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Jesus statue unscathed by Typhoon Haiyan
A giant statue of Jesus Christ on Calvary Hill in the coastal town of Tanauan in the Philippines.
November 13th, 2013
09:31 AM ET

Jesus statue unscathed by Typhoon Haiyan

(CNN) - A  giant statue of Jesus apparently survived Typhoon Haiyan unscathed, even as the massive storm flattened many parts of Tanauan, a coastal town in the central Philippines.

It's not the first time religious statues have survived natural disasters in the heavily Catholic Philippines, according to local reports. Two statues of the Virgin Mary withstood a devastating earthquake last month.

Meanwhile, Haiyan has wiped entire towns off the map, and thousands are searching for family members, food and water.

MORE ON CNN: Philippines aid pours in but survivors still going hungry

So, what do you think, readers: Is the unscathed Jesus statue a miraculous sign of hope amid the ruins or just a random coincidence?

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Faith • Jesus • natural disasters • Philippines

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  1. Lenny Pincus

    How many statues of Jesus–and the churches they were in, were destroyed by this storm?

    November 13, 2013 at 11:12 pm |
  2. lol??

    God is Spirit. You are an image, made of dirt.. Don't be confused.

    November 13, 2013 at 11:03 pm |
    • Just The Facts

      There is plenty more that happens in the lake, but I won't go into that. I will only say that in those flames you will still be conscious as you are now. That consciousness you feel will never fade away. The only thing that happens during death is your mind merely transitions to another plane of existence. Meaning, your mind goes to sleep in one reality, and then wakes up in a different reality, only the reality it wakes up in is real. At no time will you simply cease to exist. Atheists are deceived into thinking you'll fade away because all they're considering is your physical body. Problem is, God created man as three separate parts – soul, body, and spirit. Therefore, when you die, only one part of you dies – your physical body or house dies – while the rest of you remains very much alive. If indeed your soul could be destroyed, then yes, perhaps you would cease to exist. Problem is, your soul is spiritual and eternal, and it cannot be destroyed. And that real part of you (your soul) shall forever exist somewhere, whether you like it or not…

      We as saints of God and those who go to heaven will receive new bodies as well. Only our bodies will be glorious and blissful and beautiful and eternal, and we'll be happy forever with Jesus. God calls it: Eternal Life. In fact, when we return to earth with Jesus to finish off Lucifer (battle of the Armageddon) we'll have on our new bodies then. You could drop an atomic bomb on us and we'd keep on coming. That's because at that time our souls will be eternal and our bodies will be eternal, and we cannot be killed. So that sums up the real truth about what death is. And t explains how what most people call "death" is actually nothing more than a "transition to another plane of existence". All of us, no matter who you are, will forever exist somewhere – either in heaven with God, or in the lake of fire and brimstone with Lucifer. And where you'll end up, all depends on what you do in the here and now…

      Mark 9:48 – Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched…

      January 10, 2014 at 10:08 am |
      • urnotathinkerareu

        You people are really sick. To believe that god would create only to send his creation to an eternal penalty PHYSICALLY is masochistic in the highest degree. Any god who would do this is not god but satan...maybe its you who have been decieved with lavish promises and gifts. It is said that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince people he didnt exist....what better way than to convince people he is god or the son of god.....how about the son of batman or the son of superman.....people are sooo easy to decieve by what they BELIEVE. Science though whther I believe or not is still true....unlike religion. god cannot convince me according to the stories as laid out...he should be able to do a better job of convincing though of us that aren't gullible...instead he wants to send people to hell....what a pitiful little god he is...

        January 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm |
        • jokeingjoe

          I agree 100 percent. in fact that belief that god would send someone to burn in hell fire for eternity, even little babies who never got baptized, according to some is the biggest reason I lost my faith. We humans cannot even waterboard some spy who's information may save lives. which is nothing compared to burning even a little bit. that means we love each other including the spy who could kill some of us more than the "God of love". Religions are just an attempt to control people that's all.

          January 10, 2014 at 6:14 pm |
      • urnotathinkerareu

        Read this....this may help you get something straight in your mind but I doubt it.
        http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/denial-science-chris-mooney?page=1

        January 10, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
      • jokeingjoe

        who told you that?

        January 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm |
  3. Blessed are the Cheesemakers

    Almost as impressive as when Jesus made a cross out a collapsed building made of these

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    November 13, 2013 at 10:47 pm |
    • lol??

      You from WI, cheese head??

      November 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm |
    • lol??

      Red wants you to teach his daughter morals.

