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"Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value." - Albert Einstein “Man what’s the point of living if I’m living for myself. Lord empty out my life before I put you on the shelf” - Lecrae

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 A loving and forgiving father with open arms.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That God sent his son, Jesus, to die on the cross to forgive my sins. All i have to do is ask for forgiveness.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When my dying grandmother saw her mom sitting in the corner. I believe it was an angel.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I will be with God in heaven.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that someone who calls themselves a "Christian" doesn't necessarily represent all Christians.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my mom.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator no matter what i do, God always forgives.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator what my parents believed.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator relatively easy.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a Missouri Synod Lutheran
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 My practices are not, but we have subtle differences in beliefs. They have more emphasis on law, where I have more emphasis on gospel.

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 My faith, whether or not I want it to be, is showing all the time. Therefore, I try to make my actions reflect my beliefs as much as possible.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator In a Lutheran high school it was easy, but going to a public university next year will make it more difficult.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a cross.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator the Bible.

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 should be the basis for moral decisions made in politics.
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 If so, only as an elective. You can't force religion upon someone.
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, as an elective. You can't force religion upon someone
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. It helps show the flaws of your religion or other's religion, and if it doesn't cause a change in your faith then it will make your faith stronger. Interfaith dialogue is a search for truth.
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 feel strong enough in my faith to discuss it with others.
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 believe that I am saved because God chose me, and because God chose me, I choose to put my beliefs into action.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Only if you let them.
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 has shown me that if you judge a religion by what you see on tv, then you are not seeing the true side of that religion.

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Published October 11, 2010

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