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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. Name*norb

    I'm gald to say I cannot find one comment that supports the idea that this was a miracle. Cudos to commentors. CNN, take note that the story should have been about the silliness of suggesting this is a miracle it even a positive thing.

    November 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
    • Bart

      I do believe the unscathed statue of Jesus is a sign to us, and especially the Filipino people. 2,000 years ago, Saint Matthew, quoting the Prophet Isaiah, wrote, "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means "God is with us." (Matthew 1:23) God is with us, in both good times and in bad. Jesus promised to never forsake us. St. Paul reminds us that God can make good come even out of devastation. Jesus calls us to love one another, so let us act. I invite all to join me in sending aid to the Philippines. God love you!

      November 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
      • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

        What a nice sign to send.

        'Even though you're a very religious country, I'm going to massacre 10,000 of you guys just for sh!ts and giggles and I'm going to leave my smug face there for all to see'.

        Nice deity you've got there.

        November 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
      • Dyslexic doG

        any bible prophesies fulfilled is about the same as your daily horoscope being right. you predict enough things and give it 2,000 years and something will happen that you can twist to fit.

        and bear in mind that many of the prophesies were added into the bible decades or centuries after the events had happened just to make it look like a prophesy was fulfilled.

        centuries of fraud by power hungry, money hungry men!

        November 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
      • Kyle

        Isaiah doesn't actually say it was supposed to be a "virgin", but that fits better with the myths that lent themselves to enhancing the Jesus story.

        November 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
        • Live4Him

          Kyle : Isaiah doesn't actually say it was supposed to be a "virgin"

          What does it say? What is the meaning of the Hebrew word (in context)?

          November 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
        • G to the T

          L4H – "Young Woman"

          November 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
  2. CommonSensed

    Not miraculous if their god chooses to spare a statue and lay waste to the rest of his flock's country.

    November 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
  3. Name*norb

    "many children have been touched after Sunday mass". Awesome!! Thanks for that wonderful point.

    November 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • Name*norb

      Thank you Rambo!

      November 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
      • Rambo

        No problem... I like to say inconvenient truths!

        November 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
  4. Name*norb

    Is this a serious question? Are people who lost family supposed to be impressed that some large heavy statue survived? And if the statue was one of a buddah, would that mean that budahism is "true"? Are people that stupid?

    November 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      "Are people that stupid?"

      Yes, yes they are. Not all of us, but there's too many.

      November 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
  5. Roger that

    Richard Cranium, you are correct. To the far right of the statue stands a lone white pole. It's a Festivus miracle!!!

    November 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
    • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

      A white pole to the far-right? Is God a neo-Nazi?

      November 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Nance

      A Festivus for the rest of us!

      November 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
  6. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    "Is the unscathed Jesus statue a miraculous sign of hope amid the ruins or just a random coincidence?"

    I'd say neither. Perhaps it was sturdily constructed? What is it made of and how was it affixed to the ground?

    November 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
  7. Ally

    I see A LOT of houses in the background that weren't touched either, so I believe you're looking a little too much into this.– Random coincidence, for sure.

    November 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • Rambo

      Many children have been touched after Sunday mass..

      November 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
  8. Rambo

    When is the Vatican gonna stop to care more about statues, then about molested children?

    November 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
  9. More cowbell

    Looks like John Lennon.

    November 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • Rambo

      John Lennon was not as pale...

      November 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
      • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

        Both annoying hippies though who inexplicably shot to fame.

        November 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
        • Nance

          Instant Karma's gonna get you....lol

          November 13, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
        • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

          I'd better get out my crystals and realign my chakras.

          November 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  10. Troll Spotter

    Man you people are sick.

    November 13, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

      Have you spotted yourself?

      November 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
  11. OMB!

    Are you saying God saved his own inanimate object statue but let his children, people die? I don't think so.

    November 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
    • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

      Either that or he doesn't exist.

      November 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
      • Ally

        THAT IS ONE bad@$$ username

        November 13, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
        • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

          Thank you, it comes from my favorite film, Barry Lyndon.

          I used to go under the username 'I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that' but I decided on a change but like the idea of using a quotation from a Kubrick film.

          November 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  12. Apple Bush

    Just wait until a Seagull poops on Jesus' eye. They will go ape-shit with the shrine protocol.

    November 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
  13. SLB

    After Fatima in Portugal the Vatican wants to make a new temple now in the Philippines... So people can go and leave their gold... What a big miracle it was...

    November 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
  14. Ben

    I wonder if the religious people here would be as impressed by the survival of a statue of Darwin?

    November 13, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
    • Fact

      There was a statue of Darwin to the right of Jesus, actually. Where did it go?

      November 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
      • Joey

        It was smart enough to leave town before the storm struck.

        November 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
        • Nance

          Lol....

          November 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

      Many, probably most religious people accept evolution. This statue is a Catholic statue and the Catholic Church accepts evolution.

      November 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
      • Fact

        Father of the Big Bang = a Catholic priest

        November 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
        • It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarreled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

          Very true.

          November 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
  15. Honey Badger Don't Care

    So a large, concrete statue wasn't destroyed by wind and rain? Big whoop!

    November 13, 2013 at 11:59 am |
    • Kyle

      We're talking about people who build shrines around slices of burnt toast, which should tell you that they're really desperate for "signs" like this.

      November 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
  16. Orion

    Of all the things god could have protected during this storm, he chose to protect a statue of himself? Even if your religious, it's gotta make you raise an eyebrow or two.

    November 13, 2013 at 11:40 am |
    • Fact

      Look in the background of the picture.

      November 13, 2013 at 11:45 am |
      • SLB

        The background is a mess... Looks like someone dropped a nuk there!

        November 13, 2013 at 11:57 am |
        • Fact

          I see a lot of structures still standing. I've seen some pics that show total devastation, but this area does not look like it was hit as hard as others.

          November 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
        • SLB

          The other houses that are flattened are made out of bamboo these structures are brick and concrete, different structures!

          November 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
    • Brucholic

      He protected the statue... With the bodies of men, women and children. Whew! That was close.

      November 13, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • Icabus

      most monuments are sucured to the ground better.

      November 13, 2013 at 11:59 am |
  17. What's Up Doc?

    In 1996, a box was uncovered at the home of a parishioner of All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington D.C. In that box were nearly 50 colorful drawings made by children as thanks for gifts received from the church fifty years earlier.

    http://www.hiroshimaschoolyard.com/about.html

    November 13, 2013 at 11:40 am |
  18. SLB

    Look at the statue... Then look at the scene behind the statue... The statue wasn't able to prevent destruction... And is not able to prevent %80 of the catholic population from committing thefts and run over other to get food and water...!

    November 13, 2013 at 11:36 am |
  19. Lee

    I believe the middle-eastern sky god from 6,000 thousand years ago that sent himself/his son down to die, has decided in 2013 to bless the Philippines and it's people loving unrelenting faith by preserving a caricature version of himself/his son that displays Jesus as he truly wanted to be: with fair skin, Caucasian features, and salvation for the rich white people in the early 21st century....I mean supernatural forces can send mixed signals (millions die in an earthquake but some old dusty statue of Mary is saved?) but I think its obvious God only loves ONLY those who look like a early 20th century white-wash rendering of Jesus, made to make Christianity more appealing to the West. Of course y'all.

    November 13, 2013 at 11:35 am |
  20. Brucholic

    Maybe it is my romantic whimsy but it looks like the zombie statue was orchestrating the destruction...

    November 13, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • Ben

      Like Moses calling down the plagues?

      November 13, 2013 at 11:35 am |
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