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April 12th, 2013
03:47 PM ET

Franklin Graham calls for prayer on North Korea

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.”

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • North Korea • Politics • Prayer

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  1. Science

    Update :

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    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130503132719.htm

    OR.........take a ride on a DINO.

    Fossil records are better to read than the nasty bible..................no god(s) required !

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    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.

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    May 8, 2013 at 7:13 am |
  2. Science

    Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too !

    Where do morals come from?

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    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

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    Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

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    And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

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    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.

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    For what...................... ? Make sure to read what the pope said !

    Where do morals come from?

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    Learning is fun with facts.......................... and facts work when teaching children.

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    Science

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    April 7th, 2012

    08:32 PM ET

    The Jesus debate: Man vs. myth

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    Make sure to read comments

    April 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |

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  3. seo

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    April 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
  4. SLoRider

    Prayer – activity that lets someone feel like they are doing something when they are doing nothing.

    April 18, 2013 at 1:22 am |
  5. YaValioCacaWates

    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.

    April 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • lol??

      Socies always end up with tyrants at the controls.

      April 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
  6. sam stone

    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

    April 16, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
  7. iAgree

    “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.”

    –we agree with you Rev.Graham

    April 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
    • Science

      An illusion it is......................Poof goes the dragon !

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      April 16, 2013 at 8:11 am |
    • sam stone

      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?

      April 16, 2013 at 10:19 am |
    • tallulah13

      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.

      April 16, 2013 at 10:35 am |
    • pothead

      We? Who the flip are we?

      April 17, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
  8. Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

    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

    April 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      If prayer works..then Gol cannot know the future for the future is uncertain.

      April 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
    • pothead

      Yep

      April 15, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
  9. Felix Sinclair

    Oh, brother...

    April 15, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  10. Dyslexic doG

    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!

    April 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
    • about prayer

      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.

      April 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      no ... you'll do.

      April 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • Salero21

      @ Dyslexico

      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?

      April 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
    • G to the T

      @Salero21 – 1 hour or 1K hours what's the difference? Do the volume of prayers make a difference?

      April 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
  11. Science

    Facts work better

    Where do morals come from? \

    By Kelly Murray, CNN

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/

    Learning is fun with facts.......................... and facts work when teaching children.

    Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’

    Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
    bears his name as the “God particle.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/08/atheist-prof-peter-higgs-stop-calling-higgs-bosen-the-god-particle/

    Pope praises science, but insists God created world updated Thur October 28, 2010
    Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday – God did create the universe. The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme... \

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/28/pope-praises-science-but-insists-god-created-world/

    Science

    Heaven is 'a fairy story,' scientist Stephen Hawking says updated Tue May 17, 2011
    By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor The concept of heaven or any kind of afterlife is a "fairy story," famed British scientist Stephen Hawking said in a newspaper interview this week. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when...

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/17/heaven-is-a-fairy-story-scientist-stephen-hawking-says/

    April 7th, 2012

    08:32 PM ET

    The Jesus debate: Man vs. myth

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/07/the-jesus-debate-man-vs-myth/comment-page-137/#comment-2281915

    April 14, 2013 at 8:31 am |
  12. KIM JUNG UN

    YU prayers do nothing Billy son we super atheist no belief god, no god. Yu all surrender now. Me have 500,000 parachutists 500,000 special operator better than team 6 seals, 10,000 tanks 2,000,000 infantry. Rockets a plenty. Will take Hawaii in a day Alaska then California will go over rocky mountain cross Misisipi river great plain then to your Capital

    Obomo surrender now or else. Pretty blondes rednecks redhair women for my soldiers. Fat women will scrub floors and sweep the streets milk cows in farm. Fidel my friend will take Floridian. SURRENDER NOW RIGHT NOW INMEDIATLY.

    NO MORE PATIENCE WITH YU PEOPLE. NO GOD ME GREAT SUPER ATHEIST, ME LIKE BETTER ATHEIST MAO. YU SURRENDER NOW RIGHT NOW.

    April 13, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
    • My name is Bond

      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.

      April 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • M & Q

      Mr. Bond,

      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.

      April 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
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