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Disciples today can put into practise the

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Disciples today can put into practise the "Greatest Commandment". This is that of "Love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength", and the second part being "Love your neighbour as you love yourself". Of course modern day disciples like monks and nuns can do this. They spend their entire lives loving God, worshipping God with all their strength. They don't have jobs to go to, families to look after, houses to run. It is much harder for Christians to put into practise this commandment, though loving the Lord, yourself and your neighbour is obviously a good aim and something everybody should try to do. Although loving God with all your mind, soul and strength isn't possible for Christians all of the time, taking a certain amount of time a day or a week to dedicate to God would be making great use of such a commandment. To "take up and carry the cross" you need to live your life according to God and treat him as another human being, as a companion. To be a modern day disciple, you need to, as the first disciples did, suffer. ...read more.

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Another example of a true disciple is a friend of my family, John Kirkby. He left his highly paid financial advisor job to start a charity, 'Christians against Poverty'. He 'saw the light' and since then he has given EVERYTHING possible to those in need, and he has such a strong belief that the Lord will provide that last Christmas, without a home and with a pregnant wife and children, he still genuinely believed that everything would be alright because God would ensure no harm would come to them. That is true discipleship, to have a faith like this is truly admirable. I think a true Christian disciple would take the form of regularly attending church, participating in the sacraments, reconciliation for example, and caring for others at all times. Helping others, charity, standing up for what is right, forgiving, seeking good in all, and happiness are all factors for being a Christian disciple. I think that perfection isn't necessary, nobody should try and live a "perfect" life. Everybody makes mistakes, it is part of life, but nothing in particular "qualifies" anybody to be a Christian disciple. Being a genuinely good person, and a believer would class you as a Christian disciple in my opinion. ...read more.

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Clearly this is a setback for those wanting to spend their lives on more traditional matters, but again, to be a true disciple is to rise above this, and make the effort to overcome the problems and setbacks to achieve goals. Others would say that fitting such a lifestyle into this secular world would be the answer, and perhaps it has to be in a way, but having all this modern technology shouldn't prevent, or even reduce the chances and time for prayer, communication, etc. Unfortunately however, because of all the way in which our world now runs, there are fewer genuine Christians, but the positive outlook we can make about this is that these Christians are strong, in their beliefs and in their morals. To conclude, I would say that yes, it is possible to be a true disciple in the modern day. It is nowhere near the same to what the first disciples were like, but the same principles are involved, love, faith, care, willingness, commitment. Understanding is vital too, and even though the disciples of Jesus didn't quite master this area, we today can, we can understand the bible, and what Jesus told us, we can go to church and communicate with both God, priests, monks and nuns. To be a true disciple is to be true. ...read more.

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