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Undead Priest by Bogdan-MRK Undead Priest by Bogdan-MRK
Personal illustration inspired by this article and other similar events in which children are being molested, tortured and killed around the Earth.

I can't stop asking myself, where's the church when all these atrocities happen? (Catholic, Muslim, Orthodox it doesn't matter!!!)
Where is The Vatican when thousands of children are being killed daily in Syria and other parts of the Earth? Why don't they send their fat ass preachers to talk to world leaders about what's going on around us? They have the money and the power to stop world hunger tomorrow if they'd like to. What is the church's role on this planet, beside baptizing, burying people and brainwashing them in between? Ohh I know,... they are selling the placebo pill of salvation and immortality!
SPOILER ALERT!!!! God is dead!!! Hell is already on Earth! Some people are creating it, while many are turning a blind eye! But a lot of kids are born in it everyday! 

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Bogdan-MRK Featured By Owner Edited Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hey guys, thanks a lot for your comments and support! I'm really glad that some of you took the time to write elaborate answers to some of my questions and bring your views to the table.

BloodRedFullMoon thanks for your example.  That's exactly my point. They prey on people's misery to gather more followers!
One thing though!!!! You said that  If all of the world's population would be fed, content and happy, they wouldn't have a reason to seek religion any more.
You made it sound like if I have enough food to eat, clothes to wear, money to buy stuff and there's no real danger around me,... that means that I must be automatically happy! There are so many rich people that are unhappy. Happiness is a total different subject in its own and I think that the ultimate goal of religion (spirituality) should be to help people reach this higher state and gain wisdom. Similar to what Buddhist monks are doing through meditation and mindfulness. 
 
Hey Nayrael , first of all thanks a lot for your time in writing your long comment and for answering some of my questions.
I totally agree with most of your statements and I am perfectly aware that solving the social problems that we as a species face these days is indeed tricky business... to say the least!!!
I know that my comment on this image was geared only towards the church/ religion leaders, though I'm aware that there are so many other organizations out there that must work together for the greater good if we were to survive without destroying our 'ship' along the way. And in my future artworks I'll try to touch other bases as well.
On the other hand,... all these organizations you've mentioned, UN, EU, G8, NATO, are inefficient to the war in Syria, and have been inefficient for decades to the hunger in Africa, climate change and the slaves manufacturing gadgets in China and other parts of the world. Maybe they have all been busy trying to prevent another world war from happening for these past 70 years and at least we must give them some credit for this success. After all we are the most destructive animals on the planet.   
Media is another powerful tool that can be used to show the beauty in us and unite us all but it can also be used to manipulate the masses and bring fear and terror into every fucking home (or pocket) ... and humanitarian organizations must find ways to collaborate with the most trustworthy and respected TV stations and media outlets and show more positive things happening around the world. Here's a quick example that just came to my mind while I was writing this comment - News report: After almost a thousand years The Catholic Church and the Orthodox one have finally reunited and tens of thousands of priests are traveling to Syria, shacking their hands in what seems to be the biggest human wall against war and violence in history. They have invited all the preachers of the world to join them and the response have been overwhelming: Buddhists, Hindu, Muslims they are all gathering around the war torn cities trying to aid the victims and protect them against any kind of oppression.
Now I will guaranty you that not a single Isis soldier, American, Russian, Syrian, or whatever will fire a single bullet when they hear such news! Hell, if I would read an article like this tomorrow, I'd instantly quit my job and join the party! Maybe I'm too hippie, or plain stupid, but that's what I believe and hope will happen at some point.
Until then,... here's how the news look like at the moment! :|
  
Lugia007 thanks for your comments, though I'm not 100% sure what you meant. It would be cool if you could explain a bit more why you think that, otherwise your comment will only be a strong opinion weakly held!
What I'm trying to do here is to encourage dialog, and to bring some awareness regarding the biggest problems on our planet. It's always a matter of perspective and I definitely don't pretend to know the absolute truth. But it's good to always stay open and respect different opinions!!!    
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mrscats Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful by KmyGraphic
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Bogdan-MRK Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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Grace-Zed Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work! 
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Bogdan-MRK Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thank you man! Glad you like it!
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BloodRedFullMoon Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"They have the money and the power to stop world hunger tomorrow if they'd like to."

They do. But if they did that, that would mean that all these people who seek out their church in the hope of finding a way out of their own misery would not be miserable any more.
Religion, and the catholic church in particular, thrives on misery. If all of the world's population would be fed, content and happy, they wouldn't have a reason to seek religion any more.

The thing is, their money and their power relies on things like world hunger.

