Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
behaviour by ErinBird behaviour by ErinBird
"Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behaviour does." - unknown

I strongly believe in this quote. You can sit around all day thinking you need to do this and that, but those things won't happen unless you actually get up and do it. I can certainly relate to it anyway. I've been sitting round thinking I need to do a lot of schoolwork and improve my grades, but that won't happen until I actually put in the effort in and do them.
I also used to have a very ignorant R.E. teacher who would just pride himself on the fact he was a Christian and went round preaching the bible - but he never even followed it himself. He was a complete douche he treated others like utter crap to be honest (since I am an atheist, you can pretty much guess how he treated me..)  Anyway, I have no problem with him being religious, but he really should do the things he preaches and believes because that's what makes a better person. 

Gosh I really have been so busy! I haven't uploaded in about 2 weeks and this picture was taken before heading to work. sitting in a shirt with jeans outside in mid decemeber was not a good idea as I was freezing! that's why I look grumpy, I was just really cold ahahaha . Don't worry - one more week of school left until the holidays and i'll have more time to take better photo's. I'm really that happy with this photo :/ ah well.
I'm British so I spell 'behaviour' with a 'u' in it, sorry Americans. 

Tumblr: jam-bird.tumblr.com/

Enjoy , comment & fave ! ☮

:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz:
Add a Comment:
 
:iconpokekid963:
Pokekid963 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Gonna show this to my brother
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Photographer
aha :aww:
Reply
:icongingersketches:
gingersketches Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
If one's belief doesn't impact one's behavio(u)r, then it's not really a belief.  If you truly believe something, it will affect every aspect of your life because true belief will shape who you are.  And who you are determines what you do, what you say, and how you treat people.

(I am sorry to hear about the teacher you had who claimed to be a Christian, yet was such a poor example of Christianity.  I am a Christian myself, and while I am by no means perfect, I do recognize that I am responsible to behave in accordance with Biblical standards, and I try to do so.  It is discouraging to me when I hear about other people who claim the "Christian" label, yet disregard Jesus' words:  "If you love Me, keep My commandments."  Primarily because they misrepresent us, and turn people off to learning more about Jesus...)
Reply
:icongingersketches:
gingersketches Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
I think in the USA it is considered "fashionable" to be religious, so many people "choose" a religion without actually bothering to alter their lifestyle to reflect it.  So they answer polls one way, and act a completely different way in real life...

As to not preaching:  one thing belief cannot change is reality.  Many people sincerely believe a lie; many others sincerely disbelieve the truth.  So the question we must ask ourselves is not "what do I want to believe?" but "what is the truth?" and then believe that.  I have chosen to follow Christianity because I have found it to be true.  That is not something I can quantify or explain - it is something God worked in my heart.  And I cannot work that in someone else's heart.  So I do not preach.  I live my life in a way that I hope honors God, and I try to be open and honest about my faith.  But only God can change a heart, and I think we Christians can do more harm than good when we try to do God's job for Him.

...I hope I explained that well enough.  And you're welcome for being "cool about it" :)  It is always interesting and informative to hear from viewpoints other than one's own.
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Photographer
I can see where you're coming from and I actually do agree - it is our fundamental thought processes that dictate our behaviour, but in this photo I try and say that when you want to come across as a good person, you can't just claim "oh but because my beliefs are: *insert whatever* makes me a good person", I believe you must actually show it through your behaviour to prove you're a good person (: You get me? Hopefully that made sense aha! 
And yeah even though i'm an atheist, I don't have a problem with people who aren't, but I felt annoyed that he didn't feel the same in reverse. He took a grudge against me and one of my friends from day one because we said that we were atheists. But ah well, some people.. 
Reply
:icongingersketches:
gingersketches Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
I agree.  Even the Bible says that faith/belief that isn't backed up by action is worthless.  If we don't put our beliefs into action, then what's the point?  Words alone will never change the world... or even one person. 

(That is a shame, because one of the core principles of Christianity is to reach other people for Jesus.  Begrudging them their current beliefs is counterproductive, and actually makes them more resistant to hearing what one has to say. smh.

