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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 In the bible, it mentions how God does not show his face. So I will not even match a face to him. I know alot of people might say if you see "Jesus Christ", you see "the father". In a sense it is true. Jesus Christ himself says, "if you see me, you see my father". So I'm going to leave it at that. So the question is "How do I imagine God? I imagine him to be a strong willed, no nonsense type of spiritual being. Who can be hard on you, as well as loving too.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in the "Holy Trinity". (Jesus Christ, God the father and the Holy Spirit).
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator knowning this woman for many years and she could "see into the spirit world and she could interpret dreams". She was a fascinating person.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I will not say anything "Negative" about my beliefs.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator everything to me. I was raised in the spiritual world. Learning about the holy trinity and working them into your physical life.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that there is people out there that can "see" and "interpret dreams".
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator and was my mother. May she rest in peace. One of a kind. Salt of the earth. Will help anyone in need. Which she has done many times over.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I had very knowledgeable teachers. My Mother, Uncles, Aunts, Grand and Great Grandparents. I will forever hold them and my teachings close to my heart.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in the "Holy Trinity" at a very early age. I would say about 3years old is when I could understand, what my parents and elders were teaching me and who the "Trinity" was. I am now 50yrs. old. So I believe, it's like some 40 years of spiritual knowledge.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator long. I won't say it's been easy but it's been great. Bless God and Jesus Christ always.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a Christian.
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 difference.
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 Still single and no children(by choice).

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 Day and night, no matter where or what I'm doing, I stay in constant prayers.
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 We are of one faith-Christian.
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 very easy. I get along with others who are of different religions. We have no problems with each other.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator me and my whole family is in one accord with each other and our spiritual life
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Song-How great thou art Book-The Holy Bible Film-Song of Bernadette

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 Leave it seperated.
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 Let the kids of all grades vote on that.
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 Again, let the kids vote on it.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. If we talk about it, in turn we all can get more educated about other beliefs.
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. Only if I'm asked. I don't want to go "all religion" on anyone and they get upset or bored with me.
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 As someone who has been taught of the "spiritual life", you sort of have to be a role model for others. People know you have that "spiritual upbringing" will come to you for advice or some kind of help. It's up to you, how you are going to handle the situation(s).
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes!!!
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 was very devastating to all of America. It was well thought out. The terrorists believed that if they do this, they will become martyrs. Well, let me say this. They killed a whole lot of people. And what did God say in the bible? "Thou shalt not kill". Well, they killed, and they think they are going to heaven. They got that wrong. I know a little of some other religons like Catholics, Jehovah Witnesses. But I don't mind learning about others. I feel comfortable talking about my religious beliefs.

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Published October 11, 2010

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