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Religion of Love by jackcomstock Religion of Love by jackcomstock
What do you value more, truth or faith?

I spent 17 years of my life using mental gymnastics to justify what I believed. I was living a mental simulation where god was real. this greatly skewed my perspective on reality.

to any one that believes these verses were taken out of context or misinterpreted please read the following verse

2 Peter 1:20" "no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation."
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ThatFreakyZephyr Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. Indeed.
Hit the nail on the head.
I couldn't stay in long because I was a homosexual. 
Due to being born differently, I would go to hell. 
So I turned the other way.
I look at logic now, and see that people are people. 
And that we are seen as the devil from believers. 
But we have similarities to him: We questioned and we doubted. 
You know who else did this?
Albert Einstien, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks just to name a few. 
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DaigarusTheGryphon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I must admit I really liked all these reflections about the Bible.

Everybody knows that The Old Testament is full of horrific nonsense (only applicable for those times when it was written).
Societies are changing as years pass by, we can't keep applying all those commandments nowadays.

There are a lot of problems with the Bible texts: I'm talking about translation. We, the ones who know a bit about history and theology, know perfectly about it. According to some researchers Rome needed to grow so as to become the strongest Nation in the whole world. In order to do that, they opened their gates to greet everyone without any restriction. Due to that, many cultures were mixed there, most of them were Pagans. There was where the Catholic Church was born: the most corrupt religion ever. As centuries passed, they wanted power and money. That was when they started creating "human rules" which they used to dominate. As there were no schools people were really ignorant and idiot so it was easy to make them believe bullshits such as: the Sacred Virgin, The Holy Cross, Saints, Heaven and Hell (aka Hades), Seven deadly sins, the Ten Commandments, etc.

The Old Testament was not totally approved by all priests as it was written by the Jewish. So, they decided to concentrate on the New Testament. Of course, we know that priests are human beings like any of us, they disagreed one another as they thought differently. The Church did not accept that so each priest was sent to a different place to evangelise as they wanted. Since then, different religions were born because they thought in a different way from the Catholic Church. Amongst Christians began a kind of war because of different viewpoints. The most powerful religion couldn't accept that, so they decided to kill everyone who was against the clergy.

But why did they decide to to that? This is difficult to answer, but Jesus himself said:

"Those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them
Bring them here and kill them in front of me"
[Jesus, (Luke 19:27)]

It was not the Church's fault at all. God's son had said.

I don't hate religious people, I just can't stand religious freaks, they're just too bigoted.
I know, as any other, that religion is the result of our current misery, our suffering, our pain, our injustice.

Because of religion we discriminate, destroy, mock, hate, kill, rape, torture, damn, hit, hurt, etc.
It's the Bible itself the problem, not the people who believe in God. The interpretation depends on each person and that's another trouble. It's impossible that what "I think" the other person thinks alike too. I always want explanations for everything, I don't like to hear something is wrong just because the Bible says. Believing is the easiest way not thinking about it, that's why most of the world lies under religions.
Certainly, it's easy to live when you are "a white blonde heterosexual person with a lot of money". But when you are not, you are just discriminated. I'm out of the group, so I have to stand being discrimated and treated like a crap.

Truth is relative, as I always say. Each one has their own truth inside. I mean, if you believe you have to know why and if you don't believe you have to know why not. However, if you believe keep it to yourself, do not fuck others.
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Linkzilla Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
What's funny about this is that one of the Commandments is "Thou Shalt Not Kill."
Well - here's a bunch of verses of God commanding people to not only Kill, but Mutilate other people in a very brutal way.

I don't know about you...but it sounds like we're getting Mixed-Messages.
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They seriously need an update if believers in these things should be allowed to run countries (which they reall should not).
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wouldn't phrase it like that, but yes.
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MizuMegamiSama Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Since so many people are going on a "DAT'S DA OT ST00PID!" spaz attack, you might want to add in what Jesus said about how not a single letter of the law shall pass away. ;)
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Spooneads Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Old teatament: God is an insecure Asshole.
New Testament: God is still an insecure Asshole but does a better job at hiding it.
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chibi-germany7 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why do you hate us what did we do to you atheists?
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Spooneads Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
... We don't hate you.
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appocrea Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We don't hate you, we just see a lot of problems with the Bible. We don't directly come and attack you(at least the majority of us, I don't want to speak for all atheists), we just pick apart laugh at some of the rather messed up logic in religion. It's rather entertaining, some of the stuff the Church comes up with. I don't understand why you would believe in this book, which could be easily made up, has hundreds of logical fallacies and often shows God ordering people to murder outright, when you could agree with the reason of thousands of educated people working with science? I think you really should stop worrying and enjoy your life <3
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chibi-germany7 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude I'm not worring and the reason I believe in the bible is because it's an acient text made by 1000 of differnt authors all believing the same thing and I do enjoy my life because my savior died for me and you and the rest of the wolrd also Christians have allot more fun then the awesomest rave party 
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appocrea Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The fact that it's an ancient text kinda makes it rather unreliable. I don't know if you've noticed, but the age of Catholicism was a period of rather large decline in the rate of scientific discoveries.
I really hope you ignore the Exodus and most of the Old Testament, there is really some messed up stuff in there.
Clearly laughing at some of the stuff humanity thinks up is a bit more fun than sitting in church on Sundays having a 'rave party'.
lol this argument is hilarious
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chibi-germany7 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eh I'm going to pray for you and my church is not in the 17th century it's in the 21st 
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appocrea Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's thoughtful, but it would be pointless to pray for me when it won't really do anything.
the 17th century was only a few hundred years ago. I think you should do some research on your own religion.According to your religion, the New Testament describes Jesus's life, which apparently happened around 2000 years ago, the start of the calendar. The New Testament ended way before the 17th century and by then they had ditched most of the gruesome and inhumane practices. Whether you believe in the 17th century God or the 21st century God doesn't really make a difference. The Bible is still the same book whether you read it in the 17th century or now. Some rather disturbing notions it contains, too.
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chibi-germany7 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What I mean is the 17th centuries churches those we're boring and I do research on my religion so I'm going to pray for you because u seem like a nice person :) 
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FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Two words: Old Testament
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Writer
Those are all from the Jewish Bible you fuckwit.
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RollerTrack3 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
'Jewish Bible'? You really are ignorant of other cultures.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Student Writer
The Old Testament.
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firebreather2536 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My ass it is!
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Teh-Lucario Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Meh. The bible is a book and just that. Take it too seriously, and... well, you've seen what happens. Hell, even the Pope said not to treat the bible like the freaking bible.
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bcollins39302 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Deuteronomy 20:13 1-4 reminds me of what's happening in Nigeria bcollins39302.deviantart.com/j…
"Oh ya guys, God just got back to me and he says we can sell the girls".
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BTIsaac Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Every single one of these quotes is taken from the old testament. Make of that what you will.
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BlackDiamond874 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Ah, yes... "religion"... *fingerquotes* "The philosophy of a known higher power promising eternal reward should they obey them, but sending all who do not into a cruel realm of unimaginable anguish and agony for the rest of eternity."
We have dismissed that claim...
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yudrontheglatorian Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah i know god killed, but he can get angry too. try to think WHY he did it!

