Langston Hughes in his short work, Salvation, talks about the salvation experience of a 13-year-old boy, who is brought to the mourner’s bench in order to experience salvation and mourn over his sins. The boy describes his internal feelings about how he and his friend were left behind in the church, and then he goes to the front of the church on convincing of Aunt Reed, but when he goes there, he is disappointed that Jesus does come to meet him in person. The reader sees an irony here when he comes to know that the boy actually deceived everyone, and was not actually mournful over his sins. Another irony is that when the boy was thinking that when he was going to meet Jesus in person, Jesus did not come to save him, making him lose what faith he already had in Jesus (Bloom 64), as Hughes writes at the very start of the story in the boy’s narration, “I was saved from sin when I was going on thirteen. But not really saved” (Hughes, para.1). This is the irony that lies with the atheists, and this is the irony that lies with those who want to see the Savior with their eyes to believe. They are unable to feel the existence of the Lord, or of Jesus for Christians, and thus, they are all the time looking for the material existence. When they cannot see Him, they start denying and lose every bit of faith that they have in Him.
Bloom, Harold. Langston Hughes: Comprehensive Research and Study Guide. USA: Infobase Publishing, 1998
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