Got an A for my Christianity in Africa Class.

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When I was told to answer the question, "What is the notion of Christianity," I immediately asked myself, "What is Christianity?" By its very definition, Christianity is "the ethical, historical, universal, monotheistic, redemptive religion, in which the relation of God and man is mediated by the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ." Although this is true and cannot be disputed, I have never viewed Christianity in these terms. For me Christianity has been a way of life.

As a baby, I was baptized into the Roman Catholic religion, which is a denomination of Christianity. From this moment, I have been taught and come to believe that Christianity, or religion of any kind, is a way in which people can understand and communicate with God in an enhanced fashion. Religion is a way for human beings to give thanks to God for the wondrous deeds he has bestowed upon us, and a place to look for guidance and help when we feel alone.

Last fall, I was sitting in a large auditorium at Fordham University listening to the dean of the business school tell me and many other students the benefits of studying accounting. I did not know anyone in the room, and to make matters worse I had just begun attending Alcoholic Anonymous meetings seventeen days prior to this experience. To be perfectly honest, I cannot recall the exact thoughts that were racing through my mind, but I remember feeling far worse than I ever had felt before. I felt alone and was asking myself, "Why did this have to happen to me?" I was supposed to be in Massachusetts attending freshman orientation at Boston College; instead I was forced to live at home, attend A.A. meetings, and take classes in the South Bronx. At that...