Greetings. I had a discussion sometime back with a friend who has gotten extremely religious in the last year or so. We used to attend the same church, and I have not talked to her at length for quite a while. The first thing I noticed right off the bat, was that she seemed intense, uptight and really judgemental. She used to be laid back, and like to have her share of fun. In the course of the conversation, she told me how she was "convinced to change her life." She has stopped going out with friends, smoking, does not touch alcohol or step foot into the bar. She never was wild, just liked to have a good time now and then. She told me she stopped all of it and dedicated herself to religion. She said she was afraid of eternal damnation, and wanted to be sure of her future.
She asked me why I quit the church, and I just told her the truth. She told me that if I didn't seek the lord, I would have a bad future or something to that effect. I told her that in my viewpoint, the future does not have to be a bad thing. I am just living my life on my terms and the unknown could very well bring good things, not just bad.
Now I am not sure who "convinced" her, but they did a hell of a job. She has just totally changed. Several times she brought up the point about damnation and dying. Sounds to me like she is not really afraid of dying, she is more afraid of living.