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Taking a break from the jokes to say something serious about my faith. Maybe it will encourage someone. Funny stuff next time.

EDIT: If you want a print of this cartoon you can now get one through my website. I also plan to make prints available directly through DeviantArt if I can figure out how. Until then, here’s the link to my store: cedricstudio.com/product/print…
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Daily Deviation

Given 2018-06-01
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rkader11 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good message man
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cedricstudio Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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AceProf Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018
I like the picture and I think, I can understand the meaning.. however, I still have the feeling that people should not seek the help of God too much. On one hand I feel really bad for him and I would not want to let him carry my sins and pain. Even though he is considered as immortal and almighty, I would not want to burden him with things I can handle alone or with my family and friends.
On the other hand everyone has their own life and therefore their own responsibility to create the life the way they want it to be. It is hard work. With all the failures and mishaps that occur during a lifespan it is inevitable to be confronted with oneself. It is hard to forgive. Especially oneself. However, isn't it necessary to learn from our wrongdoings?
It seems like God is carrying our failures away and everyone forgets the dirtied robe. But we shouldn't let him do that. Nobody has a clean white robe after a life, because we are all human and failures just happen. They simply must not be forgotten and never repeated.

Forgiveness is one thing. The other thing is to stand up for oneself and pay attention to the robe, which mustn't be stained by the same dirt again.

Please, I really don't want to offend anybody.
I respect religion.
Especially because it helps people who need the light in the darkness.

I just felt the urge to comment my thoughts about the topic. I would appreciate it, if someone explained me the things I may not yet understand about forgiveness, religion and life.

The drawing is great, regardless :)
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cedricstudio Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the thoughtful comment. Sorry for the late reply, I only check DA every few days.

Since you asked for other explanations, here’s my two cents: 

You are right that Jesus forgives us for our failures, but it is much more than that. The Bible uses the word “sins”. That’s a very different thing. Failures are usually just accidents that we didn’t really mean to do, whereas sins are often intentional and therefore require punishment. If a waiter trips and spills food on a patron, that’s a mistake that can be forgiven. But if he intentionally takes a plate of food and dumps it all over the patron’s clothes, that’s a very different thing. He deserves to be fired. If the restaurant is in England and the patron is the Queen, the punishment may be far worse.

Now imagine what it is like when we intentionally sin against the great King of the Universe. Something as simple as using God’s name as a curse word is actually a giant insult to Him. Every day we speak and act in ways that disrespect and offend him. We lie, we covet, we hate, we take his name in vain, all of which are acts of rebellion against His laws (the Ten Commandments). Jesus said that if you look at a woman with lust you have already committed adultery with her in your heart. He also said that if we hate someone it is as bad as murdering them in our hearts. We are not just making mistakes, we are guilty sinners.

That makes what Jesus did on the cross even more amazing! He wasn’t just paying for our mistakes, he was taking the punishment for our persistent rebellion against God. He doesn’t just forgive the little “oops’s“ in our lives, he offers to forgive us even when we hate him and outright rebel against him. All we need to do is humble ourselves, repent, and sincerely ask Him to change us. If we do that He will graciously wipe away *all* of our sins and make us new inside! (Not perfect, but new people who are gradually learning to change). If we don’t, then we are basically saying, “No thanks, I’ll pay the consequences myself on Judgement Day” (which is a horrible thought).

Anyway, that’s Christianity in a nutshell. I hope that makes sense. Feel free to share more thoughts if you have them.
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AceProf Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018
Thank you very much! :)
I never thought about it that way. If I understood it correctly, it would mean that the dirty robe is representing the sins against God committed by humanity? Sins like the examples you haven given (blasphemy, hate, lust, etc.).
Those sins insult Him and He is going to pay back on the Judgement Day?
Another thought occurred in my mind. Actually, as far as I know the events, God made us and thus He could be referred to as our "Father" ( Sort of a higher instance for our existence in a way?).
Rebellion is somehow within the blood of younger generations who don't want to do as they are told. Parents really suffer during that time and are also insulted in many horrible ways even though they gave life to their child and took care for it. Nonetheless they would not punish them in a manner they wouldn't 'survive'. They would punish them in order to make them better and not to make them pay for their insulting behaviour. Jesus seems like a big brother who has gone through that all and wants to help his younger sibling (us). He takes the blame in order to see us growing up by releasing the heavy guilt from our shoulders.

