June 17th, 2010
12:11 PM ET

Destroyed Jesus statue is coming back

The Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio will rebuild the "King of Kings" Jesus statue that was destroyed Monday after being hit by lighting, church officials say.

The story has gotten worldwide  attention and has some asking if the lightning strike was an act of God. All that is left of the 62 foot statue of Jesus coming out of the water arms raised is the steel frame. In Ohio, the statue was known as "Touchdown Jesus." Now, CNN iReporters are calling the ruined structure "Terminator Jesus."

CNN affiliate WLWT in Cincinatti has an update to the story.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Culture & Science

soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Fr. Gonzo

    Wow, my prayers were answered! Thank you God for destroying that statue. Now...let's do something about that ridiculous Scientology building.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  2. Dr RatstaR

    This statue is proof that religion has too much money to waste.

    I think it is way past time that religion start paying property tax. Look at all that beautiful property. A lot of secular schools could be built and improved with the revenue generated by making religion pay for the land they took from the rest of us.

    Dr RatstaR, Proud Pagan,

    June 21, 2010 at 2:52 am |
  3. tjp

    People reference this bible literally when MEN voted at what point what was worthy of being in the New Testement and what was not. Let's sum things up this way, God is cool but his fan club sucks!

    June 19, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  4. Nancy

    Let us "pray" that lightening strikes twice.

    June 19, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  5. zaza

    I think they used to call something like this "the golden calf".

    June 19, 2010 at 10:04 am |
    • HeIsGod

      Read the book of Exodus, you will find out about the golden calf.

      June 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  6. MikeP

    This is the beauty of unfalsifiable concepts like God. We can take away from this event any of the following:

    A) God struck the statue with lightning to bring attention to it and turn people's eyes to Jesus!
    B) God destroyed the statue because it is idolatry and that is against bible, meaning He doesn't want it rebuilt.
    C) God destroyed the statue to test His followers commitment, and thus He does want it rebuilt.
    D) God destroyed the statue because the Muslims are right and He was trying to get the point across.
    E) One of the Hindu gods was sending a message!
    F) God was telling the followers of the sect that built the statue that their interpretation is wrong (as all members of the other sects already knew)

    and so on... everybody comes away with an important message from God that confirms what they already planned to believe anyway! Congratulations everyone!

    June 19, 2010 at 4:58 am |
    • Austin

      Or how about
      e)no god did it. it was an act of nature and the statue was very conductive and flammable.

      Yay for non-idiocy

      March 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  7. HeIsGod

    God has saved us for a purpose! We are not saved just to struggle and try to hold on until the grave or the rapture. When Jesus appears we are to be working for the Kingdom and occupying till He comes. We are called to invade the enemies influence. Are you being used by God to make a difference or are you standing by and watching the devil have his way?

    Use God's Word. Speak the Word out loud boldly. Don't give the devil room to operate. The devil has been coming against us long enough. Let's start standing on the Word with the whole armor of God on and fight the good fight of faith. Let's PRAISE the GOD who is EL SHADDAI – the One who is more than enough!!!

    In the book of Judges chapter 6, God talks to Gideon. He tells Gideon to go and save Israel. Gideon is like us, full of excuses. The family is poor, he was the least in the family, he was afraid and so forth. God did not except Gideon's excuses. God gave Gideon a word. We need to get before God, until we get a word from Him!!!

    Let's get tired of just reading how someone in the past did a great work for God. Let's start seeking God with our whole heart and discover what we can do for Him. I want to do something for God. Do you? It's time we rise up and start to accomplish the will of God for our own lives. WE MUST shake ourselves out of the slump we are in and stand tall for the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is here to help us do and find the perfect will of God.

    God knows where we are spiritually. The devil also knows where you are spiritually. Do you know where you are spiritually? Find your place. Know where you are, not where you think you are. You can't fool God or the devil. So don't fool yourself. If you are not reading your Bible and Praying you are not where you should be with God. Some where down the road, you will come face to face with where you really are and if you are not in the Word of God, you will be in BIG trouble. Do you want to win? Then prepare yourself. Be ready for battle.

    The Lord will test your obedience. He will not tempt you, but He will test you. He will give you something to do and then watch to see if you will follow instructions. When we learn to obey, it will bring victory and blessings.

    June 18, 2010 at 11:25 pm |
  8. HeIsGod

    Joel3 is the very few people in Christ who knows how to take a stand in the Christ. This is what you call, WARRIORS in Christ Jesus! I love your comments and posts, your rebukes and your strength....I admire you! Keep it up, brother!!

    June 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
    • BluJ

      Of course you love him. He's you under another name....LadyB. I see you annoy everyone here as well.

      June 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      @ BJ – Thank you sooooo much for your love....it looks like you just love to following me around, huh? LOVE U 2!!!

      June 19, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
    • BluJ

      Not exactly following, you seem to be on every one of these jesus based blogs. Don't take it personally, you're too annoying to Love. I do like messing with your head though. You remind me of an old acquaintance of mine that joined a cult. She left her family behind and once her family basically kidnapped her back, it took 2 years to deprogramming to get her to tie her own shoes without spewing bible scriptures. She's now self thinking. Get help Ladyb.

      June 25, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  9. Paul

    It looked tacky anyway.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  10. kevin

    God is saying make that statue bigger and better! It's not as nice as Christ the Redeemer in Rio.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
  11. Ignorance

    oh the irony.... I hope God keeps destroying it. Are they really that blind?

    June 18, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  12. Sheila

    How do they know it wasn't God's will that this statute be destroyed?

    June 17, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
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