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May 11th, 2011
05:51 PM ET

Billy Graham hospitalized for pneumonia

(CNN) - Evangelist Billy Graham, 92, was admitted Wednesday for treatment of pneumonia following a health episode overnight, according to Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.

Initial pulmonary testing suggested pneumonia, and further tests showed Graham's heart was normal, the hospital said in a statement.

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Filed under: Faith & Health • Leaders • North Carolina

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  1. dilligas

    He would have been dead and buried in his gucci suit and shoes if idiots didn't send him enough money to have his own physician, hosp room, 24/7 monitering. He's fighting hard to not be proven wrong. The only irony of it is when he dies, he will be dead and won't know he was wrong.

    June 3, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  2. Keith

    Mr. Graham will be closer to the throne than I'll ever be. I envy him.

    May 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • Artist

      Oh how we try to play the favorites game...Pick me me me me god.

      May 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  3. soulcall

    If they are so bad Why does your God keep making Gay people???......there is one born every minute and also he is a joke
    pray all you want but no amputated limb will ever grow back..ummmm k

    May 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • dodger

      Gays are Gods idea of comic relief for humanity.

      May 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • Artist

      Don't forget to include the LA Dodgers

      May 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  4. Artist

    HeavenSent

    Artist, God teaches wisdom to those that seek.

    Amen.

    May 11, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    HeavenSent

    Artist, I do believe this subject was touched on a few weeks back about some folks have their life in order and others never thought about it, hence they fight to stay alive to have that second chance to put things in order before they go.
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    First – wisdom has nothing to do with what we are talking about. We are talking about within the scope of faith. Good example someone noted was the pope going around in a bulletproof glass. Talk about lack of faith. lol You can't half accept the belief that your god is real or when it suits you and when your fear is greater than your faith you have ot rely on worldy answers or protections.
    .
    Secondly – the remark regarding staying alive to get your life in order is not what we are talking about.
    .
    Perhaps you need to reread my post again and address it directly in your own words and thoughts. Instead of posting what you think god's thoughts are, perhaps offer your own opinion? We are speaking of people's actions not mythical god opinion or thought.

    May 12, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  5. NYC REPUB

    Get well soon sir......
    I don't agree w/ your politics, but I do share your faith in Christ.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  6. lisakunkle

    If you currently have pre-existing conditions like me that have prevented you from being able to qualify for health insurance for at least six months you will have coverage options under new health care. Check "Penny Health Insurance" to find how to get quality insurance for dollars.

    May 12, 2011 at 3:04 am |
    • Ernie D

      Spam? Spam spam and more spam? Spam with spam and spam?

      May 12, 2011 at 3:46 am |
    • Artist

      Spam who re

      May 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  7. Adelina

    A great sunset time for one of the greatest man of God in human history. The result of Dr.Graham's fruits remains everywhere on Planet Earth. God be glorified through his life until the end.

    May 12, 2011 at 2:25 am |
    • fimeilleur

      Really? "The result of Dr.Graham's fruits remains everywhere on Planet Earth" I wasn't aware he had that many children... wouldn't that make him a fornicator?

      May 12, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Artist

      Adelina

      A great sunset time for one of the greatest man of God in human history. The result of Dr.Graham's fruits remains everywhere on Planet Earth. God be glorified through his life until the end.
      ------------
      .
      I could swear you want to f him.

      May 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  8. Reality

    If he passes, one hopes he leaves his millions to the US government, one of the poorest organizations around today as said government is $14 trillion in the red.

    May 12, 2011 at 12:39 am |
    • Adelina

      Reality, too late. China owns USA. Just surrender.

      May 12, 2011 at 2:21 am |
  9. analee

    my bad i might need a new key board! lol

    May 11, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  10. analee

    my people perish for the lack of knowledge,... i guess so of you wont get it, because theres a proverv that says not to reson with fools, now i see it,.. billy you r in my prayers thanxz for teaching us jesus,.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  11. David Johnson

    Wishing someone's death, may be the greatest wish you can have for that person. It may not be mean spirited.

    We know that this life is full of woe. Believers say the next life is total bliss. If I love someone, why wouldn't I want them to reside in a place that is so wondrous?

