Do we lose faith in our religions…
or because of our religions?

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Faith and Religion are not synonymous. Maybe they’re direct opposites! Humans seem to be the only species on the Earth “hard-wired” to pursue the truth about themselves and the Universe (that we know about!) Spirituality is part and parcel of our essence. But Cosmic Truths are one thing – and church dogmas (or the “truths” they teach) are another story.

Do we find our Ultimate Answers in a book? Any book?

Do we, or must we, assume that because the clergy (in whatever group you find yourself) teaches it – it must be true?

If those teachings, whatever they may be, come in conflict with your conscience, which do you heed: them, even though you think they’re wrong, or your own Inner Voice?

If you lose your religion, does it necessarily follow that you lose your faith? And if, from a feminist perspective, the dogma you were raised with is in conflict with your true philosophy, does it mean you must abandon faith itself?

On her deathbed, Gloria Steinheim said, “But I don’t know the answers yet!” Then she added, “Wait. I don’t even know the questions!” We may never have the answers! But the questions are many, and I think they should be asked.

This is left to your own interpretation!
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I have focused on religious themes this week because religion (from a Feminist perspective) is the theme of the upcoming issue of Pink Panther Magazine in the Pink Panther group, here on the Bubble. If you haven’t visited the group or seen the outstanding e-zine they’re doing there, hope you’ll check it out!

The gravestone was in the photo with the angel. It was not my plan to use it. Then I noticed the dollar sign, or what appears to be a dollar sign, on the front of the cross! Someone’s parting statement – his or her opinion of the Church? I left it in.

(Any symbolism you may see here, is probably not an accident… !)

_A note about the music: this was REM’s most popular song. Probably because so many people can identify!

Credits to the following, at DeviantArt.com:

Woman in the corner – Party Attire by Tw1stedtruthstock

Crouching Demon. – Demon 11 by Tasatock

Angel – Angel Statue by Serpstock

Structure – from Background1 by Frozenstar Ro

Deep Space Background – Plasma Nebula by Moonchilde

Table – Ritual Table by Unholy Stock

Book – Book 3 by FallnStock

Dove – Wing Stock from rewston stock

Overlay (nature) – Enchanted Forest by Frozenstocks

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. Francis Bacon

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Comments

  • shadowlee
    shadowleeover 4 years ago

    love this, and the song… lost my man made religion many years ago , but not my faith definitely two different things ( for me)

  • Thanks so much shadowlee! Me too — and it can be more trauma at the time than some people realize. I guess you have to walk the road yourself to understand! I also like your term, Man Made Religion. That was the theme here, I guess – and the poor angel over there, trying to figure out the Rules! lol I really appreciate your comment!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Simon Groves
    Simon Grovesover 4 years ago

    Good illustrative piece! (* give us patience with ousleves….and strength!) “but how Lord(Lady) How? How!!!” (yes?) It would be good to debate and philosophise with you sometimes I think Nadya, I relate to your questioning, have found *some give us patience with ousleves….and strength!) “but how Lord(Lady) How? How!!!” (yes?) It would be good to debate and philosophise with you sometimes I think Nadya, I relate to your questioning, have found some answers,,,, though they aren’t always the ones I wanted to hear.

  • Great to read your comment, Simon! Thanks! Yeah… they seldom are. (The ones we want to hear!) Seeking is the thing, I imagine. Never understood people who have no interest – or seem to have no interest, in the Big Questions.

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Simon Groves
    Simon Grovesover 4 years ago

    (I have played this song bravely many a time, I like it :-)))

  • One of my faves. When the album was out (early 90’s) it was my Lifes Theme. heh heh! I played it to DEATH. On a walkman of course – funny, it was ALL the rage then. I think my favorite cut was Find the River if that’s the right title… hmm. Better do a retrospective and listen to the thing again!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Mynybee
    Mynybeeover 4 years ago

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    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • HawaiianAngel
    HawaiianAngelover 4 years ago


    I totally love this!
    Feelin it!

  • Thanks for your great comment, HawaiianAngel!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    wellm done nadya a thinking look !!LIZ

  • Thank you, Liz!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Simon Groves
    Simon Grovesover 4 years ago

    Nadya, I’ve updated our profile page with a link to a much better “philosophical” and more intelligent response to your picture than my comments above. Best regards, Simon

  • I enjoyed that, SImon! Tried your website too except it wouldn’t load from here.

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 4 years ago

    Nadya this is fabulous!! I just love the interpolation of the bird as wings – a touch of genius. It is very well crafted and full of fun and passion. Love the dialogue and huge thanks for the Pink Panther plug.
    xx
    Anna

  • Thanks so much, Anna! I really treasure your comment! I did not go on and on with this one… suffice to say, “That’s Me in the Corner.” The demonic little creep is unhappy with her, though. Its lies, its false teachings, its witch-hunts, its Inquisitions and other evils enacted in the Name of God have pretty well knocked her out of the box and she’s not coming back! She is about to lift her head and notice the Glory of God, if you will, all around her in the Universe; and realize that unlike the angel over there trying to figure out the Answers (or the Rules) from a book, it is really not the place to look! The book says, “Dogma”- not sure how well it shows. Specifically, dogma which conflicts with moral sense causing centuries of grief and persecution in its wake.

    Hmm. There – I did go on a bit! LOL Thanks again, and thanks for the inspiration, too! I doubt if I’d have done a piece like this without encouragement from your terrific e-zine and the group!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 4 years ago

  • Wow, thanks so much Ushna!! I appreciate the Feature hugely!!

    – Nadya Johnson

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