On Judgement Day would be the question if God let us come 'home' to Him or not. Either He forgives us or not. I can imagine it if someone really disappointed Him, because the person never showed any attempt of changing their bad behaviour.

Somehow I hardly believe that God would take insults against Himself into account but rather judge the people by their doings during a life span.
I wouldn't have wanted to believe in someone who let 'believing sinners' to heaven but punished 'non-or different believing good people'.
But maybe that is another point I do not understand completely.

I'm sorry for another long text.. I hope I don't get on your nerves with my questions and thoughts. Thank you!
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cedricstudio Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Hi AceProf. Thanks for the kind and thoughtful response.

From my understanding of the Bible, yes God is our loving Father but he is also a just and righteous Judge. So maybe a better analogy would be if a judge had a son who committed a serious crime. The judge has to balance his fatherly love with the requirements of the law that justice be served. If he just lets his son go he is not being a fair or good judge. 

God is both the ultimate father and the ultimate judge. The beauty of the cross is that it reconciles both. Jesus, God's sinless son, steps into the courtroom and offers to pay our fine. That way justice is served while at the same time we see how amazing God's love really is!

Also, you said, "I wouldn't have wanted to believe in someone who let 'believing sinners' to heaven but punished 'non-or different believing good people'." I hear you. That's a common objection to Christianity but it's based on a misconception. Christianity doesn't teach that good people are sent to hell simply because they got a question wrong on their theology exam. Rather, the Bible teaches that people are sent to hell for their *sins*. No one has ever lived up to the Ten Commandments - we all lie, steal, blaspheme, covet, etc. We all have sin in our hearts and we are all guilty before God of offending Him and rebelling against Him. We might compare ourselves to other people and say, "he or she is a good person", but when if the standard is Jesus and his perfect obedience and holiness, none of us are even close to being truly good. We sin every day in thought, word, and deed. If you do the math you and I will both have thousands of sins to answer for on Judgment Day. That's why I'm so very thankful for the cross. Jesus offers hope! "I am the way, the truth, and the life...." "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Jesus).
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daiolupo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Amen
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Xeir-Zith Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Professional Writer
Truly inspiring!
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cedricstudio Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I just realized my comic was selected as a DD (Daily Deviation). Wow, I’m blown away. Thanks to so many of you for taking the time to respond and for the kind and thoughtful comments. 
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Redatomisk Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
I think automatic forgiveness is an excuse to make people feel ok for doing bad things. I don't believe in "sins", but pretty often if you do something bad, you have to do a little more than just apologize to make it right again. And there's some things bad enough that they change you as a person, and no religious rite can undo that. Some things people SHOULD have to live with for the rest of their lives. Basically, don't do bad things.
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HexxTheHighWarlock Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sorry. I hope things get better for you.
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Redatomisk Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018
Things are fine for me, don't know what you mean. Thanks though, i guess?
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HexxTheHighWarlock Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome.
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Redatomisk Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018
Appreciate the sentiment, but you're really confusing.
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HexxTheHighWarlock Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Well the message is to appreciate the sentiment. That's it, it's confusing and hard but that's it.
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Redatomisk Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018
Thanks, but you should tell it to someone who has something going wrong for them.
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aCatInSpace Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018
This is really cool. Good Job!
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SB7989-Art Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this so much aaaa ^^
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JasonWolfe Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018
I stopped being a Christian some time ago, but tgis concept is something I have always loved about Christianity.
"Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the doot shall be opened."
--Somewhere in the Bible
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WaryCassowary Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I love this!  The "tears of joy" expression in the last panel really gets to me.  I've felt that same way so many times.  Thank you! (and thank you Jesus, of course :) (Smile) )
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LeeGriffin0 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018  Hobbyist
Absoultely beautiful and true.
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SnowwyMcDuck Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
How I see this comic:
God forgive me!
Okay here is a burden I was carrying, but yeah it's yours now lol
Thank you!
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cedricstudio Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry for the late reply, I missed this somehow.

