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Question God by LimeGreenSquid Question God by LimeGreenSquid
"The more i study religions, the more i am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself." - Sir Richard Burton (1812-1890)

I finally got myself a scanner, so you can now enjoy this completely basic stick-drawing without the ugly paper-shade and graininess!

Anyway, this one should be pretty straightforward.

When people are offended that you are questioning god, they are really just upset that you are questioning them and everyone who taught them this stuff growing up.

Anger is always their first reaction because, besides being lead to believe that dismantling their religion is "hurting" them, they know they have no convincing answers to any of your questions. So, they would rather claim authority (without earning it) in an attempt to put a stop to all questioning, encouraging everyone to ignore and demonize doubters, while minimizing the suffering caused at their religion's encouragement.

When humans (and human-written books) are the only conveyors of the thoughts of all gods, and these people refuse to show you any of these gods, and no one agrees on which gods are real or not, or even on certain aspects of the same god (33,000+), the only useful conclusion is that belief in the existence of gods is most likely a false assumption, and an utter waste of time, energy and money.

And when these gods support slavery, genocide, and discrimination, it's important to point out to people, "This is not a roll model, and we must question anyone who would intentionally choose to ally themselves with a being who has ever given these laws, because inevitably, they are allying themselves with people who do follow these laws, and making those people stronger and more influential..."

Suspect anyone who tries to limit your curiosity!!!
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Vovina-de-Micaloz Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I lol'd... it's so true.
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LimeGreenSquid Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know, it's just... you know? Hehe.
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Vovina-de-Micaloz Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aye.

If this god is really so "all-powerful" then why haven't I heard back from him in 21 years? Sheesh.
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Deranged-Dragon Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I strongly agree with the quote and the picture. I do believe in some higher power or spiritual realm but not the one of the Bible or the one of religion, more of the idea. My reasoning is that if the universe, the world we live in, is so endless as they say how did it all come about?

Anyway, I don't want to get into any deep debate, I'd just like to put my 2 cents out there. :)

Great picture too. Very comical. :lol:
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LimeGreenSquid Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. I like to think that the collective knowledge we all have to carry around as a species to continue to be as "successful" as we are, is the best place to designate a word like "god" or "higher power". Although it's not actually a god, or a higher power, just our ability to write, record and remember, but our collected human knowledge is the most important thing to us, and can be extremely fragile (say we kill most of ourselves off: the next generation has to start with the knowledge and governance once found in the dark ages) and is technically like a shared brain between all humans. Every fact we've recorded, everything we say that sticks around, popular sayings and trends and laws and democracy and knowledge of our own technology, all the lessons against cruelty and slavery we've grudgingly beat out of ourselves could all be wiped out with one global catastrophe (or if we just suddenly lost the ability to use electricity).
That's as far as i am willing to stretch the "god" concept, but it's still all man-made. We thought all this stuff up as a species and what we've learned is that we need it in order to make any kind of peaceful society.
But it is still perplexing to wonder how (or if) it all began, when and why. "Higher power" still to me has too much of a spiritual connotation for me to be able to use comfortably, but i'd say whatever created this universe had to have been created itself/themselves. And the more we can keep going back like that, the more i am resigned to think the universe just has always been, without explanation.
Pondering these explanations is fun and a core part of figuring ourselves out, but claiming to know the explanation: well that's just dishonesty (aka religion/spirituality). Which is why i cannot settle on any god or higher power idea until i am shown exactly what it is, with proof and evidence, hehe.
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Deranged-Dragon Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I completely agree! Our morals, our idea, our mentality is all influence from past generations. There is not much more I can add as you basically summed up all my scatter thoughts in a nice little nutshell.

I am neither an atheist or a very religious person as I understand why both parties believe in what they do. They are good and bad points to each side. I see every perspective to be a piece to a puzzle and that the possibilities in what we could believe in to be technically endless.
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DougBaltz Apr 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He doesn't require them to speak for Him, they claim to be speaking for Him without understanding what He'd really want. I believe in God, but I don't believe in religion.
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LimeGreenSquid Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But all gods require mankind to point them out, like you pointing out this other god that you are referring to. Believing in a magical being is religion, because it requires faith, because there is no evidence (that's the entire reason "faith" was invented). Because still - only humans ever speak of gods. When they can speak for themselves, then i'll listen.
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TSFurman Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works." - Stephen Hawking
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LimeGreenSquid Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"I believe in god!"
Show me.
"No!"
I believe in gravity.
"Show me"
Push....
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