What is Berserk’s Take on Religion?

Berserk is a story with very clear religious
allusions and inspirations. From the factions of organized worship touched
on throughout the plot to the ironic religious imagery portrayed through both Guts and Griffith,
this is a piece of work absolutely rich with symbolism about the topic. And while there are tons of little messages
about this sprinkled throughout the series, both subtle and otherwise, that would be a
topic more suited for someone with an expertise in religious lore and culture to unpack than
me. But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible
to parse out what the narrative’s primary broad messages about this are. For a series so dense with themes about all
manner of topics, it would seem foolish to suggest that Berserk has no underlying messages
about religion when it tackles the subject so substantially throughout. So it begs the question – what is Berserk
actually trying to say about religion as a concept? To put it in extremely blunt terms – is Berserk
anti-religion, pro-religion, or something in between? From a superficial level, this message seems
pretty clear cut and obvious. The vast majority of characters associated
with religion in the story are portrayed in a decidedly negative light, so this would
seem to indicate the story’s thoughts on the topic. Along with being the primary faction concerned
with worshipping by far the most hated character in the series, The Holy See are immorally
dogmatic when it comes to their doctrine. They label anyone who doesn’t 100% align
with their beliefs as heretics and brutally torture and maim who they see as deviants
under the pretense of this being the will of God, to cleanse and remove these people
from evil. Additionally, religious rituals of note throughout
the plot usually lead to mass violence and are rarely shown in any classically positive
light. The main entity resembling a true deity in
the series, The idea of evil, is a god of misfortune and suffering, not good. Concurrently, the pseudo demi-gods in the
series are.. well.. the God Hand. And then there’s just the simple fact that
this world is unbelievably cruel and holds very little hope for the common citizen. As the old argument goes, if there is a benevolent
deity in this world, why are they not doing anything while their people suffer so needlessly? The truth is that it is because there very
likely isn’t one. Simply put, Berserk does not inspire much
confidence in religion from the outset. At it’s worst, it’s a story that could
be semi-understandably construed as Anti-religion. But that’s only from a shallow observation,
and the messages run much deeper than this. In fact, there is much more at play when it
comes to the thematic relevance of religion in Berserk, and it has much to do with the
mechanics of the universe, the nature of humanity, learned helplessness, and the aforementioned
Idea of Evil. As touched on before, the setting of Berserk
is brutal. Rife with unjust societal hierarchies, war,
famine, violence and all manner of sadistic supernatural entities, it is about as gritty
as dark fantasy worlds can get. The people in this world are in a constant
cycle of agony and it takes the vast majority all they have to just find it in themselves
to continue living. Justifiably, few harbour any semblance of
hope for the future. However, despite the fact that fate and causality
play huge roles in Berserk, this horrible world is portrayed throughout the series to
be a result of the darkness of mankind rather than the will of some universe defining entity. Behelits, structured power, oppression, and
most notable for this topic, religion – these are not plot devices used to carry the story
to it’s intended destination using the concept of fatalism as a crutch. Rather, they are methods and outlets used
to display two very important themes. The first theme that religion contributes
to is very bluntly communicated within the story – it’s about the potential within
mankind for pure brutality. Humans are capable of unspeakable evil and
many times they cover these actions using fronts and deceptions. Mozgus and his followers are a clear example
of this with regards to religion – a group of despicable people carrying out despicable
acts using religion and worship as an excuse. But this is not a negative message about religion
itself at all. If anything, the damning indictment here is
on people, and how they can use something like religion to try to justify cruelty. It’s a much more nuanced message, more characteristic
of Miura’s writing and more consistent with the ideas of the series. The second idea communicated through suffering
via religion is just as prevalent – the necessity of purpose. In a setting like this where purpose is so
difficult to hope for and even more difficult to find, it is human nature to cling onto
things with reckless abandon just to have some self-worth and a reason for living. Religion is one of those things. And it is easy to imagine how desperate one
dimensionality combined with lust for power can spiral something like organized religion
out of control into something that is pathological and dangerous – the fact is, a good number
of evil radicalists in Berserk are doing wrong because they are clinging onto some warped,
shallow ideal that represents their worth in the world. The setting has people totally dependent on
anything that represents purpose, and many become narrow-minded ideologues striving for
SOMETHING to live for in this world that gives them nothing. Characters completely disassociated with religion
like the Count or even Griffith go through similar extremes in order to cling onto significance
in existence. It’s more of a message about the necessity
of purpose, touched on through Guts’ existential pondering early on in the series, than anything
about the nature of religion. So we can see that due to the darkness of
mankind and how we yearn for purpose, Religion is not a cause of this cruelty, it is an excuse
and a means to an end. Religion itself is not the problem here; PEOPLE
are. Now, there is a flip side to this and it has
to do with passivity. At times throughout the series, characters
have been shown to choose not to act and to instead lean on religious worship to deliver
them from suffering. There is an instance where a small town is
attacked by trolls, and the priest in power decides to combat this by .. praying. But once again, instances like this are not
