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marianac | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 8, 2010 at 5:44 AM via web

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This is for religion. I am supposed to ask questions and I need 5 people to answer them (different beliefs is okay).

1.  Do you believe in God and why?
2.  Is your religious faith important to you and why?
3.  What do you practice in your religion?
4.  Has your life experiences brought you closer to God and why?
5.  What role does religion play in your everyday life?

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 8, 2010 at 6:41 AM (Answer #2)

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Great idea to pose this to the many people connected to Enotes!  I imagine this question will be moved to the "discussion" forum and I hope you get a variety of answers, but I'd be happy to supply you with MINE:

  1. I do believe in God, because I was taught at a very young age who He is (who His son Jesus Christ is), began a personal relationship with Him as a child, and have been getting to know Him ever since.
  2. My faith (though I do not consider it "religious") is very important to me.  I personally believe that humans were created for the ultimate purpose of worshipping God through a personal relationship with his son, therefore, my only reason for living is to give glory back to Him.  Though I am not a fanatic and I do live my life like an ordinary person, to me, there is a deeper purpose and reason for everything.
  3. Like I said, I don't consider my faith to be a religion nor religious, but there are a few things I do with regularity.  First, I pray.  All the time.  Whenever.  There is no set prayer I say, nor a set time or place.  I just talk to God pretty much every day.  I believe the Bible is God's Word, so I read it.  Also, I attend church on Sundays.  I like having a place to worship with other people who love and serve the same God as I do.  I personally believe in tithing, so my husband and I give a percentage of our income every month back to the church.
  4. On the note of "tithing" - I firmly believe that I have been financially secure (though not rich by any means) because I have trusted God with money.  It is by blind faith that I give, but so far, my family has been blessed to have everything we need (basic needs, health, general satisfaction with our circumstances, etc).  I guess this is just one specific example of how I've grown closer to God.  I try to remember to be grateful for everything and to continue trusting that He is taking care of things, even when I don't' understand them.
  5. Again, I am not a religious fanatic.  I live life like a normal person, taking care of my family, running errands, cleaning toilets, etc.  However, my faith is something that is part of my core.  I'm not a missionary nor a preacher, I'm not even a Sunday School teacher, but everyone who knows me knows that I love and serve Christ.  This hasn't made me sinless and it hasn't made me judgemental of others either.  It is personal but I share it with those who are curious.  In my "everyday life" my relationship with God is similar to my relationship with the rest of my family.  We love each other.  We talk.  Sometimes I get mad at him.  Sometimes I ignore him for stretches, but in the end, his constant love and presence provides a sense of comfort and stability that I will never give up.
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ajstang | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 8, 2010 at 8:14 AM (Answer #3)

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1. Yes I beleive in God. I have a personal relastionship with God. He made me and has given himself to save me. He has a plan for my life which gives me hope.

2. My Faith is very important to me. I find it important because I believe that God controls all that happens and he will save me from my sins.

3. I have a personal relationship with God and that is what I consider to be my Faith and if I have to put a label on it I am a Christian, I attend church and read the Bible. My religious beleif is that each person needs to have a personal relationship with God. I pray for God to show me how to live my life and how to have a better relationship with him everyday. I trust him with all my worries and problems because he can solve them.

4. My father passed away when I was 15 and through the grief cycle I became closer to God. My 2 tours in Iraq have also brought me closer to God. That time was very stressful and with out God I don't think that I could have made it throught those hard times.

5. Everyday I see God at work in my life. He is the reason that I am alive. If not for my belief in him then I would have commited suicide during my time in Iraq.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted December 8, 2010 at 2:08 PM (Answer #4)

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1.  Do you believe in God and why?
2.  Is your religious faith important to you and why?
3.  What do you practice in your religion?
4.  Has your life experiences brought you closer to God and why?
5.  What role does religion play in your everyday life?

1. No. Belief in God doesn't make logical sense to me.

2. No. My lack of religious faith is not important to me.

3. Nothing.

4, No, he doesn't exist in my opinion.

5. It generally intrudes everytime I open a newspaper or turn on my television, but other than that, nothing.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 9, 2010 at 10:39 AM (Answer #5)

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1.  Do you believe in God and why?
2.  Is your religious faith important to you and why?
3.  What do you practice in your religion?
4.  Has your life experiences brought you closer to God and why?
5.  What role does religion play in your everyday life?

