June 3rd, 2011
02:47 PM ET

300-year-old church found

A church was recently discovered by a team of archaeologists in St. Augustine, Florida. Affiliate WJXT reports.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Church • Florida • United States

soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Jack Fuc

    When you thump my bible you'll notice it's hollow. I store vodka in it. I go to church to escape my atheist wife and so I may drink in the back all alone. When you hear a loud "amen" i'm really yelling, "hey man" when someone tries to bum a drink or spills my hootch.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  2. Gerald Herrick

    Thank you LORD FOR THE FREEDOM WE HAVE but i know that we are losing it fast get your house in order GOD HELP ME TO GET READY BE FOUR THE DOOR SHOTS LATER ALL

    June 25, 2011 at 4:40 am |
    • Kaitlin

      You spelled "for" wrong. Your argument is invalid.

      June 30, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • Mason

      Katlin... you must be a government empolyee.

      July 1, 2011 at 2:23 am |
    • Vorlon

      Regardless of whether one believes or not, God's plan for His children is moving along as it should.

      Before men are judged, they will all be given the chance to hear the complete, true, unadulterated Gospel of Jesus Christ and decide for themselves whether to accept or reject it – if not in this existence, then in that immediately following their departure from this life.

      And at the final judgment, men will be judged according to their works and by the content of their heart.

      July 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  3. magnet

    what anyone believes doesn't matter to me. I believe in what I want to believe and I don't force my beliefs on anyone, nor do I want anyone telling me what they think is right. I believe in God and Jesus Christ and that's MY business.

    June 25, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • Gerald Herrick

      One GOD ONE LORD ONE HOLY SPIRIT there is only truth

      June 25, 2011 at 2:53 am |
    • Shocklocka

      And that's how it should be. Believe in anything you want I don't care, just don't push your beliefs on me or anyone else. That's what is not right. Do what you feel if it's real !!!

      June 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  4. Katmoan

    Thank you JustMe and Marc. Well said!

    June 21, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  5. Just Me

    It is interesting the number of people who feel free to bash those who may believe in God or who are Christians. I'm betting you are the same folks who are also demanding your right to be respected for not believing, demanding your rights to be free of anything God or God related. How about you give the same respect you demand. Treat others as you would like to be treated, otherwise, don't ask to be respected. And by the way....you can't change history just because you don't like it or don't believe what our ancestors believed or did does not change the fact they did. History once made is unchangable.

    June 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  6. Stephen

    Mik, Judas and friends – no one can find God in a building. No one will find God in one specific denomination or "church". Don't look UP to find God, or rely on "man-made" tactics to find God (i.e. science, logic, technology). It's funny how people insist on MAN-MADE strategies to prove SPIRITUAL matters. Does that even make sense? Would a rocket scientist search for answers in a zoo? Would a zoologist search for answers at NASA? Doesn't make sense does it? Neither does trying to PROVE God exists or doesn't exist through man-made schemes. YOU WON'T FIND HIM THAT WAY!

    God is inside us, WE are the temple (I Cor 3). If some of you can't find EVIDENCE of God, then either you aren't looking in the right place, or God doesn't live inside you. Either way, the Bible itself says, "ASK, SEEK, KNOCK" (Matt 7) for answers. Evidence of God was never meant to fall into our laps. We are told to SEARCH for God. Don't make fun of those who have FOUND what you haven't YET. (Google Patrick Meade for the views of a former aesthetic neuroscientist, who found God through science. Patrick is one of those scientist who teaches doctors continuing education.) Start SEARCHING for God and you may just find Him. Don't be afraid.

    June 20, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • Bp Michael

      I appreciated your comments...they were well thought out and what a lot of folks just don't want to hear! You can see what my stand and history is at orthodoxchurchofamerica.org and agree with you that it is never easy to stand up for the Truth! My roots are from Florida and found the story very interesting. I visited the Shrine of Nombre de Dios many times during my youth while growing up in Central Florida. Until finding this story I never realized there was a larger church building on that site! God Bless You...

      June 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Gerald Herrick

      Here i have some news for every one out there look Anna Rountree The heavens open if you will and Mary K Baxter,A divine Revelation of HELL it may help.

      June 25, 2011 at 4:12 am |
  7. Mik

    They didnt find GOD , they found a building , once used as a church. They didnt find Faith , they found the work of men.

