Salvation Can Not Be Forced

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Salvation Cannot Be Forced
“Salvation” is a short story found in the Norton Reader, and was written by Langston Hughes. It is a story about a twelve year old boy who is being pressured to receive Jesus, and salvation, by his aunt and the pastor of the church. In the beginning of the story his aunt describes salvation to him as being able to see and feel Jesus with you. Unfortunately Langston takes this description literally and has trouble with being saved. I think that this essay shows a good example of humans trying to save people instead of letting God be the one to work in their hearts. This is because of the figurative and somewhat confusing description of salvation given to Langston by his aunt. Also because of the overbearing pressure put on Langston, and all the other children by the church. In the beginning of the story Langston says,“I was saved from sin when I was going on thirteen. But not really saved” (1). This quote from Langston shows how confused he was by what he had been told about salvation. His aunt had told him that,“when you were saved you saw a light, and something happened to you inside! And Jesus came into your life! And God was with you from then on” (1). Langston took his aunt’s description literally and assumed that to be save he had to see Jesus. This is the first reason why Langston did not receive salvation in his church’s revival. His aunt did not do a good job of explaining to him what salvation was. What she said about salvation is true…
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