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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 a bright light clothed in white. He doesn't have a face, but he has white hair and a white beard.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That there is one true God. He is three in one; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and that he died on the cross to save us from our sins, and if we believe in him, we will have eternal life with God.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator was my sophomore year of highschool.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator it just happens sometimes.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Going to church and surrounding myself with good, strong people of the same faith. It also means that I should do service work.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that Christians are supposed to be perfect.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My parents
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Is that no matter how badly I mess up, as long as a repent and am truly sorry for what I have done, God still forgives me because of what His son did on the cross.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator In Jesus.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Has been challenging, but it has been worth it because of all the people I have met along the way, and because it helped to strengthen my relationship with God.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator A Christian. My first church was of the United Church of Christ denomination, but since second grade I have been going to a Lutheran denomination church.
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 Nope!:)
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 N/A

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 At church, VBS, and in service ministries.
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 Nope:)
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 is difficult because there are so many outside influences trying to pull me away.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My Bibles.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The song We Won't Be Shaken by Building 429, and the song All My Fountains By Chris Tomlin.

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 think that the church and state should be separate. It would be complete chaos trying to make sure all the different religions were represented. Plus Jesus says to give what is Caesar's to Caesar, and give what is God's to God.
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, it is important for children to be aware of the different beliefs of their classmates. It should not be taught until middle school or high school though.
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 For historical context maybe. I don't see why we would cause an issue, though, if there are other good works of literature out there.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes, it is important to know what those around you believe. It can help you become more aware.
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 I also don't want to seem pushy about it. I am comfortable with it because I know God is with me when I do, but I also don't want to turn the person off from Christ by being obnoxious about it.
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, Jesus said that faith without works is dead. We are not saved by our works, but because of our faith Jesus calls us to share the Gospel message with others. One of the best ways to do that is through service work and mission trips. Both are very rewarding opportunities.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Sometimes. It is hard when there are so many worldly pressures and outside influences. I think politicians bear a good brunt of it because of the type of work they do, and because of what their parties expect from them.
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 I think any extreme form of a religion can be dangerous. 9/11 has not stopped me from being interested in other religions, but I would never change religions. I feel no different about expressing my beliefs.

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Published October 11, 2010

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