Out of curiosity, why are you an atheist?  I'm just wondering why you chose that belief system.)
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student Photographer
True, very true :aww: 
I'm an atheist for many reasons. I am from an iraqi background and so I was brought up to be a muslim, but my parents weren't strict on it so I ate pork and drank alcohol and such, so I was never really forced on it much. As I grew older I learnt a lot more about science and it with all the evidence and logic behind it, it just seemed to make sense and explain why we're here today. I've read so many books on religion and such and, personally I think religion is all made up by humans to explain how we're here. The fact that most of the important characters are male proves it was written by man since it was a very patriarchal society back then (and now tbh). Overall, religion just angers me because I feel that it's mostly used badly by governments to control people. Maybe for some certain individuals religion helps them with everyday life, but personally I just can't believe in it all as I think it's all made up. Of course, I have no problem with others who are religious as that's their personal choice to be and I respect that. I wish it was the same vice versa because I have been disrespected on multiple occasions for being an atheist.
Reply
:icongingersketches:
gingersketches Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Hmm...  I have always found scientific evidence to be the most compelling reason for religion (at the very least, for the existence of a Creator).  So it is interesting that we reached completely opposite conclusions from the same evidence :confused:  And it is certainly (and sadly) true that past and even present religious leaders have abused their privileges and power.  However, I do not recommend letting the bad cause the good to be disregarded.  Even among religions that I believe are false, there are often many good qualities and practices that are encouraged.  As to the role of men/women, I am not as familiar with the tenets of other religions, but the Bible has many stories of strong and influential women (whether good, like Ruth, or bad, like Jezebel) and considers both genders equal before God.  So I guess that is how I see things.

I was curious about your beliefs, since the majority of the people I interact with are either Christian (like myself) or are at least practicing religion on some level.  I have met agnostics (aka. the undecided), but I don't know many outright atheists.  I was wondering what sort of path someone would follow to reach that.  So thank you for sharing.  I appreciate it.
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student Photographer
Mm that is a good point I do realise - religion also does bring good and peace to places too :aww:
I see that you're from america so I now understand why you haven't met many atheists. Correct me if i'm wrong, but I believe america is a religious country? Way more religious than the UK anyway. I mean, here in the UK, we do have religion and all, but I know quite a lot of people my age who are either atheists or agnostic. I learnt about R.E. a lot (as during my GCSE years at school it was a compulsory subject) and the more I knew about it the more I was sure on being atheist, so it's not like i'm under educated on the topic - quite the opposite in fact. But anyway, I just can't seem to get on the train of religion, I just can't believe in it all. And no problem - i'm happy to share my opinions :aww: I think you're the first person on the internet not to preach at me after I've said that i'm not religious aha - I've met so many people who are like "you don't believe in god???? but he's the CREATOR OF EVERYTHING OMG YOU MUST BELIEVE IN HIM WHATS WRONG WITH YOU???" and all that. So thank you for being so cool about it - you rock :highfive:
Reply
:icongingersketches:
gingersketches Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
I think in the USA it is considered "fashionable" to be religious, so many people "choose" a religion without actually bothering to alter their lifestyle to reflect it.  So they answer polls one way, and act a completely different way in real life...

As to not preaching:  one thing belief cannot change is reality.  Many people sincerely believe a lie; many others sincerely disbelieve the truth.  So the question we must ask ourselves is not "what do I want to believe?" but "what is the truth?" and then believe that.  I have chosen to follow Christianity because I have found it to be true.  That is not something I can quantify or explain - it is something God worked in my heart.  And I cannot work that in someone else's heart.  So I do not preach.  I live my life in a way that I hope honors God, and I try to be open and honest about my faith.  But only God can change a heart, and I think we Christians can do more harm than good when we try to do God's job for Him.