      November 13, 2013 at 10:58 pm |
      • Radz

        Shove it, Commie.

        November 14, 2013 at 12:33 am |
    • Let it B

      It's a good thing you're caps lock button was on, you could have been sued just now.

      November 14, 2013 at 5:55 am |
      • Let it B

        "your"

        November 14, 2013 at 5:57 am |
        • Just The Facts

          To say you'll be embarrassed is an understatement.

          January 10, 2014 at 10:12 am |
      • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

        ttttttttttttt
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        Ok, sue me now.

        November 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
  4. Jack Waters

    He watches over those in need.

    November 13, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Watches as their homes are destroyed and their families are washed away in a storm surge. What a guy.

      November 13, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
    • Let it B

      I noticed neither of you mentioned anything about the design of the statue or building materials.

      November 14, 2013 at 6:08 am |
  5. Atapang A Tao

    It's a sign that WE SHOULD HELP THE PEOPLE and stop overthinking trivial things like this. I see this as a miracle... but the real miracle is in helping the victims of the typhoon Haiyan through Red Cross, Caritas, World Vision, etc.

    November 13, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I don't see it as a miracle. I see it as bad prioritization. It looks like they put more effort into building the statue than they did into building those homes. But, as you say, the best thing one can do is to ignore stupid things like statues and instead do what you can to help the people whose lives were devastated.

      November 13, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I encourage all to donate via Non Believers Giving Aid at richarddawkins.net.

      November 14, 2013 at 12:43 am |
  6. That statue looks like Buddy Christ

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FigprdcBGA&w=640&h=360]

    November 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm |
  7. Ground Control

    Of all the statues that survived there (because they are nearly indestructable, duh), why is the Jesus statue getting the press? The Buddha statue in Corregador is still up too. And all those heroes of the revolution, they are still standing. Buddha's hand is obvious in all of this.

    November 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm |
  8. Realist

    ******************************

    Where was GOD ???? ha ha ha ha ha!

    ******************************

    ... http://www.GODisIMAGINARY.com ...

    ... and thank goodness because he emanates from the ...

    ... http://www.EVILbible.com ...

    ******************************

    November 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
  9. Lee

    Lets thousands die; maintains statue of himself unscathed. Because God cares more about statues than people.

    November 13, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
    • flyfysher

      I was thinking the same thing.

      November 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
    • Realist

      ******************************

      Where was GOD ???? ha ha ha ha ha!

      ******************************

      ... http://www.GODisIMAGINARY.com ...

      ... and thank goodness because he emanates from the ...

      ... http://www.EVILbible.com ...

      ******************************

      November 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
  10. Lionly Lamb

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9qkYLtAhSQ&w=640&h=360]

    November 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
  11. Lionly Lamb

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk9NQxWElXg&w=640&h=360]

    November 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
  12. LukeWarm

    With that big shiny statue of Jesus standing over the ruins with him arms outstretched it looks like he is the one that causes the destruction. He unleashed his ultra mega typhoon ninjitsu on the poor people there.

    November 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
  13. American Standard

    The statue was poured out of cement concrete and heavy reinforced.

    November 13, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Crom

      shhhh!

      November 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Spoiler Alert!

      November 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm |
      • dillonb1950

        So why dont these people build shelers with bed and water in them in every community instead of doing nothing and waiting till something hits???

        November 13, 2013 at 11:18 pm |
        • Crom

          Because they are poor, like the blood flow in your tiny brain.
          Poor. No money.
          The rich are too busy stealing all the money to let them have good housing.
          Those poor people without jobs just sit around not working, barely eating, living in miserable conditions, unhealthy, sick, their minds destroyed by having no way of taking care of themselves.
          So they are terrible, lazy bums who deserve to starve...since they are clearly cursed by "god himself" and doomed to poverty because ..........."god" hates poor people for being born and being poor....they can't prevent pregnancy so they are all doomed to a horrible life in poverty.

          Meanwhile, over 46 trillion dollars are held in a death grip by the few uber-greedy people, surely the most greedy people in the history of humanity. They don't even want to pay for what they use. They don't want to pay for anything yet never have enough money or power. They will never have enough. They will never create jobs for everyone. They want poor people to suffer or else everyone would want to be poor.
          gah

          November 14, 2013 at 12:43 am |
        • Jack Waters

          where did you hear that God hates the poor?

