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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. Hodge

    Oh thanks God, thanks for saving that statue, never mind the countless lives lost and now homeless and starving children, maybe next time you just stop the storm.

    November 14, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      Don't hold your breath.
      The God who is with us is the God who forsakes us (Mark 15:34)

      November 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
  2. notacatholic

    its a miraculous sign that's the statues are built better than the houses.

    those statues are heavy and thick , heavily constructed an average Philippines house is like a sail in the wind.

    The money and material: spent on the statues means there's less for the little houses, thus the statues contribute to the houses being blown over.

    November 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
    • saggyroy

      We should make all houses look like Jesus?

      November 15, 2013 at 6:00 am |
  3. realbuckyball

    "I have examined all the known superst'itions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superst'ition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology." – Thomas Jefferson

    November 14, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
    • fred

      Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one -Thomas Jefferson

      November 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
    • fred

      I can never join Calvin in addressing his god. He was indeed an Atheist, which I can never be; or rather his religion was Daemonism. If ever man worshipped a false god, he did. -Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823

      Jefferson as you believe to be reasonable would never be an Atheist...............hummmmmmmmmm

      November 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
      • Observer

        One thing is certain: Thomas Jefferson would never be a Christian.

        He was a brilliant man with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. If he had been exposed to Darwin and modern science, there's a good chance he'd be an atheist.

        November 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
        • fred

          One does not become godless because of Darwin. Even Darwin disagrees with you:
          " "Science has nothing to do with Christ, except insofar as the habit of scientific research makes a man cautious in admitting evidence. For myself, I do not believe that there ever has been any revelation. As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities."- Darwin 1887, pp. 304–307

          November 15, 2013 at 12:25 am |
  4. realbuckyball

    Isn't that special.

    November 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
  5. Dyslexic doG

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/13/world/asia/australia-ancient-life/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    November 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      that's a CNN Report about Scientists finding signs of life in Australia dating back 3.48 billion years

      November 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
      • Jeff

        L4H's head will explode.

        November 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
        • Fan2C

          Jeff
          "L4H's head will explode."

          Not likely. He/she just routinely dismisses the scientific methods of dating ancient things. To him/her, nothing is over 10,000 years old.

          November 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
        • Jeff

          No doubt. She is one of the more disingenuous posters on here.
          She gets corrected repeatedly, with corresponding citations, and she still ignores it.
          She has claimed to be a scientist. Yeah, right. Like I said, she's a hoot.

          November 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
  6. But many ants survived

    Even though God has a plan, the statue of our savior is still there representing the Lord's dominion over the ants and blades of grass that still remain there. Amen.

    November 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

      Please tell me you are joking.

      November 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
      • Maddy

        I'm guessing yes.

        November 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
        • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

          It can be truly hard to tell sometime, what with all the ridiculous stuff people believe.

          November 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    • Sam & Ella

      Yes, and the bacteria and other microbes (many of which are harmful to humans), which have been around much longer than humans and are much more successful adapting to virtually everyplace on Earth also survived, thanks to those loving arms!

      November 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
  7. Vic

    I believe it is a random coincidence in human terms; however, God can easily keep anything in place while any natural process of His creation is taking place, and we can never know about it. What we get is perspective. God lets His creation take its natural course while intervening or not, according to His Will and Wisdom, as He sees fit.

    While it is metaphoric in perspective and a nice sentiment that the statue survives a deadly storm, we believe through our faith in Jesus Christ that He Himself is always there.

    November 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      So: Your god doesn't give 2 farts about the country he laid waste to, but he likes his metaphors so here's your statue.

      Or: About that idolatry thing – well, here's your statue – worship away. Starve and do without clean drinking water, but worship away.

      November 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
    • Madtown

      we believe through our faith in Jesus Christ that He Himself is always there
      -----
      Yes you do belive that, which is just fine. Others do not, partly because they haven't heard of Christ. They have other religious notions that are not wrong, compared to yours.

