By Dan Merica, CNN
Washington (CNN) – In light of threatening statements from North Korea, famed evangelist Franklin Graham says prayer is a viable option for cooling tensions between the communist country and the rest of the world.
“First of all, I think we need to pray,” Graham, the CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian humanitarian organization, said in an interview on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “We need to pray for our president, we need to pray that God will give him wisdom as he makes decision at this point. This is a very critical time, right now, for our country and we need to come behind our president and support him with prayer.”
Through Samaritan’s Purse, an organization founded in 1970, Graham has visited North Korea four times over the last 13 years. The group’s slogan is “Helping in Jesus Name” and it describes itself as a “Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.”
Tensions with North Korea began to rise last month, as the rogue state began issuing increasingly threatening statement towards its Asian neighbors and the United States. Most recently it was uncovered that North Korea may be able to deliver a nuclear weapon via missile with low reliability, according to the Pentagon.
The conflict has been headline news around the globe and captivated the attention of many Americans.
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According to a recent CNN poll, worries about the country’s nuclear capabilities are at an all-time high. According to the survey, 41% of Americans now characterize North Korea an immediate threat to the United States, an all-time high for that measure.
Graham called on “God’s wisdom” to help solve the decades-old conflict.
“For 60 years, we've had our armies there on the border and nothing has changed,” Graham said. “We need to find a way forward that would somehow bring peace to the peninsula. The North wants that, I believe, and the South wants that very much. But how we get there, we just need God to give wisdom.”
Graham is the son of Bill Graham, the famed evangelist with many political ties who has met with every president since Harry Truman.
On top of humanitarian work, Graham’s foundation has also worked to keep tabs on Christians in North Korea.
“We have tried to maintain a dialog, at least with the churches and the Christians in the country, because we want them to know that America isn't their enemy, we are their friend and we want peace,” Graham said in the interview. “But more importantly, this is an atheist country. I want them to know there is a God who loves them and cares for them, who sent a savior whose name is Jesus Christ, who came to Earth to die for their sins and we can be forgiven.”’
Over 70% of North Koreans are unaffiliated, according to a 2012 study on world religions by the Pew Form on Religion and Public Life. Christians make up 2% of the population, behind Folk Religions and Other Religions, according to the study.
To Graham, though, the same love that he hopes to extend to North Koreans also extends to the country’s leaders.
“We want the leadership in the North to know that God does love them,” Graham said. “And they need His help at this time, just like we need His help.”
This is not the first time Graham has suggested prayer for the president.
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After the 2012 election, in which Graham endorsed Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the evangelist asked congregations to pray for President Barack Obama.
“Having just come through a divisive national election, I am urging pastors across this country to lead their congregations in praying daily for our president, Barack Obama,” Graham said. “While politics is noticeably partisan, prayer must never be partisan. Americans need to come together, and people of faith should lead the way, by praying diligently for our leaders whether or not they agree with them or their policies.”
See for yourself below.................The fairy in the sky did NOT create us !!!
Monkey Math: Baboons Show Brain's Ability to Understand Numbers ..........E = mc2..............(U-Pb) numbers do not lie !
May 3, 2013 — Opposing thumbs, expressive faces, complex social systems: it's hard to miss the similarities between apes and humans. Now a new study with a troop of zoo baboons and lots of peanuts shows that a less obvious trait – the ability to understand numbers – also is shared by humans and their primate cousins.
OR.........take a ride on a DINO.
Fossil records are better to read than the nasty bible..................no god(s) required !
Oldest? New 'Bone-Head' Dinosaur Hints at Higher Diversity of Small Dinosaurs
May 7, 2013 — Scientists have named a new species of bone-headed dinosaur (pachycephalosaur) from Alberta, Canada. Acrotholus audeti (Ack-RHO-tho-LUS) was identified from both recently discovered and historically collected fossils. Approximately six feet long and weighing about 40 kilograms in life, the newly identified plant-eating dinosaur represents the oldest bone-headed dinosaur in North America, and possibly the world.
Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too !
Where do morals come from?
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Gravity is not up for debate !
BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !
Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet
Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before
Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.
The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?
The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species
Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.
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Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young
And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !
From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life
the wrong path is Adam and Eve !
Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought
Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.
No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US
Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.
No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !
Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History
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The fact...............the earth is to old for this nonsemse ! Time to EVOLVE !
Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle
Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.
For what...................... ? Make sure to read what the pope said !
Learning is fun with facts.......................... and facts work when teaching children.
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Prayer – activity that lets someone feel like they are doing something when they are doing nothing.
No one is scared of little fat Kim Jong Un's insane asylum regime. Little Kim keeps begging for total destruction. Someone may be forced to oblige this mad man.
Socies always end up with tyrants at the controls.
oh....i meant to click on the other article about morality, with the chimpanzee picture. franklin graham's picture was so similar, it confused me
–we agree with you Rev.Graham
An illusion it is......................Poof goes the dragon !
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if god is omniscient, what is the point of prayer, other than to make those praying believe they have a say in the way things go?
I'm curious. Who exactly is this "we" you claim to speak for?
As far as I'm concerned, you can do whatever you want, but I find prayer to be useless and Franklin Graham to be a little man trying to look important by wearing his father's jacket.
We? Who the flip are we?
God's will is above any prayer. The future is already known and our paths are written. With christian logic ..if you can call it that...prayer is a waste of time
If prayer works..then Gol cannot know the future for the future is uncertain.
Franklin Graham has been very upset lately. The other snake-oil salesmen have been getting all the headlines what with sons committing suicide and hoaxes about leaving the faith and embracing sanity. Franklin Graham needs to get back in the headlines by calling for prayer on North Korea. Yes ... and prayer obviously works doesn't it?!
... and for anyone who answers me that prayer does work, wonder why a son committed suicide from mental illness when I can guarantee you his father and their flock must have spent hundreds of thousands of hours praying for the boy to be cured!!!
What a crock!
Look at it this way, maybe the prayer was that the boy would never have to see a nuclear winter. Of course this is from a random internet troll, and maybe you wanted your question answered by a religous person instead.
no ... you'll do.
Hum, very interesting and fintastic claim that one! You can actually offer a GUARANTEE they MUST have spent hundreds of thousands of hours. Now, if I buy on that claim and it fails; do I get my money back?
@Salero21 – 1 hour or 1K hours what's the difference? Do the volume of prayers make a difference?
Facts work better
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Belt up you freak you have me bloody mad!! I have it all figure out from my flat overlooking the Thames. I have a View to a k1ll from here. Americans don't wet your pants about this moronic, childish ar-se.
Please report to MI6 ASAP and do not be all bras-sed off about this ar-se Kim. With all probability he is all full of wacky backy.
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