. Email Stephen Yulish. Visit Stephen Yulish's website.
Many Apparitions of Mary may be Tricksters but the Real Mary was not!
by Stephen Yulish PhD
Posted: 13:06 August 7, 2007
Regan Lee's August 6 article in UFO Digest, "Speculation on Mary as a
Trickster" was most fascinating. I would tend to agree with her that many if
not all of the apparitions of Mary whether they are on a barn or on a tortilla
or in the skies above Lourdes, are examples of tricksters, or what I would
call demonic manifestations. No wonder that many of these apparitions are
associated with UFO phenomena which I also believe to be demonic
manifestations of fallen angels sent here to deceive people. The Catholic
Church in it's exuberance to win over native people's often incorporated pre
Christian symbols and practices. While Mary was the favored one (Luke 1:28)
whom God picked to bear Jesus, she was never to be deified. She was not the
saver of souls. She cannot forgive our sins.
"There is salvation in no one else for there is no other name (but Jesus
Christ) under heaven by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Only the "Son of
man (Jesus) has power to forgive sins" (Matthew 9:6).
The Virgin of Guadalupe was an example of taking an Aztec feminine icon and
deifying her. This was done to Astarte (Easter) and other feminine pre
Christian goddesses and has led to a worship of Mary in the Catholic Church.
In my mind, these are examples of Ms.Lee's trickster motif. By "tricking"
people into believing that Mary can save people or forgive their sins, they
are kept from the truth that only Jesus can do these things. To associate
these false apparitional tricksters with UFO sightings makes my case that both
manifestations are demonic delusions to lead people from the truth.
Where I seem to separate myself from Ms.Lee is in her statement that Mary was
not a virgin and might have been impregnated by an angel etc. Scripture is
clear that the real Mary was a nice Jewish, virgin girl who found favor with
God (Luke 1:27-35) and was immaculately infused by the Holy Spirit (God) not
by an angel. The angel just told her what was happening.