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Heaven's Rebellion by Elandain Heaven's Rebellion by Elandain
This is my entry for the Good vs. Evil contest by Wacom.

Painter X, Photoshop CS3
Wacom Intuos 3
About three weeks

"And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." Revelation 12:7-9

The prevalent worldview likes to blur the lines between good and evil, or even make them one in the same. Another view suggests that the universe requires both good and evil to maintain balance. But the war in heaven described in Revelation illustrates an important truth: good and evil are absolutes, and have been constantly at war from that point. But evil did not always exist. They are not co-dependent or symbiotic, and they are certainly not balanced. Good triumphed in the beginning, and will triumph again in the end.

C.S. Lewis spoke at length on the subject in several of his books. For proof that good and evil are not equal yet independent forces in a dualist universe, he cites the following conundrum, which I will paraphrase. In order for a dualist view of the universe to be correct, both good and evil must exist solely for the purpose of opposing one another; Good is good for its own sake, and evil is evil for its own sake. It is certainly possible for something to be good for the sake of being good. A mother's love for her child is good in a perfectly selfless way, and is dependent on nothing. But can something bad exist only for the sake of being bad? When we look at the motive for any crime, there is something good which is the goal of the evil action; money, power, safety, pleasure- these are all things which are inherently good, in themselves. The evil lies in pursuing them in the wrong methods or for the wrong reasons. In addition, the skills which allow a bad person to accomplish something evil are, in themselves, good; cunning, wit, strength, charisma.

Good can and does exist for its own sake. Evil is a parasite, and cannot exist without taking for its own things which are good. This is evidence that we live in a fallen world. What once was good and perfect is corrupted by the cancer of evil.

A tutorial of this piece can be found here: [link]
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:iconshinseinasenshi:
Shinseinasenshi Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work. You've got another follower. :)
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GearArcana-No37 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is awesome! Well done Elandain!
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aladd02 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Hey I really dig this image.  A College Christian Brotherhood I'm organizing at Shepherd University is looking for a cool image of Michael to use in ads and t-shirts. Would you mind if we use your image in any of this?  If not I understand.
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ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
From a christian perspective,the idea of Good and Evil being equals is quite nonsensical. Lucifer, Sama’el, Satan or Shayṭān is nothing more than a mere Archangel. Strong as he may have been he was unable to defeat the champion of Heaven, Micha'el. What chances would he have against God? Even the portrayals of The Fallen One are rather rampant. He is nevertheless still an angel, only that he’s locked in a dimension of pure pain and anguish. His Pride and Jealously are the things that keep him chained. There’s a chance he took the job as Tempter of Man specifically to speed up his sentence and be released for good behavior. He tempts men thus sending the sinners to Hell whilst delivering the Pure to Heaven. I don’t even associate the Fallen Angels with demons. For all we know Lucifer and his comrades could have started exterminating the vermin to make their sentence more enjoyable.
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sin-and-love Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
The idea that "Tempter of man" was a needed position placed on an angel by God is not a Christian doctrine.
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Red-Jirachi-2 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Absolutism is insanity.
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yoyonah Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very wonderful. I love it.
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SenpenBanka Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
I find this to be a very powerful piece. It is an excellent visualization of the point you are trying to make. I find it interesting how if one ignores the biblical implications, you see a rather evil-looking archangel attacking a comparatively innocent dragon while thousands of other angels watch on in silent complacency. Almost a statement of how people let injustices come to pass, simply waiting for someone else to stand up ("bystander syndrome") and how something seemingly benign can actually be a force of great evil. Whether or not this was your intention, I still enjoy the duality of the picture.
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
bellissimo
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Red-Jirachi-2 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Good and evil are nothing compared to the majesty of creation
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TheBestIsaac Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Great drawing!

You are truly blessed with great talent for drawing and wisdom. I really enjoyed reading you comment on the subject of good and evil and the discussions in the earlier comments. Really fun to see how only a biblical view on this subject is truly logical.

