The Deacon's Bench
Where a Roman Catholic deacon ponders the world
Incredible story of survival and hope. Take a moment, go get a Kleenex, and then watch. You can thank me later.
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Wow – just wow. Amazing.
I just wish he sang a different song. To imagine the world with “no religion” would mean there would be no nuns that found him.
Totally inspiring story. Kinda wish we could’ve heard more about his time in the orphanage and the nuns who saved him. But incredible story nonetheless. His “mum” truly is an angel.
Thank you, and thank Emmanuel, his mother and the nuns!
It was great and touching, but I’m with Marcel, he should have picked a song that wasn’t atheistic.
Yeah, it’s a beautiful story, but Imagine sure puts a damper on it, an unfortunate song that has assumed its place as the self-indulgent anthem of our neopaganistic modern day culture.
Maybe if your choice is Islam or aetheism, one with his background might choose “Imagine.” I never understood the song being so popular because I cannot imagine anything worse than what Lennon wrote. No God, no heaven, no hell, just life and into the box.
I would imagine the nuns are probably out of Iraq by now or dead from that religion of peace. I too would have liked to hear a lot more about the brave nuns who saved his life.
Its quite possible that he and his brother we not broght up with anything else than what we have here as “the nuns helped.”
Emmanuel’s story is not just moving but highly inspirational. I’m not too concerned about his choice of “Imagine” — I don’t see it necessarily as atheistic, but take it as imagining all the things mentioned as “without barriers” that are created by religions when their followers think and act as though they are the only ones God loves.
I agree. His name is Emmanuel, after all. I had never thought of it this way before, but that song could be really about Heaven here on earth.
That’s a pleasant thought, perhaps. The problem is that the real Heaven is not something we can create here on earth. It is something that God brings about beyond time and space. So even if it’s what the song is about, It’s a mistake (although well-meaning perhaps).
But the song is by John Lennon and I’m convinced that he truly meant to deny the existence of Heaven, Hell, and God, and to call for the abolition of religion. In other words it is, even apart from its utopianism, a direct assault on the Christian faith, which he managed to sugarcoat so effectively that people sing it without realizing that if they really meant what they were singing they would be apostasizing.
One thing I have found through experience is that God does reign supreme, and whatever others mean for evil He always turns around for good. He spoke through a donkey to the prophet Balaam who planned to curse the children of Israel, and Balaam ended up blessing them. For some people who see this video who are not believers, it may open them up to the idea of God because the very name Emmanuel has power, and the young man was brought up by nuns. God will use whatever He can to speak to people and open their hearts to His Spirit. Some non-believers who would not listen to a worship song and are resistant to religion would enjoy this and the Lord can speak through it to their hearts.
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