10 religious mystery and wonder, which is difficult to find an explanation

19.04.2013

Religious mysteries — what do we know about them? Is there an angel? Does prayer? Here are some questions to try to find answers to modern science. While scientists are trying to find a rational explanation of religious miracles, believers continue to believe blindly, without requiring any explanation. But ten mysterious phenomena cause permanent interest for centuries. The interest of one part of mere curiosity, while the other is driven by the desire of researchers — they want to get to the truth, whatever it may be.

Apparition of the Virgin Mary

For centuries, the apparitions of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, was marked around the world. Famous place of occurrence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, Mexico (1531), Fatima, Portugal (1917), Lourdes, France (1858); Gitertsvald, Poland (1877), Paris, France (1830), La Salette, France (1846) and others. These cases are usually accompanied by other supernatural phenomena — music and singing, sounding from heaven, miraculous healings, glow, extrasensory perception and the community.

Apparitions of the Virgin Mary continues to this day, but their authenticity can not be sure. Site of the most famous of the recent phenomena of Medjugorje was in Croatia. In 1968, the apparition of the Virgin Mary allegedly even been recorded on tape in Zeitoun, a suburb of Cairo. Egypt.

During other phenomena Mary also makes prophecies, the most famous of which are the Fatima prophecy. Skeptics believe these visions or hallucinations episodes of mass hysteria, while other researchers are looking for an explanation of these phenomena by comparing them with the contacts with UFOs.

The phenomenon of Angels

There are dozens of books and thousands of stories of eyewitnesses describing a meeting with the beings whom they called angels. They are sometimes described as the pillar of bright light, or as a divinely beautiful people, or even ordinary people, from which there were unusual fluids. They almost always appear in critical situations when a person needs help. Sometimes the need for help is very strong — the man was on the verge of suicide — and in other cases, the situation was quite ordinary: for example, the young woman at night on a deserted road flat tire, and she was rescued by a stranger who seemed to be grown out of the ground and disappeared without a trace.

Ark of the Covenant

In the Old Testament (Book of Exodus) is described in detail with a gold plated box lid, which the children of Israel built on the orders of the Lord in order to keep him in the Tablets of the Covenant, on which were inscribed the Ten Commandments. Moreover, God supposedly said to Moses: "… There I will meet with you and speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, all that I command you for the children of Israel." The Israelites took with them the sacred relic of hiking and carried before his army in battle, as it supposedly has incredible strength, and anyone who owns, possesses the world.

Hallows

The holy relics — the remains of the saints of the Christian Church, which are the object of religious veneration and miraculously not subject to decay. Incorruptible relics preserved for decades and centuries. The relics are often put on public display in churches and Christian shrines. In the Catholic world, especially known relics of St. Clare of Assisi, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Bernadette Soubirous, St. John Bosco, Blessed Imelda Lambertini, St. Catherine Laburve and many others. According to some reports, even the body of Pope John XXIII unusually well preserved. Special mention deserves the case of Blessed Margaret of Metolit (Margaret Metolskoy), who died in 1330. In 1558, there was a need for reburial of the remains of her, because the coffin is partially rotted. When the body was pulled from the grave, witnesses were astounded by decayed clothing mutilated body of Margaret survived almost perfect, it was not a trace of decay.

Stigmata

religious taynyOdno of the most horrific and controversial wonders of the Christian Church — stigmata, bleeding painful sores that most often appear on the hands and feet. The first event is the appearance of stigmata at St. Francis of Assisi (1186-1226) in 1224. The most famous stigmatics recent years — St. Pio of Pitrelchiny, also known as Padre Pio (1887-1968). Padre Pio was a Capuchin monk and famous wonders of the stigmata and the commission. In 2002, he was canonized by Pope John Paul II. Many officially unrecognized stigmatics turned out impostors and swindlers — they applied themselves by cutting a variety of ways. Even Padre Pio was accused that his wounds inflicted acid. In addition to the miraculous origin, another possible explanation for the stigmata — psychosomatic illness, based on a fanatical belief.

Bleeding and mirotochaschie icons

In the press regularly reports appear mirotochaschih or bleeding statues, icons and other images of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and some saints, the number of such icons is growing every year. One of the most famous mirotochaschih icon — the icon of Christ in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, located on the site of the alleged birth of Christ, Jesus' eyes on the icon exude red (bloody) tears.

Other well-known bleeding and mirotochaschie icons of the Catholic world: Weeping Madonna in Toronto, Canada; mirotochaschaya icon of Mary in the Orthodox Church of St. George Antiochian in Cicero, Illinois; icon of Christ (exuding pure olive oil) in the Antiochian Orthodox Church of St. Mary in Sydney, Australia and many others. Skeptics suspect that in all these cases there is a forgery and fraud, and all the research and tests are inconclusive result, which makes mirotochaschie icon of one of the most enigmatic religious phenomena.

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