Consider this gross idolatry of Roman Catholicism. On the cover of the order form I received, there is a picture of the idol known to Roman Catholics as “Our Lady of Fatima”: a sad-looking “Mary” image, with a huge crown perched atop its head. The idol is described in the order form as “the beautiful Official Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima that wept miraculously in New Orleans in 1972.” Note how they are quite open about it: it is described as a beautiful image. And later on in the same order from, they say about the book they are advertising: “You’ll turn to it again and again. Not only for its inspiring and revealing content, but for the feast of images [their emphasis!] depicting life-like pictures of Our Blessed Mother”. They do not care in the least that the Bible, the Word of God, says we are not to make any graven image and bow down to it! In fact, in the official Roman Catholic Bible the commandment forbidding idolatry was removed, for they knew that what they were doing was idolatry, but they did not care, and arrogantly removed a part of the divinely inspired Scriptures!
As for this statue, this idol, miraculously weeping, Roman Catholicism is full of such tales and “lying wonders” (a mark of Antichrist, the Roman Papacy, 2 Thess. 2:9). Although we do not discount the possibility that in some cases, a demonic deception might actually occur, it is a very simple matter for religious con-men to make a statue appear to “weep”, and it has been done countless times throughout Rome’s history.
Consider these words on the order form: “the feast of images depicting life-like pictures of Our Blessed Mother”. But how can these images be “life-like”? Does anyone know what Mary looked like? No; so no image of her can be “life-like.” But no doubt they mean that the images really look like a woman. Yet even in saying they are “life-like”, they are admitting they are lifeless! For they only look life-like, they are not really alive! And yet the order form also has these words: “Look into this Maternal gaze… and Let Her look upon you.” Then it went on as follows: “Yes, look into her maternal eyes. They know you. They understand you. They overflow with compassion, love, and, above all, hope. They give you a remedy for every defect, help for every problem, hope for every affliction. This is Mary, the Mother of God, and our Mother too, faithfully and beautifully represented by this statue of Our Lady of Fatima. She invites you to feel her maternal love and mercy.”
Roman Catholics say that they don’t worship the image, but merely the one represented by the image; but this is disproved by these words: “Look into her maternal eyes.” They are exhorting the reader to look into the image’s eyes – and yet calling those eyes Mary’s eyes! Mary, and the image, are one and the same to Papists. And human beings, living souls created by God, are being exhorted here to look into the dead, man-made “eyes” of this image, eyes which are described as “maternal”, and as being able to look right back at those who look into them! We pity the poor heathen, deep in some jungle somewhere, who fashions an idol out of wood or stone, the work of his own hands, and bows before it and worships it; and yet over one billion Roman Catholics the world over, many of them living in the most advanced countries of the world, and highly educated according to the world’s understanding of education, gaze with adoration into the eyes of an image of a woman fashioned by men’s hands, bow before it, worship it, and believe that in so doing they are gazing into the “maternal eyes” of “Mary”, and she is gazing back at them – and yet these billion and more Roman Catholics are called “Christians”! What an immense tragedy! They are as deceived, as spiritually blind, as lost, as dead in their sins, and as in need of the Gospel of Christ, as any poor, ignorant jungle denizen!
How applicable the following Scripture is to them: “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: they have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: they have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them” (Psa. 115:4-8).