What is disciple?

What Does disciple Mean

Disciple is a term that has its origin in a Latin word and that serves to refer to an individual who follows a certain doctrine.

For there to be a disciple (or follower), there must be a teacher (or leader ). The teacher instills in his disciple a certain doctrine , line of thought or artistic style trying to guide him in his growth. This teaching can be done directly : talking to him and correcting him when his actions are contrary to the principles of the doctrine; or indirectly : through his works (a disciple of Goya can be someone who was born in another era who tries to follow in his footsteps, emulating his creative style).

In colloquial speech, this concept is also used as a synonym for apprentice , student or student . For example: "The French artist is considered one of the foremost disciples of Gerhard Richter" , "The sculptor always takes care to emphasize that no disciple since, he says, no one was able to capture the essence of his work" , " I present to you my disciple: he is the best student in my literary workshop ” .
As we said before, a disciple can be linked to a certain current or school even though he lives later than those lived by the teacher. In this sense, it is understood that Albert Camus was a disciple of Friedrich Nietzsche, and even that he had many non-contemporary disciples.
The disciples of Jesus Christ
The disciples of Jesus Christ were the twelve apostles chosen by Jesus himself to help him preach his word and spread his religious ideas.
These first disciples not only accompanied him during his life but also remained by his side, fulfilling his mandates, after Jesus died. Among them there were two who were those who, according to what is recorded in the Gospels, had a closer relationship with Jesus; Their names were Juan and Pedro. The remaining ten were Simon, Andrew, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, Thaddeus, Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot.
When Jesus ascended, the disciples formed a select group of followers who continued to share what they had learned from their teacher. They all lived together and were known, and thus passed down to posterity, as the " First Christian Community ."
The fundamental basis of this community was charity. All goods were shared just like food and harvest were shared. They were like a big family where there were no hierarchies and where everyone tried to do their part so that others were well . The fundamental motto was to work together for the common good while serving Christ, spreading his word throughout the region. It is worth mentioning that this first community also had the presence of Mary (the mother of Jesus) and Mary Magdalene.

This first community was an example of life in society, which many religious and non-religious ideologies have tried to match. A similar case is that of the Kibuts in Jewish communities: where unity and the common good were the main sustenance of these groups. As a non-religious case we can name communism , which tried to be based on those same principles, but in this case, the experiment did not have positive results.
Despite what the Gospels narrate, there are many doubts as to whether this life as it is described in them was really possible, taking into account the ambitious and selfish nature of human nature.
Today the concept of disciples of Jesus has been expanded to refer to all Christians, because they have in common with these apostles the following of Christ and the dissemination of his gospel .
It is important to note that many other religious or spiritual leaders, such as Muhammad , Buddha or Confucius , have also had or have disciples as they are considered as teachers or guides.

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