Tuesday, January 04, 2011

"A good disciple is not necessarily a good human"


That's what the class is recently told by a lecturer. We are still puzzled over the statement. What does the statement really mean?

While trying to understand, I asked a few other students during lunch what do they understand by the statement. Can a person be a good disciple of Jesus Christ and not a good human?

All of them are as puzzled as I was even after I told them about the context how this phrase came about.

A Christian who actively serves as a leader in Bible Study Fellowship. Yet this person cannot relate well with her mother-in-law. She didn't want the mother-in-law to stay with her even though her place has more space to accommodate her than other kins.

It was from this scenario where the phrase came about.

One of my fellow students said that a good disciple of Christ is by definition a good human being.

What do you think? A good disciple of Christ is not necessarily a good human being?

I think most of us can readily acknowledge 'A good human being is not necessarily a good disciple of Christ'. However, 'A good disciple of Christ who is not necessarily a good human being' is really begging the understanding of 'good' and 'disciple of Christ'.

Isn't 'disciple of Christ' suppose to be a good human being? If the sentence has an additional emphasis on the goodness of the disciple by referring the person as a 'good disciple', shouldn't this reference doubly suggest that the person is a good human being?

Do you think there is such thing as a 'good disciple of Christ' that is not a good human person? I still don't know. You can tell me.

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