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DECATUR, GA (CBS46) -- On Sunday, pastor Dr. E. Dewey Smith knew right away that something wasn't right with a person in his congregation at the House of Hope Church in Decatur.

A man who was visiting went into cardiac arrest. Witnesses say he was out. The man was unconscious for about 15 minutes.

"He was out at one point where he did flatline and they were doing CPR to get him back," said witness and church member Christina Hairston.

Smith didn't rely on just CPR. He called on a higher power asking the whole church to start praying.

"I just felt led to pray," said Smith. "I didn't know what else to do. I felt it was a critical situation so I just wanted to pray and I do believe in the power of prayer."

Click here to watch YouTube video of the service where the man collapsed.

Members could not believe what they were witnessing.

"Sometimes you feel like you don't even have words to be able to describe how amazing it was, how awesome it was to see God manifest his power," said church counselor Khaalida Forbes.

After several minutes of raised hands in prayer and emergency personnel working on the patient he was revived.

"You could feel the power in the room," Hairston said. "You could feel the Holy Spirit in the room. When the man came back to life that was just a moment of victory for us."

Smith agrees.

"When they raised the IV I knew that was a glimmer of hope and I knew that something powerful had taken place," Smith said.

Some witnesses claim there was even more divine intervention at work during this service.

"What was even more of the blessing of God's hand was the fact that there were already emergency medical people that were already on campus at the time," Forbes said.

The responders were at the church for another call that turned out to be nothing. But they hadn't left yet.

"They ended up wanting to stay just to view pastor's last points and continue watching after finishing with the other member," Hairston said.

As much as the pastor and members give testimony that prayer saved that man, they know there will be people who doubt them.

"God is bigger even than science," Forbes said.

"They started coming at him (pastor) saying that's medically impossible for that to happen," Hairston said. "The thing is we are not looking at medicine, this was a miracle."

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So, by their logic, didn't God give him the heart attack? Did he change his mind?

 

"Oh, I didn't know killing this man in a church would make people so upset, I better fix this".

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Very entertaining video.

 

Praise God.

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Praise JESUS! <------ i just love how neowin adjusts the field for larger text.

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Praise JESUS! <------ i just love how neowin adjusts the field for larger text.


The Hispanic paramedic.
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If God is bigger than science why do the CPR at all?

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If God is bigger than science why do the CPR at all?

 

Quite. It drives me fricking crazy. Without medical science, that man wouldn't be alive - prayer had nothing to do with it.

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If I had been one of those paramedics I'd be really pissed for the utter lack of appreciation for my work.

Next time one of those guys have a cardiac arrest, call a priest.
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This is great for business. There are churches on every corner in the U.S. but how many have a real bona fide miracle?

 

Praise da lord.

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Quite. It drives me fricking crazy. Without medical science, that man wouldn't be alive - prayer had nothing to do with it.

There are many times when CPR is performed, and they die anyway.

 

The feelings of the crowd were communicated to him, that he was still wanted here.

 

You are only looking at the surface of events.

 

Prayer can make a difference. ;)

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If God gave him the heart attack...

 

Then God revives him...

 

Did God make a mistake?

 

Or maybe, just maybe...

 

SCIENCE AND HUMAN INTERVENTION

But that would suggest that we outsmarted this "God"...

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There are many times when CPR is performed, and they die anyway.

 

The feelings of the crowd were communicated to him, that he was still wanted here.

 

You are only looking at the surface of events.

 

Prayer can make a difference. ;)

 

I respectfully disagree. Religion is simply an elaborate fairy tale used by people in power to control the weak-minded. Sadly, it is very effective.

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Prayer can make a difference.

 

Only to the mind of the person praying.

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Why so much rage? Religion gonna religion.

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I wonder if anyone at the church had a heart attack they would want CPR or just someone to pray for them?

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Why so much rage?

 

You assume too much

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There are many times when CPR is performed, and they die anyway.

The feelings of the crowd were communicated to him, that he was still wanted here.

You are only looking at the surface of events.

Prayer can make a difference. ;)


Confirmation bias: events where things go fine are presented as proof of prayer working while every other event where things go wrong is ignored.
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If God is bigger than science why do the CPR at all?


Because god needs a vessel of course.

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Because god needs a vessel of course.

The alleged creator of the universe, the flood and the plagues needs vessels now? He must be running out of mana.

He should grind some levels and spend some points on INT.

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There are many times when CPR is performed, and they die anyway.

 

The feelings of the crowd were communicated to him, that he was still wanted here.

 

You are only looking at the surface of events.

 

Prayer can make a difference. ;)

I don't believe for a second you actually believe in any of the stuff you post. You're just a contrarian. You ignore scientific evidence and common sense in favour of ghosts, UFOs, bigfoot, religion, conspiracy theories and right-wing propaganda.

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I don't believe for a second you actually believe in any of the stuff you post. You're just a contrarian. 

 

Don't be so certain. I know people who seem to believe in almost every type of pseudo-science, miracle cures, voodoos, and hocus pocus.

 

 

Confirmation bias: events where things go fine are presented as proof of prayer working while every other event where things go wrong is ignored.

 

I think that's called selection bias. You remember the hits and forget the misses. They talk about the time one guy was saved, but ignore the thousands of pious people praying in hospital beds across the country who die anyway.

 

I think confirmation bias is when you set up an experiment to find evidence confirming your belief instead of trying to disprove your hypothesis.

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I think that's called selection bias. You remember the hits and forget the misses. They talk about the time one guy was saved, but ignore the thousands of pious people praying in hospital beds across the country who die anyway.

I think confirmation bias is when you set up an experiment to find evidence confirming your belief instead of trying to disprove your hypothesis.


It's also an interpretation of events to confirm a belief:
-If events go the way they were prayed for then prayer works.
-If they don't then god has another plan.

In any case, spurious relationships out of cognitive bias.
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