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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 do not think of God as a person with physical features, but rather as a presence or being that you can feel is near you

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Bible to be the true inspired work of God.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator continuing to learn about God and to try and follow His commandments and will for me in everything I do
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my grandma and father
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator the notion of Grace and forgiveness for all sins if you are repentant

My Faith History

My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator fairly easy so far, I haven't had any real troubles to cause me to doubt my faith that much
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a Lutheran my whole life
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, not at all that i know of

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 try to practice it in everything I say, do and think
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's fairly easy because I live in a country where we have freedom of religion. It is still hard to not fall or everyday temptations, however

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 people should vote for the person that they feel has the closest beliefs to their own, becuase that person is most likely to make decisions they would agree with
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, so that students can learn about all types of religions and hopefully become more acceptant of others, while also forming there own beliefs
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 Yes, because they are some of the most "popular" literature works and by reading them people will learn about other cultures and beliefs so that they can form their own, as is the point of school
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, I try not to be pushy but to be open and ask questions of the other persons beliefs too, so as to strengthen my own faith and hopefully help the other person through the holy spirit working in me
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, we are to try our best to follow God's commandments and to spread His work
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, not at all

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Published October 11, 2010

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