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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    January 9, 2014 at 6:56 pm |
    • urnotathinkerareu

      Please show us evidence of god...any god...from the very similiar stories of the early Egyptians HORUS and Jesus to the early sun worshippers. Evolution is a fact that has evidence from the year 2000 ad as opposed to 2000 years past from a sheep herder society who brought us the likes of mohammad as well......wake up and smell the coffee.

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  6. timmy

    why do innocent women, men, and children die you ask my response is I guess that's life. life is hard it stinks and it's not easy. nobody blames satan when he travels around the world like a roaring lion looking for another soul to devour. the fact is you know there is a god the fact is in you're on rebellion you want to avoid him, but the day is coming when you'll see that maybe us Christians aren't stupid maybe where right,. Jesus Christ is lord the people over there know's it soon the whole world satan is defeated glory be to the only begotten son of god. amen
    stand strong Christian brothers and sisters

    December 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • god the father

      You don'y seem to get it. We are not AVOIDING WHAT you CALL YOUR SAVIOUR. We are not convinced based on the evidence that your god even exists. This is what many scholars believe: Quote:
      Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.
      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.
      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".
      Current RCC problems:
      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!
      Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).
      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      “The goal is the same, to find the truth, but faith journeys on when reason has given up the chase. If the agnostic wishes to put down his satchel and quit, he cannot begrudge the believer who is willing to try a new path to reach the summit.”
      You've made some mistakes here. It's not that "reason has given up the chase"–it is more like reason is looking for EVIDENCE. Otherwise you just have empty, unsupported claims. It is the theist who has given up the chase. How did life begin? GOD. How did the universe begin? GOD. And at one time–what is the sun? GOD. Thankfully for the last question, reason soldiered on after faith claimed to have the answer.
      It is not truth that many followers of the Desert Religions seek, but answers tailored to fit a preconceived conclusion....Even in the face of EVIDENCE that these are stories made up by PEOPLE you will not even remotely admit that you MIGHT be wrong. That is dangerous!

      December 10, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
      • Kay

        Answer this question "god the father": where do people come from? Why is earth the only planet is this solar system that verifiably supports life instead of another?

        December 11, 2013 at 12:31 am |
        • Pacific moderate

          Gosh, hope that's an earnest question (two questions actually). People evolved from other hominids. Start with "The Origin of Man" and supplement it with, say a Wikipedia or encyclopedia article on human evolution that summarizes post-Darwin knowledge. As for the suitability of life (as we know it) elsewhere in our solar system, only the Earth is known to have liquid water and sufficient protection from environmental extremes (radiation, chemical, temperature), but it's possible that conditions might exist on Europa or elsewhere that could be verified if we can get a suitable probe there. It's practically certain that life as we know it evolved independently on many of the tens of thousands of similar Terran planets elsewhere in the Milky Way, not to mention other large spiral galaxies.

          December 11, 2013 at 3:46 am |
        • Kay

          The doesn't answer where they came from. There's no point of origin of who set life into motion based on that answer.

          December 11, 2013 at 11:03 am |
        • urnotathinkerareu

          I dunno...I guess god made us and left the whole universe blank......

          December 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
  7. Charles

    Heaven isn't on Earth. It's in heaven.

    December 10, 2013 at 8:14 am |
  8. Flooby

    Wow. Jesus is built like a brick Sh!thouse!!

    December 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
  9. Mike D

    Sounds like your so-called "god" is interested in saving all traces of himself versus saving completely innocent men, women, and children. How narcissistic do you have to be to, supposedly, hold so much power, yet only save a likeness of yourself? Unreal how stupid are you christians

    December 7, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
    • moench

      the good pass over into the afterlife earlier–such an impoverished nation already. Stupid people for not intervening in the poverty and creating this inequality of wealth. When God steps on earth–it's all over and there's no chance of changing our minds to know him independently from that point on.

      December 9, 2013 at 11:43 am |
  10. kmtearth07

    The apparent signs are obvious, No coincidence.

    December 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
  11. matt houston

    Miracle? Yep, the miracle of good craftsmanship and materials.

    December 2, 2013 at 11:52 am |
  12. timmy

    How did a man who lived so long ago gain such a following? is it because he healed the blind, cripple, rose the dead did people actually see him do it. the facts are that the roman government killed Jesus Christ its in there records. how can a man gain so much following because everything in the bible is coming true Jesus Christ lived 33 years he only did his ministry 3 in that time he rose the dead even rose himself(just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale for three days so shall the son of man should be in the belly of the earth for three days) Jesus is the only begotten son of god Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins went into hell grabbed the keys from satan himself and rose again many people seen him after he rose and after that it went around the world like wild fire people healing people in the name of Jesus Christians know he's real because his holy spirit lives inside us tells us what to do.//// Jesus did not come to the world to bring peace but a sword nothing my gods fault its ours

    November 30, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • JesusBeatsOff

      For sure, JesusBeatsOff!

      December 1, 2013 at 12:02 am |
  13. Theodore Hyczko

    Why do people suffer? Is it because of sin, bad choices or bad luck. Job was a righteous man who suffered greatly and wanted to know why God? God decided to come down to earth and revel himself to him and answered Why? God does punished the wicked but sometimes good people suffer and and bad people succeed, Why? God's in control and everything works to serve his purpose. When a natural disaster strikes it gives you a chance to love your neighbor. When a person of a different faith gets hurt it gives you a chance to love your enemies. God is in control of all things. He wants you to love him by believeing in the one he sent jesus Christ and loving other people

    November 27, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
    • NotSoFast

      SO lets get this straight "people of different faiths are your enemies"

      THIS statement by you is EXACTLY what I as an atheist use to condemn and repulse all religious dogma....THE ARROGANCE in your statement is incredulous....and you wont be getting a clue anytime soon, which doesn't surprise anyone with common sense... WOW you Christians are at the top of the DUMBA$$ list ......

