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“It is not possible to be a true disciple of Jesus in the modern world.” Do you agree or disagree?

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Discipleship Question 2 "It is not possible to be a true disciple of Jesus in the modern world." Do you agree or disagree? I disagree with the statement, to an extent. If people try hard enough and possess the necessary qualities in order to become a disciple, such as faith, commitment, loyalty, courage and strength, then I believe it is possible. Some people feel that only those who devote their lives to God through a vocation, such as a priest, can be true disciples of God. However, I believe it isn't just those people who have a vocation who are disciples of Jesus. People who work with charities such as Concern or St. Vincent de Paul are, in my opinion disciples and at the same time, they haven't devoted their entire lives to God. ...read more.


By receiving sacraments we are strengthening our ability to become disciples of God, for example, at Confirmation we receive the gifts of courage and strength to be true disciple. There are many factors in today's society that I believe prevent a lot of people from becoming true disciples. These factors include money, careers, media and our materialistic society. Christianity encourages us to be unselfish in a selfish world. Money and career can now be seen as an alternative to God, even though God should be the most important aspect in our lives. Money is seen as a sign of success and importance and it also becomes an idol, breaking the first commandment. We have become like the Rich Young Man mentioned in Mark's Gospel, we want to follow God but we aren't prepared to give up our possessions and at the end of the day we are only interested in rewards such as money. ...read more.


I do not believe that in today's materialistic society discipleship is the same thing as it was in the time of Jesus. It meant so much more then, perhaps this is due to the fact that the first disciples had living evidence of God, through Jesus. In conclusion, I would like to say that although I have said it is possible to be a disciple in the modern world, I also believe it is easier said than done. There is so much opposition and distraction. But, there are people among us that will be able to tackle these barriers and become true disciples of Jesus. If discipleship was impossible, then we wouldn't be here today as Christians. Disciples keep our faith alive and keep the rest of us a part of the Christian community and although it may be a struggle, it is a struggle well worth pursuing. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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