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I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours- Stephen Roberts

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 the idea of God to be a non-existent being defined by an individual (in many cases with a basis in a particular religious belief) who is imagined as a source of happiness, peace, comfort, protection, etc. As humans evolved and began searching for the answers to the who are we? why are we here? and where are we going? they created God to provide basic answers to these questions. Hence, God gives meaning and purpose to many individuals who cannot find meaning and purpose in themselves. 7 people liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in the possibility of God 3 people liked this
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when I realized that the God I believed in was as imaginary as any other god in history. Just as the Greeks imagined their gods, Elohim/Jehovah was no more than the perception of God by a Middle Eastern tribe who wandered around in a desert about 3500 years ago. In fact, this perception was a changing one. Elohim was a very personal God. He walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day. He chatted with Cain and Abel and came looking for Abel after he was killed by Cain. Enoch walked with him for 300 years. He gave Noah detailed instructions on building an Ark that would house millions of species. He came into Abraham’s tent for a visit and had a meal with him. He negotiated with Abraham before wiping out Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone. He wrestled with Abraham’s grandson all night. (Isn’t it impressive for a mere man to wrestle God for an entire night?) However, God then goes through a radical transformation. He changes from this personal God to burning bushes, thunder and lightning from Mt. Sinai, you can’t see his face and live, and you can’t even touch the mountain where he is and live. And he changed his name to Yahweh or Jehovah. This description of God is very different than Elohim and the atrocities attributed to him are too numerous to mention. Then in the New Testament, God is a loving father in heaven who so loves the world. He values me more than sparrows. He has numbered every hair on my head. He is compassionate, merciful and kind. He’s even taken on the form of a human. Doesn't this sound like any other story of a God in history?
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My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When I realized that the story of redemption does not make as much sense as I always believed. Even through previous moments of doubt, I would always think, well at least the story of redemption is a great story and makes a lot of sense.
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My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that there are things out there that I cannot explain and I seek to find those explanations if it is possible to find. 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 that I am no anti-God. I'm very open to God. However, there is no evidence of God that cannot be explained by Science or basic common sense. 2 people liked this
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Ghandi and any other humans who have attempted to make a positive difference in our world through the power of the human spirit 2 people 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 I love the basic philosophy of the teachings of Christ and attempt to follow them. Hence, I sometimes consider myself a Christian. 1 person liked this

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Published October 11, 2010

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