May God be glorified by you art and you writings!
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vika2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
good,but its will be great if michael more big and strong and hold a big sword
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Rocket377 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
thats cool :)
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Tahuzilla Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't really like this depiction of Michael, makes him look evil...
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ChildOfGod87 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautifully done my friend.
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Brony4 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
My friend you are wise, are rare quality. Prepare yourself for the battle a head. For Satan will lead his army againist heaven after the revelation. All creation will go to war and be drafted, one last time. I hope to see you on the battlefield my brother.
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EuropeanCar650 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Very good! You should do more of these!
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NanaCasas Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very cool visual on the spiritual warfare that goes on all around us, even though we can't see it! And although this is a representation of Revelation 12:7-9, it certainly can represent present day warfare in the spiritual realm. It is time for Christians to wake up from their complacent slumber and take a stand against the enemy whenever, and wherever the opportunity arises. We don't need to be afraid if we are walking in the Lord's footsteps, and rely on His word for guidance. Plus, it is a good thing if we have a support system of prayer warriors who will stand with us. Believers need to be ready at all times.

Okay, I'm off of my soap box now. You did a fine job on this piece. I like it! :0)
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JesusSavedMe777 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! Is it bad that I'm a Christian, yet I love to draw dragons? :<
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Tahuzilla Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not at all.
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JesusSavedMe777 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope so.. but ever since I started reading revelations, I always think of the evil one whenever I draw a lizard or a dragon Dx
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sin-and-love Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Try to imagine him before his fall. I imagine that he was a beautiful and regal Chinese dragon. Hence "the serpent."
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Tahuzilla Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
xD Me too, Lol.
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Errational Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love. It. And I love the fact that I found someone who believes the same I do. Thank you for making my night.
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HellIncorporated Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Hi, I'd like to ask permission to feature your excellent work, with credit and link, on an upcoming page of my website, which will be titled "Battle in Heaven" and feature works on that theme.

www.HellIncorporated.com

Please let me know! Thanks!
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CptnEdge Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Love it :)
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Txt2monkey Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Verry good image and i wholeheartedly agree with you...nice verse for this image
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XxforbiddenartistxX Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YES.






--I found a dollar!
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NakaseArt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is being sold here: [link]
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KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
This really looks great. :D
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thunder7 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Very cool, Wish I could draw like this, gives me some to strive for
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theFIERCEwarriorCAT Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
cool ^^ and interesting :D
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Donlvir Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Evil...is a matter of perspective. Of observation and opinion.

Nothing more. To me, for example, your angel looks more evil, bloody and wrathful than the dragon.

Evil is evil for it's own sake. Goodness is good for it's own sake. Evil corrupts the good, but why can goodness not corrupt evil? Answer? It can.

Maybe, the goodness is a cancer?

Personally I don't believe in stereotypical 'good' and 'bad' figures, like God or Satan.


I believe in Man. For the best are between vice and virtue.
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Elandain Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
And what evidence, logical or otherwise, do you have to support this?
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Sweetheart-Samantha Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
this is beautifully done
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Hydraman123 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
awesome! i also like that concept of the relationship of good and evil. what is it called, the belief that good and evil are not symbiotic?
this really contradicts with the yin-yang concept, at least on the basis of good and evil's relationship
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Elandain Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
I don't know if it has its own name, but the concept accompanies most kinds of theism. Thanks for the comments!
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Rafael-Domination Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"They are not co-dependent or symbiotic, and they are certainly not balanced. Good triumphed in the beginning, and will triumph again in the end."

I like that. Only in the realm of fiction are the force of evil a match for the forces of good. If it that wasn't so, there would be no drama, no sense of intensity or risk. You have an awesome way of thinking that goes well with your awesome skills. :D
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Elandain Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Thanks very much, I appreciate it. :)
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Rafael-Domination Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very welcome, you are. :D
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1illustratinglady Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
I featured this very powerful artwork in my journal this week!! :):)
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:iconelandain:
Elandain Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Thanks!
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1illustratinglady Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
You are welcome!! :):)
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wow....what an awesome way of depicting Saint Michael the archangel...
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InkOfTime Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010   General Artist
Not only is it a moving, powerful image, but once I read the artists comments, I just knew I had to add this to my favorites. Thank you so much for sharing both your art and your thoughtful, truthful words.
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Elandain Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Thanks for reading it!
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Mimi7789 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Nice job.
Keep ip up and God bless.
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olymbos01 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing piece executing Revelation perfectly.
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Cowgirl-Hank Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
This is awesome. I am speechless.
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Elandain Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Thank you!
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