...I hope I explained that well enough.  And you're welcome for being "cool about it" :) (Smile)  It is always interesting and informative to hear from viewpoints other than one's own.
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Photographer
Very interesting and I really like how you've explained that (: It makes a lot of sense and I guess also explains why people are different when it comes to religion because we all have different perspectives of 'the truth' (: This was a really interesting conversation for me, thank you.
Reply
(1 Reply)
:iconangellis3:
angellis3 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
You appear to be quite an intelligent and creative person, but I would have to disagree. What a person truly believes will be evident in their actions. Just as it is written, "faith without works is dead". That is not to say that we are actually perfect. Everyone falls short of the level of perfection that we should maintain. Anyone can claim to be whatever they want, but if they actually believe it then it will impact their life, lifestyle and actions.
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Photographer
I'm not trying to suggest that people aren't perfect if they don't follow exactly what they believe no not at all. No one is perfect and it's fine to mess up from time to time. What i'm trying to get across is is that you shouldn't claim to be something you're obviously not. I used the example with my r.e. teacher in the description. He claims to be all holy and christian but he is literally the furthest thing from it! I have never met such a mean and arrogant person in my whole life. Another example is something believing that being two faced is wrong but then going to go talk badly about another person to someone else. 
Reply
:iconway4madhan:
way4madhan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
woow, its true
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Photographer
thank you so much!
Reply
:iconway4madhan:
way4madhan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome :)
Reply
:iconvision-quest:
Vision-Quest Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Your beliefs and behavior could be at conflict. This happens quite often with me, especially in the workplace. You could believe someone is an a$$hole and a generally bad person, yet you could still be nice to them anyways. Whether or not you choose to take the high road is up to you. But doing so is all on the path to being a better person. People will see this and catch on, and you'll be more approachable. 
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Photographer
Yeah.. but then again we are socialised since we are young to get along with people we don't like as it's a common norm in society, but I know what you mean. I guess it just depends on the social situation how you interact with other people, but I still think that your actual belief of choosing to get along with someone you don't like links in with your behaviour too
Reply
:icondunklematerie:
DunkleMaterie Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
I beg to differ. Beliefs make the better person.
Behaviour is just a sideeffect to blind and manipulate people.

It could be that a gentle person is a nice one as well.
But they may also plan to make you like them to use this in the future.

Only one way to see through them. Observe them for a longer time.
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Photographer
Well yes your beliefs do influence your behaviour. But what i'm trying to say is people just pride themselves on their beliefs and not their actions. For example, religion. Many people going round preaching that they believe in equality and such, but a lot of them never do follow it out. That's why I believe your behaviour means more as it shows you're actually following it through. 

"Actions are louder than words."
Reply
:icondunklematerie:
DunkleMaterie Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
AH yeah thats true.

I just saw the paralelle to my life, cause im not "behaving" very social but im viewing everyone equally.
But because im not doing stuff that others want, forcing their expectations on me without officially saying it and when they notice im not doing it - even tough they expected it sooooo much - that brands me unsocial or rebellious.

I guess that still means im a useless human. ;)
But being useless has never felt so goooooooooood. ^^
Reply
:iconpace2n9tmaker:
Pace2n9tMaker Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that quot would mean to get up and do things
i would really believe in this

