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"It is not possible to be a disciple of Jesus in the modern world." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have thought about more than one point of view.

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"It is not possible to be a disciple of Jesus in the modern world." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have thought about more than one point of view. I disagree with this statement, as I believe that it is certainly possible to be a disciple of Jesus in the modern world. In my opinion the overall ideals of discipleship remain relevant in the modern world. The nature of discipleship is such that it should be unaffected by the pressures of the outside world. This is shown by Jesus' willingness to preach the Good News even though the teachings threatened the power of rabbis, teachers and other people of high power in the society. These teachings eventually lead to his persecution, even in this he remained dedicated to his cause, and to his disciples for it was for them and everyone that he was crucified. I believe that in modern society the main obstacle in which a disciple must overcome is to not put materialism as first priority. However this is easier said than done, as we live in a society which judges people on how wealthy they are. Disciples are able to overcome all obstacles through both faith and trust in God. The story of the Rich Young Man (Mk 10:17-31) ...read more.

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In increasing our knowledge of Jesus and his teachings we improve our relationship with him. I believe that a relationship with Jesus (and God) is an essential aspect of being discipleship. Prayer is an extremely important part in improving our relationship with Jesus and God as it provides disciples with an opportunity to communicate on both a personal and spiritual level with Jesus and God. The Eucharist and Mass also provides disciples with an opportunity in which to improve our relationship as it is a method of communication to God and Jesus. The Eucharist itself reminds us of the sacrifice in which Jesus made for us on the cross; this alone increases a disciples love for him. As God and Jesus love everyone, as disciple must thus follow the greatest commandment of love of God and love of neighbour. This love is existent in the modern world through many charities such as St. Vincent de Paul and De La Salle Brothers etc... These charities alone show that it is possible to be a disciple of Jesus in the modern world. Charity (love) is one of the three theological virtues alongside hope and faith. Through these theological virtues, as well as the four cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance), a disciple will know what actions to take in order to remain true to God and Jesus. ...read more.

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This is due to the changing emphasis placed on different sections of society, such as money. Due to this some feel that to be a disciple is irrelevant and as such do not become disciples. In conclusion it is of my opinion that it is possible to become a disciple in the modern world. In the words of Jesus to the father of the epileptic boy, "Everything is possible for him who believes." (Mk 9:23). The main problem faced in the modern society is temptation to prioritise money over Jesus. In the days of the first Christians this temptation was not as great, however they had to be willing to face persecution for their beliefs. In modern society it is uncommon to have to face persecution for one's religion so as such faith is not needed in the same extent in this society as the early Christians. People do not feel that faith is required; as they do not believe that they are going to die any time soon so as such they do not feel any great need to go to mass every week. Overall I believe that it is possible to be a disciple in the modern world and as long as any individual possesses the gift of faith, he will be able to find the strength to overcome any obstacles preventing him from becoming a true disciple of Jesus. ...read more.

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