    Abortion may be the greatest gift we can give a fetus. No pain and sorrow of this life. No chance of making bad choices. Heaven would be a sure thing for them. Children below the age of accountability, should be dispatched? Maybe, if we really loved them.

    If you believe in a glorious afterlife, doesn't it tend to make this life - the only one we know is real - less valuable?

    Wrongs that are committed in this life, will be punished in the next. The wronged will be be made whole, by the goodness of heaven.

    Cheers!

    May 11, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • BG

      @ David

      " Wishing someone's death, may be the greatest wish you can have for that person."
      The operative word here is -may- . Want to talk about establishing objective standards for the quality of life for the severely retarded or terminally ill? Fine. Want someone to 'die, die, die' like -(required) does because of a difference in opinion about faith? Well, then, David, you need to stand in line at the nursing station behind -(required) for your afternoon meds.

      And where exactly does abortion rank in the continuity of argument between the objective and subjective? Tell, us, Dave. Is it -strictly- an objective measure? Is it totally dependent upon the mother's financial circu mstances, or just her maturity and ability to parent as established by an MMPI test? Tell us, Dave, when is it absolutely right to kill a fetus? I bet you had a bunch of bad things happen to you over the years; in retrospect, should we have killed you so that you didn't have to be subjected to the horrors that life might have in store for you?

      What sanctimonious, subjective, convoluted claptrap. I used to have a modicu m of respect for you, but now it's apparent that you're just another pompous ass, cut from the same self-assured, emotionally-labile cloth as -(required), distinguished only your ability to articulate your sarcastic drivel without completely sounding like a 14 year old.

      May 11, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Ernie D

      BG
      The man has a point.
      If the afterlife is so wonderful why isn't everyone grabbing at the nearest butterknife and doing themselves in?
      If this world is so bad and everyone is born against your god and everyone dies because we are bad, then why complain if someone wishes you onward?
      Onward, Christian Soldier! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

      May 12, 2011 at 1:56 am |
    • David Johnson

      @BG

      I am an atheist. I don't believe in an afterlife. My disbelief, makes this life all the more precious to me. I don't believe wrongs will be made right, on the other side.

      My niece died at a young age. A number of people expressed a belief that she was much better off dead and in heaven, than alive and on earth. The preacher even commented on the fact, that the upcoming Christmas would be her best ever. He explained how my niece was dressed in fine linen and was sitting at a table with Jesus.

      You get mad at me, for reflecting back to you, what your religious prattling actually infer.

      Cheers!

      May 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • BG

      @ David Johnson

      I don't take exception discussing a hastened death in the circ-umstances of a terminal illness. Hos-pice is a good thing. I welcome any physician who administers 'full' dosages of morphine to 'relieve' pain and suffering. However, there has to be a continuum of moral, ethical and legal judgment applied to these circ-umstances with the welfare of the patients considered first and foremost. Kevorkian may have had the right intention, but unbridled good intention isn't necessarily a good thing.

      "Abortion may be the greatest gift we can give a fetus. No pain and sorrow of this life. No chance of making bad choices. "

      This is the statement that I take exception with unless there's life-threatening obstacles that are deemed insurmountable by a medical team; 'elective' abortion is always a poor choice. Should it be offered? Absolutely. Is it a woman's right? Yes. But that doesn't mean it's a good choice. We've had this discussion before: remember "a woman's right to make a bad choice," and the psychological damage that usually results because of it?

      Don't forget, Dave, I'm not "religious" as you would define it. I'm not a proponent of organized religion, although, like most others, I do have positions on social issues; those positions are not di-ctated by theological dogma.

      May 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  12. (required)

    I wish he and his son and all their retarded followers would wither and die already. We don't need more of this crap.

    May 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • BG

      (required)

      "wither and die ... more of this crap."

      By this you must mean compassion and sensitivity to fellow humans... Such a bitter little life you must have. It'll get better when you finish puberty.

      May 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
    • Artist

      I wouldn't wish him death but if he dies I will not lose sleep and he will be forgotten by the next day. I do feel sorry for the misguided millions. That is a trajedy.

