Thursday, December 20, 2007
Hitting the road (literally) with some faithful
Check out Gary Tuchman's story on CNN.com:

DALLAS, Texas (CNN) -- If you turn to the Bible -- Isaiah Chapter 35, Verse 8 -- you will see a passage that in part says, "A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness."

Now, is it possible that this "highway" mentioned in Chapter 35 is actually Interstate 35 that runs through six U.S. states, from southern Texas to northern Minnesota? Some Christians have faith that is indeed the case. It was with that interesting belief in mind that we decided to head to Texas, the southernmost state in the I-35 corridor, to do a story about a prayer campaign called "Light the Highway."

Read the FULL STORY on CNN.com

Watch Gary Tuchman's report tonight at 10p ET on 360.
Posted By CNN: 6:23 PM ET
  12 Comments
Gary,

I don't know if you've ever travelled I-35 or not, but let me tell you, travelling from southern Kansas through Iowa is a frightful thing! I don't need six layers of road, one crossing over, then under to get where I'm going! I call it "weaving braids in the traffic."

Ever suffered motion sickness? You get the full picture, right? Maybe that's where the Bible comes in--it literally scares the hell out of you!

Maggie C
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 6:52 PM ET
Gary,
Obviously some people take things WAY too seriously! These people need to worry about the most important things in the Bible...like living right or helping others! This idea that I-35 is the road talked about in Isaiah is a bit much! They need to get real!

Looking forward to this report! Hopefully it won't make us christians seem too nutty! LOL

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 7:03 PM ET
Gary - While you're heading west, come on out to Las Vegas and investigate the Extratrestrial Highway!

Barbara - Las Vegas, NV
Posted By Blogger Barbara : 7:06 PM ET
Gary/AC360:
Actually Gary, the combination of holy highways, nude clubs, tax collectors and sinners are what God did have in mind. Jesus didn't walk around with kings and the self-righteous; He walked with everyone including prostitutes, lower-class citizens, and the disabled. He didn't worry about what was popular.

Anyway, check out Matthew 6: 5...And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the street corner to be seen by men......verse 7...And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagens, for they think they will be heard because of their many words...

Just a thought.
Posted By Blogger Sharon from Indy : 7:44 PM ET
If some people want to believe this, then it's not for me to say they're wrong. However, I will say this, I think maybe a highway to heaven might be a stretch of road best traveled after rush hour. A lot of people rushing forward too fast might just cause a pileup that would detour them for heavens knows how long...Merry Christmas to all.

Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.
Posted By Blogger Lorie Ann : 8:25 PM ET
Having seen your story now I have to say it was a little scary on several different levels. It reminded me of a congregation in upper East Tennessee except they handled snakes and their belief was just as sincere. If they want to have a religious experience on the highway then more power to them - maybe all those prayers will save some lives.

Annie KAte
Birmiingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 10:50 PM ET
Gary,

I am an evangelical pastor and do not think that these people speak for the majority of us. If you read the context of the whole book of Isaiah and also the surrounding chapters you will see their interpretation is very thin. (Note: I do support them praying for righteousness (Matt. 5:6)but think they are misusing these verses)

Also, why this report now? This is 'old news' among the Christian circles I 'run in'. Is the timing to remind us how 'scary' evangelicals are with Huckabee making a surge?
Posted By Blogger Hayden : 10:56 PM ET
Stories like this are illuminating about human nature, while simultaneously depressing that our species has not shed itself of superstition and the need to "see" patterns or meaning behind the mundane or illusory.

If one looks up at the moon, the patterns of geography give the appearance of a face. This doesn't mean that the moon is a person. Likewise, if one reads any passage in ANY book, there is a good chance that the passage may reflect some natural phenomena or event even though it was not original intended to reference it.

Who named the state highway or gave the numerical assignment? Could it be that the number was selected by someone with knowledge of the particular Bible passage?

Jeff Brown, Durham, NC.
Posted By Anonymous cogito20 : 10:56 PM ET
Dear Anderson,

Have you lost your mind? This is some fringe story that you're treating as 'news worthy'? Some people believe in BigFoot too, but that doesnt give those people a right to force their beliefs on other peoples lives and businesses.

This story should have been covered from the infringed rights point of view of the business owners NOT the psycho prayer nazis who decided the bible gives them a right to trample the legal rights of others.

THEN you might have had a news story instead of a National Enquirer fringe freak show.

Passive aggressive is STILL aggressive, even when wielding a bible, and CNN and especially YOU ought to know better.

And please tell Roland Martin that he doesn't know what Jesus would do, in fact NO ONE knows what Jesus would do...and leave those discussions for the religious broadcasting networks, and CHURCH... NOT CNN.

You guys need a reality check, and to find your journalistic integrity and go back to reporting the news.

Your show was a waste of time tonight.
Posted By Anonymous Terri Walsh, NYC : 12:01 AM ET
The Passage refers to the "Spiritual Highway", or the establishment of God's Church. And that He will make way for it even through the wilderness, and desert. And this He does. The Book of Isaiah and other major prophets, are books that take much study, and were not to be interpreted word for word, but discerned through prayer and obedience to understand its meaning. Those of you that are wasting your time down highway 35, I thinks it is time to drive down to your neighborhood church and seek your spiritual fulfillment there.
Posted By Anonymous Perry Columbus, Ohio : 6:08 AM ET
These are the same people who call Mormons nutty?!?!?!?
Posted By Anonymous Sandi : 2:23 PM ET
Gary,

I saw your report on CNNj yesterday. It really drove home for me (yet again) just how out of touch with reality some American Christians have become...and how shallow their study of the texts they hold sacred.

Hayden's comment is spot on. As I watched the scene showing the praying in the open, I couldn't help feeling that some part of it was for show.

As someone watching from the outside, I am appalled at the degree to which religion is playing a role in this election. Whatever happened to the separation of Church and State?

Ron Craig, Iwaki, Japan
Posted By Blogger IbaDaiRon : 12:30 AM ET
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