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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 Spirit is like the atmosphere we breathe in. Nothing can exist without it.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator We can never be seperated from God.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Being healed of a painful condition.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When healing hasn't come as soon as I was hoping.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The important part.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That everyone in church should be perfect.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Jesus
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator To solemnly promise to watch and pray for that mind to be in me that was also in Christ Jesus.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That only some people could be healers.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator better in the past thirty years.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a student of Christian Science.
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 not exactly, but could see more importance of it.

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 moment by moment
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 My family doesn't go to church but they like my faith and expect me to exercise it.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Fairly easy because it's the most of what I've ever known. What makes it hard is that as an adult you're exposed to all sorts of other ways and means and there's constant temptation to try them, so, "lead us not into temptation". Church helps to keep us reminded to stay with answers from Spirit.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my attitude
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Holy Bible

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 valued
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 Only by guest speakers from the religions. Books and teachers can easily give incorrect information.
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, all. It's the people's right to know; they know every other thing so why not religion?
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. There are many misconceptions about my own religion and I'm sure that I have some about others, too, and I don't want that.
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 depend on it every day and like to share valuable information.
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, a big duty, to see everything the way God intends for me to see it and heal it from the mist that went up from the ground.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator They shouldn't be but they surely are.
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. I've always been interested in learning about other's religion.

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Published October 11, 2010

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