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GCSE Religion Coursework- Christian Vocations

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GCSE Religion Coursework- Christian Vocations Vocation comes from a Latin word-meaning calling. Christians believe that they have a calling. God has called them to be followers of Jesus, to be members of the church to help others in God's name. This can be carried out in a variety of ways. In this piece of coursework I will: - Describe how a Christian may follow the call to discipleship through daily life and worship. - Explain why some Christians join communities and the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. - Explain the purpose and practise of a religious community - Answer the question ' Christians should lead active rather than contemplative lives' and I will show more than one point of view. - In all parts, I will include bible and church teaching The term 'disciple', although it means one who learns, also applies to anyone who calls them self a Christian. Christians are modern day disciples and we should try to learn from the example, which has been put down for us. One of the most important teachings of Christ is the passage of the Cost of Discipleship (Mark 8:34-35). This means that anyone who wants to be a disciple must be prepared to put God and his commandments first, and as a result be prepared to suffer for their beliefs. ...read more.

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Mother Theresa is an example of the level of dedication possible to a person who is celibate. Vows of Obedience- This are the third of the three evangelical counsels. Once again it follows the example of Jesus. The New Testament portrays Jesus as being in perfect obedience to God. Christians believe that he died not because he wanted to, but in accordance with God's will. His death is the source of salvation. It would not have necessary but for human disobedience of God which is a sin. Obedience to God includes obedience to human authority because all authority comes from God. Human beings find it difficult to submit to authority because of their pride, but dedicated Christians want to be obedient like Jesus. Christians who live in a community choose a leader. Just as the original disciples accepted Jesus as their leader so monks choose a person to abbot or by nuns to be mother superior. The vow of obedience enables a religious community to be united in the service of God and other people. The Life of the Missionaries of Charity There is a purpose of religious life and to follow a religious community these people must: follow Jesus in all aspects of his life, be a sign that the kingdom of God transcends the world and be a sign that this world is transient. ...read more.

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However, this statement could be said as false, also for many different reasons: - If a person believes strongly in the power of prayer, it is plain that places of contemplative prayer channel blessings to a spiritual wilderness. - Those in contemplative orders pray for all the people in the world who don't have time to pray themselves. In Mark 14: 32-36, Jesus emphasises the importance of prayer and contemplation. - Those in contemplative orders give a lot to their different communities and they help many people who are in need. - Those in contemplative orders do not marry or have a family so they are able to dedicate a lot of their time to care for those people who feel neglected. - In the time of Jesus, his followers demonstrated the importance of contemplation and because we are followers of Jesus, we should do the same. My personal opinion is that it shouldn't matter how someone worships God, as long as they worship him. The Benedictine monks are followers of the contemplative orders and use all of their time, day and night, to worshiping God. So I think that if those with as strict religious lives as the Benedictines live this enclosed life it is perfectly okay for other Christians to do so. However I do feel that if Christians live this life only to avoid responsibility, it is wrong and should be dismissed. Liam Simpson 11 More 4 ...read more.

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