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A place for deviants of the Seventh-day Adventist faith to meet and share their artistic and literary works. To learn what Adventists believe, visit www.adventist.org.
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Adventists is a DeviantArt group for Seventh-day Adventists artists, writers, poets, photographers, and other creatives from all over the world.

Our informal group is not officially affliated with the General Conference. It is provided by Adventists for fellow creative Adventists as a way to fellowship, share creative endeavors that glorify our Lord, further the spread of the Gospel in the world, and to encourage one another.

Who are Adventists?

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a worldwide faith community built upon hope, love, and the principles found within the Holy Scriptures. Adventists strive to be a reflection of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. We find the power to live lives of faith by depending upon the most powerful presence on the planet, the Lord God Almighty, and by spending time in study of His Word, in prayer, and in worship.

Learn more about Adventists by visiting the General Conference's official website. www.adventist.org/


What We Believe

Adventists are Bible-believing Protestant Christians. For more information, check out Our Beliefs.


Submission Guidelines

All submissions to this group should be of a Biblical and/or Christian perspective and in agreement with the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The group administrators approve or reject all submissions based on that criteria.

If you feel a submission is of a questionable nature, please note us with your concerns and we will review it.

If your submission was rejected, it is because admin felt it did not meet our Submission Guidelines. It is not personal nor a judgment against the subject matter of your submission; your submission simply did not match the criteria for being included in this particular group.


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View our group's prayer list at Our Prayers.

To submit a prayer request, praise, or answered prayer, please note us. We will not post any requests of a deeply personal nature in consideration of the privacy of our members; however, all requests will be prayed for.


Members In Motion

Check out what our members are doing to serve Christ, help their communities, and share hope with the seeking. Visit Members in Motion!
Hello, fellow creative Adventists! I come bearing some interesting news. One of our very own, ForestHymn, was featured in a recent edition of the Adventist Review! Here is a quick glimpse:

Student Artist Brings Story of Redemption to Life

Sarahi Remolina, who held the pivotal conversation with her brother while in high school several years ago, has created 30 digital paintings tracing the redemption story from Lucifer’s fall to the New Earth as a student at Southern Adventist University.

A conversation between a brother and sister about life on the New Earth has inspired one of the most ambitious series of paintings that an Adventist artist has ever produced of the story of redemption.

Several paintings in “Eternal Redemption” remain unfinished after two years of work. But people flocked to view the paintings at Southern Adventist University’s gallery, which were on display from early December through last week, making them the most-viewed student art exhibit ever organized by the university.

“We had more visitors than ever for a student show,” said Giselle Sarli Hasel, Remolina’s mentor and the gallery coordinator.

“It was an incredible blessing to all who came,” said Hasel, an assistant professor at the university’s School of Visual Art and Design.


You can read the full article and see all 30 pieces of her amazing senior project thesis, "Eternal Redemption", at www.adventistreview.org/church…


What an encouragement! God has given each and every one of us gifts and talents, and if we hone these gifts and talents and use them for His glory, He will bless our efforts. It is my prayer that each of us will discover what gifts and talents the Lord has given to us and also find a way to use them to share His love with our family, friends, and communities. We are all called to be Christ's ambassadors to the world: some give Bible studies, some knock on doors, some pray, some use their musical talents, some use their artistic talents, etc. No matter what your gift or talent is, you can always use it to do something for the honor of the Lord. It does not always have to be something BIG. In fact, in my own experience, I have found that witnessing for the Lord in the littlest of ways often make the most lasting impact on a person's life.

As it is written in 2 Corinthians 3:3, "And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts." (English Standard Version) And 1 Peter 3:15 encourages us: "...in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect" (ESV).

Do not be discouraged if you need not immediately see fruit from your efforts. Sometimes we are called to plant the seed in a person's heart, sometimes we are to water a seed that someone else has planted, and sometimes God allows us the honor to assist in the harvesting of the fruit, but God is always the one in control. "I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth," wrote the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (ESV).

