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When we pray for something, does that define God somewhat and diminish him?

The Rev. Holly McKissick, Peace Christian Church: He was sitting on the playground, cross-legged and bent over, his 5-year-old body perfectly still. From the back he looked like a Tibetan monk guarding a treasure on his lap, cradling something precious.

How does one choose the best faith to follow?

Arvind Khetia, engineer and Hindu: Hinduism recognizes that the finite human mind cannot fully comprehend the infinite, therefore, the various religions are seen as so many interpretations of one ultimate reality.

Is there a day of judgment for every careless word spoken?

Elder Donald D. Deshler, of the Seventy, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: To understand the Day of Judgment referred to throughout Holy Scripture, it is important to consider a question that all people ask: “What is the purpose of our life on Earth?”

What place does personal identity have in faith?

Rabbi Mark H. Levin, Congregation Beth-Torah, Kansas City, Mo.: Identity influences faith. Formative childhood experiences often determine adult religion. Other factors exist, however.

Why were Paul’s letters around before most of the Gospels?

The Rev. Paul Rock, pastor of Second Presbyterian Church:

Are there ‘end times’ prophecies in your faith?

A.M. Bhattacharyya, Hindu adviser of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council:

Voices of Faith: Why build a temple or a charity?

Rabbi Avi Weinstein, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, Overland Park, Kan.:

Free choice doesn’t seem so free when the wrong choice is everlasting hell

Duke Tufty, Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.: Since the beginning of organized religion, there has been some conception of hell.

What did Muhammad mean when he wrote of the evil eye?

Mohamed Kohia, Rockhurst University professor: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The evil eye is real, and if anything were to overtake the divine decree (al-Qadar) it would be the evil eye.”

What do you say to those who say they pray and pray but never get an answer?

The Rev. Penny Ellwood, Blue Springs, Mo., United Methodist Church of the Resurrection: My short answer is, “keep praying.” Unfortunately, the short answer isn’t particularly motivating or helpful without a longer conversation.

‘The Devil can cite Scripture for his purpose,’ Shakespeare wrote. What think ye?

Pastor Betty Hanna-Witherspoon, Ebenezer Church, Kansas City, Mo.: This quotation may be built on Jesus’ encounter with Satan as found in Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-12. In these passages, Satan uses Scripture to lure Jesus into exercising pride and pursuing fame and power. Jesus turns aside Satan’s use of Scripture to tempt him into demonstrations of his greatness with quotes from other passages. These passages counter Satan’s arguments that would lure him away from his ministry/calling.

How can Pope Francis fill those empty European cathedrals?

The Rev. Justin Hoye, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Kansas City, Mo.: “Keep doing what you’re doing.”

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