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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

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  1. dillonb1950

    Why do we spend time and money cleaning up from what all legal sources claim is "an ACT OF GOD"???? good christinas should just leave well enough alone because and act of god is an act of god...gods actions should NEVER be trifled with!!!!

    November 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
    • mzh

      gods ???

      November 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
      • dillonb1950

        in a hurry as usual...god's.... was the correct spelling.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
        • mzh

          Thanks for the correction...

          November 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  2. Spinner49

    Maybe people should have built their houses out of Jeebus statues.

    November 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
  3. Jan

    Guess jesus wants to make sure credit is given where its due to him, I mean in Job the devil has to ask gods permission to do anything for humanity so just saying.

    November 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
  4. john divine

    because man still lives in sin and lets money control everything, bloodshed , murder violence, the natural disasters will get worse

    November 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • rhaj

      Maybe you are talking about man over here. Over there, there were the poor and the weak.

      Or God makes them pay for the sin of others ?

      November 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
  5. derp

    I guess Jeebus miraculously save all of those buildings left standing in the background as well. Yay Jeebus!!

    Christards are unbelievably stupid.

    November 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
  6. Conne Andrews

    I personally believe that the statue survived as a "sign of hope" to the Filipino people that God DOES love them and will give them the strength to survive. My GOD is not a vengeful God and din't send the typhoon to punish, maim, kill people – they, like all of us, are His children. He allows things to happen. This was an act of nature, just as rain,snow, sunshine is. It's not important what ANY of us think is the reason for the statue's survival – it's what it means to those survivors.

    November 15, 2013 at 11:54 am |
  7. mzh

    What is the definition of Idol Worhip?

    November 15, 2013 at 11:36 am |
    • lsandoval

      I believe it is worshiping things such as a golden calf or things of the devil.

      Telling the stories of the Bible via aids such as sculpture, paintings, etc. has been traditionally used for two thousand years. Prior to the printing press, the Bible was not available to the masses, and at that time few were literate anyway. This tradition can help people feel connected to Christ, and can be especially useful when working with others with whom there may be a language barrier.

      We should try to understand one another and tolerate one another's differences, but do not have to adopt or even accept another's believe system. Only God knows a man's heart...who are we to do the ultimate judging?

      November 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
      • dillonb1950

        Art??? Don't get me started on "art" in the bible. You have obvioulsy never studied the topic. ARE YOU EVEN AWARE....that no where in the bible does it say that "angel's have wings"....no where...absolutely no where. An artis in the 16 century thought they SHOULD have wings because of their association to the "heavens: that he added them on. Thats the type of "aids" that lent itself to the bible sculptures"...there are many many other sourcess but you are another who hasn't researched BOTH sides of the story. Your conclusions are not based in whole truth...only biased endoctrination.

        November 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
      • mzh

        What is the first commandment in OT?

        November 15, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
        • Professor Marvel

          The *first* commandment?

          "When the Lord descended upon Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain, the Lord summoned Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. 21 Then the Lord said to Moses, [first] “Go down and warn the people not to break through to the Lord to look; otherwise many of them will perish."

          –or-

          "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain..."

          November 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
        • mzh

          @PM:

          Exodus 20
          New International Version (NIV)

          3. You shall have no other gods before[a] me.
          4. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
          5. You shall not bow down to them or worship them;

          November 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
      • mzh

        I would never judge anyone other then myself as it is not my job or I have not been given this authority...

        But one can only judge him/herself and of course The Almighty God knows what we conceal in our heart and what we revel... and one would be judged by The One Who created us...

        November 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  8. Duane

    God didnt send the storm to kill and destroy people, the we as humans have given the devil authority and made him king to destroy lives and this earth... God sent Jesus to set us free from that and Jesus is the one who the devil cannot destroy... This is not a sign of i will destroy you, but it is a sign of hope, that God sent Jesus in our storm... While we were yet sinners, He died for us... Why? Because we are valuable, so valuable that He paid the highest price... The lie that we believe is that we are not that valuable to God, and so we have allowed the liar to have dominion over our world... God is sending signs now, that Jesus is the solid rock, the deliverer... His love for us was shown... His blood set us free from the law of sin and death... So the next time someone thinks about blaming God for something that He gave us a choice to allow or not, why dont you look at the devil, the accuser of the people and tell him that you are free from the law of sin and death, and you will no longer recieve his curses because all your sins have been paid for and God will heal your land, and then go and preach the gospel to somebody and tell them that they are free by the blood of Jesus... They can have joy and freedom and forgiveness... Come on people we should be a family and come together in unity... God is ready to invade this earth with His love... He is ready, and waiting on us to allow Him to be our king, and allow Him to overthrow satan and all the regulations and restrictions he has put on mankind... God bless you all... He is ready for a relationship with us all... He is ready to commune with us, and dine with us and have dominion on the earth and bring some good news... Good news in the midst of all the lies that mankind is believing...