So I leave you with a question. Feel free to answer here if you would like but you are not obligated to do so. Just think about it and pray about it. How can I use the talents and gifts God has given to me for His glory?

And if you are already doing something for the Lord, why not share over at our Members in Motion post?
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AlexHofstadter Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015
I'm considering becoming an adventist. Could someone explain to me the investigative judgement of 1844 in simple words? I'm stupid.
God bless you!
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mbrsart Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is probably one of the most confusing of our doctrines. I've been an Adventist my entire life, and it took me until my Systematic Theology class my last year of college to even get close to understanding it, so I'm not surprised if you find it elusive. And unfortunately, there really isn't a good simple explanation, so I'll give you a short one and a long one.

The tl;dr version is that Jesus is examining every person who ever lived to determine whether they chose to be for God or against Him. It is an investigation both of our choices—less our actions and more our ultimate choices re: salvation—and God's justice.

Now for the longer explanation. Let's start with some background. The first Great Disappointment came in 1843 after the Millerite Revival reached its peak. William Miller had predicted that the world would end on October 22, 1843. To make a long story short, he used the 2300-day prophecy about the cleansing of the Sanctuary, found in Daniel, and calculated the date of the prophesied cleansing. He and his followers around the nation waited on the prescribed day, but Jesus never came. Miller discovered a simple clerical error: he calculated the date using a "year 0" between 1 BC and 1 AD. Because there wasn't a "year 0", the correct date was October 22, 1844. They waited again, and a second time, nothing happened. That was the second Great Disappointment, and the final one for the Millerite movement.

The Millerite movement virtually dissolved, and Adventism replaced it. Adventist scholars returned to the Bible1 to see if they could figure out exactly what happened that day on a cosmic scale. The prophecy drew parallels from the Day of Atonement, and Christ was considered the High Priest. When the sanctuary was cleansed in the Old Testament, that was when the High Priest went from the Holy Place to the Most Holy Place.

That's the basic idea of the Investigative Judgment doctrine. On 10/22/1844, Jesus moved from the Holy Place to the Most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary. It was then that He began the work of determining whose names were to be written in the Book of Life. How this works is that Jesus examines each person who has ever lived and determines whether or not they chose to accept the atoning sacrifice of His blood. (According to John 3:16, that is the only thing that matters in the grand scheme of things. Just think of the thief on the cross, who had a literal deathbed conversion after a life of crime, and Jesus promised him he would be in paradise.)

The other purpose for the Investigative Judgment is to prove God's justice. The natural law of obedience to God require death—eternal death—for those who sin. It's not because God is vindictive, but because those who take on Sin cannot coexist with a perfect God. It's like matter and antimatter. That's the reason for the sacrificial system: the imperfect can be forgiven at the expense of a perfect life. The spotless lamb was a symbol of perfection and a look forward to the Messiah, Jesus. Because He was fully God, He was perfect. And because He was God, He was able to substitute Himself for every sinful being2. This blood sacrifice fulfilled the requirements for the natural law of obedience, which enabled God to forgive the sins of those who chose to accept the sacrifice. The Investigative Judgment ensures that those who accepted the gift will receive salvation.

To sum it up, the Investigative Judgment is our interpretation of the work of salvation after the cleansing of the Sanctuary spoken of in the 2300-day prophecy of Daniel. It not only ensures that those who accepted the sacrifice of Christ will inherit the Kingdom of God, but that God is just in admitting them. The other purpose is to ensure that those who are opposed to God are set aside for their eventual fate3. This way, God's justice is preserved, and every person is given eternal peace.

God bless,
MBR



1 Here is the list of texts from the official doctrinal statement (Belief #24): Heb. 8:1-5; 4:14-16; 9:11-28; 10:19-22; 1:3; 2:16, 17;
Dan. 7:9-27; 8:13, 14; 9:24-27; Num. 14:34; Eze. 4:6; Lev. 16; Rev. 14:6, 7; 20:12; 14:12; 22:12.

