I want to write an essay about the religious trauma I went through since I grew up in the church and how I escaped the internalized fear modern Christianity planted in me
This would be okay, if it answers the prompt. Colleges would in fact find it interesting to read, and it could add a whole new aspect to the personality you portray in your applications. It's also fine to include some Bible verses.
I think it would be okay to write about that if it has affected you and who you are. I think that you could include Bible verses, but don't overdo it. I wouldn't use too many words on that because those words didn't come from you and don't show who you are as well as your own words.
Hello there. Sure, if you want to write something about Bible - use always scriptures from this Book. Also my website can help you with that. For example, if you need some random Bible verse, use this page - https://mybibleverses.org/random-bible-verse/
Or any theme which you are interesting to write about, you will find here - https://mybibleverses.org/topics/
Good luck with your essay, and God bless you.
I think this is a risky topic simply because you don't know who is reading your essay. I think you should still write it so long as you have specific anecdotes that show how this was a unique experience you had with the religion as it's possible if you write too generally someone could be offended by your essay. Although I think you can write the essay I wouldn't quote bible verses because based on the premise it doesn't seem like it would be constructive to do so.
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