2016. Acrylic On Cardboard.

This was a rather quick and simple piece I whipped up.  Not much planning (except for researching the symbols, yeah gotta keep it accurate), a pretty spontaneous moment.  I often work like that.

“There can be only one…” – Highlander

I know it’s pretty corny to use that line, it’s probably been overused to the point of exhaustion.  But there’s no better way to describe this image in one line or less.

You see, I can’t for the life of me understand why there is so many different line of religious groups in this world.  All with its own principles and beliefs.  Some are okay, some are not, and there are some that are just way out of line.(I won’t say specifically which one I’m referring to, though I’m sure you’ve figured it out already).  Ultimately they serve the one Heavenly Being that created this world and the living things that occupy it.  Okay, I know some religion believe there is more than one god, some believe the god is a female, and some gods are multiformed creatures.  Heck, even the Devil is depicted as the god.

Wouldn’t it be simple if everybody can agree on one idea or doctrine, and believe in one and true God as described in the Bible.  The God that gave us the gift of Life and Love because he chose to.  God who does not wish to see us suffer and fear, and does not ask too much of us, but will only step in when we ask.  God who hates when we commit wrong against another but is willing to forgive if we repent.  God who truly understands the heart of humanity because he sent his Son to live among us and experience everything that we do right up to death on the cross.

Yes, that’s the God I believe, and no other.  Any God opposite of those attributes I just described are just fabrications of greedy bloodthirsty men who loves to control and terrorize the weak. In my God I trust and hope, something we all can use in this dark age.  What other god can do that?

 

Happy New Year everyone!

Forgive me for neglecting this blog for a while, I am just trying to regroup after a harrowing last several weeks, and with Christmas looming in the corner.  I thought it might be appropriate to share this image in time for the holiday season and for many of us looking to celebrate the birth of our one and only Savior:

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:3

Jesus Christ gave a perfect example of how one should practice their faith- a child. A child is innocent, carefree, and full of wonder, ready to accept whatever comes their way. Sadly as we get older we lose that childlike innocence, as we are confronted with the grim realities of life; we are forced to take our rose colored glasses off and become self-absorbed, biased, desensitized, as we strive to stay afloat in the volatile environment. Often times we wish for the days when we could be kids again without the worries and fears and insecurities.

Luckily having faith in Christ doesn’t have to be as difficult. As Jesus teaches, it just takes one simple act of childlike acceptance of his Word. And before you know it you can be like a kid again, joyful and full of hope.  Something we can really use for this dark age we live in.

If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

Matthew 18:6

Do you remember as little kids how you depended on the grown ups closest to you for love and protection. Well sadly there are grown ups today that take advantage of the little ones innocence and fragility, and maliciously exploit them, some for profit (like terrorists and traffickers) and some for sport (e.g. Sex offenders). And as sad as it may sound the little ones who do not live to see another day as result are actually the lucky ones; those that survive are left with physical and emotional scars that will follow them through their years and in worst case scenario they may become vicious monsters themselves. That is why vicious crimes against children are taken very seriously and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Even God gets furious at the sight of innocent children being mistreated that he gives no rest to the offenders to the end of life and beyond. (I had heard that in prison even the most violent of convicts don’t take kindly to child molesters).  I would imagine the scene like the bad guy feeding the helpless little child to a hungry snake, which was what I got here.  I decided to keep it simple in a Haring-esque fashion because it’s no way a pretty image to work it in elaborate detail.  Hell I got even worse picture than this…

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17 For this reason he had to be made like them,[a] fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 2:17-18

The suffering and miseries of humans in this world is immeasurable.  People dying of hunger, pestilences, and oppressions; lives destroyed by human greed and wrath.  Many of us can’t help but question “where is God in all this?”  Enemies and non believers scoff at us for putting our trust in what they do not believe or refuse to believe, which further shakes our already fragile stance on the existence of God Almighty and our faith.  

But as the Bible verse states, Jesus knows our sufferings.  And he understands them perfectly, because he had been through the suffering himself.  And this way he can bring us closer to him and his Father and console us with his great Love.  And we the believers can rest assured in that fact, and stand fast under any circumstances.

Watch “WIP : Pierced | Crushed” on YouTube

This is the video documenting the creation process of my la t est work PIERCED | CRUSHED.  Ill be doing more of these vids in my future projects, so hope you like it.