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Modern Christianity
Now a day too many people are loosing their focus in life. We have heard that people are committing suicide everyday around in our community. In many of these occasions, religion has played a big role in saving many of these victims from the overwhelming pressures of our society. Religion has acted as a shelter that provides a peaceful environment and hope for guidance for these lost victims. Among that, becoming a Christian is what many have sought for. Two years ago, an eighteen years old high school friend of mine who is a typical American teenager lived in a perfect family of four had tried to commit suicide. It was astonishing when I found that he almost killed himself after he broke up with his girlfriend of six years. He simply thought that it was the end of the world when this had happened to him. He thought that his life would be no longer important and meaningful to this world. Luckily, at the very last moment of killing himself, his friend saved him. It happens that his friend knocked on the door of the bathroom at the right moment while he was trying to cut through his own wrist. After talking with this friend, who happened to be a Christian, he told him that there was a lot more in life that he should hold on to. He was then convinced that he could find what he had lost and would be able to realize how valuable a life is by becoming part of the big family, Christian, that is. He then became a born-again Christian ! in the following weekend. My friend although knew absolutely nothing about Christianity and he had never even read Bible, finally joined the big family. Another friend of mine who happened to be a really mature guy, living in his early 30^s had realized that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was being told that he would not live longer than 2 years. Before he got this disease, he used to be really energetic and hopeful for everything that he did. After realizing how much time he could have left in life, his personality made a huge swift to the opposite. He began to have no hopes in his life because he thought that he could die in any seconds. At that point of his life, he had totally lost his focus of himself and what is about to happen later on in his life. One day at the hospital, during a schedule psychological therapy those cancer patients were urged to take. He was convinced to become a born again Christian. Many other cancer patients at the therapy session suggested that he could have more security and confidence in his life if he believes in God and let God to cure him. A year after of what had happened to these two friends of mine who became born-again Christians, I noticed something funny. These two friends of mine went to church every single weekend when they first became Christian. Later on they seldom went to church. I talked to them recently, I have found out that both of them neither go to church at all nor know anything about Christianity. It is completely true that becoming a born-again Christian at the beginning really helps people to find themselves back and to get a focus in life once again. The problem is, instead of treating Christianity as a religion or faith; many people in these days are just using it as a handy medicine to cure life and reality problems. Christianity has become a really widely used antidote to stimulate and balance the society pressures and problems. The traditional type of being a true and genuine Christian does not exist or being practice anymore. Becoming a Christian is like a fashion or a hip-hop thing to do in today^s life. The Ten Amendments, the Bible beliefs and the original concept of becoming a Christian are vanishing. My impression is Christianity now a day is like ^You take this antidote when you need it, and you simply put it back into the medicine cabinet when you don^t need it anymore^

 



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