    November 15, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • Spinner49

      If we're so valuable why didn't he send a sign by sparing all the buildings with people in them and destroying all the others. That would have been miraculous! A concrete statue? Not so much.

      November 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • doobzz

      Let me get this straight. We are valuable to your god, but we've been tricked into believing that we aren't valuable. So your god allows the slaughter a few thousand poor people as a sign to us of how valuable we are to him.

      That would be laughable if it wasn't so tragic.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • melvin

      @ Duane

      Great Post !!

      November 16, 2013 at 5:17 am |
  9. J.P. Adams

    God's Love Song for the Filipino people – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGgvD8RnkgQ

    November 15, 2013 at 9:23 am |
  10. Lucifer's Evil Twin

    3600 people counting are dead. Who gives a crap about some stupid cement statue...

    November 15, 2013 at 8:06 am |
    • lsandoval

      I would image that people of faith who need a touchstone care. " God cannot fill what is already full isl" Mother Teresa. Your cup may runneth over, but it would be kind to tolerate those who feel that they need a helping hand from God.

      November 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
      • doobzz

        “Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus – a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.” Mother Teresa

        The dying woman this was said to responded, "Please tell Jesus to stop kissing me."

        Telling suffering people that they are suffering because your deity loves them so much is immoral. Of course, so is taking money from convicted felons and human rights violating dictators and putting it into the Vatican's general purpose fund instead of using it for its intended charitable purposes.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
  11. Phil Brown

    "Scripture tells us that there will be signs pointing toward the return of the Lord. I believe all these signs are evident today.

    "There's a great deal to say in the Bible about the signs we're to watch for and when these signs all converge at one place we can be sure that we're close to the end of the age. And those signs, in my judgment, are converging now for the first time since Jesus made those predictions."
    Billy Graham

    November 15, 2013 at 8:03 am |
    • midwest rail

      Men have been predicting the end of days since roughly 40 A.D.

      November 15, 2013 at 8:06 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      If anyone was wondering if you were retarded... quoting Billy Graham has confirmed it...

      November 15, 2013 at 8:10 am |
    • Pete

      They all see the events occurring during their lives as "signs" of Jesus' return because they all fantasize about being alive to witness it. Well, Billy's 95 now and has been dreaming about this since he was a young man; do you seriously want to bet that he'll get his wish?

      What a waste of time.

      November 15, 2013 at 8:18 am |
    • Roger that

      Even your Bible got it wrong. Read it again for the first time.

      November 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
  12. Phil Brown

    ...but it is a reminder or should be, that God through His son Jesus Christ will be coming back to this world to judge all of mankind and what a day that will be. It will make the typhoon look like a child's birthday party.

    November 15, 2013 at 7:56 am |
    • Pete

      More fantasy. You probably feel just like those people who play the lotto faithfully every draw because they "know" that they'll win soon ... very soon, next time for sure, right?

      November 15, 2013 at 8:21 am |
      • Tom, Tom, the Other One

        That's excellent. True believers as gamblers. I suppose prayers are "answered" often enough to keep them playing.

        November 15, 2013 at 8:23 am |
        • Spinner49

          I admire the guy who made a small fortune selling pet care in case judgement day came a year or so ago. His reason was that since pets wouldn't be taken up, and he wouldn't be taken because he's an atheist, he'd be around to take care of people's pets. Brilliant!

          November 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • skip

      i'm impressed that you know how (insinuate) "judgement day" will be like.

      November 15, 2013 at 10:26 am |
      • dillonb1950

        I think a lot of people are so disatisffied with all the crap going on in the world that it's like slamming thier fist on the table and saying " I've had enough of this bloody world and all the hurt being caused from one to another and yes...JESUS when he comes back is going to kick all these asses on judgement day!......it is little more than emotional projection and joining up with some fantasy that someone who was also dislussional wrote about 2000 tears ago.....get it....2000 years....saying that 'god" spoke to him in a dream or that some "spirit" that you cannot see nor verify is "guiding his thoughts". You people are nucking futz...

        November 15, 2013 at 11:12 am |
        • Spinner49

          Horrible stuff has always been going on. It's just that we know more about it because of mass media.

          November 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
  13. Phil Brown

    Perhaps if the Philippine people spent more of their hard earned money to build their homes stronger rather than pouring heaps of their money into "The Church" so it can build mighty structures that serve no real purpose, they might still have their homes today

    November 15, 2013 at 7:53 am |
    • doobzz

      Yes, it's all their own fault. Jerk.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  14. saggyroy

    If the statue could talk: "I am Jesus. Destroyer of worlds!"

