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Healing at the Pool by DouglasRamsey Healing at the Pool by DouglasRamsey
Oil on canvas panel, 16" x 20"

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”

John 5:2-6

Although this is intended to be a literal depiction of an actual historical event, there is some symbolism present in the image and, I think, in the story itself. The colonnade of sufferers represents the fallen world of pain and misery. The pool represents false, man-made hopes for healing from the crippling effects of sin. This superstitious remedy is intentionally obstructed by Christ, who stands offering genuine healing and access to a glorious, exalted life in heaven, represented by the light and sky behind him.
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PrisonerOnEarth Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Great piece, love the camera perspective, your use of colour, and the poses. Always nice to see quality biblical art.
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Big-bad-Rocket Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Nice very well taken.

P.S You Catholic by any chance?
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Reformed Presbyterian.
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TheSmokingCrow Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Beautifully done good sir :D
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Thanks much!
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TheSmokingCrow Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
O'course :D
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Monique552 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
I love pools but I love Jesus more! :D
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GODFOOTSTEPS Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like your art, I hope you like my art ~
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Yes, looks really good and thanks.
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GODFOOTSTEPS Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome to watch the newspapers we design!!!!
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Writer4Him Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
You have a gift! Keep sharing!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Thanks very much!
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:iconwriter4him:
Writer4Him Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
You're welcome.
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370wii Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Love it!!!
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maquade Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Perfect timing! The Great Healer!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Timing? Not sure what you mean.
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Seventhdaysoldier Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Amazing! Spirit influenced work!
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GreenArista Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
God is amazing and he gave u amazing talent im blessed :)
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Thanks very much!
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Xiao-Fury Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can sure nail these images. God bless you much.
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FanWrks Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"No, dude. I like being mangled with illness to the point of immobility..."
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
You know what? I think you may have actually got that right.
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SuperSpieth Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Very good picture! You did a very good job, but you know like this man we have only to accept our healing and thank Jesus for it. These verses should help those of you who don't understand.
jESUS HEALS US WHEN WE ASK:
O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health. Psalm 30:2 (NLT)
JESUS BOUGHT OUR HEALING AS WELL AS OUR SALVATION:
But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. Isaiah 53:5 (NLT)\
JESUS WANT US AS THE CHURCH TO HEAL IN HIS NAME:
Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:14-16 (NLT)

So do you believe in miracles and do you want to be healed? Cause you can have it.
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Fifekun Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would DEFINATLY take His hand :heart: He's ALWAYS there for us!
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jesusmarvelite3 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
.....I am speechless.
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Insiv Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Beautiful illustration!! :D
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Armahda Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Christ asks us all: "Do you want to be healed?" How many do not :'(
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Xiao-Fury Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You'd be surprised...
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inhonoredglory Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Now that is an amazing painting. I love the symbolism you included in it. Splendid work! And a great message.
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butterxcreme Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
wow!
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I like it very much.
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GuilleAltarriba Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
It's really fine, very good work!
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GuiltyTears Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Beautifull :heart:
Jesus is Amazing :heart:
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Frienddesign Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
incredible! God Bless You!
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glaceon-rules Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
nonetheless it's a good painting.
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glaceon-rules Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I'm not so sure. a preacher at my church warned against spiritualizing everything in the Gospels. in the parable the good Samaritan, some people claim that the bandits represented sin, and the priest and pharisee represented the law, and such like that
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
He’s absolutely right about that. The parables use symbolism to make theological points but people get wildly carried away in over-interpreting every detail of them. In the Middle Ages the Church really went off the rails, reading almost every passage in the Bible allegorically. Now, sometimes this is appropriate (Galatians 4:21-31). Most of the time it isn’t. But this isn’t the same thing as recognizing that the Bible’s narrative accounts do more than preserve historical facts. They also convey spiritual truths.

Maybe I need to make a clearer distinction here between my use of symbolism in the painting’s imagery and the representative elements of John’s story, although there is some overlap. Having Christ physically obstruct the pool and bisect the earthly and heavenly spheres to communicate the gospel of heaven offered to a fallen world, is my own idea, not something described graphically in the story. I’m just using a visualization of this particular event to image that truth.

Now in both the painting and the story, the invalids around the pool aren’t exactly “symbolic” so much as they’re an actual representative slice of the miserable fallen world. In my painting, the pool visually represents a false cure for sin’s effects contrasted against the true cure of Jesus and I think John’s Gospel presents the same false/true contrast dynamic (after all, healing shrines were characteristic of pagan cults), though I’m speculating a little here.

In any case, I don’t think it’s a misapplication of the text to see a parallel between the pool of Bethesda and modern miracle cures (self-help programs, diets, painkillers, money, etc.) that people use to counteract the damaging effects of sin, none of which will do any lasting good apart from the work of Christ.

Thanks very much for your compliment. I’m really glad to see you’re thinking carefully about these things.
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sim2007 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
This is beautiful. It is so moving... I love this! You are very talented! God Bless You!
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floating-waters Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Student General Artist
the perspective is so well done, as is the lighting! very emotional :)
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KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
This looks fantastic, great job! :D
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KOKORONIN Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is Inspiring...Very well done :)
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divalishous Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
brilliant.
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Sebmaestro Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is incredible! Great piece!
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eternal-pizza-party Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student General Artist
geez this is amazing
God has definitely given you great talent :3
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
That's very kind of you to say.
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Low-Lighter Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student Filmographer
love this, very well made!
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whatwazthat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
wow!
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
wow! :wow:
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CrewOfTheBloodyDawn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
This is amazing. Wonderful work, just great power in this picture in many ways :3
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
That's really encouraging to hear. Thanks so much.
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