2 The reason I say "every sinful being" instead of "the whole human race" is that I don't believe salvation is exclusive to humans. Would the Devil himself choose to repent, he would find redemption in Jesus's blood. The thing is that he has already made his final choice. And while there may not be evidence of intelligent life on other planets, if there is, I find it hard to believe that humanity is the only sinful race, since God would have been obligated to give other races the same choice He gave humans. But that's just my own speculation as a science fiction author and theologian, rather than anything coming from Scripture.

3 Another pivotal Adventist doctrine is Annihilationism. We believe that the wicked will be destroyed eternally rather than suffering eternal, conscious torment. Part of this is because we don't believe in the existence of an immortal soul; neither do we believe in "soul sleep" as so many people say, because, well, we don't believe in the existence of the soul. Our official doctrine (Belief #26) states that death is an "unconscious state for all people." But our belief in the nonexistence of the soul presents a few theological problems, which are another topic for another time.
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AlexHofstadter Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
Thank you a lot.
Let me ask you something respectfully, without trying to offend -- what is the who point of preaching the Gospel if, after all, they won't suffer if they don't get saved -- just cease to exist?
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mbrsart Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I think the best answer comes from 2 Peter 3:9 - "The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance."

I think there are a lot of people who assume the reason for preaching the Gospel is to keep people away from Hell, or that the only reason people follow God is because they fear eternal conscious torment. I'm sure some people may feel like that, but I honestly don't think that's a very accurate picture of God, especially in light of this verse, and of John 3:16-17 - "
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."

But the idea that the purpose of salvation is to avoid Hell is, in my interpretation, a deception created by the Enemy, as is the idea of eternal, conscious torment—especially if the interpretation is that God is vengefully keeping those tormented souls alive. Ideally, the reason we preach the Gospel is to spread the message of love and the story of Jesus. The very word Gospel comes from a literal Old English translation of the Greek word euangelion, which means, "good message." Another reason for preaching the Gospel is because Jesus commanded us to do so in Matthew 28:18-20 - "
And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'"

Jesus gave His life so that everybody would have a shot at redemption, no matter who they are, where they're from, and so on. But the only way to know about this free gift is to hear the Gospel.
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TheMuseilium Featured By Owner Edited Dec 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Butting in! :dummy: Hope ya'll dont mind.

Your question demands a little bit of reading in-between the lines. I'm sorry if I'm assuming in the wrong, but it seems like at least subconsciously you believe something like this: "if the punishment isn't harsh enough, people won't turn to God. Preaching about Him would be ineffective, so why even try???" 

I guess a good question to get around to: what is the Gospel? If we have a different "Gospel" then we might have different drives/points for preaching that Gospel.  As I know it: Sure, the Gospel includes lots of rewards and punishments. It's there to get people's attention, but in some ways it shouldn't be what keeps us hooked. 

Anyway, I'd like to clarify Annihilationists (or at least Annihilationists like me) believe there WILL be suffering. Just not as a never-ending torment conducted by satan near earth's core. The suffering takes place on earth's surface. It's a lake (not one you wanna chill in), a lake of fire. I believe each un-saved person will suffer/burn for the sin's they commit. "But he that knew not and committed things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more."--Matthew 13:12

It is my belief that the wages of sin will vary according to what and how much a person has done. After all, we reap what we sow, right? That's justice and mercy, right there. :D
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theblueleader Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist
This is so sick i hope i can some friends here ok that kinda childish well  have a blessed day 
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Meeowy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello all. this is a feature film I am sure we've all been waiting for.
please spread the news and support where possible :3
www.kickstarter.com/projects/h…

the truth must be shared
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ForestHymn Featured By Owner Edited Oct 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
THEY changed the URL:
Here is the new one-
there are a number of chapters already available!! HERE:
:earth: www.thedesireofagesproject.com…
Help them out and spread the word!

(It costs them $100 to produce each chapter (then each chapter is give out for FREE to everyone)
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ForestHymn Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Everyone! This project NEEDS help!!

:sun: The Desire of Ages - Professional quality audiobook

Spread the Word!!!!
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JulianeReis Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sup!
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