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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 to be a divine king who is the image of goodness. I picture Him dressed in white and abounding in love for everyone in the world.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe that God is the creator of the world. I believe the only way to heaven is through Him
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My most powerful moment of belief was when my dad was very sick. We prayed for his recovery and he was healed, seemingly out of no where
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My greatest moment of doubt was when my grandma died. I felt like it wasn't her time and I wondered why God took her.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My spiritual life means everything to me. My faith is strong and important in my life.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The biggest misconception about my faith is that Christians are exclusive. Many Christians have friends and family members of different beliefs.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My spiritual role model is my mom. She goes to church and Bible studies often
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I appreciate that God is for everyone. He doesn't have favorites and will accept anyone of faith into His kingdom

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believed Jesus died for all. He was and is my hero.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My journey has been easy. I have always been surrounded by people who share my beliefs
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I was raised as a Christian in a Lutheran Church.
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 and I share the same beliefs.
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 I practice it every Sunday at church. I also practice it through devotionals at school.
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 are mostly Lutheran and Catholic, which share similar beliefs. We go to each other's churches.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It is difficult because many people I meet do not share my faith. It is easy for people to be persecuted for what they believe.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The family devotionals represent my faith. We get to spend time together as a family while learning about God.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The song that best represents my faith is Jesus loves me

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 Religion and politics should be separated.
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, because of freedom of religion in the first amendment.
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. The first amendment protects freedom of religion. No single religion should be taught.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes, because you learn about other beliefs compared to your own.
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 stand firm in what I believe and want to share Jesus with others.
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, I should put my faith into action. Some ways are through volunteering at VBS or doing yard work for the elderly.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Not necessarily, you can use your beliefs to form a political opinion.
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 This tragic event didn't really affect my faith. I am open to learning about other religions whole expressing my own.

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Published October 11, 2010

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