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"The greatest want of the world is the want of men - men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall." Education p. 57.

How Do You Imagine God?
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How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator God is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent- all powerful, all knowing, in all places. In contrast I am a mere mortal, with a pea sized brain, living on a sin filled world. In spite of our differences God still cares for me. Even though He knows everything about me- all the sins I've ever committed, the ones that plague me now, and even my future iniquities- He still loves me! Because of this agape love He set aside His immortality to come down to this sin riddled planet and show me how to live and how to love. You see- Jesus had a choice... He could have stayed in Heaven and left us to ourselves, but that's not the God He is. Jesus so loved the world that He gave His own life that you, and I, and everyone else who believes on Him might receive eternal life and live with Him in Heaven forever!

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe in the God who invested His one and only Son in us.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when I looked out over the fields of wildflowers near Meadow Lake high up in the Colorado Rockies. A few months before this high Mesa was a mountain of snow. But as I looked at it then on that brisk summer day every color imaginable dazzled the eye.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Doubt? What's that?
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My daily hike with God.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Many people feel I'm 'works' oriented. I don't do things for God to be saved. I do things for Him because I love to be doing things for Him. Isn't He the one who said, "If ye love me keep my commandments."? How can I help myself?
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Jesus Christ - the same yesterday, today, and forever!
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Righteousness- not by works, but by faith!

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, God...
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator In elementary school my faith in God was challenged as I saw that Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy were not real. I then began to wonder if God were merely a tall tale as well.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My parents sent me to the Sunday School at the Methodist Church when I was growing up, however, they did not attend. I think the Sunday School was more of a free babysitting service for them on Sunday mornings:)
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 Everyone's beliefs and how they practice those beliefs is different to some degree.
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 You realize more the sacrifice that God made when He gave His only begotten Son. I have two. I don't know how I'd ever be willing to give either one of them up even for righteous people, let alone contemptible sinners!

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 my faith always. I'm always constrained to pray for some situation or some person all the time. Even now I'm praying for those reading this piece that they might realize how important it is to keep an open attitude of prayer at all times. There's a time for kneeling and praying, however, when you're behind the steering wheel, when you're with family, when you're in the workplace that is a time to pray and believe as well!
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 Two of our children still attend our church. The other attends no church. We all still pray for him that he will be blessed by God.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Because the faith I live by is a God given faith it eases my living in faith to God's glory. However, there are times the sinfulness of my heart wishes to spring up. That is a time of the utmost importance for me as far as my reaching out to God in prayer.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My time spent with God in the early morning hours.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator John Huss

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 kept separate. Preachers, priests, rabbis, and other clerics have no more right to criticize politicians than politicians have a right to criticize religious leaders, religions, or followers of any religion.
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 Who would dictate which religion should be the one to be taught? Many religions differ with one another. This would only cause anarchy. I believe the churches themselves need to be responsible for teaching the tenets of what they believe. Their buildings are empty during the week. All they're waiting for is the churches to fill them with students and teachers.
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 I remember studying the book of Luke and the book of Acts as literature in a secular college before I was a Christian. I took this literature as an elective class because I wanted to. I really enjoyed the class! And I think that's the big thing here. The study of religious literature is something I believe should be on a voluntary basis, as an elective.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe in the Bill of Rights. I believe in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. I believe in the freedom of religion. I believe in free speech. Because of this I believe it important to have interfaith dialogue.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I'm comfortable discussing my faith with others when it's something they want to hear. I'm not comfortable forcing my beliefs on others trying to shut me out. I'm also not comfortable when others try to force their beliefs on me. Where I work there's a New Age gentleman who is located about 8 ft from where I work. Sometimes I almost wish there were a volume control on his mouth, or maybe some kind of off button. He's exercising his freedom of speech and his freedom of religion, but at times he's driving me nuts! :) If I were interested in his ideology that would be one thing, however, I'm not and often feel that he's more than just a little pushy.
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, we all have a duty to put our duty in practice. I work in a busy ER. There are times there that I take the time to pray with people because it's the thing to do. Some of the people have even asked me to do this for them. The other day there was one of my coworkers who didn't have any firewood. Someone asked if my church had a firewood ministry. "No," I responded. I then felt guilty for not exercising my faith. I had a chainsaw. I knew where there was wood. I then got this gal, her son, and her roommate and we went and got them firewood.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe religion and politics are two separate entities.
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 sign of the time as spoken of in Matthew 24. That hideous act stressed to me just how messed up this world is and that soon, and very soon, Jesus Christ is coming to this world to take those kind hearted individuals He can trust- home with Him to their eternal reward where there will be no need to ever worry about a 9/11 ever again!

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Published October 11, 2010

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