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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

soundoff (840 Responses)
  1. MIKE

    Well, things (IE: statues, building etc) are bound to be untouched at some point. There are clearly buildings in the background. Show me a completely destroyed town (say, a Hiroshima sized event during WWII) and a surviving statue around ground zero – then we can talk miracle. Until then, its just a coincidence – nothing magical (AKA religious).

    November 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
  2. John

    MacArthur's statue survived too.

    November 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
  3. B Schmitt

    Atheist has nothing better to do but go leave stupid on anything Christian.

    November 22, 2013 at 11:04 pm |
    • Maddy

      Is this English?

      November 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
  4. To @truthprevails1

    I have noticed several of your posts to this article in the "Recent Comments" today that do not show up anywhere (I clicked a page back too). Are you perhaps replying to deleted posts or something?

    November 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
  5. JaneSauric

    God let thousands die, millions be made homeless, but saved a statue of himself? Nice work; remind me to sacrifice some fatted calves to You, Big Guy.

    November 22, 2013 at 10:41 am |
    • Joseph Plaski

      Man, through sin, has currupted nature, it is our fault not God's. actually it is your fault, because your sin is the same as Adam and Eves.

      November 25, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  6. Logical default

    Wow that must totally be a miracle. God is so great that he killed hundreds of people, but saved a Jeebus statue. Hilarious.

    November 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
  7. Sea Otter (Leader of Allied Atheist Alliance)

    Satan: Then, at midnight for dessert, I was thinking we could bring out a giant chocolate fondue fountain.
    Hotel owner: Oh yeah. P. Diddy had his birthday here a couple of years back and he had one of those.
    Satan: Oh, screw that then. I don't want a fondue fountain if P. Diddy had one.
    Satan's minion: Does it matter?
    Satan: Yes, it matters! I don't want to do it if Diddy did it.
    Satan's minion: How about a donut machine?
    Satan: [to hotel owner] Did Diddy do it?
    Hotel owner: Diddy did do it.
    Satan: A full ice cream bar!
    Hotel owner: Diddy did it.
    Satan: Dammit, what didn't Diddy do?!

    November 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  8. Sea Otter (Leader of Allied Atheist Alliance)

    LET's Religiosity Law #11 – “From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.”

    November 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  9. Opposing View's 3rd Grade Tutor

    "the most dumbest person in all the universe" 🙄

    Oh well, I tried... *sigh*

    November 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
    • Observer

      3rd Grade Tutor,

      Opposing View keeps proving the Bible, when it says:

      (I Cor. 3:19) “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God."

      Apparently this says that the brightest people aren't believers.

      November 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
  10. Sam yaza

    ??? it does kinda say something....

    only Gaia is trying to depopulate the overpopulated humans and she just scored approximately 10,000 to 1

    yeah Gaia!!!!

    November 19, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
  11. T-Roy

    I will never understand how they deluded religious people can experience a natural disaster and then marginalize the power of nature by thanking god for sparing them. God didn't spare them, and he didn't kill their neighbors either. God does not exist. What happened in the Philippines was weather. It happens every day around the world. If you can get out of the way of bad weather, you need to do so or risk death and destruction. To stay and pray is delusional. To pray that you will be spared while others die, is delusional. To survive a storm that killed thousands of your friends and neighbors and then thank god that God did not destroy a cement statue is delusional.

    It always amazes me how mentally ill the religious are. Surrounded by shock, anger, sadness and misery. A person can go into a delusional trance and escape reality. It is no different had they smoked cocaine or injected heroin. Religion creates a dull feeling of disconnection from reality and of responsibility. The danger is people don't help themselves and wait for some imaginary person to help them. It is sad in 2013.

    November 18, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
    • danfolgado

      Hey T-Roy,

      I really appreciate your outlook on this.
      Although I would push in more towards the opposite view. The assumption made is that Jesus is an ego-centric maniac and because He is then He doesn't exist or how could He. It's all about nature and self. But to these people who have not one thing to cling to, in there eyes an image of Jesus, or supernatural hope brings great comfort to them. Not that Jesus is a statue or a religion.. I know as Americans we don't really understand this because our view of this world is inflated with such amazing marketing where we don't need to cling to hope because "things" are hope to us. But for the common poor in the Philippines, they have not, not because they want not, but because they have been given not. So there hope lies in something other than themselves or there world. Not sure if this makes any sense. But to a broken people right now who are hurting with nothing left to give of themselves, it would be pretty harsh to call a whole population of people delusional for believing in something. Especially, if that something has any mere chance of being real..

      November 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
      • B Schmitt

        Wonderfully said.

        November 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm |
  12. building codes

    proves there are no building codes in filipino land, the rebar and concrete statue is standing, the men in dresses prayed and the big wig man in a dress did nothing as usual, plus the suppposed prophecies never mentioned the creation of the internet, so go and think about that for a while and understand what that means

    November 18, 2013 at 11:05 pm |
  13. mgyvermark

    One magical statue and 20,000 dead drowned people, it's a miracle!

    November 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
  14. c far

    I'll never forget news footage I saw after Katrina, a reporter going through a completely destroyed neighborhood and noting that all the Mother Mary statues along the street were completely intact.

    November 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
    • urnotathinkerareu

      Yes also many plates and cups and saucers that were found in each house also unbroken...thanks to the great teapot circling the sun.

      November 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
      • bluebell woods

        Actually, that's quite funny. You made me laugh. I have a small statue of Our Lady of Fatima, but so far I have not had the benefit of any miracles bestowed upon it, lol.

        November 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
  15. One one

    Remember the "touch down" Jesus that got struck by lightning and burned to the ground ?

    November 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      "Touch down" Jesus. Maybe it burned down because Jesus didn't like the spread. 🙂

      November 18, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
  16. ryan

    Not news.

    November 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
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