      May 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • (required)

      BG, I meant nothing of the sort.
      If you cannot act like an adult and speak plainly to me instead of trying to put words in my mouth, then maybe you should wither and die also. I certainly would not miss your childish posts.
      If your god is so great and your humanity so weak and error-prone, then why not just die and let the rest of us live in peace?
      If you cannot understand my desire to see you all "move on" to the great bs-maker in the sky, then get a clue somewhere besides your fat ass. You talk of compassion and sensitivity as if they were automatic and guaranteed when the truth is just the opposite where christians are concerned.
      Yes, die and leave us in peace. And take your fake compassion and your bigoted sensitivity with you, d1ck.

      May 11, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @ (required)

      Hey there -(required)...

      I am no big fan at all of organized religions... Christianity, Islam, etc... So, with that we seem to be in some agreement.

      What I am truly curious about is where you say:

      "If you cannot understand my desire to see you all "move on" to the great bs-maker in the sky"

      "If your god is so great and your humanity so weak and error-prone, then why not just die and let the rest of us live in peace?"

      "I wish he and his son and all their retarded followers would wither and die already."

      And then you even said to -BG "Yes, die and leave us in peace."

      So, (required), I'm sincerely curious... why is it that 'you' wish for 'basically' all these people to (die)...? I mean again, i'm definitely not a believer in that sense, so what is up with the wanting these people..."to die."...?

      Peace...

      May 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • BG

      @ (required)

      "I wish he and his son and all their retarded followers would wither and die"
      "...when maybe you should wither and die also."
      "...why not just die..."
      "Yes, die and leave us in peace."

      Lots of wishing for withering, and dying, followed by more dying... Lots of accusation mixed in with a generous amount of name calling, too. Please, for the sake of your family's reputation, reconsider the goth look; you can only pull that off around Halloween. But keep taking the anti-depressant; you shouldn't stop those cold-turkey.

      @ Peace2All

      Give a child a computer... this is what happens. The hormones just bleed through the screen and makes a mess.

      May 11, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • Ernie D

      No, tell us how you really feel...

      May 12, 2011 at 1:52 am |
    • Frogist

      (required) Behaving like a d1ck by wishing ill on other people makes you just as bad as all the hypocritical Christians who do the same for those who are different than them. You represent non-believers poorly.

      May 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  13. Peace2All

    While I may be in disagreement with Rev. Graham, and his world-views, and beliefs, etc... I wish the best for him in his health.

    Peace...

    May 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • BG

      @ Peace

      Agree.

      Regards.

      May 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
    • T-party

      @ Peace me too. I am agnostic but Graham seems to have a good heart. great to see you posting again!

      May 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • The Guy

      In the end, the man's greatest legacy was standing by Dr. King when no other white evangelists would.

      May 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Frogist

      Best wishes to him and his family.

      May 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • Keith

      Peace2all, how's my favorite agnostic doing? Good I hope. Nice comment on Billy. Classy.

      May 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Keith

      Hey -Keith...

      Doing pretty well, how about you...?

      Thank you for the compliment

      Peace...

      May 14, 2011 at 3:17 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Frankly, Billy Graham has done lots of damage to millions of Americans through his radio shows and to most of mankind for 70 years or 60. It is time for him to relieve mankind from his proselytizing hatred and racism.

      May 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  14. HeavenSent

    Artist, Luke was a physician. What point are you constantly trying to make?

    Amen.

    May 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • Artist

      HeavenSent, if you cannot where I was going with my post then no amount of explaining would help. However, I will say this. People of faith express great faith and go out on a limb persay on more convenient matters or when thjey really don't have a choice and the last option is faith (example Stage 4 cancer). I find it interesting that we never see people truly have faith in their god when their life is in danger. They rely on worldly thngs you might say.
      .
      The degrees of faith is contigent on the amount of risk. Credit to god vs world is contigent on our perspective. Blame on the devil is contigent convenience.

      May 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • Artist

      cannot where???? meant cannot see where

      May 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Artist, God teaches wisdom to those that seek.

      Amen.

