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Do you think being religious comes from families that heavily believe in it? If your family was not religious would you still be?
I do not think that being religious comes from families that believe heavily in it. (Note following, then full answer)
[NOTE: I am personally defining "religious" more as faith-based instead of the actual definition of "religious" which means to follow all the rules with complete and utter precision. The literal definition of "religious" (which I do not abide by) implies that the rules are of the highest regard, while my interpretation of what I think you are trying to get across is more about faith and love for the object of your faith. I also am assuming that you are talking about Christianity, since that is what I know and I am public about it. "Religion", which is literally just all about rules and regulations, does not line up with Christianity, where we follow "the spirit of the Law" and not "the letter of the Law", allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us and in us to empower us to refrain from sin.]
I know plenty of people who come from "non-religious" families who are strong in faith and who are leaders among those in the church. One of my RAs this year is an example - he was the first in his household to come to faith in Jesus, and I know few who have faith like his. I do think that having a "religious" family can contribute to the faith of the children, but it is very common for kids to walk away from the faith in their teen or college years when the faith is approached in terms of rules and regulations (the literal definition of religion). It goes either way. I do not think we can definitively say, unless you look at a family who has a strong belief in Christ and who follows "the spirit of the Law". In that case, I think you would see a higher probability of faith in the children because they will have seen the truth of it.
In the literal definition of "religious", however, when it comes to other faiths such as Hinduism and Islam, I would say that family following of a certain religion does play a part, especially when it is expected by the family or the community that the children will continue to practice said religion.
It is hard to say whether I would have the faith that I have if my family were not believers. I think, if I was exposed to the truth which I know to be true, and I was raised in a different home, I would come to the same faith in Jesus Christ that I have - perhaps just not as soon as I did.
What is your second favorite religion?
There is no answer for this question. It's like asking what my second favorite grass color is. No other color but green is acceptable, so there cannot be a second favorite color. (Keep in mind that no analogy is perfect. If you were to follow this to completion, I bet it would fall apart as well. This is as close as I could get to how it is in reality.) In the same way, I have seen that there is no other way to heaven than through Jesus' grace which He freely gives.
What is the most attractive eye color?
Personally, I have always been drawn to brown hair and brown eyes. But honestly all eye colors are fantastic.
Which countries have you visited?
I have visited the Dominican Republic (2007&2012), Haiti (2013), and Canada (2014).
What do you look for in a girl?
Godliness, maturity, beauty, ability to hold a conversation, an adventurous spirit, and loyalty.
The same things I would expect her to look for in me.
What is your goal in life?
To serve my God with everything that I am, and to bring hearts to God that bring other hearts to God.
What is something you have lost, that you wish you could get back?
I lost my free Liberty CFAW sunglasses in Canada this past weekend. I wish I had those back cuz I work outside and use them every day. :P
Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?
Both. I'm a photographer but I also love being a subject. And doing videos is fun too, on both ends.
What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
That would probably be the How To Train Your Dragon soundtrack. Sounds cheesy, but seriously that composer knew exactly what he was doing and it just never gets old. It's so intricate and excellent.
What was the last CD you bought?
A three-disc pack of Backstreet Boys :P
Do you miss anyone from high school?
Yeah, I do. I miss Teagan, I miss Mr. Borgia, I miss Ms. Corriveau, I miss Ryan Jones, and other friends. I didn't have many close friends at home - Teagan was about it from CHS. But I have made many new friends at Liberty.
If you could buy any car right now, what would you buy?
silver BMW 330i with a 6-speed manual transmission, about 2006
Basically I'd have an exact replica of my friend and mentor Jeff's car :D
Who's your favorite actor and what was his or her best role?
I am convinced that Tom Hanks is the greatest actor of all time. He has had such a variety of roles, and he nails every one of them.
What sport is the most boring?
It's a tie between baseball and golf. I lean more towards golf though.
Are you able to play any musical instrument?
Yes, I am quite proficient on the trumpet. I played it all through middle school and high school.
Do you trust your friends?
With my life. Yes.
What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?
Go through and thank God for all the things I can remember about my day. Thankfulness brings contentment and peace, and rest. :)
Who knows you better than anyone else?
My mentor and friend Jeff.
My younger brother is an arguable candidate, however.
What is the formula of happiness?