a criticism of religion itself – just how people use it. Just as extreme cruelty in the name of religion
is bad, so too is radical pacifism. On a more narratively personal note, there
is also the subject of Farnese’s character arc – a woman who ultimately decides to give
up on religion after realizing that she used it and her authority as a leader of the Holy
Iron Chain Knights as an unhealthy outlet for sadism and carnal desires. But once again, this is not a condemnation
of religion – it is a demonstration of how not to use it and of letting go of things
in one’s life when it brings about something undesirable within us. Religion demonstrates the lengths humanity
goes to to exert power and feel good in a world that promotes the opposite, but it is
not inherently negative in nature. It simply is. It’s neutral. It could be useful for some people, and not
worth investing in for others. It just so happens that in this world, people
tend to use it in a negative way because.. well.. basically everything is used in a negative
way. Now, while substantial, this is all a very
abstract and indirect way to interpret the story’s take on religion. However, this can also be prised out in a
more cosmic and grand sense, using the closest thing to an omnipotent deity that the series
has – the Idea of Evil. Essentially, the idea of Evil is a causal,
desired God. It is an entity that was created due to mankind’s
need to blame their misery and misfortune on some sort of transcendental entity. It was not the original source of pain, but
it was created due to the populace’s wishes for reasons to explain their suffering. Humanity wants to point the finger at some
sort of explanation for their strife other than the darkness of man and their own weakness
because of the harshness of those truths. As such, the Idea of Evil was created, as
a means to blame some sort of thing for the cruelty of the world. It self-perpetuates and dictates fate. It is the root of all of the suffering in
the world and it is the catalyst behind the evil God Hand. So the obvious question here with regards
to religion is that if there is an evil God, why isn’t there a good one? Is that not incredibly anti-religious? Well.. no, it’s not. Instead, this says much more about learned
helplessness and the human condition than it does about the concept of a benevolent
God. With the Idea of Evil, people are now conditioned
to feel helpless and act passively because there is an ironic comfort there. It is far easier to blame the horrors of one’s
life on some uncontrollable force than try to find the belief to change it. Through the collective hope that some evil
God had to be the cause, it forms a self-fulfilling prophecy to make that the truth. No God existed until humans conceived the
idea of Evil. And this is very significant – in Berserk,
belief in a God can create that God. This means that if enough people had enough
faith in one, a good God could be created. But there is plenty of reason as to why a
God of benevolence, the reason behind good deeds and fortune, has not been created. Firstly, there is simply such little happiness,
hope and success in Midland, which automatically lowers the possibility. People have learnt to not hope for anything,
so naturally there is little chance of them believing in some God that is the source of
good things. But more importantly, humans are hypocrites. In Berserk, they attribute responsibility
for their misfortune to something aside from themselves and blame external things, and
this creates the Idea of Evil. But when they succeed, they want to feel like
their success is their own. They like to take credit. There is very little chance that anyone in
the setting will attribute the cause of their successes to some benevolent god, especially
when there is such little evidence for a god of that sort in the first place and especially
when they want to feel responsible for their own success. As such, no “Idea of Good” exists. Only the Idea of Evil. But what’s important here is that this means
that belief and faith from the masses is the power behind the sources of both good and
evil in Berserk. There COULD be a God of goodness – There just
isn’t one because it is so difficult for people to strive past their misery and egoism
to find belief in one. Consequently, Berserk could be construed as
an advocate of belief in gods and a positive, healthy adherence to religion. If humans were different, the mechanics of
the universe would be completely altered. Faith could very well save this setting, but
there is just so little of it. Again, through the concepts of organized worship
and theism, Berserk is much more of a condemnation of human nature than it is a criticism of
religion. Now with regards to Kentaro Miura’s thoughts
on God – This would appear to be more cut and dry if we take what the story says as
a 1 to 1 representation of his thoughts. And note that this is a big assumption to
make, but I find the subject interesting to ponder, especially since I wasn’t able to
find any solid information on Miura’s outlook on religion. If you have a good source for this that I
missed then please feel free to share it in the comments. Having said all of that, If Berserk’s take
on God parallels Miura’s thoughts on the subject then he likely believes that the concept
of a God is an illusory idea perpetuated by the masses as a way to make life more bearable. The fatalism associated with the story reinforces
this as well. This line of thinking would seem to state
that the momentum behind deities makes them extremely substantial and influential in the
modern world, but they only exist because people believe them to exist. It would seem that Miura does not at all believe
that there is a God, while also believing that being religious and having faith is totally
fine as long as it is a healthy influence in one’s life. He seems to hate the evil that can spring
up from organized religion as a result of mankind’s deep flaws but does not chastise
anyone who is religious because it itself is not an inherently bad thing, and I think
that much is clear when examining the approach to religion throughout the narrative. Consistent with the nuanced story we have
experienced thus far in Berserk, everything depends. Very little is black or white and one must
have perspective when examining any controversial topic, because more likely than not, there
is a lot more depth to a situation under the surface. Many thanks for watching.