      May 11, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Artist, I do believe this subject was touched on a few weeks back about some folks have their life in order and others never thought about it, hence they fight to stay alive to have that second chance to put things in order before they go.

      Amen.

      May 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @HeavenSent

      What is your point, of always saying: "Luke was a physician," ?

      Why do you spend any money on medical care? You have the promise of god:

      Mark 11:24: Jesus speaking
      Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

      John 14:14: Jesus speaking
      If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.

      Mark 16: Jesus speaking
      16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.

      James 5:15:
      And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.

      All you believers babble on about faith and belief and how the bible is the inerrant word of god.
      Yet, most of you ignore His word, and buy health insurance and seek the knowledge of man.
      You are tweaking the nose of god!

      Some, have actually believed what the bible tells them. They prayed for their child, trusting in the word of god, and withheld medical care. The child died. OOOooopsie!
      Not to fret! This was part of god's plan for the young'in.?

      A true believer would never set foot in a doctor's office! Where is their faith???

      But, you do. You seek medical care, because you don't believe the Word of the bible. You know, that in the real world, prayer rarely works (exception: coincidence / random chance).

      Believers attempt to smooth this over by saying a little prayer, receiving medical treatment, and then giving the glory to god if they get well... Hmm...

      If you can't believe the bible concerning healing and not worrying about tomorrow, how can you believe it about all the rest?

      LOL

      Cheers!

      May 11, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      David, when Jesus walked among us he healed folks. There are many scriptures pertaining to physician, healing, medicine and Jesus actually healing people throughout the Bible. I still don't know what you are getting at but I'm sure you are taking scriptures out of context to prove your point.

      Amen.

      I'm logging off for now. I'm sure you'll write more and be specific instead of flooding everyone with your long list.

      May 11, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • Dogod

      I think they are saying your religion is fake, and I agree.

      May 12, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • paganguy

      Heavensent, you are incorrigible; you can't be helped.
      Artist, you have to understand that God is in need of admiration. He will kiil a shipload of people and save one or two who will claim: God saved me, God saved me. If there is a God (pagans don't know, don't care) he could care less about you. He is too busy directing galaxies around. A ruler is also a slave of the underlinks, he has to take care of them. Why would God take such a burden upon himself? I love the Christian teaching: God created us so we can adore him. Do you believe that?

      May 12, 2011 at 1:29 am |
    • Hitch

      @heavensent,
      ‘I still don't know what you are getting at but I'm sure you are taking scriptures out of context to prove your point.’

      I believe the gist of his point was that the pious who claim faith as the paramount of all virtuous acts, don’t foster any reaffirmation of it when it comes issue such as this. The end result is that if the faithful really think praying works, their god really exists, & that their prayers will be answered by their god whom they think is not only looking after them but favors them. I know the pious love to act critical in claiming non-believers are ‘ego centric’ & so forth, but really, believers are the ones who think not only that only their god is the real one, but that of all the things this omniscient deity could be doing with its time that part of its central focus is on them & them alone. Sounds awfully ego-centric to me…
      It thus begs the question of why the faithful bother seeking out natural cures at all?

      Why bother seeking any medical advice if your god can supernaturally cure you? Why bother with chemo treatment if you god can magically make it gone? Really, I’d love to see the side by side studies showing the efficacy of ‘prayer alone’ vs medicine’.

      Some will say there are no atheists in foxholes, well; there are no theists in hospitals.

      May 12, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  15. Artist

    If he had real faith he would refuse medical treatment and leave it in his god's hands. God's will would then be revealed.

    May 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • (required)

      An excellent point. Sort of like requiring the pope to go around without bullet-proof glass. The hypocrisy should stop someday.

      May 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Dan

      How can you judge a person's faith based on a choice they made. He has brought many people to Christ and maybe this is Gods plan for him to keep fighting to be an example to all people that even though you are saved that doesn't mean your life is gonna be perfect. He has faith probably more faith than most of us would like to admit. Good luck and God bless Billy
      -your brother in Christ,
      Dan

      May 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  16. Wak

    At 92 they should call it OLDmonia not Newmonia!

    May 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm |

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