Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Let's be realistic by mauricioestrella Let's be realistic by mauricioestrella
I respect the way each one has "to help", so let's avoid the religious drama and be straight to the point.

In my opinion, praying for Japan is just useless. And I'm christian. Praying helps and aids people... but no matter how much we all try, we cannot rebuild a house with prayers.

So, stop praying and do something useful. Or do both. ;)

Donate directly to Japan's red cross, send medical supplies, find legitimate charities, donate via text message, donate through itunes, donate on facebook, donate your airline miles, spread the word, add donation links on your websites, etc.

GO JAPAN. My heart is with you.

And for the haters:

James 2:14-17
"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. "

Add a Comment:
 
:iconbutikee:
butikee Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Continue Praying, Start helping. (Great work though)
Reply
:iconthetygerandtheraven:
thetygerandtheraven Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   General Artist
I agree, prayer without actions is useless
Reply
:iconageha-s:
AgehA-S Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student Interface Designer
this.
I swear ,everyone was praying for japan last year, I didn't say it is a bad thing.
However, when it came to donation, only few of them stood up.
;/
Reply
:iconisa-lollipop:
isa-lollipop Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Thank you for getting my thoughts across.
Reply
:iconechizenruth:
echizenruth Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional
it's better be "Keep praying and start helping."

anyway awesome job!!
Reply
:iconnuyorican14:
nuyorican14 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student General Artist
prayer combined with works is what helps a person. that's what james 2:14-17 is about. b/c if you lay around doing nothing to help progress that prayer then nothing will come of it.
Reply
:iconthelovelydreams:
TheLovelyDreams Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
This just rocks.
Reply
:iconmauricioestrella:
mauricioestrella Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks :)
Reply
:iconartofthebeholder:
Artofthebeholder Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
This is very true, I feel like this message is 'tough love' for the world, it needs to be heard! ♥
Reply
:iconshinigamichris:
shinigamichris Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011   Traditional Artist
A true story told in a pic .
Reply
:iconnotevenu:
NotEvenU Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
This wallpaper express the feeling I've had a long time! Pray and feel better about yourself with absolutely no effort is what I feel, good job!
Reply
:iconnotevenu:
NotEvenU Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
This was a great wallpaper, expresses the feeling I've had a long time. Pray and feel better about yourself is what I feel, good job!
Reply
:iconthelovelydreams:
TheLovelyDreams Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
LOVE THIS. Don't get me wrong people each have their way of helping. But, I think praying is the least helpful, you can pray but spread the word about donations. Make a fund to help the cause, you can do anything with the internet these days. Heck, even collect toothbrushes and band aids for them. Pray but also help. I'm not a Christian, I am more into Hinduism, and I believe that you should live to help others and yourself. This poster is absolutely genius and brilliant! Great job!
Reply
:iconarijan88:
arijan88 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Respect for this pic!
Reply
:iconboctors:
boctors Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
I understand your concept and point of view, and I agree that money is what they need right now, but if someone can't afford to do that, prayer is much more powerful. Don't doubt the power of God; he asks us to pray to him in times of trouble, he can work miracles. And you should understand that prayer isn't useless, it actually helps immensely.
Reply
:icondragontekneo:
dragontekneo Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
I like it!
Reply
:iconnarf41:
narf41 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
word! great job.
Reply
:iconscratchlikeme:
scratchlikeme Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Loved it.
Reply
:iconnoir-badger:
noir-badger Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
One thing I'd like to pass on as someone living in Christchurch, New Zealand, is that we don't really know where the donated money is going and what it is going to be used for. We appreciate the generosity of strangers so much but I personally appreciate the kind words and prayers of other people a lot more. I know myself and a LOT of other people in Christchurch would love for someone 'official' to explain where the money goes after it is donated to the Red Cross and how it is going to be used. Would be nice if we could all get a small cash handout to help with the daily costs that have arisen since the quake, like transport!! :)

On the prayer issue, why not pray that God presents you with opportunities to help, or pray that He opens your eyes to the opportunities around you. A little girl about age 6 here in Christchurch baked some muffins and was selling them outside a school to try and raise money for the people of Japan. You CAN do things to help, no matter your age and she's a beautiful example of that.

I know it is so easy to just sit back and let other people deal with the situation when you yourself are not directly affected. I've done it before, but living through a natural disaster has definitely changed my perspective and made me realise that even just the messages of support can really make a difference to someone who has lived through that disaster.
Reply
:iconsurrendr:
surRendr Featured By Owner May 9, 2011   Digital Artist
I think people have different meanings for prayer....

but for some people prayer isn't hoping for the best. But I also know for a lot of people its not doing a darn thing and sitting on your behind though as well.


