September 9th, 2011
11:08 AM ET
Family credits Virgin Mary statue for saving their house from wildfire
(CNN)– Wildfires are raging in Texas. At the Garcia's home in Montgomery County, Texas the fire line comes right up to a statue of the Virgin Mary. The family tells CNN affiliate KTRK they believe the statue helped saved their home.
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you know...i honestly thought we could spark a intelligent conversation about religion or the lack thereof. how incredibly idealistic and nieve of me. head up u all...regardless of what you believe or dont...we have comets and asteroids passing over our head as we speak. watch for the blue star that will appear in the sky next week. Then all you "intellects" can debate on what significance is has...religious or other. Good luck...humanity seems to be failing experiment!!
What a rambling bunch of nonsense
A blue star is a star that generates an intense amount of heat, moreso than our sun.
You talking about comet Elenin?
what about it? its a comet.....and?
I love your use of punctuation and a referecnce to comets passing over our head. Really, head, as in we all have one collective head? Sparking intelligent conversation is obviously what you were striving for ... FAIL
Hail Mary full of grace......
Hey, I knew she was a virgin, but now she is butch?
Who wear the pants, Mary or Gracie?
Are we to believe no other religious statues or other items got burned in almost 14,000 homes and possessions completely obliterated? Did non believers suffer more damage than those who drop to their knees every Sunday?
Even if there was a god why would he punish all those people?
It's scary those who hold high political positions can believe this claptrap.
Nobody ever mentions it when a house with a Jesus or Mary statue burns down even with the "protection" of the statue. Gee I wonder why? Maybe because that doesn't conform to your beliefs.
I can’t believe the ignorants I have to read. I th that was a way of thinking 5 centuries ago. I th we already accepted people have different beliefs or none.
Mythology = Religion + Time
Best comment ever! PFFFFT! Classic!
It's all this thread it worth....PFFT!
Lets round up the usual suspects...Lucky(from Lucky Charms cereal), Santa Claus, Batman, the Tooth Fairy, and Jesus Christ.
Ultimate Cage Fight?
Leave me outta this
For those of you quick to judge, ridicule or dismiss this claim, offer an alternative explanation.
I think it was the Tooth Fairy.
If they're not telling a fib, then maybe the wind changed, or the aliens stopped the fire, whatever.
God wants to come back as a Texan, so he spared the only Virgin they have so he can be born.
Alas, he has been unable to yet find three wise men
These people are Muslim plants, so Allah spared them while roasting all the real Jesus Freaks.
looks to me that the fire also left fences, picnic tables, houses, heck even wind chimes hanging.
These people STARTED the fire, but first soaked the Mary on a Half Shell so it wouldn't burn
Aliens, the Tooth Fairy, so this is what in America is called "deductive reasoning"? You deserve a Tea Party President.
Mary was menstruating, leaving her inflammable?
A realy wacko preaher is leaving Mary statues at every edge he can find?
Mary was actualy momentarily converted to a fire suppresant gel via transtubitation
Obviously it was Lord Xenu protecting this home by using his fleet of space ships that look like airplanes to put the fire out. Isn't it obvious?
"What's funny is how atheists claim to be so intelligent and yet their comments remind me of a 7 year old."
Actually believing a statue stopped fire reminds me of what a 7 year old would believe.
"But then again, should I expect anything more from people so negative and who don't see anything beyond what's in front of them??"
I think life is wonderful and the only thing we really have. And real, material reality is far more interesting than dusty, supernatural fantasies are.
It's rather easy to dismiss the claims of a family that you do not see from your armchair and belittle their claims, especially if you have no other plausible explanation. Otherwise, you might have to admit that you cannot scientifically explain – at least based on the empirical evidence before you – how the massive Texas wildfire stopped at that precise point, sparing a house, when there are no other recorded incidents of this occurring elsewhere throughout the wildfire region. But if you're able to indeed offer a scientific counterpoint, by all means do so, because 7-year olds can't do that.
'especially if you have no other plausible explanation'
oh please, none of the houses burnt down there, picnic tables, fences and all sorts were also spared, including a heck of a lot of other trees where the fire also stopped at.
