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I will walk by faith, not by sight.

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 an all powerful and all knowing thing. I don't understand many things about him because I try to compare him to humans but there's no point. All the matters is that his love for us is more than we could ever imagine.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator God loves me so much that he abandoned his son so he could save us from our sins and defeat the devil so that we may have life forever with him
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The summer before my freshman year I went on a mission trip to Chicago and the changes i felt there were so powerful. I myself, not because my parents raised me to, accepted Jesus into my heart that week and my faith has been growing ever since.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when i found out my grandma has cancer. All my life I heard that there is a reason for everything but I couldn't imagine at the time what that reason would be.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that even when I reach my darkest moments, I know that everything will be okay because God's plan is greater than anything I could ever imagine.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator all of my friends who don't have a faith life think I'm perfect since I go to church every sunday, don't curse and don't drink or do drugs. What they don't understand is that Christians sin too because we're just like everyone else.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My brother's fiancé Kaitlyn
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator even after we sin, if we repent, then God washes us white as snow.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when we go to heaven, I would still live with my family just like on earth.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator simple compared to some but still challenging for me.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a 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 No, my parents raised me in the Lutheran faith but I never once felt forced to believe it. As I grow up, I realize i d believe everything they taught me with all my heart.

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 at work, during sporting events and on my annual mission trip.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I've been very lucky and have had the opportunity t go to school in a Lutheran environment all my life and will continue to do so in college. The only time I truly feel tested is when I'm at work.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My cross necklace my mother got for her confirmation and then gave me for mine.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "I Will Walk By Faith" by Jeremy Camp

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 Our founding fathers used the laws of the Bible to help create the laws for our land. So I believe it should still be present
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 No, we can't force our religion onto other people.
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 Maybe as an elective course, I think it's good for kids to have a little knowledge of each of those books but they shouldn't be forced to learn it
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, honesty is key. it's just like any other conversation, only your friends eternal life is on the line
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 Yes, that may be the only way some people are witnessed to. Kindness and compassion is always important, actions speak louder than words.

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Published October 11, 2010

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