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I need help from someone who is religious!

 
 
Reply Sun 8 Feb, 2015 07:01 pm
I need help from someone who is religious from any religion!!!
I have a project in my religion class and I need to interview someone, but I'm not sure I know anyone who is strongly religious...
Can anyone answer these personal questions about their religion for me, much would be appreciated:

1) How long have you practiced your religion?
2) What God/gods/objects do you worship?
3) What are the fundamental or major beliefs of your religion?
4) Have you ever practiced another religion? If so, why did you change?
5) Is there a punishment for leaving or changing your religion?
6) Have you ever suffered discrimination because of your religion?
7) What story, or event, of your religion has impacted your life the most?
8) Did the events of Sept. 11, 2001 change your views of religion?
9) What has been your greatest religious experience?
10) What are some traditions (if there are any) that your religion celebrates?
11) The frequency and types of prayers you engage in?
12) What do you feel is the best lesson your religion teaches?
13) What do you believe will happen to you once you die?
14) Has your religion helped you overcome any obstacles?

Thank you!!!
 
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 8 Feb, 2015 07:19 pm
@cfoutgun3,
That leaves me out, but we have plenty of people here who are genuinely religious.
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jespah
 
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Reply Sun 8 Feb, 2015 07:31 pm
@cfoutgun3,
1) My entire life.
2) Just one. No name.
3) Google Judaism.
4) Nope.
5) Nope.
6) Yep.
7) We have a ton of "hey, we survived!" narratives. You can pretty much just point at any of them. I also like the story of Ruth; it's a story of loyalty.
8) Nope.
9) Nothing in particular.
10) Google Judaism again.
11) Whenever I want to. We're kinda mellow that way.
12) To be a survivor, in the face of incredible odds. I am a Jew and I tell people that because I want them to know that history hasn't broken us.
13) My body will decompose. My book will sell better. Hopefully I'll get an A2K tribute thread.
14) It's helped me to see who's prejudiced against my religion.

You're welcome. Sorry if some of that looks flip but the practice of Judaism when you are Reform/Conservative is rather different from if you are Orthodox.
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George
 
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Reply Mon 9 Feb, 2015 09:08 am
1) How long have you practiced your religion?
I was baptized just a few days after I was born. Except for a couple of
periods when I thought I was an atheist, I've practiced Catholicism ever
since. In my case, practice has not made perfect

2) What God/gods/objects do you worship?

God. Not a lot of variety there.

3) What are the fundamental or major beliefs of your religion?

Oh, man. Oodles of them. There are Catholic grammar schools, Catholic
high schools and Catholic universities and they all have religion classes.
You'd think they'd run out of stuff, but no. There's always something else.

4) Have you ever practiced another religion? If so, why did you change?
I'm a Red Sox fan.

5) Is there a punishment for leaving or changing your religion?
Long, sad, disappointed looks from your Mom. You don't want to go there.


6) Have you ever suffered discrimination because of your religion?

Nothing serious. Mostly I've lived in places where we are the majority.


7) What story, or event, of your religion has impacted your life the most?

The Incarnation.


8) Did the events of Sept. 11, 2001 change your views of religion?

No. Put a big strain on my willingness to forgive, though.

9) What has been your greatest religious experience?
A sense of the presence of God in creation.

10) What are some traditions (if there are any) that your religion celebrates?
Well, we're coming up on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. You get
ashes from palms smudged on your forehead while being reminded that you
came from dust and will return to dust. This always puzzled me because
these are ashes, not dust. But I get the point. The palms are from Palm
Sunday which . . . well you see what I mean by there's always something
else.


11) The frequency and types of prayers you engage in?

I go to a religious service called Mass every Sunday. Well, most Sundays.
I don't have a formal schedule of prayer other than that. Mostly my
prayers are reactions to the world: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving
or supplication. Just this morning I looked out the window and said
"Oh God, not more snow!"

12) What do you feel is the best lesson your religion teaches?
Love.

13) What do you believe will happen to you once you die?
We are taught that we will rise again on the last day. I'm not sure how
that is supposed to happen, but I'm willing to trust God. I've got
nowhere else to go anyway.

14) Has your religion helped you overcome any obstacles?
Yes.
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