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The Truth About Easter: Cottontail's Crucifixion by ArtOfWarStudios The Truth About Easter: Cottontail's Crucifixion by ArtOfWarStudios
For he so loved mankind, that he sacrificed his life to color our Easter eggs with his blood. This must be the true history of Easter.......right? Or maybe it has something to do with the Jewish figure in the background.

Many people have asked what this apparently blasphemous image means. So I will share my thoughts. Basically, I believe, and this is only my opinion, that Christianity as practiced today has become a proxy religion. It is morally fashionable to say "I am a Christian and I worship and follow Jesus above all. People say this and truly believe that some how this makes them good, or that it makes them better, or at the very least sets them on the right path. However, most of their religious experiences are based on superficial commercialized holidays which have little to do with the source of the religion. The source of the religion is but a vague shadow in the background, and it's hardly visible in the presence of the fabricated, glamorized and sugar coated version that people experience today. I do not say this to put down Christians, churches, or the marketing teams of capitalist companies. I say this because it saddens me to see that most appear to completely miss the point of Christianity. They claim to be Christians with empty words, no true conviction, and with little understanding of the history of Christianity, the church and most other religions. Like I said it has become a moral fashion statement more than it has a set of beliefs and practices. This of course is not true for everyone, but it is true for many people who would angrily say it doesn't apply to them. It is not my place to say what the truth is behind the pop culture religion we have today. The highest truth can not be put into words, it can only be experienced. But we forsake these deeper experiences for the sake of superficial traditions and beliefs that we only follow because we have been raised to follow them, and because almost all the people we love and trust follow them. So we take them for granted and they loosed their meaning, their significance and their power. If Jesus ever came back, many sudo Christians would be the first one's on his smite list. I only wish that people were more interested in the source and the truth of their own religions instead of the lies and differences in others. My belief, for what little it's worth, is that if they understood the source and the true meaning, then they would realize that The One is the All, and the All is the One. I am no longer a Christian, but I still love, honor and cherish Christianity. I also love honor and cherish most other religions too, but I cling to none, because I believe they are fingers pointing to the truth, not the truth its self. As I said, the truth lies beyond words and rituals. God is just a word, a word is just a sound that points to a concept. A concepts is just a caricature of reality. So when we claim to worship Jesus and God, we are really worshiping our superficial ideas of what Jesus and God are, but our ideas are not based on the deeper truths. The deeper truths have been pushed into the background of our daily concerns because our jobs, families, and leisure are more important to us than understanding the source of our religions. Forgive me for the long winded statement. I tend to talk too much about the things I'm interested in.
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r3320ca Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.. <o>
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zeromaha2012 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I agree with you totally with what you said. Easter is a Pagan holiday, Passover is Judeo-Christian yet why do most so-called Christians and Jews celebrate Easter not Passover? Most of the Bible was done by proxy from other religions and all of the New Testament was written third-hand or more (approximately 300 years after) Jesus's Life and Death. Care to do another about holidays that Christians and Jews are not suppose to celebrate, like X-Mas? Lmao
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Joseph-Lazarus Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for saying things that must be said. And you say them well.
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Kampy Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
LOL
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WalpurgisAk Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
*Bows in respect* I find that your opinions echo mine. Your statement is clear (though could perhaps benefit from the insertion of some breaks, to increase readability ;) ) and thorough.
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ArtOfWarStudios Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, it's always good to hear from people with similar ideas. You're right my statement could use some editing. I tend to ramble when I write. This would make a good artist statement if I work on the structure.
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WalpurgisAk Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Oh, and the painting is very clever too: subtly disturbing, and to the point.
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felions Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome
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ArtOfWarStudios Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it :)
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3imad Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Brilliant concept, great job :)
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ArtOfWarStudios Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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MisterFizzington Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student General Artist
A bit depressing, but a bloody brilliant idea!
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ArtOfWarStudios Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's actually how I feel about Easter, it's a bit depressing, but a bloody brilliant idea!
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SotM Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Eddie Izzard on the subject [link]

One of my friends said it thusly: "Happy day that the bunnies stole from Jesus, who stole it from the bunnies."


[link] [link]
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ArtOfWarStudios Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfection lol
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Mythian Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Writer
YES! Thank you for creating this. My husband every year threatens to put out a crucified bunny with eggs at the bottom of it. This is the best example of such 'foolish thinking' I've seen yet. There is an artist, goodness, I forget his name who created a quilt like pattern with tons of colors depicting nearly the same thing, but hinting with politics in it. I'll have to find it in my favorites. You'll love it.
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ArtOfWarStudios Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd love to see that picture :) I've been wanting to do this for a few years now as well. This is my "just do it" year. Something just struck me last night after work and made me do it lol. I once saw a picture of the easter bunny laying eggs which little Jesus clones were hatching out of lol.
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Mythian Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Found it...[link] enjoy.
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ArtOfWarStudios Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's awesome. Thats for sharing it :) I love the detail and the symbolism.
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Mythian Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Just showed this to my husband and he wants a print. I faved it, so when we get a chance I'll buy a print. ^___^ Oh and to add...you know how all this Aquarius age stuff says we should be 'tolerant' of our fellow man's religious this or that, I call BS only because to continue such foolish thinking hurts humanity more than it 'saves'. Jesus said, "I shall be with you until the end of the age.' He never said 'world', it was a bad translation of the Jewish Bible. So, since Jesus left at the end of the Age of Pisces, why are we continuing such primitively modern childish way of thinking? During this time I get interested in religious education just for the heck of it. Take a watch of "Religilous" documantry. You'll love it. And yeah, I have watched "Passion of the Christ" from time to time. It's a good story and I feel sorry for his mother than anything else. Okay, enough blathering. Love your work. ^___^
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ArtOfWarStudios Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was raised as a Christian my self, but while in art school I spent more of my time studying the history of Christianity, and deeply investigating other cultures, religions and mythologies than doing home work lol. Till this day there are few things I love more than watching religious documentaries and talking with people about what they believe. Like many people how seriously consider the truth of other traditions, I no longer consider my self a Christian, or even religious for that matter. I've found profound truth and wisdom in all of the traditions I've studied, and I feel that clinging to one religion is like being a moth distracted by an artificial street light while searching for the light of the sun which is being reflected by the moon. The moon being the founders of religions who merely point to that transcendental force which words and concepts cannot touch. Once you become aware of the transcendent experientially, I don't believe you need religions, for you embody their source. None the less they are wonderful and effective tools for penetrating through to the infinite if you go deeply enough into any one of them. Each of us must reach our own person "age of Aquarius". Few religious people ever go deep enough into their own traditions to fully understand them, but they none the less cling to traditions because it is morally fashionable. I'm glad you guys liked the picture and if you guys decide to get a print, that would be awesome :)
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