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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 My opinion is complex but, serves me best with simplicity and direct, often imaginative contemplation. I hope you immediately see the paradoxical nature?I accepted Christ as my savior when I was 20 and have been baptised by full emersion. I believe in living as Jesus centered a life as I am humanly able to achieve. I believe in finding a church that expresses that belief with teaching and action. My specific desires regarding a Jesus centered life demand that I accept all as they are, love them as Jesus would and attempt to serve as Jesus showed service to be. All of this is altruistic, and very difficult to maintain. Life has a way of discouraging the direct expression of altruism, love of others and loving service without regard for onself.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator People are endowed with indefatiguable ignorance.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Standing on a rock at age 16. Not a pleasant time of my life, and I beseached the air for some form of spiritual reprieve.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Doubt fomented while being bullied during much of my school years. Lonliness and pitty are difficult companions, there is no compassion, no empathy, and cyincism pervades perceptions. Some in the surroundings of some churches have means to soothe and redirect some perceptions.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator A lifetime of comtemplation, open mindedness and never ending need to turn over life challenges.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That I live for the ubiquitous term "values"! Jesus never used the term, there is no mention of it in the Bible, and this man made conception is divissive and miapplied.
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 The parable of the lost son. A father who has one son demand his inheritance early, goes off and sqaunders it, loses all, enters a life of poverty and serfdom, and believes his life meaningless and hopeless. He goes home truly contrite and rueful of his mistakes. His father runs to accept and hug his dirty, distraught son. He orders a great reception party for him displays great joy and forgiveness. It is a display of God's love, of Jesus teaching for loving one another and hope.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I had no direction, would not learn how to do things, nor find hope.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Frought with challenges.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Lutheran
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. Neither attends church with a concern to live as Jesus tought.
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 do have children and no it did not change my faith.

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 attend a very open, loving and Jesus centered sermon, church. It is evangelical, but absolutely not of the holier than thou, demand you present your values and display your worthiness for prosperity. This church is well attended, some thousands, and the message and actions are to serve others.
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 The general atmosphere and actions of people make it harder than it has to be for me to express myself with compassion, caring and love. There is a prevalance of much of media to dismantle and disassociate people from expressing compassion. I observe that the so called "right wing" has much to answer for promotions of hypocrisy. I do not see compassion in "no new taxes". I do not see compassion in condemning people for their lifestyle, and what difficult choices some women make. There are many, many divissive actions that make living faith harder than it could be.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Singing and listening to KTIS.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I haven'et been published nor made a film, so none exists.

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 Absolutely nothing whatever. It is abhorrent to me that any political action be taken within the context of any sermon, within the walls of church, or as a persentation of whom God takes sides.
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 To some degree it could be acceptable. Religious studies in the context of understanding and role within history have merit. Within the context of conversion, manipulation, or promotion there would be no place in our public schools for it. I do not support the idea because I do not consider training for teachers at all levels to have enlightened them to their role with this regard. There is every possibility that teaching of this type will be abused.
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. In my opinion they are not works of literature. They have intentional direction to present their contents as inspired of God. They do not perform that role, without extenssive training for the teacher, nor do the words within present readily the many nuanced meanings. It would be profoundly irresponsible to accept these texts within the realm of public eduction.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Absolutely. There is a lot of commonality, and overlapping experience within the context of living a life of faith.
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. I think there is nothing to discourage discussions of faith.
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 That is a leading question. The term "duty" can be perceived within some ubiquitous context. I relate "duty" to the sense one may feel a need to respond to others actions or words which offend you, or some sense that there has to be direct and assertive action towards deeds one perceives as a sin. That is why I do not answer this question outright. It leads to the questioners perception of what "duty" means to themselves. How can this be answered unless the term "duty" be maintained within a context of a desire to do good?
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Absolutely! The pervassive abuse of religious views to impede compassionate acceptance and loving response to the needs of people who suffer has become endemic. The abuse of religion is degrading reason and thoughtful thinking.
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. My thoughts about religious extremism were first piqued by the extremes of the expanssions of Islam, then the Crusades, then the Spanish Inquisition, Manifest Destiny and now (again) those who know they must kill for their faith. I always accept learning about others beliefs. I am not stating that I accept those beliefs, but I can tolerate that those beliefs are held by others. I will express my belief in living as closely to the teaching of Jesus for the remainder of my days.

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