    June 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • judas

      obvi, everyone is so dupid. im so sure a man lives in the sky and he created the world in 7 days , and little people with wings are flying around, and peopel are waiting for some guy to come back from the dead. so um, how's 2000 years and counting, i would take that as maybe this was all made up, but if all the dolts out there want to wait another 2000 years to see some guy come back from the dead .....be my guest. JUDAS !!!!!!!! best name ever

      June 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Katarina

      "people are so dupid" -I like that. Are we dupes I wonder. Actually folks, 300 years!!!! Come on, go to your ancestors, here in Europe (and in Asia) there are plenty of buildings from 1700 above earth. Welcome!!

      June 17, 2011 at 7:47 am |
    • Marc

      The article is a point of interest for people who are intruiged about the history of the church. You seem deeply offended that this article was ever written at all. Do you have any suggestions on how the media should broadcast news that you don't like to hear about?

      Giving everyone a voice, in a place like this, ultimately ends with a lot of banality and absolutely no merit for the sharing of real ideas. You have effectively made the world a little dumber.

      June 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • Marc

      Pardon the spelling of intrigued.

      June 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • Bp Michael

      However, according to Sacred Scripture..."Faith, without good works, is dead!"

      June 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Noble

      Yeah? So? They were looking for a work of men.

      July 2, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  8. Marie Kidman


    June 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • HandyMetalworks.com

      Very nice. The colors are amazing, I like the music too. Brightens the day.

      June 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  9. no one of any consequence

    to quote jman "Yeah, I'll take my chances on the nutball side of the fence please and thank you"

    wow take a chance ? that sounds like your faith is placed perfectly atop the fence.ready to fall on either side depending on the benefits. years ago a door to door group came to my house to talk about jesus and used that same argument on why its a good idea to come and join the church.. "just to be on the safe side" one of them said. I politely chuckled and bid them a nice day.
    personally i believe 99% of the bible is the word of Man and 1% comes from actual grace.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • judas

      zero from grace, doesnt exist, made up DOLTS

      June 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • hazel motes

      "just to be on the safe side"

      That sounds like Pascal's wager.

      June 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
    • Gerald Herrick

      I believe that 100% of BIBLE is true.I will bet my sole on it,,If you out there are having any trouble juts ask the LORD if he is REAL GOD put it every ones heart that he is who he says he is.I do not wont any one to be lost.I love you all no matter who or what you believe JUST ASK

      June 25, 2011 at 3:36 am |
    • Kaitlin

      You spelled "soul" wrong as well. Can you even read?

      June 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  10. jman

    wall of text crits you all for 5,000,000 damage! lol

    June 8, 2011 at 3:45 am |
  11. jman

    atheists are only happy when they reject christianity because it free's them from the stress and worry of where they would spend eternity otherwise if they had to live by the code of bible ethics and failed to do so. What's that phrase. ignorance is bliss? I guess if you decide that the bible is hogwash in your own mind you could live a happier mortal existence if you talk yourself into believing nothing will happen when you die.

    Myself. I'd rather be the "nutball" that believed in the bible. worst case scenario, according to atheists, is that I lived a halfway decent life on earth helping others and then cease to exist all together.

    Worst case scenario for atheists is: living a good happy life of all of about anywhere from 20-100 years on the planet earth. dying. and finding out you were wrong. and spending a whole eternity not being happy.

    Yeah, I'll take my chances on the nutball side of the fence please and thank you!

    P.S I just want to say, that i agree with the person who said there are extremists in everything. I don't believe in the type of religion that forces you to do weird rituals, or attend church rigidly. or condemn others to hell (that's god's job).

    I dont believe in the type of christianity that people hide behind to look like good people but then do bad things.

    The type of christianity i believe in is. helping your neighbor. loving your neighbor. looking after the needs of others. in the simplest form i believe true christianity is nothing more than that. putting others ahead of yourself. True christianity is coming to this earth, being able to avoid all earthy addictions or trying your best to struggle with them to avoid them, while putting others ahead. imagine what kind of world we lived in, if everyone woke up and said, what can i do for 20 random strangers today. No one would ever have a single need. resources would never be an issue. no one would be homeless or hungry.

    Hate the SIN, but LOVE the SINNER... the lord told us if we don't forgive but even one person on earth of a transgression, that we hold it in our hearts, we will not see the kingdom of heaven because we are commanded to forgive everyone...

    yet i see so many so called fellow "christians" on these news comment sections saying they hope osama bin laden goes to hell etc and they'll never forgive him for what he's done..

    if you want to go to heaven.. we have to forgive even osama bin laden and find it in our hearts to love him as our brother, but hate the sin itself which he committed. He was a man tempted and fallen by satan.. but we still must forgive him and love him. this is true christianity. I hope with all my heart even sinners such as Osama find forgivness in the hearts of all men everywhere.../endmychristianrant

    June 8, 2011 at 3:44 am |
    • Joshama

      lmao! orrr it's because we refuse to believe in magical sky Daddies.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • Carlito

      Jman is right. I never heard The real Christianity preached. Most people are all about themselves, status, good look and riches. They don't don't preach helping others , they are not pressuring powerful people to end poverty. To justify their riches, they tell you God want you to prosper. Riches is almost always done at the expense of the poor and always promote enequality.