    November 15, 2013 at 5:43 am |
    • Pete

      You mean, just like that Shelly poem Ozymandias, right? I wonder when the day will come when all that's left of Christianity are the statues of Jesus preserved out of historical interest?

      November 15, 2013 at 9:48 am |
      • Max

        We have many statues of gods preserved through the ages.

        Perhaps this one will be though of as the Easter Island type god of the Philippines.

        November 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
    • Duane

      God didnt send the storm to kill and destroy people, the we as humans have given the devil authority and made him king to destroy lives and this earth... God sent Jesus to set us free from that and Jesus is the one who the devil cannot destroy... This is not a sign of i will destroy you, but it is a sign of hope, that God sent Jesus in our storm... While we were yet sinners, He died for us... Why? Because we are valuable, so valuable that He paid the highest price... The lie that we believe is that we are not that valuable to God, and so we have allowed the liar to have dominion over our world... God is sending signs now, that Jesus is the solid rock, the deliverer... His love for us was shown... His blood set us free from the law of sin and death... So the next time someone thinks about blaming God for something that He gave us a choice to allow or not, why dont you look at the devil, the accuser of the people and tell him that you are free from the law of sin and death, and you will no longer recieve his curses because all your sins have been paid for and God will heal your land, and then go and preach the gospel to somebody and tell them that they are free by the blood of Jesus... They can have joy and freedom and forgiveness... Come on people we should be a family and come together in unity... God is ready to invade this earth with His love... He is ready, and waiting on us to allow Him to be our king, and allow Him to overthrow satan and all the regulations and restrictions he has put on mankind... God bless you all... He is ready for a relationship with us all... He is ready to commune with us, and dine with us and have dominion on the earth and bring some good news... Good news in the midst of all the lies that mankind is believing...

      November 15, 2013 at 11:12 am |
      • dillonb1950

        Satan was a creation of one of the writers of the bible when they were transaating the bible..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0zWbL8Uqfw#t=35

        So many people duped by the bible...take it from a biblical scholar.

        November 15, 2013 at 11:15 am |
  15. Draco

    I think the operable word alot of the fools that bought into the "Who needs GOD" propoganda is missing is: "Unscathed"

    November 15, 2013 at 4:27 am |
    • Draco

      Also, how can we entertain and take seriously comments (from "adults") that STILL equate GOD to some kind of "Santa Claus" or fairy Godmother. -Sorry dude, but it's GOD (This thing supposedly makes DEMONS shutter, he'd be more like a Military General than !!cking Pikachu) -time to develop your juvenile conception of this deity into a more challenging and scientific concept. -He's not gonna' save you like some kind of cartoon character. . . smh -instead (ideally) he'll give you the tools to save yourself. -Hope that helps.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:46 am |
    • Women Clothed with the Sun

      My Dear Readers, its been quiet a time of much confusion between you all, I actually am the Women Clothed with the Sun yet in Hidden due to People, non Believers, Shall I say Non Knowers, we are all Part of this HUGE Mission,
      Much Confusion and Distress comes simply Because Nether One may be Fully Right, Because yes Both of The Darwin and Evolution of Spirit ran in Separate lines, as if you have two cars passing on the road , next to one another, yet each driver is focused, driving forward in their Line.....well so here you have the split mind of Earth as Being Itself, which we are truly each being, small molecules that are part pf One Huge Being, just as our own body is, there is too many, I say Millions of other local Universes, which non of you can see, as well the BELIEVES that hold you walking each day with Veils Around your Eyes simply for a HUGE reason,
      WE CANNOT LET AL SEE and KNOW , can you imagine such Chaos....
      the Mayans knew and studied that every 26 000 yeas is a cycle, one of many , there are million year old cycles and just as lets say" you are Driving from NY to Miami and its takes certain amount of time to arrive to final destination, is the same with Earth Changes......
      the women, did not appear only once, you MAy all trace her back, and I truly out of the deepest bottom of my heart to you all sugggest to do indeed search about this women, because it is not only Eye opening yet dearest known , evidenced Fact....
      here we have Isis, Virgin Mary, Mother of Moses, in india Mother of All back thousands years ago, in Norwayan, Swedish, In Atlantis times when those Higher plane Spiritual Beings were in lighter Body Forms, Rather Floated in Half Seen, just as Midst .......back than deepr we go into past and truly take the deep breath away from such worldly Nonsenses that we are constantly opposing on one another in form of the MINI Fights, Battles you guys are having between one another, INSTEAD we are in Time of "REUNION " Uniting all that in heart wishes t be SAVED in SOUl,
      we have many people walking with unclean spirits dictating to their MINDS, and as my dearest Beloved Jesus and many many many greatest of any Holy, or Rightfully Used Healing power to free people not charge them thousands of Money to be in soul saved

