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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. 

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gingersketches Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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...)
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gingersketches Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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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.. 
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gingersketches Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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.)
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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.
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gingersketches Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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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:
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gingersketches Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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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.
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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.
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