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'Christians should lead active rather than contemplative lives. 'Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion showing that you have considered another point of view. Your answer should refer to Christian teaching.

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Part B 'Christians should lead active rather than contemplative lives.' Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion showing that you have considered another point of view. Your answer should refer to Christian teaching. An active Christian life is where somebody spreads the word of God by helping others. Their life is not completely devoted to God but they always make time for God, through prayer. Christians who lead an active life may argue that it is better than a contemplative lifestyle because it is the most effective way of spreading the word of God. They believe actions speak louder than words, so physically helping the community is better than just praying. ...read more.

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This parable on the other hand can apply to Christians who lead contemplative lives. They may believe by giving up their possessions and by living a humble lifestyle they are acting as the 'sheep' also and they will receive eternal life in heaven for their actions. Active Christians might argue that an active lifestyle is better than a contemplative lifestyle because if Jesus had lead a contemplative life we would never have heard of him or of the things that he did today. Jesus helped many people during his life, and active Christians try to follow in Jesus footsteps by helping others in their community, Christians who lead contemplative lives would disagree with the statement 'Christians should lead active rather than contemplative lives' for several reasons. ...read more.

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The monks live a humble life with minimal food and possessions. They believe devoting their life to God as they do, is the best way to show your love for Him. In my opinion an active Christian lifestyle is better than a contemplative lifestyle, because in an active lifestyle, you are helping others and teaching others about God much like Jesus did. They believe they should help other people because in the bible God said 'love thy neighbour.' God also said, 'whatever you do unto my brothers you do to me' which means that by helping others they are helping God. Leading a contemplative life such as the monks at St Bernard's Abbey do is commendable, but I think to be a better Christian you should help others. Therefore Christians should lead active rather than contemplative lives. ...read more.

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