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My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that each of us is to be godlike. when we all act this way, we will have fulfilled all of the religious texts.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when dating girls of various faiths. many rituals where so like other religions i was exposed to. then it struck me, we are all commanded to be godlike. i do not doubt the existence of god, just each man's choice.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator as a young teenager, when i was told that jews were christ killers, and then that we were to love each other, and then babies who were not baptised, went to limbo, and that the pope was the direct link to god. it made no logical sense. but the thought of a higher being was still valid.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator trying to maintain my cool or keeping a level head when looking at things and situations. try to understand others feelings. it seems that simple; however, this is the most difficult thing in life.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator i don't think i have any misconceptions anymore about my current religious status
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator st francis, in the catholic church (even though i no longer practice those tenents), because he was thee caretaker of god's smallest creatures, treating them with kindness and love.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator do good deeds to attain heaven.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator everything my parents told me.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a real journey without stop. i asset and maintain my thoughts in a specific religious venue; however, i know that there is more than 1 way to do something and if all men are created equal then all religions should be equal.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a catholic, became agnostic, visited bahai - baptist - evangelical - luthern - various other churches and finally settled into a reform jewish practice.
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 yes and no. they went to catholic church and i now go to temple. the services of the catholic church mimic those in temple services: clothing, arc, structure, many tenets. the psalms, old (aka real) testament, are part of the new churches that have broken away from judaism and then the catholic church.
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 no.

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 i try every day to practice being a good person. i don't find it necessary to be anywhere to pray or reflect on the days errors of life.
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 not really.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator easy to live most faiths... if you understand and listen to the words without manly interjections.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my wife and children. they are my belief in life.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my wife and children. they are my belief in life.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator to everything there is a season.

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 none!
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 grade school no. high school yes, but only in the senior year as an elective.
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. they are not works of literature.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator yes, ever so needed today with all the instant messaging and texting of bad things happening to innocent people in the name of country-god-religion-idolology.
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 and no. i am not absolute. i will discuss the general ideas i have of my religion. however, i do not want to quote this and that back and forth. anyone wishing to ask a lot of questions, should go to a source that is more fully versed in religious matters... and not just one rabbi or one priest... three or more.
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 the only one action anyone needs to put into place, as far as i am concerned, is be kind to others. most all of your teachings boil down to this one thought.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator only if the name of god is invoked for support of this or that. god is self reliant and needs nothing.
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 no. the events of 9-11 are the result of frustrated and angry individuals. terrorism is becoming a religion unto itself. if we remove the reasons for terrorism: food, shelter, clothing, real fairness in treating our neighbors with kindness rather than disdain... probably a lot fewer wars would be fought.

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