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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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