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"Children cannot be disciples, so they cannot be Christians either."

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Michele Dominique- 11A1 9/10/03 RS Coursework Discipleship AO3 "Children cannot be disciples, so they cannot be Christians either." All Christians, this means the young as well as the elderly, began their faith through baptism. This is the first stage of becoming a true Christian disciple. The next two are taking the Eucharist and finally the Confirmation of being entered into the Kingdom of God. As soon as a Child is baptised by the Priest, I believe s/he has become a disciple, not fully obviously but definitely on the way of completing the three stages of becoming one. Therefore I disagree with the original statement. When it is said that children cannot be disciples, they can however, be Christians. The statement is both false and confusing. Like I mentioned above, when a child has been baptised, the moment the Priest has anointed it, s/he has automatically started being a Christian. ...read more.

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They , unlike adults, have more potential of becoming a good disciple rather than the rest of us. Jesus said in (Mark 10: 13-16)- " Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." Here, he means that children are more likely to enter the Kingdom rather than adults. This is because a child would welcome it care-freely whereas an adult has too many worries, temptations, and commitments to even look twice at a Bible. A child is more inviting and welcoming like a true disciple. They are full of love and trust and are very caring. They're also very dependant, so instead of saying that they can't be disciples nor Christians, we should encourage them towards the true path instead of putting them down and leaving them apart. ...read more.

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They, in my opinion, don't have many life experiences to learn from, the sins and mistakes they've made in the past, wouldn't help them to become better people; not at their age. They would be too care-free to give a second thought about what they did wrong. Another thing, is the effort, children don't seem to know how much faith, obedience and humility to put in when you deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus to become a true Christian disciple. So therefore, in conclusion, I both agree and disagree at the same time, with the statement because I believe the first part is true, "Children cannot be disciples", but the second part- " so they cannot be Christians either." This part I think, is simply unjust. Children can be disciples if they wish to, but it depends on their type of morality; however this doesn't mean that they cant be Christians. Everyone, no matter what age, race, or gender, can be a Christian in the eyes of God. ...read more.

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