          November 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • urnotathinkerareu

      and thats because the church has money to spend that on a statue but leave peoples homes with shoddy workmanship because they are poor. The church makes its money off the backs of the poor and always has...thats the way it works. Someday they will catch on...in a couple thousand years maybe///lol

      January 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm |
    • urnotathinkerareu

      and thats because the church has money to spend that on a statue but leave peoples homes with shoddy workmanship because they are poor. The church makes its money off the backs of the poor and always has...thats the way it works. Someday they will catch on...in a couple thousand years maybe///lol

      January 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm |
  14. Bad news

    The Jesus statue saw it's shadow. Six more weeks of typhoons.

    November 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I feel dirty and wrong, but I laughed at this.

      November 13, 2013 at 11:51 pm |
  15. MrHighMighty

    This unscathed statue means nothing.
    Commandment #2: "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them."

    In other words, making a statue of Jesus reduces Him to an object. That's an insult against God, and a common and dangerous mistake by Catholics everywhere. Why do they need statues to honor and remember Christ? Does Christ feel too distant from them? Does Christ's power need a statue to be fully effective? Is their faith so weak that they need a physical object to look upon? Do they think by bowing to an object they are really showing God their devotion? Instead of honoring statues to feel closer to God, Catholics should study Scripture and understand how many of their rituals actually drive a wedge between them and God, and prevent a fulfilling relationship.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
    • Crom

      Wow, you could be talking about Santa Claus and his political policies for all that you sound like a nutbar. Good for you, then.

      November 13, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
    • montyross

      it is the image of a man that was created in the image of God.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
      • montyross

        we need one more witness to assure the validity of the statue...

        November 13, 2013 at 7:43 pm |
    • Realist

      ******************************

      Where was GOD ???? ha ha ha ha ha!

      ******************************

      ... http://www.GODisIMAGINARY.com ...

      ... and thank goodness because he emanates from the ...

      ... http://www.EVILbible.com ...

      ******************************

      November 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • Radz

      Oh, freak YAWN. You and your tedious "No True Scotsman" literalists slay me. Just shut up, worship God as you see fit, and let the billion Catholics do the same.
      Study Mathew 7. Great place to start.

      November 14, 2013 at 12:31 am |
      • MrHighMighty

        Radz, if it is "literalist" to rely on Scripture alone, and not on traditions of man that depart from Scripture, then I am a literalist under your definition. And if I proclaim a false doctrine, I would welcome correction that is based on Scripture. But your reference to Matthew 7 only confirms my point and position.

        Which part of Matthew 7 did you have in mind that I should study? The part about judging others? In truth, I have no worry of consequences of God judging me in the same manner that I judge the bad theology and false doctrines of Catholics that are clearly inconsistent with Scripture. God expects us to discern truth from lies, and brothers from enemies of Him. In fact I eagerly await God's judgment on my judgment in this area, based on truths He has revealed to me.

        Jesus' lessons in the rest of Matthew 7 show how answers can be found by those who seek it, how the popularity of a religion is no sign of its truth, that many who say they follow Christ never truly know Him, that doctrine which is not based on Scripture will not stand in the end, and that false doctrine produces bad fruit (just look at the confusion, derision, and diversion from the Gospel that this statue causes).

        November 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
  16. Ved

    So anything that survives the typhoon is suddenly a miracle? The last I heard, the typhoon destroyed many things, but not everything. It would be different if the typhoon destroyed everything except this statue... This report is just ridiculous, especially the way it was written.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
  17. Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson rebukes Richard Dawkins

    That does it – I believe – this is the miracle it took!!!!

    November 13, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
  18. Chaz

    Oh, Rain Storm Haiyan didn't destroy the statue. Don't worry, the atheists will.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
    • Fan2C

      Nah, not destroy the thing per se, but maybe we'll try to get a few superst.itions to bite the dust though, with references to realism.

      November 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
      • Chaz

        Good jorb!

        November 13, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
  19. Doris

    LOL. Lance Thruster I think was thinking what I was just thinking. It may been sort of an epiphany for some – well let's just say a bright idea for the ones who studied it after the storm and said – "next time, I'm building my home out of that material".

    November 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      You want to live inside a statue of jesus?

      November 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
      • Fan2C

        Well, it's probably solid concrete, so there is no "inside"; but yeah, to save my life, I'd hop in there if it were hollow.

        That's why I really want a cubicle made out of "Black Box" material next time I fly on a plane too! 🙂

        November 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
      • Doris

        Yeah – kind of small. Well, if I could rent out the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio for a cool weekend party for cheap – I might consider it.

        November 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
      • Chaz

        purse

        November 13, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
        • Radz

          Suffer from Tourette's?

          November 14, 2013 at 12:36 am |
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