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give a man religion by TemplarWiegraf give a man religion by TemplarWiegraf
Made on MS PAINT, edited on macromedia fireworks

Well not too much to say for that. just a nice phrase used on a comic. ^^

if you're not an atheist, dont be mad, just understand that religion fanatism is what drives men to to bad and stupid things like the crusades or starve waiting or a miracle, instead of actually doing something about it.

I also want to dedicate this to Ælfred the great, the english king who united england. Because he waited for a god's intervention on the war against the pagan vikings(which never came of course), but even so was intelligent enough to rely on men power, and usher religion to unite a nation under his command.

may your lazy ass soul rest in whatever place you believe
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AutisticIcelandic98 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
In some cases, true.
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tetso Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
i don't think anyone has ever starved waiting for a fish to fall from the sky
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merkaboom Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
who said it had to fall from the sky? they might have expected it to fly out of the ground!
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KzaCrack Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
In the words of many: "It's funny cuz it's true"
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Skeptica Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Haha, agreed on some part. If there is no religion, men will just find another excuse for war anyway, so religion is the victim here.

Hmm... let me introduce some idea here... how about
being Religious vs being Superstitious?
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Mackzorro Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
how about instead of "men" we say "humanity" :P
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Nietzsche110 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
nice.
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Darkmoose84 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
I'm a Christian myself but agreed whole heartedly with the artist comment you made. It reminded me of a joke.

There's this guy floating in the middle of an ocean after a shipwreck. There's another guy floating on a piece of debris and says, "Hey, get on!"
The guy in the water says, "No, I'm fine. God'll get me out of this."
Then another guy in a boat comes by and says, "Hey, get on!"
The guy in the water says the same thing, "No, I'm praying, and I'm sure God'll get me out of this."
The guy says, "Okay that's fine. That's up to you by your convictions."
Then, a rescue helicopter comes by, with a guy out of it saying, "Hey, we're on our way to help you. Don't panic."
The guy in the water tells them the same thing, "Nope, I'm praying. God'll get me out of this.
Well, one can only hold yourself up for so long, and the guy eventually drowns. He goes up to Heaven and meets God. After this humbling experience, he decides to ask Him, "Hey God, I was praying to you, and not to sound ungreatful for how great this place is, why didn't you rescue me from the water?"
God says to him, "I sent you the debris, the boat, and the helicopter. Why didn't you get on one of those?"

But yeah, it just reminded me of that; you've probably already heard that one, but just thought I'd share. So many people out there looking for a sign or miracle whenever they don't realize they're the ones that need to make it happen; God doesn't help anyone who can't at least try to help themselves.
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valchan22 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
Freakn nice :) I've just gotta fav this!~
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revack Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I completely agree with your idea of religious fanaticism. However, your conclusion misses a real truth. Religion is the structure under which faith is expressed. Yet faith can be lived in a very positive manner. Faith in God is not something that should divide people. One who truly believes in God and does not depend on the "magic" of religious practices lives out a faith that should include understanding and compassion.

As a Christian I can only truly speak for the Christian faith. The example we have is Jesus, who stood in front of the adulteress and challenged those condemning her. He was more judgmental of the religious leaders (those who depended on religious practices) than those who were outside the faith.

You are right though. There is no magic on which we can depend. However, I would argue that God does lead, if we are listening and understanding how God truly leads. :)
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TemplarWiegraf Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yeah i may not be a complete atheist, and i make the comics based on funny quoting about religious stuff. but i do have my character of faith, i have faith in myself and in human goodwill, and that is enough for me to live, i just wanted to spread that the idea of fanatism, ignorance, and rejection of "infidels" is the whole problem of the religion itself and a person who fells for it, generally does not seek a truth, in fact, it seek a "magical" world where god will help him carry on with his life.

what is of course, plain dumb.
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revack Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
You might be interested to know that by all accounts Jesus would agree with you and not the fanatics. The Bible tells a story of Jesus meeting a woman from Samaria (they were the objects of racial and religious prejudice and hatred by the Jews). She tries to provoke the prejudice she thinks he has when she says to him, "You think everyone has to worship in Jerusalem. You don't like the way we worship, because we worship on this mountain." Instead of chastising her, he simply said, "someday everyone will realize that the way to worship God is in spirit and in truth." If you should want to look it up you will find it in St. John chapter 4. A link to an easy English version is [link] Skip down to chapter 4 and then verses numbered 21 through 26. The translator follows it with an explanatory comment which might also be helpful. I notice you are from Brazil, so you may find the Portuguese translation easier and it is here [link] :)
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Dragoon-M-Cleave Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed. *nods*
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TemplarWiegraf Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thank you very much.
i'll continue making the series
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Dragoon-M-Cleave Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. ^-^
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Wardhaus Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008   Traditional Artist
Hahah I like this. :) message, illustrations, it's all good.
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TemplarWiegraf Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thank you very much.
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