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How Do You Imagine God?
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How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator God is limitless, universal, and infinite. Isn't the basic understanding of "the supreme being" that he can read your mind, know the future, be everywhere at once, and control anything at any time? Well if this is true then why would one need to pray to him? Why would one need to go to church? Why would anybody ever need to look at any sort of religious text. Why not look out the window and watch the bees buzz or the sun rise? Why does a belief have to come from man? it doesnt.... The majority of people I have met in my life have their beliefs in a god that requires a book, prayers, services, rituals, and a specific set of beliefs. I believe that a true God wouldn't need these, a true god would only need....you. The world and people around us every day are what mold the day of tomorrow so put your faith where it really matters, in them and you will see a little bit of God in everything. God is limitless, infinite, and universal so don't put him in a box and only go to it on Sundays or when you're scared. Just believe in your experiences, yourself, and everything around you because that is where God is. 1 person liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe there is a god, but not in the same sense that most people do. God is infinite, universal, and without limitations. My God is a true God, I believe that there are multiple ways to understand God, this is because there is no linear path to God because he is truly limitless.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator One day I was working in a factory in mid summer. I had arrived to work not knowing a mayfly had attached itself to my shirt, I let it ride on my shoulder until the end of my shift and it never moved. Once my shift was over I felt bad that it had spent a majority of its life span (about a day) with me, so I went outside and tossed it and went back inside. Before I could close the door, it was back on my shoulder. I was instantly reminded of the woman I love, Kaitlyn, whom stands by my side in our "short" life here on earth. And even though I may toss her away she comes right back to my side, that is unconditional love. 1 person liked this
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My greatest moment of doubt was my first year in college. I had been brought up Lutheran Christian and was slowly learning more about Catholicism. I was so confused by Christian teachings at the time due to so many conflicting views and reasons. I thought, with this much confusion, conflict, and chaos am I sure there's a point? or even a God? Well, I'm no longer Christian, because I realized that a true god would be universally understood, loved, or experienced. This brought me to my own understanding of Deism.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Spiritual life means you have an understanding and a relationship to a power in the universe that is greater than your own, and is beyond your physical means and complete understanding. Without a little mystery, why would we need faith in a higher power? Otherwise it would become fact, and fact is alright but doesn't leave room for possibilities which is what God is about... possibilities and experiences. 1 person liked this
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That I am an Atheist, Christian, or a skeptic. Sure I might sound like all of them at different times, but that's because without being flexible in your beliefs, you're limiting your focus and God is limitless. So, why limit yourself? 1 person liked this
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The world around me. I have met so many people who believe almost everything that I do, but they represent themselves as Atheist, Christian, or something else. It's the world around us that we truly take our experiences from. Many people want to blame a book, or a person, or even an organization for their spiritual guidance.. but it's the experiences of their life that really mold you into what you are. 1 person liked this
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator As a self discovered Deist I practice patience, open mindedness, empathy, and vigilance. These are what I consider skills every human is born with, no matter by whom or where. I appreciate the world, the people in it, and the experiences. Without the essential skills of human observation and spirit we are doomed to be constantly without a connection to the world and each other.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator In Jesus, God, and the Holy Ghost. While I was young I was "roped into" following a Christian mindset. I even went to a youth club that I really enjoyed when I was young.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Expansive! I haven't met anybody at the end of their spiritual journey... because those who think they have made it, will in time realize the true expansiveness of the universe either through death or through experience.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Christian, Lutheran, and a little bit of Catholicism thrown in there.
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 Yes, they are still traditionally Christian. Though they don't go to church, pray every night, or anything else "traditional" their beliefs are still firmly Christian. Which is alright with me, I think it's great that they have a system that works for them as I am happy with anybody who has some system that brings them closer to each other and the world.
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 don't have any children, but I want to raise them in a way that gives them the chance to choose what they want to believe. I never had the choice as a child, but I want my kids to know there's infinite possibilities.

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 Everywhere and all the time. If God is truly infinite and limitless then why shouldn't I try to be too? Being vigilant is a skill I think is essential to daily life, and if I can't take the first step in being vigilant about my beliefs then how can I be vigilant about anything else?
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 I accept them. I accept that somebody's beliefs are different from my own and I will never change their mind. Sure, they may not like me for it because I'm "too opened minded", but I am patient enough to understand that their beliefs may be working for them... Who am I to judge their system is wrong? I think it's great that there's so many ways to reach a relationship with the universe, and each other. 1 person liked this
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Easy as cake. Why should beliefs be difficult? If something is too hard, try something else! The world isn't linear... there's so many different roads to reach the same destination and all that matters is that you reach it.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Me! If I can't be an icon of my beliefs, then should I make a statue or a book my icon? Well... I could, but I don't want to because my beliefs come from within, I don't need something physical to represent my beliefs.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator All of them? I mean, really in a limitless and infinite understanding of the universe I need to accept the fact that everything is a possibility in itself. Garth Brooks may represent the exact faith as mine to somebody while Avatar may represent the exact faith to another person, so I guess the proper answer would be "all of them".

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 Un-organized. Without an organization to stand by you are a single person with beliefs of your own, which is how a politician should be rated when it comes to beliefs. If I want a Jewish president then I should expect him to lead with some of his beliefs (not necessarily religious) but keep the organization out of the picture.
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 I don't really care. If I had a child who was attending public schools I would want the most expansive understanding of the world as that school can provide, if the school offers Christian courses or Muslim courses I would let my child decide if he/she wanted to take them, it's their beliefs that are in the mold not mine.
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 Defiantly! These books helped shape the very world we live in today. To block them off from our children to understand and use them as tools to guide their own beliefs would be a crime against humanity.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't understand the question. Do you mean, is talking to God important? Not really, it's not like he is going to speak back... If you have something important to say to him, I'm sure he knows about it already.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Totally, because I like to swap beliefs so I can learn more about them. I also want people to feel more comfortable with me, so talking about beliefs is a good way to get to know people.
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 Like I said before, my beliefs are in action constantly no matter where I am. If God truly as amazing as he is, then I'm sure he appreciates my vigilance in every day tasks... even dish washing.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Depends on the beliefs. If you mean in general, then yes. Religious beliefs have started wars, I can understand completely why narrow minded people would want to topple something they don't understand or believe in, it's because of fear.
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 9/11 had an effect on my Christian beliefs, however now I look at it with a new light. Through my eyes now I would say I'm more interested in learning and more comfortable. 1 person liked this

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Published October 11, 2010

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