So I would say as far as visual communication, not the best, in terms of design, pretty cool. :d
Reply
:iconnightmart:
NightmART Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
GREAT! JUST GREAT!
Reply
:iconulysses-31:
Ulysses-31 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
This is exactly what i've been saying. It deserves a DD more than all the other ones.
Reply
:iconbloodify:
bloodify Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:icontransparentplz:
Reply
:iconinit050:
Init050 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Now, what if adonihs presses the link to the worst artist on dA?
Reply
:iconbloodify:
bloodify Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
;)
Reply
:iconarrioch:
arrioch Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
One Help Japan poster that's actually helpful. :thumbsup:

I hate that some people used this catastrophe as inspiration for their "design", and didn't even bother to tell people how they can help. :disbelief:
Reply
:icontheaccountuser98:
TheAccountuser98 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
Pray for Japan? More like donate to Japan THEN you can pray for Japan.
Reply
:icontimfok:
TimFok Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
as pessimistic as the message is, it's exactly what I thought when I first saw the "pray for japan" campaign. Prayer should be followed with action. But more rediculous was the "wear red and white to show your support for japan" facebook event. It was stupid.
Reply
:iconlorrain:
Lorrain Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Good point.
Reply
:iconbughabir:
BuGhabir Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
I don't mean to make any 'religous' drama, but I do have something to say. I believe that you do not understand what prayer is. Prayer is depending on God, and knowing that no matter how hard you try, your wish will only come true if God wants it to happen. It is simply the disbelief in your ability to do anything without God's help.

BUT. There is a difference between knowing that you can't do anything of your own accord, and not doing anything at all. You must do your utmost best, at the same time knowing that that alone is not enough to get what you want. So it is as you said. Do both.

It's a difficult concept to grasp, and I hope I've helped clarify it a bit. GOD SAVE JAPAN.
Reply
:iconartbycher:
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
Couldn't have said it better!!!! :clap:
Reply
:iconuribaani:
Uribaani Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Exactly what I wanted to say to all those people saying "Pray for Japan", but didn't want to insult their beliefs.
Reply
:iconmauricioestrella:
mauricioestrella Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Wow man, you're alive! It's been ages.
Reply
:iconuribaani:
Uribaani Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Of course I am, where could I've gone? ;)
Reply
:iconmauricioestrella:
mauricioestrella Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Designers' heaven :aww:

Haha. Saw you on dribbble. Post something dammit.
Reply
:iconuribaani:
Uribaani Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I will, when I find some time to do so. :nod:
Reply
:icongarretjax:
GarretJax Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011   Interface Designer
Well, said. Decent design. I just joined DA. I am going to follow you! Keep it up man!
Reply
:iconpenwandering:
PenWandering Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Can't say it better. You rock! :highfive:
Reply
:iconwh1t3-n0153:
WH1T3-N0153 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
You have no idea how happy this made me. :clap:
Reply
:iconemi13:
Emi13 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
At least! There's someone here except for me, who realised, what sholud those stupid "prayers" do...
Reply
:iconbughabir:
BuGhabir Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
I don't mean to make any 'religous' drama, but I do have something to say. I believe that you do not understand what prayer is. Prayer is depending on God, and knowing that no matter how hard you try, your wish will only come true if God wants it to happen. It is simply the disbelief in your ability to do anything without God's help.

BUT. There is a difference between knowing that you can't do anything of your own accord, and not doing anything at all. You must do your utmost best, at the same time knowing that that alone is not enough to get what you want. So it is as you said. Do both.

It's a difficult concept to grasp, and I hope I've helped clarify it a bit. GOD SAVE JAPAN
Reply
:iconooupoutto:
Ooupoutto Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay buddy calm down. You've posted this more then twice.
Reply
:iconmonstruonauta:
Monstruonauta Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:clap:

Just perfect, your concept, your idea and your thinking about japan.

"GO JAPAN. My heart is with you."
Reply
:iconnoamize:
noamize Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Student Interface Designer
הקרט מןבקת שמג TRUE
Reply
:iconburtongirlbr:
burtongirlbr Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
When a prayer is honest, God -- no matter your religion -- will listen and the thing about having faith, is believing in miracles. You pray because you expect God to do what you can't with your own hands. You pray for help and if it matters, God will through His misterious ways, MAKE IT HAPPEN. And trust me, cause I've been there, others people prayers have done for me more than their money could.
Reply
:iconbadendesing:
badendesing Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
You artwork "helps" so much...
Reply
:iconmauricioestrella:
mauricioestrella Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
huh?
Reply
:iconbadendesing:
badendesing Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Me gustan mucho tus diseños como ya sabes, pero la demagogia tampoco ayuda ni arregla a Japón
Reply
:iconmauricioestrella:
mauricioestrella Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Pues hice mi parte los primeros días. Doné US $200.

El póster es para alentar a la gente a que cambie su manera de 'contribuir' y decidirse a hacer algo más tangible.

Si no hubiese hecho nada por ayudar, jamás habría tenido la iniciativa de compartir un mensaje como éste con la gente.

:)
Reply
:iconcookiefiend801:
Cookiefiend801 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The way you say it sounds contradicting and it insults fellow Christians, draws in trolls, atheists ect. Praying AND helping can be both effective. As long as you have faith in Jesus, he will hear your prayer no matter what. Praying carelessly or working without truly meaning it in your heart is just as pointless.
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
March 17, 2011
Image Size
398 KB
Resolution
525×800
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
75,545 (2 today)
Favourites
2,915 (who?)
Comments
1,663
×