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Monday, January 26, 2004

Journal 7:What are the five beliefs you have about God? How did you form those beliefs?

In seventh grade I did not believe in God because I was just not brougth up to include him in my life. Now, if you asked me if I believed in God I would say yes. I believe that there is a God because how else could the miracles in life happen. I believe that he created this earth for us first to make perfect before he put us on it so that we would live on a perfect earth. I believe that he is great and miraculous and he does not have to commit miracles for us to believe in him we should just have faith that he will be there for us. I also believe that he is not the image that we see when we think of him. Like the movie he could an old man or a woman but I think the things that God created is a miracle in itself. I also feel that the reason he gives us choices is because it is our choice weither we believe in him or not. If he did not want people to have choices he would have just made everyone believe in him. I also believe that we make our own choices and that God can only be there for us and not change something that is bound to happen. I also believe that God has not just one face but he has comes in many forms. For example the pictures on the first floor with the different examples of Jesus, God could be anyone I think he changes forms. Many cultures had God's and I think they are just different faces for the same God. I do not think that there would be so many similarities between our God and other people's Gods if he were not the same. For example, many cultures have Gods of the same things, such as war, love, agriculture, heavens, and the underworld. I am not sure how I formed these beliefs. I think that during the years after hearing about him I figured that he must exsist other wise there would not be so many people that believe in him. I believe in him but not the way other people believe in him and I think that people who believe in God all believe in him in a different way and have different beliefs.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Journal 6:
What does Juan symbolize? the fishbowl? the fish? Juan's desire to become a fish? Write out your interpretation.

I feel that Juan symbolizes the fish because he does things that some of us do not understand. For example finding a slimy glass bowl pretty. Most of us would have just left it alone because it looked groisse, in fact I think most of us would not even be looking in the trash for things to play with. He looks at things in a whole different light then other people do, just like how the fish did not understand Juan we did not really see what he found so beautiful in a slimy glass bowl. I feel that is the reason he symbolizes the fish. Juan also symbolizes the fish because the fish did not understand that Juan made all the trees and roads for the fish to play in; just like how he would not understand us if we told him the glass bowl was ugly because of the slime. I think that Juan is also like God in some ways in that he made a little world for the fish, just like how God made the earth for us. Juan wanted the fish to play in the trees and swim on the road; God want us to use the earth to our advantage, that is why he created it for us.

Monday, January 05, 2004

Journal 5: In Paragraph form:
Evaluate your performance in this course thus far. Set three goals for the rest of theis trimester taking into consideration your progress report. What support do you need from eithere your peers/parents/teachers to be successful with these goals?

I think my performance for the first part of the trimester has been good. I do all my work and came to most of my classes except when I need to go out of school or when I'm absent. I need to work on a few things like developing my ideas for these journals but I feel that can be improved. I need to improve with participating in class disscussions.
Three goals that I am setting for the rest of this trimester is to do better journals, learn and remember everything I learn in class, and do my best in all my class work. I feel if I do better journals, remember everything that is taught to me, and do my best in class I can get my grade up to an A and it will help me with my future religion classes.
I thinkk the support I need from my peers is for them to not talk to me when I'm doing something important for school, and if I'm doing a group project with them to share an equal amount of responsibility. From my parents I them to support me by not pressuring me because I get enough pressure from school and kids my age. I also want them to be able to be there if I need help. I want the teachers to b e able to answer questions I don't fully understand something. The support from teachers is important I want them to be able to help me.

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