Carol Garza (16 Feb 2011)
"To Frank Molver:  Repentence vs Mercy"

Frank,
You are entitled to believe whatever you want.  If you believe this young woman's visitation was for real, so be it.  But we are entitled to not believe it if we choose.  Because you used to biblical accounts to back up your reasons, I had to reply.  We must all be very careful in backing up our thoughts on what the scriptures say with the scriptures.  Otherwise we are simply taking man's word for it.  "Frank said it was in the bible.  It must be true."  "Carol said it was in the bible. It must be true."   Noooo.  We must search the scriptures for ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to enlighten us with the TRUTH of the Word of God.
 
Here is what you wrote:
 
Look at the parable of the 10 virgins for example.
5 repented but it was too late.
Look at the Lazarus that went to hell.
He pleaded and repented but it was too late.
 
I went through the translations on biblegateway.com to see if any of the examples you mentioned stated they repented.  I did not find one.  Here is what the scriptures say:
 
Matthew 25:8
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
 
Matthew 25:11
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
 
Are they repenting?  They are not even remorseful for being foolish.  They're DEMANDING. 
 
Luke 16:24
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
 
The rich man is asking to be alleviated of his distress by asking Abraham to dip the tip of his finger in water to relieve him of his torment.  He wants Abraham to take pity on him, to show compassion to him, to be kind and humane to him by cooling his tongue. 
 
He is not repenting.  He is asking for mercy.
 
I am even posting the definitions between repentance and mercy so there is no confusion that both mean the same thing.  I copied the info from the on line dictionary.  Please overlook the underscores.  I am not emphasizing them to make my point.  The underscores could not be deleted without deleting the words and re-writing them. 

 
Repentance:  remorse or contrition for one's past actions or sins.  regret, guilt, grief, sorrow, remorse, contrition, compunction, penitence, self-reproach, sackcloth and ashes, sorriness
 
Mercy: act of being humane, compassionate, be kind, Alleviation of distress; relief.
 
I only replied because what you wrote about the 5 virgins and the rich man was not correct.  These scriptures are what made me doubt the young woman's dream/vision of a visitation from Jesus was not true.  If she had written the pope asked for Mercy, for pity, I may have believed it. 
 
Shalom...
Carol Garza