      November 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • Observer

      So God doesn't control nature. That's news.

      November 14, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
  8. Reality # 2

    Once again, areas prone to have typhoons should have all the twenty miles from the beach made into national parks. Only daily visits allowed. No buildings of any kind. These national parks should grow rapidly growing trees to serve as a buffer to the homes inland. Ditto for the construction of sand dunes along the beaches. Fight Nature with Nature!!!

    Considering, however, the number of damaging earthquakes and typhoons that hit the Philippines every year, maybe it is time to vacate the entire country?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoons_in_the_Philippines

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_earthquakes_in_the_Philippines#21st_century

    November 14, 2013 at 8:08 am |
    • CharlesP

      Try telling everyone up along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts here in the USA to move out of their beachfront properties. I agree, however, that some of those people at least use to get some crazy, subsidized home insurance for living in an obviously dangerous area, but people take their chances with natural disasters all over the country. That's their choice.

      November 14, 2013 at 8:19 am |
      • Reality # 2

        The Philippines suffer from a nature double whammy as they have a significant number of earthquakes and typhoons every year.

        November 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
  9. CharlesP

    I'm from Philly, and I suppose that I'd feel inspired, or something if a natural disaster struck and the statue of Rocky were left standing, but I wouldn't assume that the ghost of Adrian saved it, or anything.

    November 14, 2013 at 8:06 am |
    • Alejandro De Los Santos

      I believe this should be seen as The Last Call For The Last Soul. Everybody should brace himself for it is going to get worse henceforth. May God have mercy on us all. Amen.

      Veronica Of The Cross, a visionary who passed away in 1995, said that our Lord Jesus Christ told her on September 14, 1976: "I give you an indication that the time is ripe. When you hear, when you feel the revolution in Rome, when you see the Holy Father fleeing, seeking refuge in another land, know that the time is ripe." Also, Veronica had a vision on December 24,1973, she saw a massive comet break apart and a piece strike the sun.

      Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on February 11, 2013. In just a few hours the Vatican was struck by lightning, twice, a sign from God that the reign of the Seven Kings (pope-kings or priest-kings which started on February 11, 1929 with Pope Pius XI) of the apocalypse is now over. Pope Benedict has already endorsed the beatification and veneration of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II (Rev. 13). This means that The Big, End-Times Tribulations are here, stronger and stronger, one after another.

      I see this, the statue's survival, and the biggest storm itself, as an Urgent Warning from God. God The Son, with outstretched arms, in an attempt to reach the Last Soul that He could save. Is there anyone else out there who would like to grab the hands of The Savior?

      Before the end of November 2013, there will be a huge comet coming, confirmed by the mainstream media. I hope this is not yet the comet that the book of revelation, or Veronica, is talking about.

      Anyway, the book of revelation is now reading like a history book. Starting with the last passage, Revelation, chapter 12, which talks about The Ark Of The Covenant, followed by (a flashback) the Woman clothed with the sun (Our Lady and the miracle of the sun, witnessed by 70,000, on October 13, 1917), immediately at Her heel follows the red dragon (USSR was formed after a revolution, just days after the appearance of our Lady of Fatima to the three children).

      To understand the book of revelation, please watch the presentations of Brother Peter Dimond on You Tube. Him and his brother Michael, and their group are working hard to help us understand the Bible without twisting the truth. May God help, guide and bless them and their followers, in all their endeavors. Thanks be to God Almighty, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. Amen.

      November 14, 2013 at 8:22 am |
      • Doc Vestibule

        DOOM! DOOM! DOOM!
        Hark! Now cometh the 7 headed, 10 horned, amphibious bear!
        Watch out for 7 the 7 headed dragon that spews torrents of water and eats pregnant women!
        Swarms of armour clad locusts with the face of a man, the hair of a woman, the mouth of a lion and the tails of a scorpion are coming to cause agonizing paralysis to the unbelievers!
        Oh, hang on a minute.
        Weren't the End Times supposed to have been around 2,000 years ago? Let's check scripture.
        “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.”
        —1 John 2:18

        That is a might long "last hour" that goes on for millenia.
        Many people have predicted THE END and every one of them has been wrong.

