1. What does your religion mean to you? Socially and Culturally?
I am a Noachide or a "Righteous Gentile". That is basically "Judaism for non-Jews." It is also the world's oldest religion, and that's according to the rabbis, who learned it from Moses, who learned it from God. I have scant little social interaction with other Noachides except on-line.
2. How do you live out in your faith in your everyday life?
I study the Torah and the Laws as they apply to me. I pray if and when I want to. I am also trying to learn how to recite/sing the Sh'ma by heart.
3. If you had to choose just one, what is a meaningful part of your sacred scripture to you? Or how has it influenced you?
Ezekiel 18 explains how we can deal with our failings in keeping God's Laws. The Sh'ma tells us WHY we should keep God's Laws.
4. What aspects of your faith are most challenging to you? or How can it be difficult for you to live out your religion in today's culture?
I think the most challenging aspect of God's Laws for me are the dietary restrictions, because I don't live where appropriately slaughtered meats are readily available.
5. What holy place is most significant to your faith and why?
The home, and after that, God's Home (the Temple Mount being the most famous place where God's Dwelling Place stood).
6.Have you been to this holy place or other holy place yet?
(if yes) What was it like?
It was awesome.
(if no) Do you plan to go in future?
How important is it to your faith?
It's not necessary, but not forbidden, either. I look forward to the day when there is a Temple to God there.
7. What happens when you leave this life? Do you believe in an afterlife?
I wrote out a long piece on that several years ago. In short, there is an afterlife or reward or punishment, if we have earned one or the other [heaven and hell are the same place (that being the Divine Presence of God), the different experiences being determined by who is doing the experiencing; there can be no punishment greater for a sinner than to be in the Divine Presence of God, nor could there be any greater reward for the righteous than to be in the Divine Presence of God], and reincarnation if we merit that, and utter annihilation if we have been so reprehensible that we are not worth salvaging.
8. How do you explain the suffering in the world? (I know this is hard, but attempt to answer please)
Evil and suffering happen to us so that we can pay for our sins here and reap our reward for our good deeds in the hereafter, or to encourage us to improve here-and-now; evil and suffering happen to others so that we can fight to limit the harm done, overcome the harm, eradicate the harm, and so that we may help those others deal with their suffering, overcome it, recover from it.
9. Why are you here on earth? What is your meaning in life?
I am here so that I may merit a reward in the hereafter. I can do that by helping others here-and-now, but not for the reward, but rather because it is the right thing to do.