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Consider the Statement; "Children can't be Disciples, so they can't be Christians either."

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AO3: Consider the Statement; "Children can't be Disciples, so they can't be Christians either." This statement is controversial in the extreme. The difference between Christian & Disciple in this modern time is non-existent; they are one and the same (a Christian follows the teachings of Jesus, and a Disciple is a follower of a teacher.) The Catechism itself presents the argument for this mind-set: 1319. "A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in the state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament, and be prepared to assume the role of DISCIPLE and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in temporal affairs. ...read more.

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A child can not truly be called upon to accept the responsibility to die for their faith: (as Jesus calls them to: "If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself, take up his cross and follow me. Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it." Mark 8v35-36) Children are also fickle and easily tire of the latest "fad". If children were left to their own choices over their discipleship they would enjoy Christianity for a while, and then move on. ...read more.

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Mark 9v36-37. The essence of the child, its very nature is what is called upon. And if children cannot become disciples then who can? My conclusion is that truly, discipleship is based on a mental age and an understanding of the act being undertaken by the individual; a person of 50 with the mental age of a three year old would be classed as a Christian by this statement. Only with understanding and responsibility comes discipleship, and ultimately Christianity. Therefore, if a child has full understanding and control of their actions with a definite self-awareness; then they can become disciples. ...read more.

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