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Explain why some Christians join communities and take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

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Explain why some Christians join communities and take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Most Christians live ordinary live pursuing a career, bringing up a family, etc... Some leave this state of living and choose to live in a religious community; many feel they have had a calling from god, obliging them to live in this specific way of life. A calling from god is a vocation to a certain type of lifestyle. Some Christians believe that they have been called by god, to follow Jesus, his teachings and to make their pilgrimage here on earth. There are different ways in which god communicates: directly to them telling them (the Virgin Mary), some say god communicates indirectly to them through situations, visions, natural disasters or historical events. ...read more.

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traditionally people view this aspect in following a 'Religious order', being called to a specific way of life. Many of which join monasteries on nunneries to become Monks or Nuns. Before an individual enters a religious order they take three vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. When the individual takes the vow of poverty. All possessions have to either be sold and that money to charity or directly to charity. They enter in a state of purification where no personal belongings are brought into the monastery. This shows their devotion and commitment to god where no physical items can compare to god. It also shows that money has no power over faith, as Jesus told the rich young man to 'Sell your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. ...read more.

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They do this to show they have surrendered themselves to god by obeying the commandments and the teachings of Jesus (he obeyed everything his father [god] had told him to do, in his journey on earth. They may feel by doing this they get closer to god). The three vows a person takes before entering a religious community are there to show the individuals devotion and commitment to god and for their beliefs. By surrendering themselves to god when taking these vows they also choose to live isolated, obeying rules and regulations set down by the superiors, living in chastity and poverty. These all show that there is no need for luxuries, but to live worshipping god and to get closer to god by doing this. ...read more.

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