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'Living as a Christian disciple in today's world is nowhere near as challenging as when Jesus recruited his first followers.' Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show you have thought about different points of view.

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Neha Jain Part 3 'Living as a Christian disciple in today's world is nowhere near as challenging as when Jesus recruited his first followers.' Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show you have thought about different points of view. At the time when Jesus was around there were many Christian disciples. They could be split up into two groups. One group would be the specific twelve and the second group would be everyone else who chose to be a follower. At present day there are many groups of Christian disciples not just two. These disciples can be grouped by how dedicated they want to be towards God. The word 'challenging' in the statement can have two meanings. A positive meaning, the challenge to be a disciple, fulfilling the obligations of discipleship, and a negative meaning, facing difficulties, opposition and hardship. It could also mean a challenge to grow in spirituality and a relationship with God. Some would argue that it was easier at Jesus' time to live as a Christian disciple as you were with Jesus the person who started the whole faith off. You were living amongst the founder of the religion. You were able to witness the miracles he performed. ...read more.

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Judas betrayed Jesus, which showed his lack of commitment. Also when Jesus was taken to the house of the high priest, Luke 22 vs.54, many people asked Peter another disciple, whether he knew Jesus but Peter simply disowned Jesus and denied the fact that he knew him. If Peter had said he knew Jesus then he would also have been punished. He would have been risking his life. Overall it was hard then, as the faith was not yet established. Some would agree with the statement, saying that it is less challenging now compared to back then at Jesus' time. Today there is a bible, which has the faith, documented in it, so people will have something to guide them throughout life. Now it is an established religion. It is one of the biggest religions in the world. As there are a big number of people in it, more and more people follow Christianity. People have a reason to believe in Christianity from the examples of suffering portrayed by Jesus in the bible. If you are a Christian today then you are not looked down on or punished. You don't have to suffer for what you believe in, as it is more civilized now. People can still be Christians and lead a normal life, with a family and a career of their choice, free of suffering. ...read more.

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1. There are people who are trying to spread the word of God. They are usually in town and the public sees them as crazy because they are shouting teachings from the Bible. Then people get put off by seeing this and prefer not to be part of the faith. Also Priests are quite unhappy with the attendance that is present at church every Sunday. Today in general religion takes a backseat in life. People today will never have a relationship as close with God as the people back then did because he was with hem then and now people can only rely on the New Testament. In my opinion, I agree with the statement that living as Christian disciple at Jesus' time was more challenging compared to today because Jesus was trying to introduce a brand new faith where as now it is already well known. Jesus was a very brave man because for his actions he faced harsh consequences, e.g. death. It is impossible to measure how challenging it was back then compared to now. Today less effort is required to be a Christian. People are not looked down on if they are not Jewish as now we live in a more civilized society today, where there are people of many different faiths living together. No one takes notice of how much dedication you give towards God. So you have more freedom now in comparison to back at that time. ...read more.

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