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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  1. Phil

    Psalm 115:4-8

    "4 Their idols are silver and gold,
    The work of human hands.+
    5 A mouth they have, but they cannot speak;+
    Eyes, but they cannot see;
    6 Ears they have, but they cannot hear;
    A nose, but they cannot smell;
    7 Hands they have, but they cannot feel;
    Feet, but they cannot walk;+
    They make no sound with their throat.+
    8 The people who make them will become just like them,+
    As will all those who trust in them.

    November 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
  2. Rorschach

    Why does nobody get it? This picture and also religion in general is like a giant ink blot. It's like a shape in the clouds why does nobody get that.

    November 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
  3. Lionly Lamb

    An Obama side few seldom do find...


    November 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
  4. Lionly Lamb


    November 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
  5. Charm Quark

    Can anybody spot the collection box? Maybe it got blown away; I have never come across a religious icon/sight that didn't have a place to deposit your offering.

    November 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
  6. Dr. Donnell Johnson

    Finally we read in the Gospel of Scoob that, “yea though Velma shall lay with Daphne, in this we accept an abomination only to prevent bestiality and pro-creation."

    ...for knoweth that only when the meddling stops can amateur detectives behold the almighty and be rewarded for their great cleverness and appetites."

    November 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  7. LanceThruster

    Maybe if those people were made out of (reinforced?) concrete then maybe God would have looked after them like He did that statue of His Kid.


    November 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
  8. Dyslexic doG

    Jesus was just David Koresh 2000 years earlier. A sociopathic conman with a good story and lots of charisma. All this foolishness, without a shred of proof, has sprung up from there.

    utter, mind numbing nonsense.

    November 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • Eye roll

      You may not believe me yet but your post says more about you than it does about that religion.

      November 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
      • AE

        No kidding.

        November 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
  9. Dr. Donnell Johnson

    In the Jesus Gospel he discusses long journeys east of the desert where, "....there I encountered great wisdom and peace among the monks. They removed the sand from my sandals and blew upon my feet with flowered breath"

    He goes on to say that, "...we meditated together for many days, fasting but joyful in the divine and always mindful of odor."
    He brought these teachings to his 12 plus Mary and his parents saying, "...know me and know the many lives of the snake, the lizard, and the beasts of all previous lives. Mine is the journey of a God. Perfection can be found through self-sacrifice."
    This is well documented but sadly, few too people understand that Jesus was no more a rabbi than me.

    He was a monk, and according to Timothy, an enthusiastic nudist. "...without concern nor bashfulness, the fullness of our Lord cannot be contained by his tunic.

    November 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • Akira

      There it is. The passage about his tunic.
      I had forgotten about how...er...inspiring that interpretation is.

      November 13, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
  10. Dr. Donnell Johnson

    If you read both Timothy and Phillip, there are passages which describe in detail that Jesus was cremated.

    We know this because his friends were asked to take his ashes to the Sea of Galilee and deposit them over, "...the lapping waves of His Father's own sink basin".

    Furthermore we read in a passage from Timothy that, “…the ashes were as grains of sand. I have tasted his body.” This passage is thought to have been incorrectly translated into the last supper myth.

    November 13, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • niknak

      No, I will take a pass on that. I don't read fiction.

      November 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
      • Dr. Donnell Johnson

        Did you know that in the Gospel of Thomas, it is written that Jesus relied heavily on Thomas saying, "...it is a weary day dream that Thomas earns great victory in quenching the thirst of my people."

        It was incorrectly translated from the Coptic to mean that "Thomas the Contender" was a champion for Jesus, when in fact; Jesus was referring to Thomas' ability to mix wine-based cocktails! We often joke that he should have been called, "Thomas the Bartender".

        November 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
        • niknak

          Or Thomas the Blender.

          November 13, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
  11. Dr. Donnell Johnson

    In the Gospel of Truth, it states, "Jesus found the scribes to be ignorant and foul smelling..."

    These men were his employees and Jesus showed a discernible dislike for them. Perhaps out of jealousy that they were educated where he was not.

    The text goes on to say, "...and Jesus thought not of the female form, and from heaven came to remove ignorance"
    Again giving weight to the common thinking that Jesus was a homosexual

    November 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • niknak

      Since all he ever did was hang out with dudes and never got married, I am sure his folks had the same idea about his orientation.
      But since he never existed, I guess you are free to make up whatever you want for him to be.

      A mind is a terrible thing to lose, to religion.........

      November 13, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
      • Dr. Donnell Johnson

        The Gnostic gospels were indeed "scripture" far more so than the present form of the so called "Holy Bible". In fact, these scriptures tell the tale of Jesus the man. Married, a Buddhist, a nudist, a true renaissance man of his time.

        The Greek Phase: ανοιχ τή ο δο ιτ, simply means, "what time did you get in last night?” Loosely translated into today’s vernacular.

        We know that the so called "missionary position" was so named after Jesus walked in on Mary Magdalene and Joseph having relations. He condemned their activities saying, "...you have soiled my sheets, you have confused my mission and compromised my position."

        November 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
        • niknak

          Ahhh, I might have judged thee too hastily.
          Your shtick is a new angle on the dangle.
          Keep it up, I am beginning to dig it.

          November 13, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
        • Dr. Donnell Johnson


          November 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
        • Akira

          Welcome, Brother niknak.