 

  1. I am agnostic.  I am not sure that God exists.  I can make logical arguments in my mind for the existence and the non-existence of God.  I have never felt God tangibly so I have no way of knowing which of the logical arguments is true.
  2. No religious faith = not important to me.
  3. I have no religion per se.  I went to church weekly back when I still lived with my parents, but have not been to church in years.  I do firmly believe that it is important to lead a moral life and I try to do so.  But I cannot call that religion.
  4. I've had good times and bad.  Neither kind of experience has convinced me that God exists.  So no.
  5. Same answer as #3.
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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 10, 2010 at 5:30 AM (Answer #6)

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1.  Do you believe in God and why?
2.  Is your religious faith important to you and why?
3.  What do you practice in your religion?
4.  Has your life experiences brought you closer to God and why?
5.  What role does religion play in your everyday life?

1. Yes, I do. Partly because I was brought up in a Christian family and partly because I have decided to myself as an adult.

2. Yes, it is. It is the biggest foundation stone in my life that acts as a moral compass to give me direction.

3. I go to church and believe in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

4. Yes, definitely. Bad times more than good I think, because you are forced to rely on God more.

5. Same answer as 3.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 11, 2010 at 11:40 PM (Answer #7)

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1)  I am agnostic.  Somewhat convinced that "God" is beyond our ability to understand.

2) My spirituality is important to me, but religious faith, no.

3)  I look for truth, or something close to it.  I am not much for ritual.

4)  More spiritual, yes.  Closer to "God"?  I don't even know what that means.

5)  It's usually an intrusion by others, having found answers they are comfortable with, they want me to believe them too.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 12, 2010 at 12:38 PM (Answer #8)

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1) Yes, I do.  I was reared in a Christian family, but I also went through phases where I researched and looked closely at other belief systems.  It was C. S. Lewis' book, Mere Christianity, where he (a devout atheist) attempted to prove that God did not exist, and through his research proved the opposite, that truly solidified my beliefs.   God speaks to me through feelings, dreams, and reading the Bible.  He is a comfort in times of trouble, and a source of joy always.

2) Yes.  This country (the USA) was founded on religious freedom.  The first colonists came here so they may worship as they chose to without fear of rebuke or punishment, and without ridicule of any kind.  It would be nice if we stuck to those original ideas, but there are those who don't believe in anything who would take away other's right to believe by altering our Founding Fathers' intentions as stated in our nation's motto, the Pledge to the Flag, and the "In God We Trust" stamped on the money the government prints.

3) I belong to a small congregation.  I go to church on Sundays, am a member of the choir (music is one of the biggest ways I worship), and help with a number of the children's programs.  My church also serves the community a free meal on Thanksgiving and Christmas to encourage those who would otherwise be alone to come and commune with friends and neighbors.  In addition, I serve on the Food Bank team which provides food to those in need year around.

4) Absolutely!  "Ask and ye shall receive."  I believe in that, since more than once I have been in need of help and almost immediately someone was there to assist.  My car broke down in July several years ago, and my 3-month old son and I were miles away from any help.  I quickly prayed, "Lord, I can't do this alone. Please send an angel."  Before I even looked up from that prayer, a man was crossing the median toward me.  Of course, I prayed he wasn't a serial killer (surely God laughed at that), but he was the nicest man.  He wouldn't take payment, and even though he told me he'd lived his whole life in that area and knew everyone, no one at the gas station where he dropped me...in front of dozens of people... saw him or knew of him.  That's only one story of many which I'm sure people will say is coincidence, but I know the Lord is watching over His flock...we must all only ask him to live within us to share in the joy He has planned for us.

5) I try daily to live as the Bible tells us we should.  Of course, even religions which are not Christian state that we should treat one another as we would want to be treated.  If we all lived by that motto, the world would be a more peaceful and loving place full of tolerant and loving people.  We would be less greedy and quicker to help up a brother in need.

