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WEARING THE SCARS OF FAITH by mistertrece WEARING THE SCARS OF FAITH by mistertrece
Aerosol spray on canvas, 2 coffee, 3 cigarette. OST: IMPEDING DOOM " Deceiver" [link]
Old one, after to delete some works of my galley, i painted again some details.

The image is a metaphor of the decay of religions in our era. Once again, if you feel som kind of offense watching the image, my apologies. Im not trying to attack nobody, i just paint whatever i want. Feel free to express yourself, but if you want to discuss about it, note me. Im not against religions and believers, im against the people who use religions for power and profit preaching love and humility, supporting wars, fear, hate and poverty ( Just look our history).

Religions dont promote that things. Men do, and the wrong use of religions do.

Mainstream religions and their institutions have since the 1960s been gradually bleeding to death because of their members leaving them in search of rather more inspirational experiences elsewhere. Christian educationists are concerned about this development, because it means that these churches have been losing their capacity for entering into meaningful tripartite pedagogical partnerships with family and school.

A description of the problem of churches losing members is followed by a brief depiction of spirituality, something that can be experienced both within Christianity and elsewhere. The inability of main-stream churches to let their members experience true Christian spirituality compels the latter to go elsewhere in search of it. It is concluded that spirituality is no new religion after all as far as Christianity is concerned.

It is in fact the quintessence of Christianity, but has through the ages become deeply buried in the mainstream religions and churches under thick layers of dogmatic and other superficialities.

People are leaving the established or mainstream churches in substantial numbers. In the United States of America, for instance, church attendance is nearing 20-year lows and growth has become stagnant.
Mainstream denominations are struggling with the fact that weekly worship attendance has declined from 49% in 1991 to 43% in 2008.

The Church of England has a worldwide nominal membership of ap-proximately 25 million of whom only about 2 million are still actually enrolled and regularly attend the local parishes. The 2004 Yearbook of American and Canadian churches cites a 1991-membership figure of approximately 5,5 million members for the Church of God in Christ. Although this figure has not been updated, experts believe that the church has less than 5 million members today.

The membership of the Reformed Churches in South Africa (Gere-formeerde Kerke in Suid-Afrika) grew to approximately 90 000 in the 1990s, and then dropped to 74 952 in 2000, to 73 748 in 2002, to 70 225 in 2007, and now stands at 68 842 in 2008 (RCSA, 2003; 2008:418) a decline in membership of about 1 000 per annum around 1990 and about 2 000 per annum by 2000.

Between 1985 and 1993, the Dutch-Reformed Church (Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk) in South Africa lost approximately 150 000 of its members. In 1997 alone, it lost approximately 21 000. Morning sermons are attended by only about 36% of the enrolled members; evening services by only 9,5% (Nel, 2003:18). In the Netherlands, both the Nederlandse Hervormde Kerk (NHK) and the Gerefor-meerde Kerken (synodaal) reported a decline in their membership, especially among young people, since as early as 1969.

Approxi-mately 38% of the adult population in the Netherlands has no religious affiliation
. The same tendency can be observed in the Church of England in Britain. Its membership numbers began declining steadily from 1974 . In Europe approximately 35 000 members turn their backs on the churches every week. In England alone, 1500 members leave the church every week.

For me, technology is the new religion right now.
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essencestudios Featured By Owner May 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
I featured you [link] :iconflowerforyouplz:
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mistertrece Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!!! is a real old one!!! :O
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A-D-McGowan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Strong work
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mistertrece Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!!!!!!
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andisart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
brilliant
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mistertrece Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! coming from you is a real honor!
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eosdop Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
One of my favorite pieces ever, out of everything i have seen. For some reason this just appeals to me. I'm not a fan of religion. that's probably why :P
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mistertrece Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Thank you so much, the pics sucks because i used dark colors and is hard to find a great light for to catch it, but i love this one too. So thank you for that comment, you made my day, and you ROCK.
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EmptyEyess Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
For some reason it looks extremely evil :p
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mistertrece Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah i wanted to call it "Our Lady of Annihilation" but i had the concept first and it didnt fit!
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