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I think that it is extremely difficult to be a true disciple in modern times because most people take the modern lifestyle for granted and the mission now has a different meaning to the one in Jesus´ time.

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A03 I think that it is extremely difficult to be a true disciple in modern times because most people take the modern lifestyle for granted and the mission now has a different meaning to the one in Jesus� time. It is difficult to relate to the Cost of Discipleship as there were so many fewer luxuries to indulge in. Religion has become very unfashionable and this is not because it is considered a waste of time. Modern temptations are so easy to to give in to because almost everyone does. Also, things are a lot more open now and religion seems very formal. e.g. sex is a major part of the media but it would not have even been spoken about it Jesus' time. ...read more.

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Saying that, I do think that if someone's faith is strong enough to enable them to be a modern day disciple, even though it is not in such literal terms. There are many people who have made great sacrifices to follow Jesus and do his work in our world today. Mother Theresa of Calcutta was a strong believer in Christ and she is an example of a disciple in the modern world. Society does appear to hinder a person�s path towards discipleship but a true disciple (i.e. like the first disciples) would be able to overcome that difficulty. However, being a disciple of Jesus has many rewards even though it is very tough. You will feel very good about yourself and you will be appropriately awarded in heaven. Personally, I disagree with the classification of a "true" disciple. ...read more.

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We can do this and still live a "normal" life. We can choose to marry and then pass the Good News on to our offspring as our parents did before us and we can still live religious lives and have an active role in the church community. Also, we can take Holy Orders and spread the word that way. Alternatively we could become a missionary (often connected with being a priest or nun) and help the needy. We can be true disciples in each of these scenarios and in other paths which we could take. All disciples will be challenged in what they believe in at some point in their life, all will suffer for their beliefs, and in those instances we will need to be like the first disciples - steadfast in the eyes of persecution. ...read more.

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