A miracle of Christ? Wildfire kills 11 but spares Jesus statue in Tennessee

As devastating wildfires continue to burn in East Tennessee, a startling discovery was made.

On Thursday, CNN said that one of its affiliate reporters had found a statue of Jesus in the remains of a burnt-down house in Sevier County. The statue was the only thing standing in the rubble.

Earlier in the week, Dollywood theme park employee Isaac McCord found a page from Scripture that had survived the flames.

In a Facebook post, he said that he found the page from the Bible while helping clean part of the theme park.

Several verses from the book of Joel are visible on the burnt page, including, “To you, LORD, I call, for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.”

Christ statue survives devastating wildfire.Christ statue survives devastating wildfire (CNN/Twitter).

Since it began last week, the Gatlinburg, Tennessee fire near Great Smoky Mountains National Park has burned an estimated 17,000 acres, damaging hundreds of homes and businesses. At least 7 deaths have been confirmed, with more than 70 injured and numerous other people missing.

Strong wind gusts and lighting storms have added to the fire, making the flames difficult to fight. On the morning of Dec. 1, the fire was only 10 percent contained.

The exact cause of the fire is still being investigated, with arson being a possibility.

Bishop Richard F. Stika of Knoxville is offering prayers for the fire’s victims, while Catholic Charities of East Tennessee is providing aid to those who have lost their homes.

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  1. Tom Rafferty Reply

    Wow, just wow. I urge all of you who think THIS outcome was good because a statute and some pages from a work of fiction were saved when many suffered horrible deaths: get your deluded heads out of your faith bubble. Wake up!!! We have science now and all of the claims of all religions have been falsified.

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Wow! Imagine a man with a large van driving out of the fires. He can save the lives of 11 people or he can pick up a statue of Jesus and let the 11 human beings die horribly. What would we say about such a man?
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    Jesus must be one heck of a narcissist! Given that this occurred in the middle of the bible belt, there’s every reason to expect that most of those dead were god-fearing Christians – but the statue – an inanimate object, was clearly more important to the Lord. Please don’t expect rational people to worship such an immoral being.

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