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Old 06-15-2010, 11:19 AM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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I wasn't quite sure where I should post this article. I'm not an Atheist, but I don't believe in most of the teachings of organized religions.

Anyway, I read this on Yahoo today and the first thought that entered my so-called mind was "I wonder how many families $250,000 would feed?"

"Bishop said in 2004 he was trying to help people, not impress them, with the statue. He said his wife proposed the Jesus figure as a beacon of hope and salvation, and they spent about $250,000 to finance it."

6-story Jesus statue in Ohio struck by lightning - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100615/ap_on_re_us/us_lightning_strikes_jesus_statue - broken link)

The Bible says

"You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them."


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Old 06-15-2010, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Seward, Alaska
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If they really wanted to "help people", it seems to me that 1/4 million $$$ would have bought quite a lot of food and clothing for the poor...rather than spend it on a statue. Now, not only is that money gone, but so is the statue, and what good has either done, except to (temporarily) satisfy someone's vanity? Who knows, but perhaps it was the Lord letting His feelings about it be known, in that lightning bolt...

Bud
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:57 PM
 
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They skimped on quality of materials to make the statue.
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:19 PM
 
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Yeah. I agree with bud. Why spend all those money in a statue when that same money could have fed hungry people or had put kids through college. I hope they don't even attempt to rebuilt it. Put the money to better use.
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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That would've kind creeped me out if my husband and I drove up to that thing. Jesus looked like HE was the one that needed saving! Tell kids about the monsters and burning flesh in hell and then bring them to this thing at night (well, not anymore). I think tradition has Stephen King beat.


YES!! The money could have been better spent!






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Old 06-15-2010, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Why are people so concerned how other people spend their money? It's really none of your business. You don't know what he does with the rest of his money anyway. Stop judging others.

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Old 06-15-2010, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Why are people so concerned how other people spend their money? It's really none of your business. You don't know what he does with the rest of his money anyway. Stop judging others.

It's not that I care about what "others" do with their money. I care what the RELIGIOUS do with their money. That statue is the OPPOSITE of what Jesus is all about.

When those that say they are following Christ and His ways (looking after the poor, widowed, orphaned, illegal aliens, OUTSIDERS, etc.) build fancy buildings and huge statues (idols) of Jesus around the planet.........Well, Jesus is not impressed. Not the one I know, anyway.

$250,000 grand could have bought a couple of homeless families places to live. There were hundreds of better ways to use that money than to build a statue of the one who had pity on the POOR and LOST. It is a bit of a mockery to me. I know the religious don't really understand what they look like to outsiders, but they look pretty foolish a lot of the time.

(That thing looks like it is coming from the depths of some terrible place looking for help, or sinking in quicksand. I can't really tell).

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Old 06-15-2010, 04:19 PM
 
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For some reason Luke 14:5 came to mind, although somewhat different...

And answered them, saying, "Which of you shall see Jesus fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?"
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I'm a very commited Christian and I cringed every time I drove by that statue. The bible is very clear on making images of God. It's prohibited, plain and simple. Those who would make such an image, I just don't know what they are thinking.
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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For some reason Luke 14:5 came to mind, although somewhat different...

And answered them, saying, "Which of you shall see Jesus fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?"




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