  1. Q: "Is the Idea of Evil canon?"
    A: https://www.reddit.com/r/Berserk/comments/3fekzt/is_idea_of_evillost_chapter_canon/

  2. You can dismiss this as personal belief, but I believe there is a God, and God is only Love, nothing else. If there is evil it's from people's hearts, much like how the Idea of Evil works. It's an idea, it grows, and like any plant, if people water it in their mind, then it will grow. God's given man free will, that's why they must choose God. I don't believe in organized religion, but I believe that it was intended as one of the outlets to reach God, but people have used it for their own ends, giving it the stigma it has today. Because that's what people are, we can't fathom God, much like how the concept of being in the Astral Plane alone, it's incomprehensible by the human mind. We live in the material world full of tests, and once you pass those tests, meaning a lifetime's worth and not letting the negative energy crush you and change you like it did Griffith, then you won't be damning yourself. Miura pours his heart into the manga while drawing it, but he's also poured his contradiction and limitation into it, by creating a world of terrible thing to affirm that Love is hard to obtain. Most of his characters don't receive Love, their destinies are always planned to be horrific. Perhaps it's just a reflection that he felt unloved at some point, that's why by your words, "making life more bearable" by affirming it in his work.

    But then again, this is coming from someone who was pushed into organized religion, turned atheist, and then somehow ended up believing in a spiritual life. Take it as a grain of salt.

  3. I think this also needs to discussed in context to Od/witchcraft/Schierke. Contrasting the two viewpoints, it gets towards the debate of order vs. balance, society vs nature.

    Where religion strives to put a moral rubric on actions- virtuous vs. blasphemy, which innately is tied to power dynamics- establishing just versus profligate, witchcraft can be used by humans to strike balance, but only through recognizing and drawing on the forces of nature, not through subversion but affinity.

  4. The thing about God is that if God created existence that means God is beyond physical existence. God would have to be somewhere other than existence aka nonexistence to create the physical realm of existence. Meaning that God himself/herself/itself does not physically exist either. God doesn't have a sex or anything of the sort. At least not at our level of understanding. In fact God probably can not himself manifest in existence. If you look at the bible they say things like if you seen the face of God you would die. In my mind that makes sense because if we as physical beings seen a being that should not exist our minds and maybe even our existence would more or less blue screen of death error out. At least IMO. So even seeing just a glance of that would probably nearly kill you. So yes when people say that God does not exist they are technically true but are also wrong because God is beyond physical existence. You can't prove that God exists physically because physically God doesn't exist like we do. Ever get confused by the idea of the holy trinity? Well that's because The Holy Spirit, The Father and The Son are all different "avatars" of the same being. Incarnations. Jesus is supposedly God in human flesh and although they are technically the same being they are also separate. In fact the only real purpose of Christ was to die so that we didn't have to constantly sacrifice everything. Its why we can just be easily forgiven. Yet personally I still think there is more to it.

    The reason why evil is so common is because evil is easy. Its difficult to be the good guy when all your loved ones are being murdered by the ones taking the easy path. You're really not meant to live life out the way we do so commonly. We can't take anything with us. Only our knowledge. So our greed for money and power is truly just an illusion because when you die it means nothing. Free will is a double edged sword. In other words. Why would a God if they could. Step in if none of that really matters? What are a few terrible deaths or tortures when compared to the entirety? It sounds bad at first but whats the alternative? No free will? Its in the hands of man. Not to sound religious because honestly I'm not (I just find it all so fascinating) but Jesus says if you don't know me you wont get into heaven. Well you can't physically meet Jesus so in my mind it means to follow his words. His examples.