i was actually going for the opposite - that Jesus takes away the burden of our sins and carries them with him to the cross. We can rejoice and be made new. But maybe I could have done a better job of making that clear.
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kev-schafer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You know what? Good on you for making a nice piece of art that brought a smile to my face. Do what makes you happy.
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Starfoxfanatic4ever Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018
TRANSLAITON INTO LOGICAL LANGUAGE: PELASE SEAV EME FROM YOUR FIERY VENGEANCE, AND I WILL THANK YOU FOR NOT GETTING YOUR FIERY REVENGE ON ME. PRAISE THE FIREFIGHTER WHO STARTED THE FIRE!  This DD is sick and logically and morally indefensable.
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HexxTheHighWarlock Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sorry this isn't to your taste, I hope you feel better though.
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pnutbjtime Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018
Notice how all the "Christians", are leaving happy, joyful comments, whereas you're out here, with at least 4 posts on this page of comments alone, being pathetic and trying your hardest to bring people down and disgrace the name of religion. You call happiness, forgiveness, freedom, and joy "sick"? You truly are a pathetic soul. Also you want to talk about morals? Why do you think when people commit a sin, or crime, etc., they feel a heavy weight in their heart? It's their morals weighing down on them. They feel the need to confess and confide their issues into other people. That bible verse is doing exactly that. I see a bunch of happy, joyous people, complimenting this artists work, and here you are, being the only person, trying to insult them, and bring them down. But according to your science and logic, complimenting someone is morally indefensible, but insulting people over and over again, isn't? You should really reconsider your beliefs if that's how you think.
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Paremuine Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018
It's clear that Starfox is upset because of something. Maybe it's the fact that most people with common sense think that it's good idea to isolate someone who is danger to other people and society at large. It's not about vengeance but for the really simple reason that those very individuals wouldn't be committing the very same crimes for at least some period of time. Only religious people think that R4P15T5, M0L35T3R5 and other sickos should only apologise and that's the end of it. Never mind they are going to carry on with their crimes soon after. When Jesus said: "Let the children come to me" he didn't had mind that those children would have to come through unpunished perverts who would end up driving both those children and their parents away from him.

So who is actually insulting here? You try to depict Jesus like someone who didn't respect science and logic or who didn't have any morals. Or like he would have been a religious person when in fact the religious people were the ones who felt insulted and ended up killing him. Ironic how you fail to see parallels between pharisees then and many christians today.
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pnutbjtime Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018
So because Starfox is upset and has daddy issues he gets to go around like a scumbag and disrespect religion and people? And no mate, religious people don't think that rapists and molesters should just say sorry and if they do they are free to walk. You must be daft if you think that they do. There is no Christian, or other religious person that would be perfectly fine with that, and if they were, they themselves wouldn't be proper religious people. You also state that I depict Jesus as someone who doesn't respect science, logic, and morals? Where did I ever say that anywhere in my comment. You have no idea how I depict any religion, you don't even know if I am a Christian myself. You are bringing in completely unrelated topics and pretending like I said things that I clearly didn't. Learn how to debate before you shove words down my throat that I never said.

The entire basis of my argument was pure logic in itself.
Starfox, who is clearly not a Christian, is being a pathetic loser, and harassing people.
All the religious, and hell, even non-religious, but just not dickhead people, are even complimenting this work for what it is. But for biased atheists that's too much for them to comprehend. I don't see any of the Christians shoving their religion down people's throats, but here are the atheists attempting to shit all over religion and shove their atheism down people's throats. 
For people that claim to spew only logic, and science, you're all quite illogical.

I wasn't trying to defend religion, or say that I am a Christian, or disrespect science or morals or logic (as you somehow claim I was even though I did no such thing). I was just trying to explain how Starfox, and now you, are complete dipshits.
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Paremuine Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018
I might have misunderstood this phrase:"But according to your science and logic, complimenting someone is morally indefensible, but insulting people over and over again, isn't?" From there it seemed to me like you would contrast yourself not only to Starfox but also to Science and logic (which is actually really common practice by american evangelicals). Therefore you should elaborate on that sentence if you don't want to be misunderstood.