          November 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
  12. niknak

    I have been asking you believers to provide some proof of your god, and low and behold, here it is!!
    I better get myself to some place of worship and beg forgiveness, and fast.

    But could any of you believers tell me which one?
    There seem to be many to choose from.

    November 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
  13. Answer


    "A Single Death is a Tragedy; a Million Deaths is a Statistic"

    --Now what about the number of churches that were ruined? What about all the other statues in the path of that storm that hit the Philippines?

    This religious story is a buffer story to give the unthinking sheep something to hang on. What it doesn't tell us is how in relation the damage is done to the various other statues and religious monuments. Like the famous from above this story is doing a different take.

    Give focus to that one status and ignore the other statistics because that is what the sheep wants. The statistics make your religion irrelevant.

    November 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • Answer

      In case you don't know what is being said: a summation..

      This is a fluff piece. An emotional story to help you cope.

      November 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  14. Dr. Donnell Johnson

    In my research I have found that Mary Magdalene was in fact both consort and wife. A consort was simply a companion. If you read the scriptures, you will find that in the late BE and early CE, it was actually possible to both be married and single simultaneously.

    How you ask?

    You must refer to the Gnostic versus attributed to Phillip who said, "Be it spouse or alone, we are only that which our threshold allows on the Sabbath."

    Loosely translated it means a woman can be beholden to a man one day, and quite free the next. This makes polygamy possible without breaking God's law against Adultery.

    November 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • niknak

      In your research?!?
      Research of made up stone age myths?

      I hope you are just a paper Dr. and are not really trying to use science to help or heal anyone.

      November 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
  15. Dr. Donnell Johnson

    Jesus was quite real, and quite human. Even Timothy and Philip knew the true nature of Christ, as evidenced in this passage from the Gospel of Philip, "...and our Lord came unto me and witnessed as I behaved without intimidation."
    Scholars believe this is evidence of group s xual activity, common place at this time in history among men afield.

    November 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • Dr. Donnell Johnson

      Look at the teachings of Jesus in the Gnostic literature that relates to being reborn as a Snake, a Lizard, and a Spider. Why did Jesus feel he was reincarnated; and why these animals and insects? That is easy if you read the Gospel of Mary.
      Mary had many pet names for her lover and among them were Snake, Lizard, and Spider. Snake and Lizard I can understand.

      November 13, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
  16. Susan StoHelit

    This is a sad statement of priorities. Had they made their homes, hospitals, shelters with the same materials and care, maybe more people would be alive.

    November 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
  17. Reality # 2

    Once again, areas prone to have typhoons should have all the twenty miles from the beach made into national parks. Only daily visits allowed. No buildings of any kind. These national parks should grow rapidly growing trees to serve as a buffer to the homes inland. Ditto for the construction of sand dunes along the beaches. Fight Nature with Nature!!!

    November 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
  18. Hint: It's made of metal or rock. Of course it survived.

    I guess Jesus wanted to stick around and admire his handywork.

    What kind of shallow callous self-absorbed deity would destroy a region but keep his own statue standing?

    November 13, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • niknak

      A very narcissistic one.

      November 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
  19. Reality # 2

    And if the statue were of Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny what then?

    November 13, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • niknak

      Then it would not mean anything and there would not be a story on it.

      November 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
  20. Dr. Donnell Johnson

    I have spent a great deal of my professional life in the study of the Gnostic Gospels. As it turns out, the majority of “prophets” contributing to these scriptures was quite illiterate and most likely drew pictures to explain their wisdom.
    Needless to say, transcribing pictographs to verse was a tough task for the monks in those early centuries.
    Moreover, Jesus was the worst of the lot. This poor man could not even draw stick figures in the sand and apparently could not be trusted with anything so as to draw. As the story goes, Jesus would have to play a primitive form of "charades" while his scribes tried to guess his meaning.

    Most scholars agree that this is why these books were omitted from the Holy Bible.

    November 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • A Sentiment That Many Of Us Share

      I am so glad I am not you. So very glad.

      November 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
      • Dr. Donnell Johnson

        The evidence would suggest that Judas, Mary, Jesus and others spent a great deal of their down time reflecting on the spiritual dichotomy of the soul vs. the physical and how that relates to the teachings of God.

        Jesus was attracted to Buddhism and often rested his decisions on the non-bias imaginings of one who would make sacrifice in this life only to be reborn in the next.

        In short, Jesus was a Jew by birth, but not by practice. He taught his own flavor of Buddhism and his closest disciples, Judas and Mary for example, were quite sure he was a snake in a previous life.

        November 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
        • Dr. Donnell Johnson

          There is much that does not get told in popular biblical academia.
          For example, Jesus tells us that his father and mother "have not spaketh a single word in two years plus three. This sounds like a man scorned to me.
          How can we prove marital troubles in the home of Jesus? Reading from Mary (Magdalene), she says, "when Joseph's gaze met mine I felt a burning deep within...." She goes on to discuss Jesus' jealousy and rage.
          Is it possible Joseph never forgave Mother Mary for her affair, and Joseph and Jesus were competing for Mary Magdalene’s affection?

          November 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • WhenCowsAttack

      Are there not theories that Jesus may have been deaf and mute that go along with this?

      November 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
    • niknak

      So basically you have been spending the vast majority of your time on a lark, which I assume you got your employer to pay for under the guise of "learning."

      November 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
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