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I imagine "God" as another 3 letter word ... You. Visit any spiritual place on earth and you can feel this Truth in the centuries of prayers that forever linger there. We pray for who we are. We forget in order to have a game to play. Since the dawn of time great men of all continents and religions have described this far better than I can ...Thomas Merton (catholic priest): "What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous." Mahatma Gandhi (hindu teacher): “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Albert Einstein (jewish scientist): “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.” “Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe—a spirit vastly superior to that of man.” “What humanity owes to personalities like Buddha, Moses, and Jesus ranks for me higher than all the achievements of the inquiring and constructive mind.” “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

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How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I imagine "God" as another 3 letter word ... You. Visit any spiritual place on earth and you can feel this Truth in the centuries of prayers that forever linger there. We pray for who we are. We forget in order to have a game to play. Since the dawn of time great men of all continents and religions have described this far better than I can ... Thomas Merton (catholic priest): "What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous." Mahatma Gandhi (hindu teacher): “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Albert Einstein (jewish scientist): “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.” “Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe—a spirit vastly superior to that of man.” “What humanity owes to personalities like Buddha, Moses, and Jesus ranks for me higher than all the achievements of the inquiring and constructive mind.” “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” 1 person liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That we are all immortal with vast abilities and good intentions, but that, unfortunately, we also have bad memories.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Having died from drowning as a young man (this lifetime) I found myself hovering above the anxious scene below and realized that 'death' is an insignificant event. It became clear to me that every person is more than just their body or their mind. Rather than upset my mother I chose to reinhabit this body thereby reinvigorating it.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Never doubt really just sadness occasionally to see how we can justify harming one another.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Living a life of service and bringing value to others to the fullest with no fear of death. 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 all spiritual beliefs are delusions.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Visible in every being.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Bring value to others. 1 person liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That a coca-cola and a twinkie was a good lunch.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Constant and on-going.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a catholic this time around.
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 Obviously.
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 at all - they confirm it daily.

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 As finitely and infinitely as possible.
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 Not really.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator How? Very simply. Why? Truth is always simple.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My point of view.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "A purpose for life: Service" by Alexander Zax

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 None. Theocracies, like communism and dictatorships, don't work. Democracy works best because it is the system of government that best approximates the average person ... imperfect certainly, but generally benign and intent on improving.
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, but all religions equally, including the religions of atheism and humanism.
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 Multiple choice eh? I'll choose ... "why not".
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes - very important. We shouldn't feel threatened by, or critical of, people who choose to think differently.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Not a problem. Why? Because I'm happy for them to think differently and feel no need to change their beliefs.
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 Working to serve and bring value to others in my personal, family, career, community, national and global actions.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No.
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. Intolerant extremists have always existed inside every group. I think they should be Precisely and Correctly identified and then restrained from harming others. But because they have succumbed to their devils doesn't require that I succumb to mine.

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Published October 11, 2010

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