  5. Guts is Deist. He despises people who accuse God of something & then say he doesn't exist as well as those who still blame God while also saying he does exist. Deists respect God enough to make his own decisions & thus THE U.S. CONSTITUTION EXISTS UPON THE SAME PHILOSOPHICAL BASIS OF LETTING PEOPLE CHOOSE THEIR OWN FATES REGARDLESS OF THE CONDITION OF THEIR TRAGIC OR FORTUNATE BIRTH…a theme obviously used in Guts story intended by the Deistic Influence that compelled the writer by every avenue of his own creation & upbringing. Deists do not condemn religion as a concept or goal to achieve in civilization, but they also do not tolerate the bullshit of Atheists who essentially end up manipulating reality just the same as those they accuse, but with less reverence for The Premise, Past, Present, & Potential of The Individual….in sum, the 1st Apriori-Instinct that is the soul's CORE which is to say, the reason why we identify with Linear-Time. Guts just so happens to be trapped by his NEED to emulate Linear-Time & create his own identity. The 2nd Apriori-Instinct is the NEED to make a DIFFERENCE, of which Guts does with both his body & his sword. The 3rd Apriori-Instinct is even simpler but more disturbing. It's his need to REACT from the depths of his inner-sense/in-no-cence/In-All-Sense. Guts happens to follow a Devil's Son theme placed in a mercenary love-triangle with someone who is also a version of the "Devil's Son" however Griffith chooses to abandon his morality, something that Guts was trying to preserve within himself & others ever since he was a little boy. Guts never had to stoop in politics sexually. Griffith didn't either, but according to the story he sacrificed his own innocence in order to achieve greatness. Guts however DEFENDED his own innocence in order to preserve his small life. Guts only killed because there was already a sea of violence that made it all relative & he also didn't know how to do anything else but survive.

  6. I don’t think the fact that a creator allows bad things to happen disproves god. We are of course looking at the concept of god through human morals, if a creator of the universe exists it likely has little understanding of human reason or just doesn’t care. Either way we will never know if such a being exists.

  7. I always found it interesting how a lot of dark entities like the Godhand are referred to as ‘angels’ as well as ‘demons’

  8. The Bible states that “which is lowly and weak” is what lord will use to save lives and bring good into the world…

  9. I wonder how you would distinguish religion from church. I find people tend to criticise the concept and corruptibility of church rather than religion. Other than that, there is the problem of "what exactly is religion?". On the one hand, there are "the established religions" such as Christianity and Islam, then there is Buddhism which is more spirituality and philosophy rather than a classic religion. But I think there is also a purely philosophical approach to understanding the concept of religion. "Faith" and "knowledge" is where I would draw the distinction between philosophy and religion.
    One strives for knowledge and seeks to validate and prove, the other (religion) looks for reasons to believe in something, to have faith in something. And that does not need to be a god or higher power. For "faith in god", there is the term deism or theology, which is a different thing from religion. Having faith in the goodness of humanity, striving for something better because you believe it is the best thing for your surroundings, and having faith that people will do the same, is that not religion? It is not "a religion" in the sense of a theological or deist conviction but it is based in faith and belief rather than empirical (or otherwise) knowledge.

  10. Actually Berserk presents criticism of religion. Mozgus is great example of that. The author wanted to present that it leads to mental illness, lose of senses and mass ignorance.

    His cruelty did not come from nothing, he is victim of insanity. He was forced to very asthetic life, which day by day damaged his mind. Driving him to stockholm syndrome, masohism and lack of self control. As he was ignorant of his mentall illness he was not capable of knowing that instinct control his impulses. What he viewed as discipline was simply his form of releasing all frustration and anger on others. What he thought was voice of God inspiring him to action was simply his broken mind, finding a way to release anger. Still he was ignorant and stupid and was completely not capable to notice his own cruelty. Miura wanted to present that forcing yourself to suffering only leads to mental illness.

    Mozgus was capable of helping people in need, but it was because he was indoctrinated to religious doctrine. He was capable of giving help to needy, but he was also capable of burning him alive a second later, if he found his actions sinful. All without any second thoughts.This is the second flaw of religion he found that morality cannot be enforced through indoctrination. Empathy must be developed not enforced.

    Finally, all religions present that God is more important than man, as a result somebody who mocks God deserve fate worse than death. Mozgus is great example of that. He offered compassion only because this is how he was indoctrinated. If somebody mocked God, he was willing to kill that person without any second thought.

    Miura wanted to present that all religions are very flawed. Forcing yourself to suffering leads to insanity. Even if there is morality in it, it forces you to ignorance and suffering and as a result it is very destructive. Finally, morally presented in religions is very flawed, because it does not teaches equality. It presents that God is more important than man, and anyone who criticises it deserve fate worse than death.

  11. I think from conviction arc alone, I have two simplistic facts about Berserk's take on religion. One is that, people may abuse, with an agency of a supreme being, an authority that they shouldn't (like inquisition) and that the people cling on faintest hopes in the name of religion, if it means ends to their problems. On the other hand, Luca's rant in the end mentioned that each person has their own agency, and it is within their domain in how act and use the name of God. So this kind of shows multiple aspects about religion and its impacts.