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beefheart | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) Honors

Posted December 12, 2010 at 3:07 PM (Answer #9)

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1.  Do you believe in God and why?
2.  Is your religious faith important to you and why?
3.  What do you practice in your religion?
4.  Has your life experiences brought you closer to God and why?
5.  What role does religion play in your everyday life?

1. I am a follower of Pastafarianism. I believe in The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster because it was what I was brought up to believe. My parents were Pastafarians and I respect and thank them for giving me the same beliefs.

2. Very Important. The FSM gives my life meaning, without it I would have no morals or definition of right and wrong. I would kill randomly without the firm guidance of The FSM.

3. On important religious holidays, I often dress as a pirate to show the world that I belong to the Reformed Church of Pastafariansim.

4. Definitely. He touched me with his noodly appendages and I was healed. From that day forth I will sing his praises.

5. Everyday, when I see a beautiful flower or a wonderful sunset, I know that it was designed by The FSM. I know in heart and I know in my mind that he is the creator and giver of everything that surrounds me. The Universe is designed, it stands to reason that the Flying Spaghetti Monster made these things for us. I am loved and cared for. I have purpose. This is the most precious knowledge I have.

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 24, 2010 at 1:55 AM (Answer #10)

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1. What is your understanding of the word 'God?'

2. What is your understanding of the word 'faith?'

3. Define the verb 'believe.'

4. What is the difference between good and evil?

5. How does believing in a benificent God keep worshippers closer to Good than Evil?

A personal interpretation would be that God is a mystical personification of the concept of goodness. Faith means trusting in an idea or aspiration.The word "believe" means forming an understanding on the evidence available, or passed on to you. Goodness is well-meaning intentions for the benefit of another and Evil is wishing for harm. It is easier to strive for goodness when we have an iconic picture to represent it.

 

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 30, 2010 at 11:13 PM (Answer #11)

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1. Yes, I believe in God. I am a preacher's kid, so I grew up with it. However, as an adult, I choose to pursue my relationship with God because I feel there is someone with pure intentions concerned for my well-being, and I cannot imagine that human beings, as flawed as we are, could possibly be the greatest thing this universe can boast of. It's important to me that there is someone much better who's on watch, 24/7.

2. My religious faith is important to me because it lifts me up. It comforts me when I am sad, and I feel I can bring worries, especially with regard to situations I cannot change (sickness, war, worry), and ask for help and support not only in dealing with them, but in hoping to see these problems resolved in some way.

3. I go to church almost every Sunday. I didn't used to go much in the summer, but now I teach a small group of youngsters in a struggling community church, and I'm there each week. If I'm really on top of my game, I go to my own church first to hear my pastor, and then go on to work with the kids. It's a great experience. (The kids are awesome...and I don't have to grade papers; we even sing.)

I also attempt to pray before I fall asleep...which is a challenge. And I try to relate to others in a way that sets a positive example for what I believe in, in terms of my faith.

4. My life experiences have definitely brought me closer to God. When I was younger, I felt I could pretty much handle anything I had to face. The older I have gotten, especially in seeing innocents harmed (children, animals, the weak), I find I cannot walk this path alone. Life is full of too much heartache and uncertainty for me to try to do this on my own. And because I have been blessed in so many ways, I can't help but believe God is with me daily.

5. In my everyday life, I try to connect with God in some way. Sundays are easy because I go to church, and during the week, I'm preparing a Sunday School lesson. I try to pray each day. When I hear sirens, I pray for those driving emergency vehicles and those waiting for them. When a friend is struggling, I tell them to "kiss it up to God," hoping they will find comfort by doing so. I don't beat people up with my faith. Everyone has a choice, and it doesn't have to be my choice. Even that attitude speaks better of my faith than bullying someone. And if I'm scared or worried, I kiss it up to God.

(I must admit to being an impatient driver, which is not a charitable thing to be, but I hope that it improves. I believe God isn't done with me yet.) For me, religion is an everyday exercise, though admittedly, there are some days I am closer to my faith than others. Often times it has to do with distractions or being busy. I'm not as good about it as I should be.

Religion is organized by imperfect people, but it is inspired by a higher being. So the role my faith plays in my daily life is that it gives me direction to be kind to others, to listen, to make people smile if possible, and not leave the people I meet "empty handed" for having met me. It helps me to be more aware of my community, wherever that is on a given day.

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