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"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." — Albert Einstein

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 spirit individual with great power and insight who enjoys great variety and sense of humor and has shared his joy of creativity with us. 1 person liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that our genetic code is the greatest proof of intelligent design. I believe that we were created. Having worked with Windows 3.0, 3.1, 95, ME, 98, and XP; I have decided that Windows is a product of evolution and I do not believe in Bill Gates. 2 people liked this
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Fractal Geometry of Nature. Mandelbrot, B.B. (1982). W.H. Freeman and Company. ISBN 0-7167-1186-9. All of the universe is defined as mathematical algorithms. Our genetic code is the program that defines us. 1 person liked this
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator losing a loved one in death in a most grievous manner. 1 person liked this
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator reading the Bible, studying history and science, attending meetings for fellowship with other believers, sharing my convictions with my family, friends, and neighbors. 2 people liked this
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator from the ignorance of others. I believe that Jehovah is the one and only almighty God in heaven. I believe that Jesus is his first born son. I believe that the Bible must be read with a view of the language and cultural context in which it was written. 1 person liked this
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Daniel from the Hebrew scriptures. He was a good student, a good worker, regular in his worship, always ready to take a stand for what was right. A bit preoccupied by math and wrote a short concise book. 1 person liked this
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Jehovah's Witnesses willingness to study and to make public declarations of faith. 1 person liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my Bible Story book, stories told to me by my father and grandfather, and the lessons that I learned from regular meetings. 1 person liked this
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator difficult at times because of others failure to understand, but it has always been rewarding. 1 person liked this
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator one of Jehovah's Witnesses. I still attend the Kingdom Hall. I am disabled now but still enjoy discussing my beliefs with others. 1 person liked this
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 parents were from a Baptist background, my grandfather was a Baptist preacher. My grandfather told me that if it is not in the Bible, we have no business teaching it. I remember a book called Mankind's Search for the True Religion, I studied not just the King James Bible but different translations, different religions, different cultures. When sharing my beliefs with others, I learned to let them share their beliefs with me, I learned to respect those who did not agree with me. 2 people liked this
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 Becoming a parent did intensify my faith, starting with the very names they were given, teaching them to read, sharing books and stories, visiting older people of many different faiths. How can I share the learning of a life time in a few short years? I have, I hope, instilled in them a joy of learning and a sense of responsibility to use our talents wisely. 1 person liked this

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 to start the morning by singing a song. I try to say a prayer before every meal, sometimes I say another after the meal. I try to read at least one scripture a day, sometimes read commentary on the scripture, if it is a slow day I will even do more research on that scripture. I also like to read before going to sleep, but that may be about history or culture or science. Sunday is my day to go to hear a talk and study the Watchtower and dine out with friends, Thursday evening I get a ride to our Bible School. Friday evening is our family worship night, prayers, songs, candles, special meal, Bible reading out loud, religious research on the internet with my children. Saturday is day sometimes spent visiting others, sorry if I woke you with the door bell, we really do want to hear your ideas. 2 people liked this
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 We practice only one religion. Considering that Jesus grew up in a Jewish household, we do spend a lot of time studying some of the Jewish traditions as they may have been practiced in his day. 2 people liked this
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator To me it seems so very easy, so very natural, always learning and always sharing. Refusing to take part in common pagan practices like Christmas has never been a real problem.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my bookshelf and its contents. Bibles in English, French, Chinese, Greek and Hebrew. Ancient writings from Greek and Latin historians. Books on Science, Engineering, Math, Biology. Books containing the basis for my beliefs. 2 people liked this
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Fest Steht by Erich Frost composed in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin in 1942. I would like to think that I could be as brave. http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/media_so.php?ModuleId=10005394&MediaId=3940 1 person liked this

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 I think of Daniel who held a high position in both the Babylonian government and in the Persian government, we have a responsibility to the best we can. Today the Jews, Muslims, Christians whether Orthodox, Catholic or Protestant all claim the same scriptures and claim the same God but are at war, killing each other around the globe. They all have an obligation to promote peace towards their brothers. 1 person liked this
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 Religion needs to be taught in the schools. Much of the history, the art, the music of western civilization cannot be understood without having a foundation in the religious issues and iconography from which they were derived. 1 person liked this
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. The books of Chronicles and Ezra were written at different times to different people, understanding the literary techniques used is required to properly understand them. The Torah is an ancient piece of literature that is all too often misunderstood for the same reason. The Greek scriptures contain Hebrew phrases as well as Greek concepts, helps to understand both. The Koran provides enlightenment into how the scriptures were understood at that time. The four Vedas are required to understand Hinduism and to recognize its influence on modern Christianity. The Mahayana sutras have many important lessons that have greatly influenced modern western thought. 2 people liked this
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Organized religion is a snare and a trap. Too many times in history religion has be used for political purposes. The only interfaith dialog that is important to me is the conversations that I have with individuals of another faith. 2 people liked this
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 do not truly understand until I am able to teach someone else. Also I am flexible, sometimes I am wrong and I learn from those I talk to. 1 person liked this
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. In my youth it was Bible study programs, literacy for the elderly, missionary work in what was called unassigned territory. It has influenced my choice of jobs and my conduct at work. Most recently providing discounted services to attorneys employed by the public defenders commission to help promote justice. Sometimes I still ring door bells on Saturday mornings. 1 person liked this
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I think that they can be very easily. Participating in an inherently corrupt system is not something I care to do. It is very sad when a politician must surrender his ideals for a handout from a lobbyist. 1 person liked this
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 was a very sad day. Not all who died that day were victims. Those brave heroes who entered the burning buildings in the hope of saving lives should be remembered as an example for all of dedication and self sacrifice. We can all give up part of our life in the service of others, visit our neighbors, wash dishes for the sick, feed the hungry, talk to the lonely and depressed, in some small way, we too can be heroes to someone that lives nearby. 2 people liked this

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Published October 11, 2010

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