    Either way, I believe no matter what side anyone is on, one thing I can universally agree with, "Don't pray! if you pray, both of your hands are bound!" and that's not wrong. You CAN pray and work to help yourself, or you can not and still work to help yourself. But just praying and expecting a divine entity to carry all the work is not the way to go

  12. This is sort of chicken and egg stuff in that it posits the concept that evil exists as a projection of mankind's perceptions but gives no explanation why those perceptions would be internal to mankind's existence as opposed to being regulated by a benevolent internal reality in a duality. Bezerk is unequivocally played out in a chaotic setting but, as this video shows, that setting was largely a result of a pessimistic outlook that became self fulfilling prophesy. In the real world the dual existence of good and evil allows for the existence of a benevolent transcendent being who also holds the key to bringing order back into chaos….this is largely vacant in Bezerk and it also will highlight who is more susceptible to its subtle religious suggestions. To the person in the real world who has no internal anchor with goodness, it's sure to sway them into a more hopeless frame of mind with sheer personal willpower as their only hope for survival in a dark realm. It is in fact necessary to have a soul anchor in ones understanding of transcendental goodness, and the God of the Bible along with Jesus….although at times twisted by evil men…..provide a suitable framework to make it through life without being consumed by chaos…and in fact it also enables the ability to tame chaos by bringing order.

  13. Some stories like Berserk are more than just a story, it's art.

    Your take on what Berserk means when it comes to religion is a really good message the real world needs to learn.

  14. Well, all I gotta say is that the Bible states God hates religion. Says it makes Him sick. As a Christian myself, my take on this is proof life and by extension, us, are paradoxes. And I do see these paradoxes in Berserk too.

    The greatest of Isreal's Kings and the "Man after God's own heart" was a n adulturus murderer. But King David is one of the few Kings who never put the blame on God for his actions and gave God the glory for everything good. As you said in the video the key to saving that world may be.

  15. This summarizes why I hate that one kind of atheist, that simply say "If religion didn't exist, then there would be no conflict." My best friend is atheist but is very go with the flow and understand the conflicting duality of human nature.

  16. "If there's a God why is there suffering?"

    The real question is why do WE allow people to suffer?
    It's like eating cake over a vegetable. We all know the vegetable is better for you but the cake makes you feel good

  17. Berserk is about survival of the fittest and that no magical deity will be able to get you out of a situation unless you fight for yourself.
    It goes back to the days when people actually fought to survive, people make things hard for others and survival is key. Obsession with religion will lead to lunacy and eventually pure ignorance of oneself and taking care of them self. In conclusion it means "JUST DO IT" cause being spoon fed is not gonna save you.

  18. The so called four princes said that they are not God it means , that behelit are just extra dimensional thing belong to extra dimensional super creatures.

  19. Could not have been a more stupid understanding of all these concepts.
    You watched an anime and made a video about it, fuck off thinking that is deep "thinking"

  20. People these days tend to only see the bad, ignoring all the overwhelming good, Christianity has done for people and even the very fabric of Society. This world would be in anarchy without religion teaching morals and charity.

  21. This an awesome analyzation on Berserk. To be honest, I didn't really understand why there was no good god in this world but the argument that people's selfishness and the hopelessness in this world were the reasons why the idea of evil was created, it made me question faith and the nature of humans in general. But… there is something I'm wondering about: if Griffith achieves his goal and Falconia will become the Utopia mankind has been wished for, will this lead to the death of the idea of evil since humans have no longer to blame misery on someone else because there won't be misery anymore? And what will happen to God Hand? And if Guts ends up killing Griffith, will he be the one who dooms the world and continue the suffering of mankind? If we go by that logic, then Griffith is much closer to destroying God Hand and the idea of evil than Guts.

  22. Bullshit. Beserk is against religion. RELIGION is PHILOSOPHY artfully mystified and institutionalized for political goals.
    You say Beserk is more against human nature rather than against religion…who do you think created religion? God? Humans did.

  23. I truly, honestly believe that Void created the Holy See. The fact that the Revelations of the Bible or whatever has predicted everything with accuracy and all the events has gone Griffith’s way all shows the Idea of Evil having worked since Void’s time shows this could be true.

  24. It is definitely influenced by early European Christianity from the Middle Ages. However I can’t see any signs that the berserk series are directly influencing the Christian narrative both pro or anti. Yes it does depict many ways a dark religious narrative but not in anyway specifically since extreme religious practice weren’t uncommon both Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Even some arias to this day. Christianity story vice is fascinating and I can see why many find inspiration from it wherever religious or not. Berserker series definitely gives an opening of personal interpretation based from the artistic view but nothing suddenly because it’s both philosophical but also poetic based from the simple question of what’s consider good or evil and even the stand on faith and destiny.

