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Emily, you said "faith is evidence of things not seen, We here would like to believe in actual evidence, and no on evidence based on faith." You know how the virgin Mary appeard to the young ones in Fatima, in Medjugorje and in Garabandal.
See, I find a problem with this. Mostly because I wasn't there to witness it, and it seems like the virgin mary is not actively showing herself to others, either. There have been many claims that she has appears before others.
. I think it might be a combination of superstitions and hallucinations. Not having interviewed these people I cannot say certain what their conditions were.
I see these types of 'appearances' and I become skeptical. First of all I just wonder if she actually appeared in a full physical self in a supernatural sense, with arms, legs, hair, face, and other body features, in complete detail. Or, did she appear all fuzzy, hazy, etc, and the group of believers think they say Mary, when in fact it could be something else, like a low, person shaped cloud, haze, fog, etc.
Having not experienced such an appearance myself I find no reason to believe she is actually appearing. After all, she has 'appeared' in a tree in NJ, Jesus appeared on toast, and a dog's butt, etc. As for the toast appearance - it was just how the toaster burnt the bread, in a way that appears to take on the looks of Jesus; and on the dog's but - it's just how the dog's fur is matted.
I just don't believe in these appearances as being actual Mary, or actual Jesus. As I said, having not witnessed it myself (and I was a very devout christian (Pentecostal)), I never got the opportunity. As far as I know there has never been any actual footage of the appearance; all people are going on is hearsay.
Did their faith made them see this? did they all imagined the same thing at the same time?
I believe the answer to both their questions is this: Yes.
but here we're talking about kids.
And kids have a great imagination.
These kids were probably raised by their parents to be believers in god, Jesus and Mary. Perhaps after a bible lesson they see this figure that appears to be Mary. I don't know. Or, perhaps their faith got the best of them and they believed they say Mary. Perhaps one kid in the group claimed it was Mary, and the other kids in the group all believed it. I only be able to read about such appearances, and I believe the religious outlets will exagerate the claims. I will never be able to interview those kids myself to see what they actually saw.
So just this, could show a possibility of a spiritual presence.
Believe me, it could show the possibility of a spiritual presence. I am open to that possibility. I am just not going to believe something some kid told me regarding the spiritual presence without verifying it for myself.