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In this essay I will be explaining the principles that Christians believe should guide their personal relationships.

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In this essay I will be explaining the principles that Christians believe should guide their personal relationships. I am intending to explore the many different sources demonstrating the knowledge and understanding to provide key ideas to guideline my work and own understanding of these beliefs. I we look at Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, we can see an important idea about marriage already. The Old Testament writers believed that married love was part of Gods purpose in creating people. "Then the man said, At last, here is one of my own kind- bone taken from my bone and flesh from my flesh... ...read more.

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Mark 10:6-9 says: "... From the beginning of creations God made them male and female, This is why a man must leave father and mother and the two become one body. They are no longer two therefore but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide" This verse is similar to the teachings of genesis. Gods special purpose for humanity is found in the sacrament of marriage, and by being married. Joining together as one in life long union, Christian couples are therefore living out their vocations. Marriage is about self-giving and expression, and also the self-giving expression in sexual intercourse. ...read more.

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The word used to describe the relationship between God and his people is 'covenant'. A covenant is a promise between two parties, just like in marriage. The couple join hands, give each other rings, and are declared married. A covenant is a way of saying that the couple does not just give 50/50, but as they are a loving couple, and will remain so, they must love 100% each! The principles, which Christians believe should guide a married relationship are rooted in their faith. The words in scripture and the church teaching should become a lived reality for the couple, as they daily receive the sacrament of marriage from one another. The couples lives should grow in happiness as they follow Jesus who is the way, the truth, and the light A.M.D.G. Joe Morrison Year 11: R.E. Coursework 1. ...read more.

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