Maybe the wind changed? I'm pretty sure a piece of concrete didn't do it.
Yes, because saying "god didn't do it" is irresponsible, but saying "god did do it" is.
Did I mention God?
No. However, there are two alternate hypothesizes available: A natural explanation, or a supernatural one. However, the supernatural, by definition, doesn't exist, therefore to even entertain any explanation that isn't grounded in a naturalistic model is foolish, and deserves ridicule.
Anyone from CSICOP going to look for alternate explanations?
Because the statue wasn't flammable?
The bottom line. Who cares? You humans are of feeble mind. Nothing can save you not even a statue.
Guess what mikey, your a human too, no matter how much your psychosis tells you otherwise.
Mickey, you say that as if you yourself are not human. Therefore your argument is invalid. Me 1, you 0.
Yes, the statue will only save aliens like us! Mwahahaha!!!
"You humans are of feeble mind". So, you aren't human? What are you?
"You humans are of feeble mind" thats you trying to sound like your not human like everyone else. Your egotistical comments will be lost in the sea of high school kids filling cnn's comments with vulgarity.
I am the Angel Micheal who has come to earth to warn you humans of the coming fire. My method of choice? Making comments on Cnn.com where I feel important
Knock it off, Mike. You're supposed to be making sandwiches for the company picnic.
Oh great! Another false prophet in the media.
I don't see any burned ground in the picture.
Wow, we should have had a big one of those on the twin towers ten years ago.
That was just wrong on a biblical scale
I LOVED it!
A message to CNN from rational people around the world – Please stop giving stupid stories such as this one a platform to appear legitimate. The world will be much better once the delusional messages of the stone age are spread as if they are legitimate and deserve our respect.
sorry, should read "are no longer spread"
Don't worry...you're an atheist. We don't care what you write.
What's funny is how atheists claim to be so intelligent and yet their comments remind me of a 7 year old. But then again, should I expect anything more from people so negative and who don't see anything beyond what's in front of them??? Dorks.
/\ butthurt noted /\
Because calling someone a dork is grown up and mature huh?
It is YOU who fear the dark and still believe in monsters
Hey boys, your mom's calling you for supper. Something about homework due tomorrow. Why don't you go learn about how evolutionists don't know how we got here.
I'm an athiest but feel no urge to ridicule those who believe... I have a great deal of respect for people in my family who believe so I would never say something rude to others that would apply to them in that sense.
The athiests who do ridicule simply sound insecure, I'm guessing the most vocal are usually kids or simply idiots.
It always sounds like the ones most passionate about others not believing typically make it clear in their rantings that they suffer from some type of mental or social disorder.
If ignorance was the first monster, you must run a close second.
Tim Hortons called, they want their drive thru attendant to report back to work.
'Johnny – Hey boys, your mom's calling you for supper. Something about homework due tomorrow. Why don't you go learn about how evolutionists don't know how we got here.'
you arent helping your case.
Cedar Rapids: You just proved my point. Why can't the "wise" people who "learn" offer one explanation of the how the "goop" got here?
Science flies people to the moon. Religion flies people into buildings.
Does that make me a demi-god?
Perhaps Archangel Willy!
Are you both a canadian and an atheist?You realize that by admitting that you've given yourself a two and oh count?
'Johnny – Cedar Rapids: You just proved my point. Why can't the "wise" people who "learn" offer one explanation of the how the "goop" got here?'
No I mean you make a comment about calling others 7 years old then post about moms calling them to do homework. You arent exactly proving yourself to be any better.
As for the goop – there are plenty of ideas as to the how, none have been 100% settled on yet, but you know what, they will keep looking, they wont say 'god did it' and walk away.
First off, all you are doing is reinforcing their opinion that you are in fact a child. Second, the statue was placed there after the fires went out ... this is a hoax. Third, I will go do my homework after your mom climbs off me.
Iowa Atheist: To the moon to do what exactly? Have you been to the moon? Are you telling me you believe that people went to the moon and came back? Have you even spoken with one of them? Or was it just someone telling you they heard someone went to the moon? And to think you lacked the capacity to have faith!
