Re: [orthodox-synod] ???
> The key to the confusion regarding Fatima and other apparitions of theTheotokos, as I understand it, is
> that some people feel that the devil cannot appear as the Mother of God.We know that he can appear even as
> an angel of light, but out of misplaced piety some feel this is not truefor the Theotokos. Using this
> logic, all apparitions of the Mother of God must then be authentic. I seethis as an education issue for
> the most part. If we read the lives of the saints carefully we see thatthe devil can appear in many
> guises, even sometimes fooling people into thinking that he is the LordHimself. So, if the myth that the
> devil cannot appear as the Mother of God can be dispelled, any faith inapparitions of the Theotokos
> outside the Church having any legitimacy should alsoAs long as the apparition gives glory to God, what is the harm. Jesus said
> then be dispelled (hopefully!).
he who is for us is not against us. Also, a house divided against itself
cannot stand. So why would the devil come in the form of the Theotokos and
call us to worship Jesus, the son of God?