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Give your response to the view that: "Christians should live active rather than contemplative lives." Give reasons for your answer, showing you have considered different point of view.

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Give your response to the view that: "Christians should live active rather than contemplative lives." Give reasons for your answer, showing you have considered different point of view. When Jesus came down he set examples for society world wide to follow and to put into practice. Jesus lived a life, which consisted of both active and contemplative acts. He didn't live in the extremes in any of the two states. These extremes have been quarrelled over by many different people and these people live the way they want and situate themselves in the middle of both states of life. I will look at many different views and conclude by expressing my personal views. Many people join religious communities to show their devotion to god e.g. Monk, Nun etc... A monk may feel that god had called him through events that have happened to him in his life, and therefore choosing to live in a monastery where prayer and meditation is the primary and central activity. ...read more.

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They set time put to pray, read the bible and help others in need without sacrificing too much. They believe people from 'non active communities' do help but not enough to make a substantial difference. The morality and perspective in which the members portray their beliefs and principles are very similar to my own. I would have to agree with the members; the things that they involve themselves in (helping, preaching etc...) the prophets did in a very similar way. I strongly feel that a person has to do these things to get closer to god, because they set examples for society to follow. Many people cant live in the extremes of both types of lives so they try and incorporate religion with their work, An example of someone trying to live in this lifestyle would be a teacher. Teachers of mine feels that people that join religious communities cut them from life. ...read more.

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Although they have their own points of views and perspectives on life they are very similar to those of a person who follows a religion. I can't say I'd agree with this point of view due to my religious push to life. One has to read holy texts and practice religion to get closer to god also by preaching. Although to some extent people may say that every one has their own points of views and morals, I feel that every ones moral are based around a religious foundation. I believe that in life one must have a wide range of experiences, and therefore I feel that mixing both contemplative and active religious lifestyles, and by incorporating them in your current lifestyle, I feel is the most effective way to practice religion. My morals and perspectives are based on a religious foundation, but are also very similar to members of an active community (Iona), emphasising you cant shut yourself from life and also at the same time not indulge yourself in a certain lifestyle. ...read more.

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