  25. So basically it's not religion that's the problem, it's religious fundamentalism. I know a lot of people who are religious or whatever, but not to the point where everyone who doesn't believe in their god doesn't deserve to live. People can still be religious but can still be in touch of reality and respect other people's beliefs, even if they are living in a cold and uncaring universe ruled by incomprehensible eldritch creatures, like the God hand for example.

  26. While I'm thoroughly entertained by the analogy, I've always had severe issues with the sheer inexplicable logistics of the world as a whole in Berserk. How the hell do these people survive enough to continue themselves in any fashion, create the mass theologically driven industries that bolster themselves practically into every small chapter? You need food, structure, and honestly, the rape involved and implied in the series as a whole doesn't account for the sheer numbers of people. It's been proven that many people will self abort, chemically on a subconscious level, when lacking food, etc as a way to survive; bodies don't just endlessly have or maintain fetuses.

  27. This is a thoughtful, well argued video but I disagree that Berserk isn't anti-religious. Every single instance of religion in Berserk is portrayed in a negative light, Griffith (the ultimate evil in Berserk) is seen as the Messiah by the Vatican, all the Nietzschian philosophy wrapped into the central narrative and into Guts specifically. It's all very anti-religious. You can make of that what you will, it's a thoughtful anti-religious text IMO (like any of Nietzsche's works on religion) but it's anti-religious all the same. If it weren't anti-religious we'd see some positive aspects of religion portrayed somewhere in the story, but there are none.

  28. Love the whole nuance take of beserk. But i feel like some personal biased went into this. Great video but as someone who has studied the bible i can tell you that relgion is inherently bad though. This ofcourse can also depend on what relgion but i assume most people as well as you were referring to the bible. And yes the bible is evil in its very nature. What it preaches is both filled with contridictions and ignorance. Let me elaborate using actual texts…

    Heres but one example the ten commandments forbid the worship or speaking out against god. If you dare question god or challange him, you will be punished. As the ten commandments suggest.

    Thou shalt not worship any other gods before me. The bible time and time again preaches against the idea of independent thought. The bible infact is against free thoughts. It promotes a narrow minded agenda in both its rules and even its stories.

    Corinthians Verses 34–35, “The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.”

    The bible is against free speech and against free thought. The bible states heresy very loosely.

    In this video its very clear you grant religion several passes. In attempt to give religion the benefit of the doubt, claiming its mans fault for all acts of relgion…allow me to claify that whole argument and shut it down. Your understanding of relgion is a bit rusty. But your main point was its not religions fault people use it for evil. Religion is nuetral. To which you are wrong. Religion is evil. You also stated that relgion is neutral and it is the fault of the flawed man who uses religion to excuse his evil actions. To which you are very wrong. Allow me to elaborate even farther.

    The bible is against free speech but its also against the idea of thinking independently. It also preaches against excepting other religions. Against our American constitution.

    Deuteronomy 6:14–15 says, “Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land.” 

    As said here god will destroy anyone who doesn't validate his existence. Your video was very quick to try and make a point.

    Your point was that religion isnt at fault people are, and people can turn relgion into something its not. This point is wrong.

    As i just proved using the bibles own words, its not the people that are flawed because they use religion as means to an end, religion is flawed to start. Religion is to blame for this cause and effect. Not people for one very simple fact. Here is a point you cannot deny….

    Would the crusades happen if religion never existed? Would the holocaust and Hitler's rise to power have even happend if relgious zealotry was used? People like to claim that hitler was an athiest. He wasn't. Infact he himself has stated in his public speeches he was spiritual. And he hated the modern church system but loved god. In Mein Kampf he also had a similar view to you. He also believed that religion was a tool that could be used for good or evil. That religion was a tool. A tool that could be used for either bad or good cause and effect. But in his mind he was good. Would the bible or any modern monotheistic relgion condemn these acts? What does relgion say about genocide?

    Now if the bible never existed….would hitler have slaughtered millions of jewish faith? No. Would the knights templar have the belief or even the means to wipe out over half eastern europe? No.

    Why did the knights templar kill millions? Was it because people are flawed? No. Religion is flawed. Let me ask you this…do you know what the bible preaches about violence? You're very quick to blame the actions of people without realizing why they did it. Are people flawed yes, but all these people were doing exactly what the religion told them to.

    They were just obeying what religion told them to do. It wasn't an act of taking religion out of context. They took religion and did exactly what it preached. Earlier you said religion was nuetral…well allow me to correct you on that. Take note of what verses i pull. And reflect on why the catholic church did what they did. Is genocide bad according to relgion?

