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Relgious Studies : Disciples Coursework

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Relgious Studies : Disciples Coursework A Disciple is a follower, and in a Christian sense, a believer in God and Jesus. The most famous Disciples were the followers of Jesus who heard his full teaching. Jesus told many parables on Discipleship, and other straight instructions on how they should live their lives. There are in Luke's gospel, three parables that are effectively telling the same story with different levels of depth. They are: The Parable of the Lost Sheep [Luke 15: 1-7], The Parable of the Lost Coin [Luke 15: 8-10], and The Parable of the Lost Son [Luke 15: 11-32]. If the Parable of the Lost Son is studied exclusively (as it continues further than the two others), a disciple is not just someone who has followed Christ all his or her lives. The Son from the parable takes his inheritance from his father and squanders it in foreign lands until he is so poor he has to stoop to raising pigs, breaking a Jewish taboo (and symbolising how spiritually dirty he has become). ...read more.

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A second man approached him and asked to join, but added, "First let me bury my father", and Jesus attacked another would-be disciple by calling the dead unimportant while the Word of God remained unpreached. Yet another was asked wether he wanted to join, and agreed, but only if he could say good-bye to his family, and was promptly dismissed by Jesus. These show how a disciple must not look back at his previous life, but concentrate fully on Jesus'. He must 'die' the metaphorical death before he has the right to follow him. In this death he will be reborn, with his sins forgiven and his past, sinful, life set aside and his new one dedicated to Jesus. In Luke 14: 27-35, Jesus speaks to a crowd and elaborates on this theme. A Christian must carry their own cross and follow him, effectively to their death. A condemned man would carry his cross to his place of execution, and then be killed on it. This symbolises how a disciple must take up the heavy weight of the faith for all to see and mock, then follow Jesus' path (his teachings), until they reach salvation (the Kingdom of God) ...read more.

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Levites were public servants, serving in the temple and assisting the priests. They considered themselves very important and superior to ordinary Jews. Thus the outwardly respectable people who would be expected to help their countrymen ignored the stricken man's plight, but the foreigner, looked down upon by everyone around him, stops to help. This man was a follower of God's rules, and could be considered a disciple. The other two knew God's laws off by heart, yet didn't see the practical application of his words. In full, Luke's gospel is mainly for the Gentiles and outcasts from Jewish society, and his ideas on Discipleship are reflected through this, as he concentrates on Jesus' teaching on the equality of people, the chance for forgiveness, and the ability of anyone to be saved. He also rejects the idea of the Pharisees' continuous devotion to God being more important than saving unbelievers, stating that: "...there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent." (Luke 15:7) This proves that Discipleship, far be it from just following the teaching of Jesus, is really about beginning a new life for God, leaving behind your old world to help Jesus save more people. Thomas Mulvey ...read more.

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