I love how much you can do with so few colours. That happy go-lucky she-devil in the middle of the picture expresses tons with just four colours. Well done indeed.
I'm not so sure on the whole concept of hell myself. I don't know what your thoughts are, but I don't get why people who were bad once would *have* to be tortured. That just seems to be an extention of the vengeful nature of humans.
I think you've mistaken 'ignorant' in my statement where 'overly simplified' only applies.
This is not something I take lightly. I have seriously researched the aspects of organized religion, bigotry, and where the two cross. I have found religion not at fault. The communities that twist religion accidentally when they incorporate it into their lives are at fault -- though not so that you can blame them.
But when certain communities reject all similar forms of their religion in favor of greed, bigotry, and hostility -- there is something seriously wrong. This is the 'religious right' I speak of. I point to the recent rejection by the Christian Coalition of their president-elect Rev. Joel Hunter, for his attempts to expand the Coalition's focus to aiding the poor -- as an example. Whether or not you feel the examples I know of represent ALL of the religious right is meaningless -- it is these examples I reject, not your examples.
If you wish to discuss the foundations of my opinion in far more detail, I am more than willing.
My sense of justice is enamored of the idea that we all experience the hell and heaven that we make ourselves believe in, both in life (which I can see to be at least partially true) and in death (which I can only hope is true).
Read my comment again - there is a difference between people 'on the right', and the 'conservative moral right'. You can leave the individuals in both political spectrums behind - I've called out a specific social group who meddle in politics.
The people I speak of are religious fundamentalists who support the 'right' side of politics to the point that they condemn people of left political ideals to hell. Most political ideals on the left are meant to cease suffering, and little to do with evil. I see these fundamentalists as raising God's condemnation as a political and debating tool - which essentially equals them claiming to know everything about god, and invoking God's name simply to support arguments that they have no other logic argument for.
I've talked to fundamentalists in debate, I've also burned myself pretty severely on numerous occasions: I find fire livable, I find fundemenaltists to be insufferable.
If there is an entity who is or is not God, I'd like to think that they would be rather disappointed in us for allowing such things to happen. No matter how misled any of us are, there's no excuse for what's being done in the name of religion/patriotism in the US.
Pseudo, I love your work. Please, by all means, don't ever stop.
A great piece, as always...personally, I believe the militant Christians we so gladly follow here in the US are going to be quite embarrassed with themselves when they die and God tells them they've been doing it all wrong.
I very much agree. The whole religion thing seems absurdly hypocritic at times. Why work at something that doesn't feel natural just to be rewarded specifically as that kind of person? It's lying to yourself, and to everyone else.
there is no hell. judaism has no hell, no demons, satan is actually an angel of God. christianity, which sprouted from judaism, came along and scared everybody into following it... you can thank st paul for that crap -.- - Gally
i think that's a naive statement tho. i dont believe in hell either, but i dont think of God as predominantly good or evil... i think of God as appropriate. look into the 10 holy and 10 unholy sefirot in judaism. it's a mystical idea, but i think it's sort of what could be called 'appropriate' in the aspect of God's characteristics.
but then again... God is how you view God so you can think of God in any way, and as long as you consider this All-Pervading Conciousness as God, then... yeah.
God doesnt send people to hell, people send themselves there. People were made so that they can make their own choices, those ones who choose not to trust in God face the consequences of their decision.
"He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." - John 3:18
We cant repent in hell because we had already been given the chance too, and passed it up.