    Samuel 15:3: "This is what the Lord Almighty says … 'Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.' "

    Moses's call to kill witches, in Exodus 22:18: "Do not allow a sorceress to live."

    Another gruesome verse to make my point very valid is Psalm 137, which celebrates this terrible revenge: "Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us / He who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks."

    Why does slavery exist? Where did the conecpt of slavery originate? Your point of religion is not at fault people are is mute now. Would you believe me if i told you the bible promoted slavery? Infact it didn't only promote it it told its followers to use it. Any attempt at a counter argument of Religion being neutral will be shit down soon….

    Ephesians 5:22, "Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord"; and similar advice for slaves in 1 Peter 2:18: "Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel."

    People didn't commit acts of genocide simply because they were flawed. They did it because they're religion told them to. It thrived under violence preached for it not against it. All these flawed people were flawed beacuse they chose to be religious. Had the bible or the kurran never existed millions would be alive right now….and that is a poiny no one argue against.

  29. Thank you for making this <3 Berserk has actually increased my personal faith and made me understand my own relationship with God and religion better. You captured that so perfectly.

  30. I would argue the various spirits Schirke calls upon, particularly in the trolls arc are the good gods of berserk, tho one could say they are neutral forces of nature, but at least their not evil. They even talk about how their the same entities as in the vatican's holy book, the same way chrustianity included and absorbed ancient pagan traditions

  31. You did AMAZING IN THIS!! “Humans are the problem not religion” just how ppl use it. Love the theme music you use for this video.

  32. Wow man you did it! It’s easier to blame and be passive Then find the Belief to Change it for better. Wow man you hit it right on the nail. “ ppl are Hypocrites” “if humans were different faith can change this setting”

  33. As me myself being religious, not that all religious, i just love the idea of turning the tables. For example, the anime seven deadly sins, are the heroes, while the ten commandments are the villains. In berserk, apostles are the desciples of god. I love how they turn the tables and it's kind of a fun idea.

  34. If theres the leviathan (''the idea of evil'') ruling in hell, Then theres a god ruling in heaven. Medieval times were about seeking god far more people these days.

  35. Does Alexander believe in God? What I understand from the way he talks in his videos that he doesn't. I don't know man.

  36. I'm just gonna put this out there: I think there's a parallel between carrying the Cross and carrying the Dragonslayer. Both could be seen as representing all human suffering, vices and flaws, and the people lifting them up as the ideal human being of the setting (we know this is absolutely true to Guts, but just partially true to the story of Jesus). Maybe Guts will inspire a religion that finally makes the individual take his suffering in his own hands in the end, bringing forth a good god. A god of honor, strength and war like Guan Gong.

  37. So basically, those who use religion to justify their wickedness and lust for all that is evil in the grim setting of Berserk are pretty much the more hardcore version of Judge Claude Frollo from Disney's Hunchback.

    "And he shall smite the wicked, and plunge them into the fiery fit." – Judge Claude Frollo, just before descending to Hell.

    Even as a devout Christian, adhering to Christian morals and principles with no compromise, I've never seen Berserk as anti-religion or a direct attack on Christianity. More like the brutally honest depiction of the likes of Muhammad, Joseph Smith, Jim Jones, etc., etc.

  38. You'd think a dark story like this with such twisted characters would have a very simple opinion on the matter. Not so. Miura makes every overpaid hack broaching the subject of religion here in America look like a chump.

  39. My interpretation before the video: Religon is an effective smokescreen for the most corrupt individuals known to man. Many in Berserk use Religon as an excuse to do some of the most F'ed up things imaginable. Farnese, for example.

    My interpretation after the video: Pretty much the same.

  40. Random theory playing on the Evil God's existence. What if Guts is the catalyst for an eventual Good God? All he's ever known is horror, torment, and hopelessness, the same as the whole world. However, even though he may be doing it for selfish reasons, Guts saves villages time and time again. Nobody believes a human can do the things he does, so he's either a demon himself or a savior sent by a god, and demons don't save people. Guts also fights against his dark fate of being a sacrifice day in, and day out in his vengeful quest to defeat Griffith, a dark being of The God Hand. He is doing this out of pure hatred and rage, and this reminds me of the Doom-Guy, both characters seem to have a righteous anger about them. Lastly, the Dragon Slayer. The Smith himself says that no human can wield it, and asks what do you call someone who can slay a dragon? There are two answers, A.) A demon, and B.) A savior. I honestly think that, per Dark God's reasoning, Guts is likely to be the Catalyst through which the Light God will be born. How? The short answer is: The peoples' perspective of him is far different from ours. After seeing his feats, they will infer that he was sent by a good god and give praise to that god in thanks for sending Guts.

