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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 have a personal relationship with God. He's my best friend, my heavenly Father.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that Jesus is the son of God, who was sent to this Earth to die for my sins. By believing in Him and what He did for me at the cross, I have a place in Heaven waiting for me.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When I was involved in a car accident a few years ago with my 18 month old son and my Mother. I fell unconscious at the wheel, my Jeep veered left of center into 2 lanes of oncoming traffic on a very busy road, went over a ditch, through a copse of trees and landed in the side of a house. There were no injuries to any of us. God took the wheel for me.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I have never had a great moment of doubt.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator everything to me.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that people who believe in God are weak and feeble minded. Actually, it is quite the opposite.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Wonderful ladies in my Care Group and my Sister.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Give, give, give, no matter what.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in Jesus at a young age of my own free will.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator exciting and continues to be so.....
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a believer in Christ.
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 No.
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 Becoming a parent helped me realize how much my Father loves me. When I look at my son, I could just burst with love for him.

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 Every minute of every day.
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 No, we are all of the Christian faith.
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 easy for me because I know that no matter what, God loves me. Even if no one else on Earth loved me, I know that He does.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my family.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Faith Like Potatoes

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 Whether we like it or not, it is part of politics. The words of the bible are engraved in the walls of court buildings all over the country as well as in Washington, D.C. It should continue to be a measure of the best way to live.
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. I also believe that the theory of Creation should be taught as well. The public schools are way too biased in their views.
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 Definitely. The Bible is used by scientists and archeologists all over the world as a reliable source and text.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes, we all live here together. Respecting others doesn't mean agreeing with them.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Sure. It is part of me. Everyone I am friends with knows where I stand and vice-versa.
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 Sure, there is a song that says, "They will know we are Christian's by our love".
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe that they can be, only if the person lets 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 am curious about other religions but don't actively seek them out. I feel just as comfortable expressing my beliefs as I did before 9/11.

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Published October 11, 2010

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