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How Do You Imagine God?
God in America and USA WEEKEND Magazine are partnering to explore Americans' images of God.

How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I imagine God to be so big, bright, and magnificent that we will never be able to comprehend how he looks, acts, or thinks. As humans, our minds will never be able to understand what God is so I imagine him to be like nothing else I've ever heard of.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe that Jesus Christ came down to earth as true man and true God to die on the cross and save me from my sins. I believe that he rose again and he paid the price for my salvation because I will never be able to earn it on my own.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My most powerful moment of belief was during my mission trip to El Paso, Texas when I served the children in Sparks by leading a vacation bible school.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when I had to leave my friends and familiarities behind because of a choice someone close to me made.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a lot to me. I want to live for God and honor him in everything I do. I want to read the bible and learn more about him with the people around me.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that everyone is judgemental. Many people view Christians as judgemental because they are against things like abortion and gay marriage or because they have moral laws to live by.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my dad because no matter what, he stays true to God and loves learning more about Him as well as teaching others about the faith.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator love one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgives and loves you.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator almost all people were Christians and loved God because I was surrounded by people who shared in my faith.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator harder than I thought, but worth it. I have more hope and peace because of my belief and what I've learned along my journey.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a Lutheran.
Are your beliefs or practices different from your parents? If so, how and why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I share the same beliefs as my parents. They taught me about the bible and about their faith. Their faith is an example to me and I continue to grow in my faith with them.
If you have children, did becoming a parent change your relationship to faith? If so, how? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I do not have children.

How I Practice My Faith

Where and when do you practice your faith? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I go to church every Sunday and participate in youth groups and bible classes. I practice it daily when I pray and read the bible or learn more about my faith in theology classes.
Does your family practice more than one religion or faith? If so, how do you blend the traditions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Both of my parents families I see Lutheran so we do not have to blend any religious traditions.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It is difficult to go against the flow and hold on to all the morals I have been taught. There are many influences pulling me away and it is hard to put God first.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator the crosses that hang in various rooms.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator the Bible because it is where I can go to in times of trouble, sadness, happiness, or frustration.

Religion & the Public Square

What should be the role of religion in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Politics should be considerate and make sure that they don't force people to do something against their belief system.
Should courses about religion be taught in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes because even if the courses are not stating whether the information is true or false, children should be aware of the religions around them and have a chance to learn about them.
Should the Bible, Torah, Quran or other religious texts be taught as works of literature in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No because these books cannot simply be looked at as literature. They are very difficult to study and contain important pieces of religious information that might be interpreted wrongly if they are studied lightly.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I think it is a good idea for people to understand each other's beliefs so that they know how to approach a situation that might involve a perspective of someone else.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes because I know what I believe is true. Also, hearing what other people have to say about my beliefs or theirs often helps me look at my faith in a different way and learn more about what I believe.
Do you feel that you have a duty, because of your faith, to put your beliefs into action? What are some of those actions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes because I want others to have the same hope, love, and forgiveness that I have. Those actions simply include being kind to others around me and helping out my neighbor.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No because being engaged in politics can help others understand your belief and how there may be some aspects of politics that go against you faith system.
Has 9/11 had any impact on your thoughts about religion? Are you more/less interested in learning about other religions? Do you feel more/less comfortable expressing your religious beliefs? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No. I was very young when it happened so I don't really know what it was like before 9/11. It did not make me want to learn more or less about religion and I still feel comfortable about expressing my beliefs.

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Published October 11, 2010

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