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Salvation Essay

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For as long as people have been living, parents have always taughttheir children the ways of religion and life. One problem with this is gettingthe important points across to a child without causing any confusion. A childis very likely to take literally a warning or story an adult tells them. This wasthe case for 13 year old Langston Hughes as described in his essay"Salvation". Hughes was practically forced to do something that wouldplease everyone around and the experience dissatisfied and harmed him.It all started when on one night when Langston went to his AuntieReed's church revival to get "saved" by Jesus. Langston was told by hisAuntie Reed and other old people that "when you were saved you saw alight, and something happened to you inside! And Jesus came into your life!And God was with you from then on!" (Hughes 10). She also went on to tellLangston that he would be able to hear and feel Jesus in his soul. Hebelieved her. Langston saw the other kids around him at the church doingthe same thing as him, waiting to be saved by Jesus. The preacherspreached rhythmical sermons and songs as he sat there (Hughes 10).Some girls jumped up and were saved by Jesus but most of the otherchildren just sat there. Finally all of the other kids got up one by one andLangston ended up being the last one there. He writes: "Still I kept waitingto see Jesus" (Hughes, 11). As time went on Langston became ashamed atthe fact that he had not seen Jesus yet. Langston decided to just get up andact as if he were saved because of the pressure he was feeling witheveryone around him waiting for him to be saved. When he got up, the roombroke out in to shouts of happiness and celebration (Hughes 10). Later thatnight he cried in his bed because he was living a lie: "I was really cryingbecause I couldn't bear to tell my Auntie that I had lied, that I had deceivedeverybody in the church, that I hadn't seen Jesus, and that now I didn'tbelieve there was a Jesus anymore, since He didn't come to help me"(Hughes 11).I can relate my early Christmas experiences to Langston's earlyreligious experience. What helped me make that connection was...

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