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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 feel as if I can't "imagine" God in any other way than with the eyes of spiritual experience with him. Because of this, I KNOW God - I don't have to imagine him. I know him by his personality - his loving kindness, his watchcare and protection, his Fatherly love. 1 person liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe that God is my father and that I am his child. I believe this makes me kin with all other humans, and establishes the brotherhood of mankind.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When I truly understood that God dwells within mus - literally, within our minds. "It is your thoughts, not your feelings, that lead you Godward." 1 person liked this
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That is the believer's greatest challenge...I have not had much trouble with it yet.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator ...everything to me
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I am a Jesusonian. My faith is in God. I attend no church, but instead follow the religion of Jesus - the religion of personal spiritual experience. I gleaned and learned the tenets of my faith from The Urantia Book. Many people have misconceptions about it and find it hard to believe that it was written by celestial beings as a revelation of truth to the earth (Urantia) - skepticism is healthy. You have to read it to believe it, and you have to be a sincere truth-seeker.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Jesus of Nazareth
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 the spiritual freedom that I have. The only authority I answer to is God-within. I learn through experience how to live a righteous life. Once I dedicate my will to doing God's will, I am a happier person. "When man goes in partnership with God, great things may, and do, happen." 1 person liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator ...most of what I was taught in the Catholic Church
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator ...life-changing
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 beliefs are somewhat similar, but I feel I have stepped out of the box of institutionalized religion. Most of my family are still in that box of religious authority. I recognize no intermediary who presumes to stand between me and God - no priest, no bishop, no cardinal or pope.
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 ...being a parent is the best thing to ever have happened to me, next to finding The Urantia Book. Children teach us lessons of love, tolerance, patience..and they hold up mirrors so we can see ourselves in stark light. They are catalysts for change

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 ...24/7
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 mostly avoid it altogether
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 very easy to practice my religion, because it is an inner process - a day-to-day way of response to the world that is based on truth, beauty and goodness. My challenge is God-consciousness and living in the present moment, which is where God always is available to me.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator ...I have a beautiful painting called "Fear Not," painted by a friend of mine. It is a work representative of the transience of life and the need to stay centered in God.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Urantia Book, the fifth epochal revelation of truth to mankind. http://www.truthbook.com/ http://www.urantia.org/ http://www.ubim.org/

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 should only inform politics through the spiritual experience of the leaders - not in the form of any particular denomination or church
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 Courses about the world's religions should be taught. Moral behavior should be taught. Religion is an evolutionary process of man searching for something greater than himself. It is a cultural and social and spiritual phenomena that deserves study and though, as much as any other process by which we become more human - science, philosophy, etc...moral behavior is a civilizing influence and should be taught - not as a religious thing, but because it works.
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 Certainly...all religious thought should be available, so that people can choose what they want to believe. If it is presented as literature, and a person finds its spirituality, that is the nature of spiritual literature, and has to be expected as a possible outcome. But religious books should definitely be taught along with the religions they represent - not as a requirement, but as an option.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Interfaith dialogue is vital. Many religions share many commonalities. It is our commonalities that will bring us together.
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 feel quite comfortable the older I get and the more experience I have.
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 I certainly feel that way. Truth, beauty, and goodness must be acted out. The religion of the spirit must be acted out, or there is no experience, and if there is no experience, all you have is a belief. Faith must ACT! 1 person liked this
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The ways it's being used these days is a disgrace.
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 am always interested in learning about other religions...the Muslim religion is one I never knew anything about in any detail before 9/11. But I am as comfortable with my religion today as I have ever been...for almost 30 years now.

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