Whether you, me or Starfox are christians or anything else has nothing to do with anything. When I talk about "religious people" or "christians" then I don't mean every religious person or every christian. I know plenty of decent christians. But most religious people fail to notice the way they encourage ignorance, group-think/talk and other harmful behaviours. You also seem to follow the same pattern that "positive/ingroup" comments are accepted and "negative/critical" thought/ideas/comments are not. not only that but you seem to feel obligated to attack anyone who dares to think differently. That's why I assume you are religious + christian and you felt that your beliefs were under attack triggering such a response from you.

You complain that Starfox insults people yet you insult him and that supposedly be absolutely fine. I see double standards here. So while you behave exactly like him you somehow still believe that you as a christian is better or somehow your actions are excused but his aren't? How come? Is it because in the evening before you go to bed you apologise to Jesus therefore you are forgiven and since non-christians aren't apologising Jesus they don't get forgiven? (I'm not saying this is what you believe, I'm just trying to understand you - so please try to explain this with your own words if you think I have done injustice to you.)

You also call him "pathetic loser" but aren't all christians pathetic losers? Such losers actually that they can't live their lives without imaginary friends. Jesus himself said it best: "sick needs a doctor". That explains why well people or those who have been cured don't want to go back in the asylum - but try to explain that to the crazies still inside.

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The entire basis of my argument was pure logic in itself." - what was your argument? I didn't see any argument. Instead you call people names. That somehow supposed to be "logical"? "That is just your opinion, man!" - not logic.

I'm not atheist but I'm ex-christian and I know full well all the $H1T different religions are peddling. I don't have anything against Jesus but I do have all against religion, just like he had and for some reason you are doing everything your feeble mind is capable to defend religion. I don't know why though. So you call religious propaganda "art"? Well, that's fine, but don't be surprised when non-christians won't appreciate such ... dick-move. I don't see atheism being "evangelised" all around the internet like you claim, no, it's always some religion.

I hope this time you do have some arguments and logic and not just call people names.
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KatanaL5A Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely biblic. The thuth on the Forgiveness from Lord Jesus is well perfect. Beautiful artwork. I'm gonna share it.
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Starfoxfanatic4ever Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018
TRANSLATION INTO LOGICAL LANGUAGE: PELASE SAVE ME FROM YOUR FIERY VENGEANCE, AND I WILL THANK YO. PRAISE THE FIREFIGHTER WHO STARTED THE FIRE! I AM WASHED IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB OT BE SAVED FORM THE WRATH OF THE LAMB. This DD is sick, superstitious, irrational, and morally indefensible.
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely work!
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theonlydavyjones Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
this is truly beautiful!
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Legendary55 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Father forgive them for they do not know what they say.
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Starfoxfanatic4ever Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018
TRANSLATION INTO LOGICAL LANGUAGE: PELASE SAVE ME FROM YOUR FIERY VENGEANCE, AND I WILL THANK YO. PRAISE THE FIREFIGHTER WHO STARTED THE FIRE! I AM WASHED IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB OT BE SAVED FORM THE WRATH OF THE LAMB. This DD is sick, superstitious, irrational, and morally indefensible.
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't need to be a christian to see that you're really good at making an ass out of yourself here. I kinda wonder what they did to you that you're that aggressive about something that does not really concern you.
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Legendary55 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Either your on Gods side or Satan’s side your choice.
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MEP4Photography Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on your DD for this fabulous dev. :clap:
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Disney-Cartoonist Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
This is a wonderful heart warming comic. It’s great to see some religion being featured 👍🏼😀
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SolitaryGrayWolf Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, just wow! I got goosebumps from this picture! Well done!
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danimaxed Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018
Amém brother
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BeautyDream09 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018
Awww...That is a beautiful message❤️
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nekotyto Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
There is no god
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Look at you, so edgy.
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nekotyto Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
More edge then bismuth.
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Disney-Cartoonist Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Oh but there is
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Legendary55 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Amen to that
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Disney-Cartoonist Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Student Digital Artist
😊
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nekotyto Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
There isn't. the idea of God is just a fallacy.
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