(i tried to search for material to understand these lines, but everyone is just talking about HOW MANY people god killed, not WHY. that pissed me off, itīs like trying to manipulate the neutral people, on this topic. i want to know the reasons, i donīt want numbers!)
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Corvus-the-Snark Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You know what they say: love hurts
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Derroflcopter Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Yeah, like when Hitler killed 7 million Jews out of love.

...wait.
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Corvus-the-Snark Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty sure Hitler hated the Jews
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Derroflcopter Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
As Yahweh did those Samaritans.
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Corvus-the-Snark Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
God loves and hates everyone equally
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Corvus-the-Snark Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*shrug*
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Derroflcopter Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
But seriously, that statement was bad theology, and I can say why.
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Dumuzi-ouji Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
God is a serial killer nuff said.
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keithcatdragon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And what is Truth?
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Adralin Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it
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Nicole-Nyx Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
I always enjoy looking at work as controversial at yours. Not just because I enjoy doing so quite a lot, (Bravo on the piece by the way), but also because I really like reading comments that these works get. There's always a group of idiots who cherry pick facts, and quotations that suit their arguments and then always dump a link at the bottom of it because they believe it adds credibility. Regardless, their entire point in their long winded comments is "YOU'RE WRONG, ASSHOLE."

Great work, btw. Very thought provoking.
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Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You do a good job showing all the bad stuff in the bible but you turn a blind eye on the good side of Christianity and the positive stuff in the bible. Bravo, you're blinded by hate and ignorance.
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jackcomstock Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
The reason I focus on the negative parts of the bible (genocide, slavery, rape, war etc) is because the negative is usually justified using the bible. The positive things in the bible ( love thy neighbor, the golden rule, charity etc) prove to be true with or without the bible.

My eyes are open by my love of truth....no fear, hatred or god necessary. If the evidence presents itself I will believe.

Its cool dude. We just have different understandings
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Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
[link]

Albert Einstein:
"Your question [about God] is the most difficult in the world. It is not a question I can answer simply with yes or no. I am not an Atheist."

"science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."

""Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life."

"Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly."

"a person who is religiously enlightened appears to me to be one who has, to the best of his ability, liberated himself from the fetters of his selfish desires and is preoccupied with thoughts, feelings and aspirations to which he clings because of their super-personal value. It seems to me that what is important is the force of this superpersonal content ... regardless of whether any attempt is made to unite this content with a Divine Being, for otherwise it would not be possible to count Buddha and Spinoza as religious personalities. Accordingly a religious person is devout in the sense that he has no doubt of the significance of those super-personal objects and goals which neither require nor are capable of rational foundation ... In this sense religion is the age-old endeavor of mankind to become clearly and completely conscious of these values and goals and constantly to strengthen and extend their effect. If one conceives of religion and science according to these definitions then a conflict between them appears impossible. For science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be"
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Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
"In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views." Einstein
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OpinionsProfile Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
A direct quote from the link I gave you, "Although Einstein emphatically rejected conventional religion, he was affronted when his views were appropriated by atheists, whose lack of humility he found offensive."  I am aware that Einstein was not an atheist; however the quotes you gave suggest that he was a Christian, which he most certainty was not.  As is demonstrated by the following quote: "The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish."
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kuckuk333 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
simply :+fav:
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Let us not forget the New Testament. I was always taught that Christianity was based on "Faith" & not on on works but lets see what Jesus Himself has to say about it:

Matt 25 v31~ : "For I hungered and you fed me!" : Sermon on the Mount: "Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called 'The Sons of God'"

Amognst others.
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LucifericChrist Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
A christian would say "Don't take the bible out of context." Yet How many songs have they read lyrics to and taken out of context? Then gone on and tried to censor or protest.
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Earthtalon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Not all.
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MistressoftheRoses Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Hey, bible was written by man, and man can lie and cheat and steal. It doesn't make the religion itself evil. Religion doesn't kill people, people kill people.
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