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"For a Christian to die for his/her beliefs does not make sense. It is better to live for them. "Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing you have thought of more than one point of view.

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Suffering, Death and Resurrection Coursework "For a Christian to die for his/her beliefs does not make sense. It is better to live for them." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing you have thought of more than one point of view. Christians can die or live for their beliefs. Many different Christians have made a big impact on peoples' lives, both living and dying for their beliefs. Often, Christians becoming martyrs have brought recognition to the cause they died for and many Christians that lived for their faith have brought benefits to the lives of many. Oscar Romero is an example of a Christian who died for his faith, just as Jesus died for us. ...read more.

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Often someone's death can bring more recognition to what they fought and believed for than their actual life and it is their death that reminds us of how they lived their life. Mother Teresa is an example of someone who lived for her faith. She devoted her life to helping and comforting the poor in Calcutta as she was shocked by the poverty there when she arrived in Calcutta as a young nun. She was often described as a "living saint" because of her commitment and love to the dying in Calcutta. Mother Teresa's life echoed Jesus' as Jesus always had time for the poor, the sick and the outsiders in society, for example, when he healed a Syro-Phoenician woman's daughter. ...read more.

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Although Romero died for his faith, his death would have had little importance if he had not lived out a good life. Jesus' death would have had little significance if he had not devoted three years to teaching and preaching and healing the sick. If Romero's life had been prolonged he would have had more chances to comfort more people. It would not make sense for everyone to die for their faith. Jesus did not ask us all to die for our faith, only when it was necessary, "Whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it." (Mk 8:35) As Christians we would be better to live out our beliefs and try to improve the world around us by being like salt and light for the world, we should preserve the good qualities in ourselves and let them shine to the world. Bronagh Kealey ...read more.

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