Steps in Teenage ChristianityBy America Alitzel Figueroa“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of theOne who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” - Matthew 10:28I have been going to church since I was five years old. I was baptized before I evenknew how to speak. My mom later found Jesus and switched our religion to Christianity. Igrew up knowing that the bible was the only truth. My mother, so young, reserved, and quiettaught me what it would be like to be a follower of Christ.I entered high school, a Christian girl who met an atheist. I didn’t know I could behated for believing in God or judged because I didn’t know being gay was right. The church hassaid that throughout life someone will judge and ignore me, but we must go on and keep talkingabout how great God is.I then asked these questions to myself:What if I began to make my own decisions without God’s approval? Will I be a sinner then? Icame to the realization that I’d have to make decisions on my own at some point.