      I have precise work, certain teachings that will be presented to all, but as said, we are truly, and should not be each others enemy, because there is much happening in those higher Spiritual Planes that a regular being has no possibility to grasp with much clarity.........yet the times are here, and only those will be experiencing them as the doom's day are those that do live life filled with SIN, being HELD under most known Wheel of Karma,
      I would advice each and one of you truly PRAY to One and Only God, as he is not the Destroyer, the Fight is being Held more in very symbolic way here, as in between humans, and our own everyday certain battles between our not fully truthful statements.......
      imagine as I mentioned you have 100 people driving from NY to Miami......and we give them essay to write about what they have seen and whom they met, do you believe that they would write exactly the same???? Dearest Children, the UNITY S ONE as I Say and tell people everyday on the streets with enthusiasm, WE ARE ENTERING the Most EXCITING times, yet most Dark for many due to TOXICITY in Spirit, very own BODY and oh boy, our MINDS are bombarded by filth, yet we each must come to knowing, its our own waking up and PERCEPTION
      the advice: Fats Fast Fast yours all in following days,
      to fast your mind is to go inside, WITHIN and start slowly only letting your mind play the tapes, programs Upon you all for centuries
      Those are highly toxic spirits having a ball on your very own expense,
      why do you think majority of humanity is abusing SOMETHING, each and one being is constantly thinking of something to buy, eat, smoke, pursue, etc......PEACE within Is not Exercised, we must get beyond Facebooking, majority is claiming how HAppy, Positively thinking they are..........its hard devoted work my loved ones
      Fast your body.......most natural antibiotic is garlic, suggestion as I had to get myself from any possibly illness of MAMA EARTH so I could TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT, I have lived life just as you did,with its victories yet too many painful falls, I have came slowly from the Underworld, juuust as you may see as many previous women did so and than had full possibility to inspire rest behind, offer them techniques and way
      Aloe vera is most magical way, yet only get the real leaf and start each day eating its inside, you may add it to a juice in a blender, those are alive particles that cause such Holy Cleansing, healing much intestinal torn areas.........see our own body is so important and we may be the richest, poorest, most beautiful on outside, most successful yet when we derive to such glory on manipulation, hiddden agendism, all turns into DUST, and here we experience sorrrow and we are under Karmic Wheel, as we do, such is done to us,
      Nowdays since, as mayans stated, we are in the last passage, when the Earth is preparing for Ending..."SYMBOLIC ONE" we are dying in old way of thinking, living, being which is seen as more natural disasters, chaos, structures, busineses, governments are simply falling, they are OVERDUE........we MUST COME FORTH and bring upon us Reality of HEAVENS, one by one, Believe or not.......the paradise on Earth is going to be, million year old story known to those that will be fasting their MINDS so created space is for MOST DEEPEST TRUTHS that the closed mind would never accept, due to its fullness of lower truths.....just as you eat , eat and eat, than you have no space to put maybe the most healing food , we will be slowly HEALEd by, not the most expensive techniques, SIMPLY the INFORMATION and thereafter your own doing, devotion is to bring upon you fruition....as I must vanish now into my peace to prepare to brig the most love to you all, deciding is going to be how OPEN MINDED you shall be , by the time those TRUTHS are to Reach your Knowing........
      Heavenly FAther as again with me, LOves you All as Always and 144 000 Angelic Being working every day so hard to connect you each to HIGHEr, Lighter realities, where we know nothing of competing, hatred, more beings saved from Calamity of their own THINKING not knowing of their Spirit in Non visible form yet slowly, highly evidenced by millions and millions more........
      love you truly from the deepest bottom of my heart and instead of such childish fighting, each day get away from all, get on your knees and start to cry and communicate with ABoves, Tears are release, as healing ocean of salt, same principle......kissen of divine and send sprits in you Bossing you around to lands of Divine Security, happy Fasting, see you all soon

      December 9, 2013 at 3:09 am |
  16. Admendment 1

    Looks like stone VS wood to me

    November 15, 2013 at 1:04 am |
    • Crom

      Looks like another waste of time, effort, and money for nothing real. A statue of a drive-in mascot has more worth.

      November 15, 2013 at 2:55 am |
  17. EX Catholic

    Idolatry and idols are not going to save anyone from the forces of nature, much less from the wrath of God. If idols and idolatry does not save you from these natural disasters they can't heal either then much less they are going to save from God judgment.
    Only by Jesus the Son of God we can be save.

    November 15, 2013 at 12:00 am |
  18. Obviously

    Virtually all the statues in the Philippines survived. Only an idiot would think that this is a sign of anything more that the fact that rocks and metal easily withstand typhoons.

    November 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
    • Kim

      No kidding. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

      November 14, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
      • Crom

        The first rule of tautology club is the first rule of tautology club.

        November 15, 2013 at 2:56 am |
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