"you have legs, use them"
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Photographer
ahaha nice
Reply
:iconpace2n9tmaker:
Pace2n9tMaker Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i actually keep saying that to people who are lazy
Reply
:icongoingpandas66:
goingpandas66 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Artist
no offense to anyone, and I really mean no offense. But I feel like as we rise up through this "futuristic" science fiction filled world the message to need to believe in some kind of religion or anything is pushed far to much. I feel like everything is being pushed, and even teachers participate. I recall my history teacher said jokingly about the "barbaric times" in Europe, " oh once they were Christians they were nice!". And I love this because honestly I see a lot of people out there with far too much reliance on the fact that they have god and that makes them somehow better. If having a belief in anything is so damn great please stop coming to my door and trying to get me "convert". I seen in comments somewheres a guy had a funny like quote almost like this and he said "Today I asked God for a bike. I know he does not work this way so I stole a bike and asked for his forgiveness."........ lol all I has to say :3 Great pic (;
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Photographer
yeah I do agree with you a lot.. I think that it's okay for people to be religious, but it crosses a line when they try and shove religion down other people's throat or believe that they're superior because they believe in it. Some people.. but ah well.
Reply
:icongoingpandas66:
goingpandas66 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Artist
lol yeah... like your concepts in a lot of ur photos :3
Reply
:icon27lazybug:
27Lazybug Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is it bad that I'm a Christian and that I like this message? And that I have a very strong urge to smack the teacher on the head?  :youtwit: 
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student Photographer
I don't think it's bad at all :aww: I think it's good that you agree with the message but maybe not so good about hitting your teacher as you'll probably get into trouble ahaha
Reply
:icon27lazybug:
27Lazybug Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, but it will be worth it. :D No, I wasn't going hit him. Just a "light" pat on the head, and then say. "What are you doing!?" Not really to humiliate, but more of a wake up call really.
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student Photographer
ahaha :giggle:
Reply
:iconali4dzn:
ali4dzn Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
so cute
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Photographer
aw thanks :aww:
Reply
:iconali4dzn:
ali4dzn Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
ur welcome
Reply
:iconmenonimus:
MEnonimus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Well, behavior is linked to believes, principles and way of thinking and as well as there are people who behave in certain way according to their believes, some others would pretend to be a kind of person aren't to achieve something, in wich case their behavior wouldn't necesairly shows the kind of people they are
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Photographer
yeah, but I think to an extent.. personally, I believe that actions and behaviour shows a lot about a person as it's the beliefs and thoughts they choose to act on.
Reply
:iconmenonimus:
MEnonimus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Well, that is true to an extente as well, you also have a quote that says: "You are who you are when noone is looking"
Taking this one as true by logic, it would means that the actions that people do may differ when there is someone is looking at them and when they is not.
Therefore, the behaviour and actions of a person wouldn't shows entirely the kind of person he or she might be.
Reply
:iconwolflogics:
wolflogics Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
so true but we cant have a certain behavior without a particular belief. and that belief being strong or weak, right or wrong... makes a difference that comes to us and to other people in form of behaviOUR :P no problem if we have even a few spelling mistakes untill we believe that we can still convey meaning to someone :D
yes having a belief never assures what type of person you are but your behaviour sure does provide very fair and practical demonstration of what type of person you are and how good believer you could be. there could be many racist, fanatics and over-acting religious people out there who can just tell others what to do while they themselves never did it. ignore them :D and believe me our behaviours without a belief are like a bird on a wire... its a driving force... can be called as the force that helps keeping us in equilibrium
and not to forget...... stay warm :) :rose:
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student Photographer
ah very very true words! and aw thank you! I'll be sure to bring a jacket next time aha
Reply
:iconsnoogaloo:
snoogaloo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd have to totally agree with you!  nicely put and nicely created!!
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student Photographer
thank you (:
Reply
:iconsnoogaloo:
snoogaloo Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you're very welcome (:

:iconhappysunplz:
Reply
:iconjay-villneff:
jay-villneff Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is truly in my opinion one of the top 10 quotes all people should know. also, it's too bad u met a believer whom talked the talk but didn't walk the walk. I would say I believe in God n Jesus, but at same time, I struggle in my daily walk. also, we canadian's spell behaviour with a 'u' too =D gotta love being national cousins - yay for the commonwealth! =D I wish you well with school, and your efforts on things in life =D wish you quite well overall, and look forward to seeing holiday photos =D

Hugs to ya Erin :hug: u rock =D
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student Photographer
aw thank you! and ah I just need a break from school also! During my break in October, I felt so creative and made good photos, but now I lack the time and motivation to make any. Hopefully some good ones will be made soon (:
Reply
:iconjay-villneff:
jay-villneff Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your quite welcome :) it'll be good to regain energy and motivation for sure :) you always make good stuff, so i'm always glad to see what ya create :) 
Reply
:iconverdant-frost:
Verdant-Frost Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
This can also apply to the "euphoric atheist", the one who believes that being religious automatically makes you unintelligent and weak minded (in that lack of beliefs applies just as much to this quote as beliefs).
Reply
:iconshewhoisadreamer:
shewhoisadreamer Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student Writer
So true, I was about to comment that! I agree with the quote in the picture, but it always seems to be associated with theists.
Reply
:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student Photographer
hmm interesting, I didn't know about euphoric atheists..
Reply
:iconverdant-frost:
Verdant-Frost Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
It's a stereotype of sorts actually. They often use big words and view both religion and those who follow it as inferior human beings.

Euphoric comes in because of a "quote" an Internet atheist made that spread, and is basically the stereotype. If you're curious by any chance, look up "in this moment i am euphoric".
Reply
:iconkernapfel:
KernApfel Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dont get it :o
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×
Download JPG 2500 × 1888




Details

Submitted on
December 15, 2013
Image Size
790 KB
Resolution
2500×1888
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
6,262 (2 today)
Favourites
244 (who?)
Comments
80
Downloads
28
×