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January 23rd, 2013
05:27 AM ET

Cubans pray for a Chavez recovery

Reliant on Venezuelan oil, Cubans worry how Hugo Chavez's health will affect the country. Patrick Oppmann reports.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Cuba • Prayer

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  6. glenn

    my prayers are with you sir. may God be mericful and heal you of this terrible disease. in Jesus name i pray

    March 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm |
  7. Douglas

    I pray that President Chavez will have a speedy recovery.

    Chavez has been generous to the poor and helpless in his country.

    Chavez provided free heating oil to poor American citizens.

    Thank you Cuban Christians for praying for mercy and good health for President Chavez.

    1 Timothy 1,

    8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

    January 26, 2013 at 4:33 am |
    • Akira

      OMG, are you duplicious!
      You are on TJI bashing Chavez ALL THE TIME!
      Can you be any more hypocritical?

      January 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • Akira

      Not to mention, on This Just In, you constantly critisize poor people as a drain on you; this begs the question: will the real Philip Douglas please stand up??

      January 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • Douglas

      Akira,

      Relax...I'm the Douglas who urges LGBTQ to be celibate.

      I am not Philip Douglas. I am the real Douglas.

      January 26, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • Akira

      Liar. You are Philip Douglas, and continuing to deny it shows what a dishonest man you are.

      January 26, 2013 at 11:52 pm |
  8. Reality

    Free Will and Future are inherent to all the thinking beings in the Universe. This being the case, it is not possible to alter life with prayers. Statistically, your request might come true but it is simply the result of the variability/randomness of Nature..

    So put down your rosaries and prayer beads and stop worshiping/revering cows or bowing to Mecca five times a day or revering H. Chavez. Instead work hard at your job, take care of aging parents, volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate to charities and the poor and continue to follow the proper rules of your religion or any good rules of living as gracious and good human beings.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    January 25, 2013 at 7:54 am |
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    January 24, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
  10. Lol at Christians

    Christians think it's ridiculous if a witch doctor in the jungle jumps around shaking a stick and going "OOGA BOOGA! OOGA BOOGA! OOGA OOGA BOOGA!" to communicate with his sky demons,
    but
    that's
    EXACTLY
    what
    THEY'RE DOING
    when
    they pray...............
    lolololol what a bunch of frickin idiots lolololol!

    January 24, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
    • Clyde

      That's not only a miserable criticism of Christianity, it's also a miserable criticism of paganism.

      January 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
    • truth hurts, donnit?

      truth hurts.
      donnit?

      January 25, 2013 at 12:01 am |
  11. wow

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    January 24, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
  12. truth be told

    An atheist is a liar predestined to be lost. Unwanted in this world and the next.

    January 24, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
  13. Theo

    They got the candles and the praying going what they really need to help the magic work is some outlandish robes.

    Sound Ridiculous ? it is

    January 24, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
  14. Bootyfunk

    A million hands in prayer aren't worth two hands hard at work.

    Unclasp your hands, get up off your knees, think for yourself - now go outside and put those hands to use helping your brothers and sisters. Congratulations - you're now a better person.

    January 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • NClaw441

      Many of us believe in prayer, but that doesn't mean we also should not put our hands to work as well. Your post suggests that you don't believe in God. I understand that. It is a matter of faith. But if I may ask, is there anyone that you love? If so, you must believe in love. How does one prove that love exists?

      January 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • New Athiest

      @NClaw441
      This is a really stupid arguement.
      Unless you are claiming that your god is an emotion and not a living being.

      January 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      nclaw
      We know love exists because everyone has had the experience. We can see it in species throughout the world.

      We do not have the same thing with god. You beleive there is, but have no logical reason to believe. (i'm not trying to be insulting, merely pointing out that faith is a requirement, faith taking the place of logic and reason)

      There is no evidence that your god, or the thousands of gods that were worshipped before yours ever existed.

      January 24, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • NClaw441

      Richard, interesting points, but evasive of the question. Saying you have "had the experience" is not acceptable proof in most circles, of the existence of an emotion. What we see in the species is conduct, but we cannot prove the existence of or quantify love. Heck, even describing it is hard to do, for most of us. And the feeling of love may not be as universal as you suggest.

      Faith is a prerequisite to believing in love... until you have loved. You are absolutely correct that there is no evidence of the existence of God apart from faith. I only suggested (and I don't it has been refuted yet) that their is no scientifically accepted evidence (unless you count feelings as evidence, and if so, that should be evidence of God, too) for the existence of love.

      If you can believe in the existence of love, as I do, it may not prove God's existence (but some would say "God is love.") but it ought to show even non-believers that some things exist apart from our ability to prove it.

      January 24, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • NClaw441

      New Atheist– I am prepared to be shown that I am wrong, but simply calling my argument stupid doesn't do that. If I call your non-belief stupid, does that show that there is a God?

      January 24, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @NClaw

      Go to

      http://chemistry.about.com/od/valentinesdaychemistry/a/Love-Chemicals.htm

      for the chemicals and reactions involved in the feeling of love. There's a lot more we can do as well. Brain scans can show the different parts of the brain that flare up when people describe themselves as "being in love". It is indeed quantifiable.

      January 24, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • Clyde

      Is the Christian definition of love the same as an emotion?

      January 24, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
  15. truth be told

    All atheist types are liars. Understanding this Truth puts all their vicious comments in a proper perspective.

    January 24, 2013 at 9:24 am |
    • midwest rail

      Good morning, cap'n.

      January 24, 2013 at 9:26 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "truth be told", but your repeated assertions regarding atheism are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your repeated unfounded assertions may represent truths is: "EPIC FAIL". Perhaps the following book can help you cope with the problem of repeating unfounded assertions:

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      January 24, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • Pete

      "All atheist types are liars"

      more lies from the xtians – 135!

      January 24, 2013 at 9:35 am |
    • Bootyfunk

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      January 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
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      January 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
  16. saggyroy

    I don't know if this is an urban legend or not, but in the 60's the CIA planned to project a hologram of the Virgin Mary before they invaded Cuba. Just an observation.

    January 24, 2013 at 5:46 am |
  17. doctore0

    Prayer = Fancy word for delusion/ignorance

    January 24, 2013 at 4:02 am |
  18. Seyedibar

    Maybe they can pool their money together and buy some healing leprechaun water from Lourdes.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:20 pm |
  19. saggyroy

    They could send their money to Benny Hinn or Peter Popoff, and be guaranteed that he will be cured. What are they waiting for ?

    January 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
  20. Bootyfunk

    A million hands in prayer aren't worth two hands hard at work.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
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