  41. Anyone else think Berserk is a VERY important artwork to read/watch if you're looking for context and insight into what's happening today in the Middle East (especially in regions like Israel/Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Syria)?

    I truly feel like Miura wrote Berserk as a way to warn about the Anti-Christ – whether the Anti-Christ is an actual person or just a one-dimensional ideology rooted in dogmatic views.

  42. LOL. Religion is a belief system without proof. As long as you can point to something that 'is written' , you can justify any act. It's a con game, and the most successful con game that we've invented so far, just ahead of the preposterous notion of 'royalty and aristocracy'. Once you burn your gods, you'll see that they were only made of wood after all.

  43. Well maybe Griffith wants to be the "good god" with all the hope he gave people and they belive in him

  44. A lot of the philosophies that are present in Berserk are direct references to Fredrick Nietzsche's philosophies.. especially religion. Put bluntly, Religion is weakness, exercises a regime that guises sins with righteousness. "One must not let oneself be misled: they say 'Judge not!' but they send to Hell everything that stands in their way." (Nietzsche)

  45. Has anyone noticed that Griffith’s death and rebirth mirror that of Jesus Christ? In Berserk’s universe, Griffith is essentially the anti-Christ of Midland. Just as Jesus was God born into the physical plane thru immaculate conception thru the Virgin Mary, once transformed into Femto by the Godhand, Griffith was reborn into the physical realm thru the demon-child’s body as a vessel by the Giant Behelit’s wish for a better world. The rape of Casca infused Gut’s and Casca’s child with Femto’s essence, thus allowing for him to use the baby as a new body. The symbol of the Holy See and the Brand of Sacrifice are identical as if they were one and the same, representing the dark origins and duality of the religion itself, just like its savior in the facade of the White Falcon of Light, masking his Wings of Darkness, Femto.

  46. Berserk shows that the Dogmatic approach to religion is where evil finds its way. Living by faith and not ritualizing it is the way you live with a higher purpose.

  47. As a Christian I've never felt Berserk was anti-religious more being anti-fanaticism. Reading through the story I couldn't help but be taken back to the Book of Revelation, Griffith really comes off as an Anti-Christ figure, and how it's portrayed in Revelation including dying only to be resurrected later and then unifying people of all races under his banner, which we see Griffith working toward in the most recent captures. In the Book of Revelation the Anti-Christ will mark those that follow him with a brand that ensures their damnation to hell. Likewise Griffith marked all of the Band of the Hawk, Guts and Casca included, who followed him damning them all as sacrifices who would be consumed and killed. It's a imagining from the branding from Revelation but a lot of the principle still remains.

    I would actually argue that while Berserk doesn't really advocate for or against Religion but most definitely pulls very strongly from The Book of Revelation for it's story and a lot of what happens.

  48. I remember buying the complete series at the BX while I was stationed at Sheppard AFB. I just got done with a rough week in tech school and decided to buy it to binge watch over the weekend. I stayed up all night eating ramen noodles while being under the spell of Berserk. It was a time I'll never forget.

  49. The entire story is not actually about religion. Sometimes ppl think too deep into it. Although Berserk is a deep story, religion is just a part of human life as it is on earth and doesn’t go far beyond that.

  50. The Bible states that evil started with Satan wanting to rise above God. Satan and the other fallen angels were cast out of heaven. God and Satan are not portrayed as metaphores but real beings.

    However after Adam ate the forbidden fruit, humanity was cursed and Satan was legally allowed to rule earth.

    Funny thing is that, despite popular depiction of Christianity in media, The Bible constantly forces us to accept the blame of our own evil deeds and not use satan as a scape goat. The Bible talks more about our own sin and redemption than about satan.
    (Romans 3:23– For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God)

    But the Bible doesn't point all this out so we can crusade against humanity, or hate the human race. But God chose to point out our imperfections so we would value his solution to us. Like a doctor telling you you're sick before giving you the medicine.
    God must punish evil, so we could rightly be punished. But he loves humans, so he sent Jesus Christ to take that punishment instead. He therefore paid our debt to God with his own blood.
    (John 3:16– For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.)

    This world and life may seem hopeless because it's not what we were created for, the hope of the Christian is in the afterlife and the day God reclaims earth in his final judgement. And we'll all live in peace.

    Another fun fact is that hell isn't meant for humanity, but it's meant for the devil and his angels.

    I understand this may be a long read and thank you for your patience with me, even if you disagree with me. I won't try to force anyone to believe me, you are free to do with this knowledge as you please. But know that my reason for typing this was to share the gospel and give hope to at least one person. I hope you all have a great day, and God bless all of you and your loved ones.

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