Religion does not fly people into buildings...People do.
ok ok ... you guys got me. The goop came from my diaper. I tried to hold it but those damn beans just run right through me. It doesn't help that I was reamed by 4 guys on my lunch break. You guys are way smarter than I could ever hope to be. I bow down to your greatness. Just be gentle. I am still a little sore.
Hey, I know...why don't one you kids pretend to be me??? Talk about your accident in your pants or something. So original.
Is that a statement or a question? Does three question marks signify greater intelligence??? You should wear a diaper on your face to catch all the crap that is coming out of your mouth.
Johnny taintpaste: That's not my mom...that's your cousin from Alabama. Maybe next time you'll call her and give her some attention at the next science fair. Get ready for next year – I hear 6th grade is a big change.
You are so clever and creative for a child. I am no match for your superior intellect. I hope you washed the fingerpaint from your hands before touching the keyboard. Your mom said she is tired of cleaning up after you and that you will go blind if you keep touching yourself there. And you heard right, 6th grade is amazing. Just three more years and you will get to see it firsthand.
Are you boys ever going to admit you have faith people have gone to the moon? Let's find out if you can start to be honest with yourselves. Have you ever spoken to someone who has been to the moon? Are you going to hold some dust in front of me and say that is your evidence? I haven't seen you go to the moon? Why should I believe you or thousands of other people that agree with you? How many people are there that say Christ is alive? Now compare that with how many people say people have been to the moon? It turns out you are the minority.
Here's a book to read on your next summer break: "I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist". There will be a final exam.
Eternity is a long, long time. It's a lot longer if you are wrong. Are you really willing to risk your eternal state?
This should be as good a place as any to ask "run & hide" herbie how his proof that his virgin Mary was not an adulterous whore is coming?
"Eternity is a long, long time. It's a lot longer if you are wrong. Are you really willing to risk your eternal state?"
Um yeah....why should I fear man???????
Anton: You shouldn't fear man. You should fear the One who can deal with you after this life.
Still waiting boys.
I see how it is. You boys like to bash God until your mommy calls you home for dinner, but when an opportunity for intelligent thought comes your way...silence. Your athiest buddies are not happy with you.
Too bad that we are not still sending vehicles to the moon. I would be willing to chip in on the collection fund to send you along... but perhaps only if they leave you there. It may be a few years from now because of lack of money, but we might be able to get you on the next Mars mission... or the trying-to-be-planned one to Jupiter's moon, Europa.
You make me sad. I gather you're a believer because of a mix of Pscal's wager and wanting to troll the board. Or maybe you're incredibly stupid. I can't put my finger on it, but rest as.sured I'll be able to in a couple more of your posts
Attaboy Flash! I knew you were capable of faith! Yeah, send me to the moon! LOL! Answer the question: Do you have faith people have gone to the moon? Do you believe the testimonies of those who say they have been there? Or do you just believe people who say other people have been there? You guys crack me up! Really!
Your purported omniscient, omnipotent "God" left very poor, hearsay-only evidence of his existence - no audio, video, still shots, not even a godly dot actually written by Jesus. The alleged most earthshaking event since the beginning of time, and we are given such weak, mistranslated, mistranscribed, misunderstood and misinterpreted "testimony"?
I really don't care if you believe that we landed on the moon; and your lame point contending that man made it up only confirms that man is capable of making things up.
Subsequent and continued Lunar reconnaissance confirms the moon landing sites with pictures. The testimonies of the astronauts and their cohorts continue to be backed up. Your ancient NT testimonies were one-time avowals with absolutely no back-up.
Just think, folks, these superst.itious lame-brains VOTE too, and reproduce abundantly - **sigh**
But they interbreed.
I see some of you say "we dont want religion shoved down our throats". However, us religious people have your lives shoved down our throats on a daily basis.
'However, us religious people have your lives shoved down our throats on a daily basis.'
And that can be considered one of the scariests post here so far. Our living upsets you? Our choice to live in a different manner from you upsets you? wow.
Shut down all fire departments and put up Virgin Mary Statues in every building. The Republicans can use the money saved for more tax cuts for their rich criminal friends on Wall Street.
Wall Street friends are democrats th