      June 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Baby Seal

      Would you rather me believe for all the wrong reasons?

      June 13, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • judas

      dolt waste of time, go do something that matters. go end child slavery and no we don't need you to pray that it will go away dupid. like actualyl do something about problems in the world that doesnt involve fake praying

      June 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • Realist

      Not all athiests live life in defiance of the bible. I live life by the golden rule not because the bible says so, but because its the right thing to do. Its people like you that help perpetuate the ridiculous notion that athiests are evil and selfish. Those traits can be found in a person of any faith. So i choose to believe that in the beginning, Man created God. Even if say, a race far more advanced than us came to earth and explained the universe and all its seccrets and told us we were wrong in our ideas on how we came to be; there would still be silly, brainwashed people screaming it was the work of the devil! I would still at that point think you were pretty dumb, but I would forgive you.

      June 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • bananaspy

      I'm glad you think all atheists just decide to become atheists. No, some of us actually read the Bible. Some of us actually read how the books of the Bible were chosen, how they were written, when they were written, who they were written by, and researched which information from those books are considered to be factual or not. I didn't have to convince myself to be an atheist, the facts were already on my side.

      June 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  12. Recovering Republican

    300 year old church found in a town founded 140 before by devout Spanish explorers. Shocking!!!! Next you should report on how ice cream was found at the local Dairy Queen.
    These great archeologist should look around the area and see if they can find a castle or something. A local tour guide should be able to help.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  13. Momma Hanna

    WOW, I am just flabbergasted at the commentary here. Sarah, who grew up atheist, made an insightful comment. When we are born, we look to our parents to provide us the foundation of our belief system. If we are never introduced to God, how are we supposed to understand or know about him. I was raised Southern Baptist but in college I got away from my faith. As an adult with a family, I have found my way back and am so happy to where I am. For those slamming the "bible thumpers" please don't use so broad of stroke as to condemn us all. There are extremists in everything! Whether a extreme atheist; IE Madeline Murray O'Hare; or how about Harold Camping who said rapture was going to happen in 1994 and then revised it to May 2010 and now it is in October 2010. I was raised Southern Baptist and I am active now in my church. We have families of all colors, mixed-race families, all income levels, some even have criminal histories, you name it. The thing we all have found that we have in common is that we ALL have and will continue to make mistakes, but we are all forgiven. It is not our job to pass judgment, that is between every individual and God. I believe that there are MANY religions that all believe in the same God, we just call him by different names. Personally, I would hate to think there is nothing after our life here. So for you non-believers if you want to make fun of me for that, that is your choice. But from my perspective, you’ll never know the answer, until you die. It is every individual’s choice if they want to play roulette with your eternity.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Artist

      Shame more Christians are not like you. By the way I was raised First Southern Baptist for the first part of my childhood. The best day of my life was when I rejected Christianity. I have never been happier or more free. To each their own.

      Enjoy your life and journey. I only make fun of the nutb@lls.

      June 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • desert voice (troubledgoodangel or Nathanael or Voiceinthedesert)

      I am a Catholic theologian and I condemn no one. Neither did Jesus, Whom I am supposed to imitate. You rightly found that "we all will continue to make mistakes." This, however, gives no one excuse not to seek perfection, which is mistake-proof! Is this what you are saying, of something else? When you say, "we are all forgiven", you are right in the sense that Jesus forgave all sins. However, the fact that we are forgiven does not give us right to live blissfully, tolerating all kinds of evil! We must struggle for justice and truth and goodness, and we must prevent evil! And this involves making judgments each day! You cannot free a man enslaved by alcohol and drugs, less you tell him that he is on the wrong path! That is judgment! Or ignore when a callous school system refuses to teach morality, resulting in a society and prisons being filled with criminals. Or tolerate a pervert in government. Again, this is a judgment that every Christian must make! The conclusion therefore is: If you really say that "we all believe in the One God, then back it up with one conduct, as well ... for the One God has One Good Morality, not Evil Morality, and not "many" moralities! It is the judging good from evil, what makes all believers, Christians and otherwise, one!

      June 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
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