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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 someone who I can always talk to or bring my problems to. I imagine him as being someone who would do anything for me (and he kinda already has).

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that God sent his son, Jesus, to live a perfect life and die as a sacrifice for everyone's sins.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Teens Encounter Christ. It's awesome.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't know
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't understand this question.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator N/A
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Paul
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator God forgives all sin, no matter what.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in Jesus.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator typical. I don't really see anything that isn't what other people would see as exciting.
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
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 do not have children.

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 Every day, everywhere.
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 Very easy, because I am surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Luther's Seal painting I did in 5th grade.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I'm going to say Captain America. He sacrifices himself to save New York from being nuked.

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 It should be used as a moral indicator of right/wrong.
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, because they are relevant to the world today
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 Yes, because it would give people to what these books "actually" say. Then, people wouldn't make uneducated assumptions about what is really in these books.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes, because it allows people to be open to new ideas.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It depends on the situation. I feel like I would be more comfortable discussing my faith with someone that I don't really know all that well, but I would have trouble talking about it with a friend.
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 and no. I believe that God wants us to put our faith into action, but those actions are not required as a "duty"
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No. That doesn't make sense. Religious beliefs should help someone who is engaging in politics. It gives them a way to make sense of the things that happen in the political world.
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 I can't really answer this. 9/11 happened when I was in 2nd grade, and I wasn't exactly looking at other religions at that point... I *am* comfortable expressing my religious beliefs though.

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Published October 11, 2010

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