      November 28, 2013 at 10:36 am |
      • timmy

        you're not my enemy because you're atheist I know good moral atheist doesn't take from the fact without Jesus Christ you can't inter into the rest. Jesus is the way the truth and the life nobody comes to the father except through him period. I'm not your enemy I'm satan's enemy If I was your enemy I wouldn't be telling you the way to heaven I would give you the shirt of my back if you needed it. Jesus said himself that he didn't come to the world to condemn the world but through him the world could be saved. that's what I'm doing showing you the way to heaven. the facts are this there is a after life but you cant see it with your eyes that's where faith comes in I believe even to death please the time is coming when every knee should bow to the only king of the universe. Are you my enemy by no means.

        December 1, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
        • matt houston

          Which do you think is more noble?

          1. Nobody gets in this club except if they are my buddy and through my intervention or walk in with me.


          2. Nobody gets in this club except if they demonstrate that they are well behaved, civilized, good, kind, honest...like I am.

          ie: "No one comes to the Father except through me."

          December 2, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  14. topi

    Christ a always prevails. 🙂

    -turn from sin and believe in the death for our sins burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and you shall have eternal life in heaven!

    November 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
  15. Usulor Chukwuebuka Prince

    It's a work of a supernatural being and not a co-incidence

    November 26, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
    • Pacific moderate

      If this "supernatural being" would protect a Jesus statue in lieu of people's lives and homes, then this supernatural being sucks.

      November 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
      • NotSoFast

        Well said ... it just begs the question ... How can these Christians be so fking stupid ??

        November 28, 2013 at 10:41 am |
  16. JW

    Bible questions answered,

    Is the bible a book from God?

    This unique book reveals things that we could never find out otherwise. For example, it tells us about the creation of the starry heavens, the earth, and the first man and woman. The Bible contains reliable principles to help us cope with life’s problems and anxieties. It explains how God will fulfill his purpose and bring about better conditions on the earth.

    November 26, 2013 at 8:51 am |
  17. Heavensent

    How did he gain such a following, so much noteriety?

    November 26, 2013 at 5:11 am |
    • meo myo

      The same way Bilbo Baggins did.

      December 10, 2013 at 6:23 am |
  18. I zimbra

    Oh God, here we go..

    November 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
  19. Kate

    Here's important Prophecy about the THE ILLUMINATION OF CONSCIENCE predicted by Virgin Mary in Garabandal in 1961
    It will take place soon to save the world.


    To prove to all that God exists.
    To bring everyone back to Jesus and the way of the truth.
    To dilute the impact of sin and evil in the world through conversion.
    To help save us before the final day of judgement by giving us a chance to ask for forgiveness for the sins we have committed.
    To convert non-believers who would have no chance of redemption without this great act of mercy.
    To strengthen the faith of believers.


    Every one over the age of 7 will experience a private mystical encounter with Jesus Christ which will last anything up to 15 minutes
    It is a gift from God the Father to convert people back to the truth. It is how the Final Day of Judgement will unfold only this time you will not be condemned. Instead you will be given a chance to ask for forgiveness.
    Two comets will collide in the sky.
    People will believe it to be catastrophic worse than an earthquake But it is not – it is a sign that Jesus has come.
    The sky will turn red it will look like a fire & then you will see a large cross in the sky to prepare you first.
    Atheists will say it was a global illusion. Scientists will look for a logical explanation but there won’t be one.
    It will be spectacular and will not hurt us because it comes as an act of Love and Mercy from Jesus.
    Our sins will be shown to us and this will make us feel tremendous sorrow and shame when they are revealed to us. Others will be so sickened and shocked by the way in which their sins will be revealed that they will drop dead before they have a chance to ask for forgiveness.
    Everyone will see the state of their soul before God – the good they have done in their lives, the grief they have inflicted on others and all that which they failed to do.
    Many people will fall down and cry tears of relief. Tears of joy and happiness. Tears of wonder and love.
    For, at last, it will be possible to live a new life thereafter when we know the full truth.
    Jesus is now asking everyone to pray for those souls who will die of shock who may be in mortal sin. Everyone needs to prepare now. Jesus asks that all ask for the forgiveness of their sins in advance of The Warning.

    More info at http://www.thewarningsecondcoming.com

    November 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
  20. timmy

    well cussing send me to hell, or any other thing in the very start we was destined to hell anyways there is only one thing that will condemn anyone that is not believing in the one and only son of god. there is not one Christ that has not sinned and fallen short of the glory of god if cussing or believing in jesus make me crazy or something wrong with my mind guilty as charged. I'm here because I am Christian have been all my life. there is a world out there going strait to hell does that make me mad hell yes it does. the bible say if anyone says he has not sinning he is deceiving himself and he is calling jesus Christ a lie. everyone wants to blam god for everything that happens I know if I die today me and my lord will be reminiscing the thousand of years we get to spend together. for none believers in Jesus this world is the closest thing to heaven you'll ever see but for Christians this is hell because were away from our lord the time is coming the warning is out believe in the only begotten son of god and you shall be saved"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""

    November 24, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
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