First of all, I'm not really into religion myself, but I'm surprised at all the unrequited hatred that this artwork is receiving. I mean, there are many intelligent, respectful atheists in the comment section saying things like, "I don't personally believe this, but it is very well done and I have no right to judge." And then there are others saying things like, "omg u belive in GOD u fckin idiot dont u kno ummm HES NOT REAL lol omg."
The trolls, you must not listen to them. They are the scum of the internet and their opinions mean nothing. All they know how to do is hate. Do your best to ignore them.
But anyway, on to the critique. This artwork is very visually appealing, first of all. While lens flare and profound typography are quite pervasive throughout websites like DeviantArt, this image takes it to the next level and has its own distinct flavor. Many people who attempt typography are just banging rocks together, but you clearly know what you're doing. Personally, I'm a fan of the fact that the border is partially transparent. It adds a layer of stylistics. But I just really like vector images for some reason, so I guess I'm biased.
As for the message, I find it succinct and well-put. If you have truly found meaning in the arms of your God, then congratulations, because having a purposeful life is more than I can say for most, myself included. Keep it up. Many have interpreted this message as a sign of bigotry, saying Christianity is the ONLY thing that can add meaning to a life, but I don't see that written anywhere on this poster. (And here's where I'd put a smiley face if I was into that sort of thing.)
Overall, a well-designed piece of art. I don't hate you because of your religion, and anyone who does is not worth your time. Thank you.
This is the first critique I've ever did, but for some reason I felt it was worth doing. Impact. You made one. Definitely. It might not have been the impact you were looking for (or maybe it was?) either way everyone's riled up because in one sentence you questioned the meaning of other's lives. good work lol. you only got 2 for originality because well everyone does these kind of pieces. Aside from the Lens flare effect it is visually pleasing even if the context is not so pleasing to everyone. Possibly different wording. simply the addition of the word "My" to it would create a more positive impact. People feel threatened when something like this basically labels them as inferior (even if it was not intended to do so). It would be like if I were to post "Being a Pagan doesn't make life any easier; it just makes life more meaningful." Christians left and right would be on the deviation screaming how I'm wrong and I'm going to hell because I'm a devil worshiper., but If I related it directly my life personally and no one else's then no one feels threatened and everyone can ignore it more easily if it doesn't apply to them.
Hope I worded this right. ^_^ have a blessed day and happy Oestra!
I enjoy reading the comments, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
Personally the reason I will not take up Christianity because I refuse to be scared into submission; its either kiss up to God's ass or burn in Hell, which is far from the fatherly love God is portrayed to give. It's a fear tactic used by the Roman's all those years ago to control the masses; don't get me wrong, I don't doubt that Jesus existed, he was a simple carpenter man who saw his people struck down by cruelty and so he gave them 'hope' by renaming it 'God' (basically he was kind of a vigilante). Granted Christianity has been greatly exaggerated over the years and under went its own 'evolution', developing into an arrogant, close minded group of short tempered manipulative bible humpers.
I was raised Agnostic so that I'd respect all Religions and be weary as what is out there, being an Atheist was an easy choice; I believe in Evolution strongly, how can the big bang be taken less seriously than a floating man who made the world in 7 days? Yes, everyone should treat each other with respect and the way they want to be treated, I don't rape, steal, murder; I am tolerant and respectful and my world keeps revolving. (But you can't look my in the eye and tell me that all these good Christians now and in the past wouldn't readily slaughter others due to their beliefs, which I'm sure is far from what Jesus wanted)
I think humans are shallow, egotistical creatures that need to know that they are revolved around something bigger since our society has flushed out our natural instincts to survive and so now we are just sitting here with way to much time of our hands.
I appreciate your open-ness about everyone being entitled to their own opinion, and I agree...
But, upon reading your reasoning for avoiding Christianity, I've realized you've been mislead. There's no scaring into submission about it. It's actually very straight forward in that God is love; therefore, if you don't want God, He won't make you have Him...but that's just it...if God is love, then you're simultaneously deciding that you don't want love. A place without love would be hell, because there is no love, therefore no mercy, there.
I just felt like saying this because I'm not one of those believers who was scared into submission, raised into a "religion", or even coaxed into believing doctrine; I'm saying this because my life was changed supernaturally in a time span of less than 5 minutes. I'd never read the Bible, and I had no clue what was true. For all I knew, Allah could be the great almighty, but he's not who changed me, that's how I knew what was true.
My opinion of evolution is restricted to testable science. I believe in the evolution within a species (I put kinds first, oops, not what I meant), but not in Darwinian evolution, which teaches evolution of kinds. There's absolutely no evidence of anything changing species; the finches did not change kinds, they remained finches. That's why we're still taught that it's a "theory". Darwin himself is quoted as stating: "The fossil record does not support this theory..." Likewise, we're also taught that everywhere evidence is needed for such evolution, there aren't any, so they are defined as "gaps". Please be aware, I didn't even realize this until after I was supernaturally transformed...it wasn't until then that I became interested in learning. I found that there is much more physical, testable evidence that directly supports scripture than there is supporting the evolution of kinds.
As far as the Big Bang goes, I believe that's exactly what it would have looked like if an all-powerful being created this universe. It wouldn't have taken him long; and, according to time dilation, it's entirely possible. Also considering the fact that the Bible itself states that a day to man-kind is like a thousand years to God.
