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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 as someone who looks like we do and is just filled with love and compassion. I picture him with open arms and an accepting look on his face.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe that God sent his only son to come and die to save us from our sins.
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 when my grandma died. She was very close to God and when she passed it made me become closer to him.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My greatest moment of doubt was when my parents got divorced. It was a really hard time for me nod it selected me from God.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My spiritual life means a lot to me and sometimes I'm not as strong in it as I would like to be
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The biggest misconception about my beliefs is I don't consider myself catholic or Lutheran, I think I am a little bit of both. There some things that the Catholic Church believes that I don't and some things that Lutherans believe that I don't so I'd say I'm just a mixture of the two.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My spiritual role model is definitely my grandma even though she is no longer here. I still strive to be like her spiritually.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I really enjoy the catholic masses

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believed in the same thing I do now because it was just what I grew up with
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My spiritual journey has actually been a rather easy one which I am lucky for. Of course sometimes doubts come into my mind but I have been pretty steady in my faith so far.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I was raised as a catholic but after my old school went out of business I enter to Lutheran school and now consider myself a mix.
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 We have the same beliefs and practices.

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 practice my faith as much as I can in any situation at anytime.
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 We practice Lutheran and catholic and it blends pretty well. We are all a mixture of the religions
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I think it depends on the situation, sometimes it is very easy and sometimes it is very hard. It is the hardest when I am tempted.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator A cross above my door
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The movie "Haven is for Real" really spoke to me and strengthen my faith

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 I believe in politics it should be a major role because it helps to control unjust things that could be occurring. Religions tend to have some sort of moral rules that I think would help to fix the bad things that go on in politics
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 wether you believe in it or not it still exists and you should be able to learn about beliefs of people around the world.
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 that could be offensive tog hose who believe in them.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes because you can meet people and spread the word of your religion as well as learning about someone else's beliefs.
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 but at times it can be uncomfortable. Sometimes people can be judge mental and completely reject the faith you are trying to tell them about and then it's awkward and uncomfortable
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 I feel like I do. I do things like spread the word and try to portray myself in a Christian way. It's nothing above and beyond its just simple things I do to spread the word and convey God's love.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't think so but I do believe things like politics can distract you from your faith.
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 It had strongly impacted my view on islam. It made me a little more interested in learning about that religion and their motives and why they do what they do. It made me less comfortable with sharing my religion because as rare s it my be there are people out there who would kill someone for their religion and that is pretty frightening.

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Published October 11, 2010

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