I mean, take AIDS, for instance. Condoms are proven to severely reduce the risk of contracting and spreading AIDS.
Africa is one of the most AIDS-ridden locations on this earth. What does the church do? They preach against condoms!
Sometimes even claiming that condoms are responsible for the spread of AIDS! This generates more misery, more kids
who will hunger and die, more AIDS, and, most importantly, more people who, in their miserable conditions and situations,
turn to the church for aid. Which also floods the coffers of church organizations with donation money from the first world,
because they feel sorry for these miserable wretches in Africa and want to help them!

If you don't see a system behind this ...
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Lugia007 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
Good comment vs Bogdan ignorance.
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Derbella Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heart 
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Bogdan-MRK Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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JS2080 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
Impressive!!
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Bogdan-MRK Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
10x a lot!
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
Impressive art.
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Bogdan-MRK Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Happy you like it! Thanks for your comment
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
cool
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Bogdan-MRK Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
cheers!
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CohenSander Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I :heart: IT!!! :D :D :D

Headbang! 
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Bogdan-MRK Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Headbang!  thank youuuu!
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CohenSander Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
F*ck yeah!
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geraldscar Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
remember me archbishop lazarus!
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Bogdan-MRK Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
hehe I haven't played Diablo 1,... but I did have an addiction on Diablo 2! :)))
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SymbioteNinja Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
Amazing. Do you do requests?
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Bogdan-MRK Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! What do you mean by requests?
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SymbioteNinja Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
As in I ask you for a drawing and you draw it for me
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funkyalienlovers Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing work
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Bogdan-MRK Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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Nayrael Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
"Where is The Vatican when thousands of children are being killed daily in Syria and other parts of the Earth? Why don't they send their fat ass preachers to talk to world leaders about what's going on around us?"

They talked about it. Before ISIS even started making those beheading videos and before they became such a major threat, the Catholic outlets were warning about a group in Syria and Iraq systematically purging Shias and every other non-Sunni resident. They pushed the symbol, which the fanatics used to paint on houses of those people, everywhere in attempts to pull the attention towards it and what was going on in Iraq and Syria. But everyone ignored it until the ISIS really became a country, until terrorist attacks started and until ISIS started publishing their infamous videos. This is problem with the public media and the general populace not paying attention to anything but things that concern them.

And yes, they do send their preachers. All the time. Nobody talks about it mainly because churches sending them to complain has been common for decades. The Vatican is currently one of the most pro-refugee group in Europe and constantly annoys other by trying to push that agenda further. And I say "annoy" because that's how governments and other political groups see any messages that come from Vatican and aren't to their benefit. Can't say it's a bad thing, as separation of the church and state in itself is a good thing.

"They have the money and the power to stop world hunger tomorrow if they'd like to."

They are already the largest charity organization in the world, with hospitals, schools and soup kitchens, etc. present on every continent and region in the world. And more are still being built.
Though no amount of money , nor any Charity Organization, can fix the world hunger. To do this, everyone needs a to have jobs and live in a society that has a working law enforcement, good trade opportunities, a good basis to build an industry on, a good education, work ethics, prosperous diplomacy with neighbor states, governments that aren't corrupted, etc. The organizations who can do this are the UN, EU, G8, NATO, and other conglomerates of nations... some of whom are trying, but getting all this to work is easier said than done (and the concept of corruption makes everything harder, like it always did).
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Lugia007 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
Good comment vs Bogdan ignorance.
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PyrotheFlamy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
IwishIcouldbuythisprintIwishIcouldbuythisprintIwishIcouldbuythisprintIwishIcouldbuythisprint
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Bogdan-MRK Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I plan to open an online print shop at some point next year! I have to do some research first and find the highest quality available at the most affordable price!
So stay tuned and thanks for dropping by! :D
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PyrotheFlamy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat, maybe I'll have some points by then.
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PyrotheFlamy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait, points aren't my only choice.
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Luminaara Featured By Owner Edited Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess the world leaders don't take them serious because you probably know that many first world inhabitants aren't really religious. Religious leaders such as the pope are famous so they can make symbols but I am afraid that they have no real power.

...Apart from that I seriously love this artwork! Waaaah! Heart Heart  this sinister and cruel vibe, the rendering, the details... everything!
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Bogdan-MRK Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Luminaara thanks for you comment! Happy you like my work!
I wrote a long reply above and I forgot to tag you in it! :( I think that I have partially answered your comment in it as well!
Real power is to have large amounts of people listen and follow what you say! If The Pope, Trump or Putin take a fart tomorrow, half the planet would instantly know about it through all the media channels available to us... and lose their fricking minds! So it is highly important what they communicate!!!!  
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