When you say Jesus was a real person, who renamed hope'God', it directly rips out dozens of scriptures that explain otherwise. With all this evidence supporting the existence of Jesus, you'd think we'd realize that scripture leaves no room to declare him anything but one of two things: 1 - psycho and mentally unstable or 2 - the Son of God. If he was psycho and mentally unstable, and his miracles weren't really miracles at all, then it's really hard to believe that any amount of people followed him for any amount of time while he walked the earth. Then there's also the black and white fact that, if one does not believe in Jesus, then one cannot use our current date. It's 2014 AD. We are taught AD is After Death, and BC is Before Christ. Who's death are we going by? Who's the Christ we marked in time all those years ago? Why would we still be going by it today if it wasn't significant?
The writings of old are basically slapping us in the face with facts that we either choose to believe, ignore, or consider. I can't tell you how stupid I felt, after my transformation, that I didn't try to learn all this stuff sooner.
I understand why you would believe that all Christians have fallen soo far from the tree, but I am a living example of the falsity of that statement. I am sorry that you view Christianity that way, but "You should never let what you do see determine what you should see."
OK - sorry, totally done now. I tend to get carried away when I talk about this stuff.
(Just to note I wrote that ages ago so I might sounds different responding to you now) there was a time when I was really young, like 12 or something and for a split second I genuinely believed God existed and it the emotions hit me like a brick.
But to be honest it didn't last long. I'm glad people can find something to believe in to get through life but the world's crudeness doesn't justify God's existence, to me it justifies the act that he isn't there. Humans scare me, what man is capable of scares me and it's often for me to stop and think 'perhaps accepting God's love is the way to go' and then I realize...His love isn't there, that's me.
God is me. He isn't real, Jesus renamed hope God because what's more reassuring than a strong, intelligent male figure? But looks that my opinion and I still stick with my very crude, hard look on life.
But I mainly can't stand the prejudice Christianity harbors. Christianity has so many different opinions and views based on the individuals but it will still lead back to the Sexist and Homophobic bible. As someone who accepted a sexual it apart of heteeosexuality I KNOW it isn't a choice. And to be frank the only reason I believe Christianity and Catholisms to be so convincing is because it was developed over centuries to be brain washing. I'm also sick of being called ignorant, stupid, told that I will be prayed for, I'm gonna burn and that I'm just a typical defiant teenager. It's degrading and insulting to my intelligence.
Sigh...but overall I'm happy for you. I'm happy that your happy. But please, I experience love everyday in my life, so NO, I'm not rejecting it, I'm not any less morally aware than you are just because I don't believe in a higher power. Sorry if I come off as aggressive, I'm just sick of this ignorance and subtle insults that you may not have been aware of saying but was still unsulting.
I'm sorry my trying to bring light on the subject of God insulted you...I really did not intend to do that.
I'm also sorry you may not have noticed that you could have insulted me by stereotyping me with the other people who dare call themselves "Christian", which, in essence, is being "Christ-like", when they're no such thing. But, I'm not insulted, and I never suggested you were going to burn in hell...so I'm sorry you immediately took the defensive on that. Of course love is capable on earth, it's not hell; but, like I said, I'm sorry you choose to avoid the evidence that strongly supports the latter.
What I'm most sorry about, though, is the fact that you have chosen to live in non-belief purely because man couldn't prove to you what man could never prove to you to begin with.
Hey, even proving to me God is real wouldn't change my mind. I'd be grateful for having an life but I just don't give a damn. But there seriously is no evidence, just because a man wrote down Scientology doesn't mean it's real, going by written evidence from a time where people were far simpler in the head isn't solid enough for me.
Sorry if you were offended and I didn't intend to but the Christians I'm referring to are the ones running the place and ruining the lives of women and anyone other than Heterosexual. When I was referring to humans who scare me, I was referring to those leaving under a faith.
I think we can split here, I still refuse to believe in him. A man can physical pour one chemical in another and prove that our brains creates this and that's why we're 'feel' God. However I won't believe the words of a peasant who lived in a mud shack a couple hundred years ago. So thank you and good day,
Unless you don't want to scroll to the middle of that page in the link above to see some obviouse evidence, here is the pool of images. The rule of coral is it can't form on anything that isn't thick and solid, which includes sand. So it's only more amazing that there are axle, and wheel shaped corals all along this "bridge" that literally has a 7,000 ft drop into the sea on either side of it.
Evidence of a super-massive flood: Polystrate fossils that break through multiple layers of geological columns that are supposedly millions of years apart in age. Last I checked, we don't see the tops of large trees sticking out of the ground, as well as trees that would stand long enough for millions of years to pass before decomposing and fossilizing them in place. There's also the fact that there are thousands of marine fossils littering land-masses such as deserts and mountain-tops that we've known to be dry for as long as we can remember. Sure, this detail is equally as logical as the latter argument, but that still doesn't explain living trees getting buried alive.
I could go on with the hard evidence, but these are my favorites, as well as the fact that my life is evidence; but, since you've never known me, this evidence will do.
"Even proving to me God is real wouldn't change my mind...I just don't give a damn."
Well...I'm glad God changed my life or I would probably be pregnant, and/or have a criminal record, by now. No use trying to argue against these evidences with me, because it's just a waste of time - I wasn't born into this, I was transformed to know this.
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