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M.A. Brotherton is a writer, blogger, artist, and fat-kid from the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. He’s tasted a little bit of everything the Midwest has to offer, ranging from meth-tweaking rednecks in massive underground cave complexes to those legendary amber waves of grain. When he’s not writing, he spends most of his time screwing around on the internet.

12 thoughts on “#DailyDoodle – Drawing Challenge – Seeking Solace”

  1. Brandee Baltzell says:

    Interesting.  To view this from that perspective.  I am essentially “religion-free,” so I am intrigued by the need for some form of faith in others.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      “Good men don’t need rules. Today is not a good day to find out why I have so many.” -Doctor Who

      Some of us have things in our past they can’t make peace with alone. It’s comforting, empowering and personal. I’m sure if you looked hard enough at your life, there would something you have that gives you that strength, and that’s just as good as what I have. 

  2. Jason Benoit says:

    Like Brandee I am religion-free, and Matt, if Christianity actually were about these things I wouldn’t have as much of a problem with as I do. I believe everyone has the right to their beliefs, wholeheartedly, but I do not think it is a right that the religions of the world subscribe to, unless, of course, you believe the same as they do. 

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      Religion isn’t faith. Dogma isn’t spirituality. The teachings from the Bible, or for that matter, any of the dozens of other religions I’ve studied, have a universal good to them. It’s wisdom in the form of wisdom. Egotistical, evil, and corrupt men have bastardized and mutated that wisdom into tradition and law.

      Tradition and Law are the opposite of spirituality. 

      The creation of a church at all is a violation of one of Jesus’s very first teachings. 

      So, yes, people that call themselves Christians are often the least christ-like.

      It doesn’t change the importance of faith. 

  3. Stereo.* says:

    I am a Christian. I don’t have any shame saying this. I’m sad that my faith has been twisted into something that engenders hate and isolation. But the God I believe in is one that doesn’t support the hatred and exclusion that many so-called “Christians” spread these days. I’d glad that you doodled this. I love it. Really do.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      My most common statement when dealing with most “Christians” is to say, “The God Jesus taught us about did not do those things.” Of course, I’ve done quite a bit of research into religion in general and can say, without a doubt, that if there is not a supreme being out there, then there is definitely something that gives humanity a universal understand of good and evil, one that is at it’s core the same among all cultures.  Just like microexpresssions. 

  4. Tracy Mangold says:

    It’s not about religion. It’s about faith. Faith is not a religion. God is not a religion. This is the most beautiful thing, Matt. I am in love with this. Well done. What a blessing and gift you are. Never ever stop.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      This is exactly what I am always trying to get people to understand. People of religion are exclusivists. They are a self-isolating, tradition. People of faith, however, know that there is more to this universe than the laws we allow to govern us. 

  5. StaceyJoyNetzel says:

    Beautiful!

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      Thank you, very much. 

  6. M.A. Brotherton says:

    Thanks, guys. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed this piece. I’m glad it got such a great response. 

  7. Sara Olson-Liebert says:

    I believe in faith. I suppose in God, but in a larger sense. The God I believe in is altruistic, not selective. This is because I think faith is for everyone, not just the ‘lucky’ or the ‘chosen’. It is for everyone who needs more in their lives. I believe that all “Gods” or religions are basically after the same thing- wanting people to be good to each other and to put their purpose towards doing greater things with their lives. It’s people that twist belief into an ugly, unappealing thing, so really . . . to me . . . faith has to be chosen privately and celebrated by doing good, seeking good, and be willing to grow, always.

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