Critical Essay – “Salvation” by Langston Hughes
Salvation is defined as the deliverance from sin and its consequences. In a Christianity sense, salvation is when a person accepts the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior, and they believe the fact that he died for the sins of Christians. The term of salvation is often referred to as being “saved”. Salvation is when one delivers not only their body in a physical to the church and God, but it is also a committee to Jesus mentally and spiritually. Getting saved can be a very pressuring and life changing decision. That is sometimes forced upon young adolescents. Ultimately it can cause one to question their spiritually sometimes even damaging their belief in Jesus. In Langston Hughes’ Salvation, he illustrates his first experience on being saved at the ripe age of just thirteen. Hughes’ pressuring experience ultimately caused him to scrutinize his belief in Jesus.
In Salvation the initial tone he used let the reader know the author has a cynical standpoint toward salvation. Hughes starts out by saying “I was saved from sin when I was going on thirteen. But not really saved.” This lets the reader know off the bat, that his feelings were dubious. The pressure he felt on having to be saved could have provoked these feelings. Doubt should be the last thing in ones mind when it comes to salvation, it should be a firm decision. If someone is going to make a lifetime commitment to someone or something, it better be a confident one. According to the Bible ones relationship to God should be one of which that is equivalent or exceeds marriage. The tone Langston Hughes set initially was timid. Hughes’ still had questions about salvation.
Langston believed his Aunt Reeds promise that when were saved Jesus himself came down in the flesh and welcomed one into salvation. Hughes’ Aunt Reed tells him “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...
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