Christian Perspectives on Friendship

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Essay #: 062919
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Christian Perspectives on Friendship
Friendship within the Christian context, particularly as gleaned from review of Christian texts, is a transformative process. The transformative nature of friendship is effused throughout the faith through the actions of Jesus as well as his followers. At a dinner hosted by Levi, son Alphaeus, Jesus dined with tax collectors and sinners. A scribe of the Pharisees observed that Jesus was dining with these less than desirable characters and questioned his actions. “When Jesus heard this he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners’” (Mark 3). While a genuinely benevolent, kingly, and divine motivation may have...
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.....r such a friendship would necessarily have to be valued with a high degree of reciprocity. Thus, by requesting followers to engage in such dedication was simply a manner of balancing a reciprocal relationship as well as possible. Naturally, the beneficiaries were sure to receive far more than they invested as the Son of God was charged with being the Shepherd. Yet, the simple Structuralist explanation for the roles played by the followers could be explained by the framework of reciprocity which the relationship between Jesus and his followers represented. Again, the case is respectfully made that this divine interaction was the ultimate example of friendship for which a mortal being could be lucky enough to receive the opportunity to enjoy.