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"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." — 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV),

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 imagine God as a pretty nice, silly guy with a good sense of humor. He can be serious when necessary, but most of the time He doesn't take life too seriously, and expects humanity to do the same. I also believe there are two aspects to God - perhaps they're even separate beings. One is nice, one is wrathful. Why else do you think the Old Testament and New Testament Gods are so different? Of course, the wonderful thing about God is that there are many different perspectives on Him. I accept almost all of them. 2 people liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator God is a generally nice guy with a good sense of humor. Of course, He takes some things seriously, but most of the time, He takes life light-heartedly and expects humanity to do the same. However, I believe there are two separate aspects to God. One is the God I described above, and the one I think humanity should follow. The other is wrathful, spiteful, and vain,(unless humanity somehow pleases him) and is the God described in the Old Testament. ...Actually, that second part is from some of the stories I write in my spare time. But it's in the stories because I truly believe it. I know it matches a belief system out there somewhere... Anyway, I am accepting of pretty much any faith system (unless they're snobby about it). However, I believe this site was meant for all people to express their opinions, I'm disturbed by the number - and popularity - of the elitist atheists on this site.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I'm not really sure. My beliefs formed gradually, over time.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator More than I can count. I've had several negative experiences with elitist atheists, and those experiences have caused me so seriously doubt my faith. However, I always overcome.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Just thinking about God, perhaps praying in your head occasionally. I don't think God wants us to take Him too seriously. He's not vain.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator We're all a bunch of idiots (expressed by atheists) or we're somehow impure (expressed by zealots of various religions).
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator There's this one genetic scientist that believes in God despite his profession usually shunning such a belief. Unfortunately, I don't remember his name.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Be accepting of other people. It may seem kind of hypocritical ,with what I said about the "atheist invasion", but that's because I think this site wasn't meant for them. I believe they belong in the world as much as any other person. 1 person liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator In pretty much anything my parents believed.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Rough, but it's helped me overall.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Catholic
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 Very different. They're straight up Catholics. I'm... something else I'm not sure of. 1 person liked this
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 don't have children yet.

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 The basic tenet of my faith is being kind to people, and I do that every day, everywhere. Not that I'm always kind- that's one of the struggles I need to overcome.
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, one religion except for me.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Difficult in that i get some opposition from more "purist" family and friends. Easy in that I am usually comfortable with my beliefs.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't have any representations of my faith in my house, just my parents'.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Lord of the Rings. No, seriously. It's a Christian parable, but it represents some of my beliefs as well.

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 They should be kept VERY separate.
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 Of course. In order to practice and keep their faith, people need to understand more about it.
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 In classes teaching on that specific faith, yes. Otherwise, no.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator HECK YES. If they actually talked to each other about their beliefs, they could realize they're not so different and possibly (GASP) get along better.
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 quite, since my beliefs in god are so... weird. I'm more comfortable with family and close friends, though.
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 do it ever day by being kind to people. Unfortunately, i reverse that whenever I'm mean, so it's always a struggle.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Probably.
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 It has definitely made me more uncomfortable, due to the fact it caused the popularity of atheism to skyrocket.

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Published October 11, 2010

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