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God by hank1 God by hank1
Oils on canvas
20 x 18"
1991

I expect this will earn me many enemies. I am an atheist. It's not a militant atheism. It's actually a small part of my philosophy. It makes me angry when some local politicians in my home town and all over the country deny permission to show the Nativity Scene or a cross on public grounds. The stories of all religions are wonderful. But in my mind it's fiction. I view it this way: God did not create man, man created God. In America we have a separation of church and state. Our founders were deists. They believed that God created man and the universe, but then stepped back to see how his creation performed, never interfering in man's work. Read The Godless Constitution: A Moral Defense of the Secular State (Paperback) by Isaac Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore.

So, if there is a God (and I cannot prove their isn't, no more than a believer can prove there is), the way the world is going today I see God as just laughing at his creation in a cruel and destrutive manner.

And please don't think that one can be moral only if he believes in a God. There are three values I hold as fundamental: Reason, Purpose, Self-esteem. And seven virtues: rationality, independence, integrity, honesty, justice, productiveness, pride.

A poem written about this painting by the poet Brian Faulkner:

"Show not His face, they said.
I picked a pen and drew His head.
"Blasphemer! Thou shalt die!"
I drew a tooth, I drew an eye.
"Thou now shalt go to Hell!"
God's shrieking face, I drew it well.
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This-Inuyasha-plz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
When one person suffers from delusion it is called insanity.
When many people suffer from delusion it is called religion.

Honestly I think God is a lovely concept, but one that cannot be applied to our world, as if God were truely omnipotent, and cared about mankind, he would end suffering.
And yet suffering still exists.

If there IS a God, he's an omnipotent dick.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
‎"There is no god, O Man, if thou art none."
--Swinburne
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Photochad Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
gah its like..creepy yet cool at the same time.

this here be a monster and if thats whats lookng down on us I suddenly understand the fucked up shit that happens in the world 0_0.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I think you get my point, Chad. Thanks much.
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reban Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
I can't see why this couldn't be God. he's a very flexible kinda guy :-)
I read a story once, it was kind of like this:

One afternoon I was invited by God to have tea with him. I was, of course, very honored and said yes.
When I went to God's place I saw that he had dressed himself in the shape of a crocodile. I asked him why and he said: "Because that is how you see me".

Sweet huh?
I think God is very individual as he created each and everyone of us. I can see him as an old black man, Morgan Freeman style, and I can also see him as a punk girl laughing at a party. Why not? Doesn't that tell of how wonderful he is? How versitile and stuff? I'm not saying all of this to try to convert you or anything :)
I think your pic is great. Hugz!
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hank1 Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
What an interesting story. And as you see God is as personal as it gets.

Thanks for the compliment too.

Robert
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OWENSANGEL Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
I AM A BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN AND I CAN TELL YOU THIS IS NOT GOD. I KNOW BECAUSE 2PETER 1-3 SAYS "HE IS LIGHT AND IN HIM THERE IS NO DARKNESS". YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ 1JOHN 1-5. THIS COULD NOT POSSIBLE BE THE GOD I KNOW BUT THERE ARE MANY "gods of this world" OF WHICH I KNOW LITTLE AND THIS MIGHT BE ONE OF THOSE. PHIL. 2:12 SAYS "WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH TREMBLING AND FEAR (WHICH IS REVERENCE OF GOD). IT IS A SERIOUS MATTER AND A CHOICE WE MUST MAKE AS INDIVIDUALS. I AGREE WITH THE COMMENT FROM VERDOKAI ABOVE..I BELIEVE GOD IS WEEPING OVER THIS GENERATION. BUT ROBERT, YOU HAVE DONE A MOST EXCELLENT JOB OF PORTRAYING SUCH A HIDIOUS BEING, AS I WOULD EXPECT FROM YOU. WELL DONE
DEAR FRIEND.

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MARANATHA
MARANATHA
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This-Inuyasha-plz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Is your caps lock broken?

Let me direct you to a saying I absolutely love.

