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Christian Beliefs

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RE Coursework Part A2 Some Christians feel that they have been called to dedicate their entire lives to God and that they should follow the Gospel by adapting to a religious life by becoming a member of a religious community. The two types of orders are contemplative and apostolic and they both involve prayer and work, but are done in different ways. Members of a contemplative order are enclosed and stay within their community they have joined. Members of an apostolic order work closely with the public through care, education and advice. Members of both religious orders are consecrated by God by three vows, known as the evangelical counsels. They are vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. People first began to join religious communities during the first three centuries, when Christians were being persecuted by the Romans. ...read more.

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In Mark 10: 17-22, a rich man comes up and kneels in front of Jesus and asks him what he must do to achieve eternal life. He claims he has kept the 10 commandments since he was born but wonders what else he must do. Jesus tells him to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor, as he will have treasures in heaven. His face falls at these words and he goes away looking rather sad. From this story we see that, 'Poverty isn't about having no money. It is to increase our faith and therefore dependence of Christ.' Sister Judith. The rich man is clearly not ready to do this and therefore cannot get close to Christ because he has other things, such as his money to worry about. The second evangelical counsel is the vow of chastity. ...read more.

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Only dedicated Christians manage to submit to their pride, while others find this very difficult because of their pride. Within a religious group, the vow of obedience allows the community to be united in service of God and other people. 'Obedience comes from a Latin word meaning to listen. To listen you have to be obedient to circumstances as well as people. And God comes to you in circumstances and people, so in doing that you are listening to God too.' Sister Judith. 'I see obedience as being about listening and being open to God and to your community and being prepared to be responsive to what you hear.' Sister Rachael. When you are being obedient in circumstances as well as people, it helps you to be united as a community and more importantly to God. Each of the three vows transforms us to increase our dependence of Christ. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 2 - ...read more.

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