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Life is possible when one places his (or her) faith in the One who created - life,

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 never knew God was real until I came to a situation in life when I was incapable of continuing and there seemed to be no one to help me. So it was that I tried to pray and to my utter amazement, I heard a response, not a vocal response, but a realization that my problems were not caused by others, but my failure to understand my own responsibiliti

My Beliefs

My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator ... when I decided to follow Him, by faith
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator ... I thought I was all alone.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator ... everything.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator ... when I realized I had been listening to others.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator ... the Lord Jesus
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator ... that it has become real to me.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my grandparents.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator ...exciting, beyond anything I might have ever imagined
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a fatherless son.
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 Far different. They seemed to believe because others believed.
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 really. I had to lose my children to realize how much I did not know.

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 Every moment, wherever, whenever
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 Easy as it is not men, it is Christ in me.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My life.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator How Great Thou Art.

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 Religion needs to based on reality, not the opinions of others.
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, Religion should be examined as being a part of history.
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 Some books of the Bible can be taught as literature. I do not know about the others.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Of course. We are not robots, but individuals who need to understand the motives and lives of other individuals.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Of course I do, it is my reason for being.
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 Of course. I am called to love others, so I do, I am called to serve others, so to the best of my ability, I try.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It all depends on one's beliefs.
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 Events such as 9/11 are caused by those who have no real interest in others, so it indicates they have no religious beliefs. I learn of other religions by evaluating their impact on my own life. I am very comfortable expressing my religious beliefs.

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Published October 11, 2010

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