"Is God willing, but unable to prevent evil?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is God not willing, but able?
Then he is malevolent.
Is God both willing and able?
Then why is there evil?
Is God neither willing, or able?
Then why call him God?"
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hank1 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Do you think this is the Christian God? He is not the one I had in mind.
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librarian-of-hell Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I always imagined God (postulating what if he's there after all, just for a fun inner experiment) as the Ultimate Boss Villain, pretty much like the mathematician Paul Erdos explained: 'Everytime a theory/[mathematical] solution is wrong, the Great Fascist gets a point. If a theory/solution is right, nobody gets any points. The goal is to keep the Great Fascist's score low.'
Because if there is a god, that limits humanity's possible range of progress. (As in knowledge, healthspan, technology etc.) And anything that artificially limits growth and confines a mind into feeble, miserable existence is evil.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll take your second paragraph to heart. Never heard it stated that way. I think you're correct.

Robert
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librarian-of-hell Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!
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xxbelcxx Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
no
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hank1 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're right. It's rather a picture of the most evil creature to ever walk the earth: Obama.
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zody5 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
yes
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DoctorBollocks Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
I read this and I wasn't angry but I did like what you had to say. I am a Christian but I am an old style Humanist is the sense that Faith and Reason go hand in hand. Though I'm not sure if he's laughing rather that he is pondering, pondering what will we do next. I don't beleive in predestination but I do think he knows what we might make. I'm not a deist and i do think he influences us in life but not totally controls and that take saway from Free will. I have nothing against atheists but I do have a problem with militants hellbent with wiping the name of God and the such off the face like Richard Dawkins and his sort. But I did appreciate a good amount of what you said though I'm not particularly fond of the picture rally it seems creepy and more like a Satan( whom I beleive would be the one to laugh at this seeing as he likes it and god loves and cares for us*
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to see you like Kipling. Read his poem "L'Envoi". You'd think it's all about the wonders of Christianity. Can be read that way, or on several other levels. My favorite poem.

You and I both! Militant atheism is as bad as militant religion.

Thanks for talking to me about your views and of what you see in my picture.

Robert
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DoctorBollocks Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
I'll look for it. I also see you like Ayn Rand and she is a writer I am recently getting into myself.

Yeah Radical religion isn't good, we are supposed to evangilise but not shove it into a person's throat. Same with Militant Atheism, you can't really wipe out God..history even shows that's a BAD thing, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley show that that is a BAD thing. and I cannot live in State Atheism.

And you are welcome you are a very very good painter
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist

L'Envoi by Rudyard Kipling.

When Earth's last picture is painted and the tubes are twisted and dried,
When the oldest colours have faded, and the youngest critic has died,
We shall rest, and, faith, we shall need it -- lie down for an aeon or two,
Till the Master of All Good Workmen shall put us to work anew!

And those that were good shall be happy: they shall sit in a golden chair;
They shall splash at a ten-league canvas with brushes of comets' hair;
They shall find real saints to draw from -- Magdalene, Peter, and Paul;
They shall work for an age at a sitting and never be tired at all!

And only the Master shall praise us, and only the Master shall blame;
And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame,
But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
Shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They Are!


Ayn Rand. She didn't "save my life". She gave me a life.

State Atheism. The Soviet Union, for example. Nor could I.
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DoctorBollocks Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
that Kipling Poem seems very christian and god like in my mind. Actually you seem to have alot of christian traits in yourself or more Deist than Atheist though you yourself said atheism is very small in yourself.

I like parts of Objectivism, not everyhting so I cannot be a full objectivist( tohugh an induvivudal found how to be a christian objectivist I can show you if you ar intrigued) but alot I agree with and I've amde several arugments, not written, about the philosophy to acheive and be great.

And yeah it's not a good existance, God is essential for a nation or governemnt in my opinion. Even you don't beleive in it you could say the laws were set by God and the rules or by religion at least.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Getting complicated.

Yes, I was brought up a strict Catholic; went to the seminary thinking God was calling me to be a priest. So much good in religion I admire. True, atheism is a very small part of my philosophy of living. The main thing to me is that it's my life to make what I will with it. Free will is an absolute to me. I do not think I'm ordained by any God to turn out the way I will. I am self-made.

The laws are to me given not by God, but by nature. It's natural for one to pursue his own happiness.