        George Rapp said it would be September 15th, 1829.
        William Miller predicted October 22, 1844. Jesus’ failure to arrive is known as “The Great Disappointment”. Many of his disillusioned followers went on the found the 7th Day Adventist Church, who are still patiently awaiting His return.
        Charles Russell, 1st President of the Watchtower Society told his fellow Jehovah’s Witnesses that Jesus would be back in 1874.
        Rudolf Steiner maintained that from 1930 onwards, Jesus would grant certain people psychic powers to enable them to witness his presence in the “etheric plane”.
        Herbert Armstrong, Pastor General of the Worldwide Church of God said 1975.
        Bill Maupin managed to convince his followers to sell all of their worldly goods in preparation for Jesus’ return on June 28th, 1981.
        Benjamin Crème stated that on June 21st, 1982 Christ would make a worldwide television announcement.
        Mark Blitz, Pastor of El Shaddai Ministries says it would be September 30th, 2008
        Jerry Falwell said it’d happen between 1999 and 2009.
        Harold Camping told everyone that the Rapture would happen May 21, 2011 after failing in his first predicted date of 1994.

        And yet we're still here.
        The 4 Horsemen have yet to make an appearance, nobody has ascended bodily to heaven and the much lauded carpenter Rabbi remains thoroughly dead.

        November 14, 2013 at 9:38 am |
      • tallulah13

        Actually, the revolution in Rome has happened several times. Google anti pope. Comets hit the sun all the time. It is no miracle when a heavy statue survives in winds that destroy poorly constructed houses. And Christ himself declared that the endtimes would come within the lifetimes of his followers. You christians have been predicting the end for 2000 year.

        Your Veronica of the cross also claimed that UFOs are vehicles of Satan. She is generally considered to be a fraud. But you can feel free to shake in fear and wait for the end. Just don't be surprised when no one joins you.

        November 14, 2013 at 9:46 am |
      • Observer

        1 John 2:18 ”Children,it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour."

        – From TWO THOUSAND years ago

        November 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
  10. Idi0ts

    So people die and statues survive. What a sick irony...

    November 14, 2013 at 7:38 am |
  11. Home owner's insurance and non belief.

    For every homeowner who had damaged property in bad weather I wonder if maybe the insurance company who declined them under the reason of "Act of God" should be revisited.

    The companies may owe millions of back dollars to people they declined.

    November 14, 2013 at 6:19 am |
    • Science Works

      That act of god is an old DEAL for the Insurance Industry to EXPLAIN natural disasters.

      I know I had tornado damage had to claim on my homeowners policy.

      November 14, 2013 at 7:35 am |
  12. Eric

    Well, I am convinced. I was going to donate $10 to the Red Cross, but I will just send "my thoughts and prayers" instead.

    November 14, 2013 at 6:16 am |
  13. shamgar50

    So, what kind of god saves a statue, and allows thousands to die horrible deaths, and then subjects the survivors to such a miserable aftermath? You god-lovers are soooooooooo silly!

    November 14, 2013 at 5:36 am |
    • Alejandro De Los Santos

      Veronica Of The Cross, a visionary who passed away in 1995, said that our Lord Jesus Christ told her on September 14, 1976: "I give you an indication that the time is ripe. When you hear, when you feel the revolution in Rome, when you see the Holy Father fleeing, seeking refuge in another land, know that the time is ripe." Also, Veronica had a vision on December 24,1973, she saw a massive comet break apart and a piece strike the sun.

      Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on February 11, 2013. In just a few hours the Vatican was struck by lightning, twice, a sign from God that the reign of the Seven Kings (pope-kings or priest-kings which started on February 11, 1929 with Pope Pius XI) of the apocalypse is now over. Pope Benedict has already endorsed the beatification and veneration of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II (Rev. 13). This means that The Big, End-Times Tribulations are here, stronger and stronger, one after another.

      I see this, the statue's survival, and the biggest storm itself, as an Urgent Warning from God. God The Son, with outstretched arms, in an attempt to reach the Last Soul that He could save. Is there anyone else out there who would like to grab the hands of The Savior?

      Before the end of November 2013, there will be a huge comet coming, confirmed by the mainstream media. I hope this is not yet the comet that the book of revelation, or Veronica, is talking about.

      Anyway, the book of revelation is now reading like a history book. Starting with the last passage, Revelation, chapter 12, which talks about The Ark Of The Covenant, followed by (a flashback of God's Wisdom, indicating that there is a relationship between the Ark and the Woman) the Woman clothed with the sun (Our Lady and the miracle of the sun, witnessed by 70,000, on October 13, 1917), immediately at Her heel follows the red dragon (USSR was formed after a revolution, just days after the appearance of our Lady of Fatima to the three children).

      There's more. To understand the book of revelation, please watch the presentations of Brother Peter Dimond on You Tube. Him and his brother Michael, and their group are working hard to help us understand the Bible without twisting the truth. May God help, guide and bless them and their followers, in all their endeavors. Thanks be to God Almighty, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. Amen.

      November 14, 2013 at 7:31 am |
      • Maddy

        Utter bunk.

        November 14, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
  14. a guy

    Its interesting, It doesnt seem to matter what it was made from, it would be gone. The Philippians being very catholic im certain its jesus way of saying, im still with you.

    November 14, 2013 at 5:29 am |
    • shamgar50

      ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 14, 2013 at 5:36 am |
    • truthprevails1

      Gotta be! Silly christian, people don't speak from the dead!!!
      Look around that photo again, there are still housing structures that are standing-if they withstood it, then the concrete statue of your imaginary friends son stands a similar chance.

      November 14, 2013 at 5:53 am |
    • CommonSensed

      They'd be better off if he cleaned up the water and sent food.

      But then...

      November 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Was the statue carved from stone or poured as concrete? Were the houses built of wood? Were the washed~away humans smaller than the heavy statue? If the statue swam, I'll give money to the church.

    November 14, 2013 at 4:38 am |
    • Robin

      200 mph winds it doesn't matter what it is pored from tornadoes don't reach spreads that high and destroy everything in there path better give more than money to church better give your heart to christ

      November 14, 2013 at 5:18 am |
      • midwest rail

        Tornadoes can and do reach wind speeds that high, and higher. Try again.

        November 14, 2013 at 5:26 am |
      • CharlesP

        Actually, tornadoes don't destroy everything in their path. They are notorious for sparing some buildings while destroying those around them. If you took an extensive survey of this area you'd likely find lots of secular objects and even buildings also left standing, but this statue is "news" because some people are looking for that particular symbolism after a disaster. You're only fooling yourself if you think that it has any real statistical significance.

        November 14, 2013 at 8:15 am |
        • Rascal262

          Yeah, let's just ignore all those other man-made objects in the background that also survived.

          November 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
      • CommonSensed

        Zzz…facts fail.

        November 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
      • ME II

        I wonder how many churches were destroyed by this typhoon.

        November 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
  16. Flying Spaghetti Monster

    http://9gag.com/gag/aG9pMWz

    November 14, 2013 at 1:53 am |
  17. Jessica Christ

    For God so loved the world that he let millions die over the ages so a cement statue could survive a typhoon and a cpl I-Beams could look like a cross where 3000 bodies burned. I am SOOO inspired, I think I'll finally eat that tomato from my back yard that looks like the Holy Trinity.

    November 14, 2013 at 1:45 am |
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