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"In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world" John 16:33

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 tall figure that is radiating with light and perfection. I believe that his presence would be sensed with awe and wonder. His perfection would flood the minds of those surrounding Him and his power would be able to be recognized.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe that believing and having faith in the fact that Jesus Christ ( God's only son) was sent to earth as a human baby, raised by Mary and Joseph, and sent to the cross to die in order to forgive our sins is the only way to gain eternal life. I believe it is by the grace of God that we are saved and forgiven. I believe that baptism and the Lord's supper are important acts that the church should recognize. I believe that witnessing to others not only by word by also by actions is important as well.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Two years ago, I was on a mission trip in Soulard with my youth group. It was the second day we were there, and I had to leave for the day in order to work and attend a graduation. I got a call from one of my youth leaders telling me that one of my good friends from youth group had committed suicide that morning. I was shocked. In that moment, I had a lot of questions and doubt in God, but because of my faith in God, I was able to trust Him and know that He had a plan.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When I was trying to choose a college, I felt like every decision I was making was wrong. I couldn't believe the amount of overwhelming stress and doubt I felt.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My spiritual life means the world to me. I honestly don't know where I would be without my relationship with God.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator People think that I am judgmental, when honestly I don't judge people, I just have morals that I stand up for.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My parents and my youth pastor are my spiritual role models
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator God always is there even in the midst of trials.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Everything I believe now.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Up and down, but always there.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a southern baptist.
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 my beliefs are the same, however I am more mission minded than my parents.
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 not a parent.

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 Church, youth group, bible study, school, mission trips, work
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
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It's difficult because of the world's judgment on christianity. Overall, being a christian isn't easy, but it's worth it.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Family prayer before dinner and my own personal quiet times.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Song: i will not be moved by Natalie Grant

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 It should be the foundation of every decision. Every argument should be backed up with scripture.
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 that is a way of sharing the gospel.
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. The Bible isn't literature. It's God's word. It's truth. It wasn't written by an author just telling a story. It was written by the creator of the universe.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes because it shows that you are willing to calmly discuss things and not shove religious beliefs down their throat.
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 because I would rather risk embarassment and save someone for eternity rather than be cool on earth and not see my friends in heaven.
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. Sharing the gospel with others, helping others, demonstrating God's love.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No. I think that politics give religious beliefs a chance to be put into action
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 just shows me more and more that even when things look horrible, God has a plan. I think that it's important to learn about other religions so that you know what other peoples beliefs are.

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Published October 11, 2010

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