I must disagree about existence being not good. What is just is. It's in my power to accept whatever comes my way, or to fight it if I must. But generally, existence is a wonderful world.
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DoctorBollocks Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
Well I fall upon the same thing i mean I choose what to do in my life but my personal opinion is that God let's us i mean he's never really entered a person's body and amde them do as he p;eases. I mena the whole Bible they all make the choice to do as he says I mean a man makes his own destiny but I don't beleive that it negates the idea of God I mean all of what you said still can go with the idea of God existing.
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helenegrasset Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
That made laugh! if it's god, it's very difficult to take him seriously! what a strange and good idea...
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hélène,

I'm glad.

The idea of a god just must not be taken seriously if one wants to be honest, and keep his sanity.

Thank you for your comment.

Robert
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helenegrasset Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
god is just as we want to see him (or her? or it?) anyway, we have the god that we deserve...
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hollygalah Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
Something about him reminded me of Jack Nickelson. I think the expression on his face. Love it. :hug:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Jenny,

Thank you. Yes that is a hellish face, meant to be.

Robert
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lilythescorpio Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
nice painting <3
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Lily,

Thank you.

Robert
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ipratropium Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
exact same position about it. dont know why but i always thought you were christian.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
João,

Could be because I was so deeply a Catholic for most of my life. Also, I do respect those who believe in God.

Robert
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ipratropium Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
as i do, almost all my family believes. mus have been something important.. i mean to change you..
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Can't be done. I was so Catholic, I studied religion so much, I know all arguements for and against faith. I can't be converted back.
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ipratropium Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
sorry i meant "must have been something important, to make you change." i dont certainly mean to change your point of view as i think it is the correct one.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
What made me change was Vietnam. I was killing Communist atheists, and it didn't seem right according my my Catholic upbringing. In 1969 I discovered Ayn Rand, and I came to see that killing an enemy, who proclaimed atheism, but killed in the name of it was wrong. Soviet Communism has nothing at all to do with my own atheism. I'm a gentle soul about atheism. And religion. I grant each their say, but I do accept atheism as the correct philosophy.
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ipratropium Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
i see... thats why i think youre so wise.
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Paul88 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Great....

Buddha:
'Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true'.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Paul,

I hardly know a thing about Buddhism, but this sound so wise, and even secular.

Thanks,

Robert
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Paul88 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
neither do i, but its one of my favourate quotes....
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bblk Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
That's awesome!!

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Great idea, it looks really cool! And I never thought about it, God laughing at us. Reasonable picture! XD
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Blackie,

Thank you.

Robert
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i-ar3s Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Hahahhaa! I am also a devout atheist. Loved the quote: "God did not create man, man created God." :)

He looks a little bit like Einstein ;) With the hair.

Very nice ^^, Gave me a good laugh.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Tom,

Glad you found a reason to laugh. I'll say later how I see laughter as a destructive devise. It depends on what you're laughing at.

Robert
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i-ar3s Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
Because he's funny looking ;P, and it's interesting :)
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
:rofl:

Sorry, man, I meant to applaud your courage for tackling such a sensitive topic in a way that is both audacious and yet makes so much sense... but the teeth and the hair caused me to burst out laughing.
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Farlander,

Thank you.

Yes the teeth were easy, what with my human skull to work from. The hair. Well, I just went wild.

Robert
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etp56 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
I have looked at your painting long - and read your text below. I appreciate your honesty. I think everyone of us could learn the best by carefully considering what his fellow man is saying and why - without any aim to condemn or distain. Still, I am and want to be a christian, but not a right wing political fundamentalist. I know that this world is greater - and older - than we ever anticipate - so also God, who is secret. We can know something of him, only something but enough for good living in this and future life. This just happened to be my last submission here [link]
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
See, your "After Resurrection" is a case in point. I love religious paintings--just look at my favorite artist in my Journal--Raphael. I love his Madonnas. However it's his great work I love the most, his "School of Athens" [link] There he depicts the great schism in the world today. He shows Plato pointing up to a supernatural unknowable realm. Aristotle he shows calmly resting his hand to the earth. I'm on the side of Aristotle.
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shinpai-san Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
No....what I want to know....were you there when I saw him? I thought I was alone........huh. :shrug:
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hank1 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Not sure what you mean. "Was I there when I saw him"? Please elaborate.
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