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"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12

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 The Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omnibenevolent Supernatural Creator and Overseer of the universe who reveals Himself in the form of three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Nicene Creed.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Even though God has not made me go through any particular moment of belief, I have experienced his guidance and help all throughout my life. He has helped me achieve most of my ambitions in my life.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator During my adolescent years, when I started learning about evolution in biology class.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator As an orthodox christian, we have a definite pattern of Morning and Evening Prayers to follow which I do daily at home followed by reading of Bible verses from the Lectionary and brief amount of meditation on those verses and personal prayer. Doing as much service and help to others is also a part of spiritual life for me.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't have any. We go through 12 years of Sunday School which ensures that we grow in right tenets of Orthodox belief and do not have any misconceptions about Orthodoxy.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Lord Jesus Christ
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Sermon on the Mount

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in same things that I believe now.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator wonderful.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Orthodox 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
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 Applicable

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 Orthodox Church, Mostly Saturday Evening (Evening Prayer 6:30-7:30 PM) and Sunday Morning (8:30-11 AM Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist)
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 It is not at all difficult to live my faith.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Orthodox icon of Jesus Christ and Orthodox Cross.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Orthodox Study Bible; Jesus (1979) by Peter Skyes & John Krisch

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 and politics should remain 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 Yes. It helps to have a better understanding of other religions and improve tolerance between religions.
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. I don't think it should be treated as works of literature.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. To reduce the tensions between the religons
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. I am open to criticism of my own faith and I am tolerant of people with beliefs other than mine.
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 I have a duty to put my beliefs into action in my personal life. But I don't have the right to ask or force others to do that. Especially when we live in a pluralistic society, we should be able to respect other people's beliefs and their freedom to live by their beliefs just like they respect our freedom to put our beliefs into action. When we are in a position of law-maker, it is imperative we take care not to impose our beliefs but those that is equally binding to all people with other religious beliefs.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator In a pluralistic society, you will have to compromise your religious beliefs while engaging in politics
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 Yes, It revealed how far Islamic fundamentalism can go. Yes, I am more interested in learning about other religions. I feel the same expressing my religious belief before and after 9/11.

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Published October 11, 2010

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