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There should be no moral absolutes in sexual behaviour

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There should be no moral absolutes in sexual behaviour (45) There are many views on how to govern sexual behaviour and what is morally right or wrong. Absolutism is used when people believe an ethical theory has objective morals which are fixed and unchangeable. And moral relativism is the view that ethical standards, morality and positions of right or wrong are culturally based and therefore subject to a person's individual choice. We can all decide what is right for ourselves. Morals and ethics can be altered from one situation, person or circumstance to the next. Essentially, moral relativism says that anything goes, because life is ultimately without meaning. Words like "ought" and "should" are rendered meaningless. In this way, moral relativism makes the claim that it is morally neutral. There are some main principles which govern sexual behaviour the first of which is consent. The general view to this principle as most people would agree is for any sexual act to be moral it must be consensual. Although just because someone consents to something, it doesn't make it moral or right. ...read more.

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The church views sexual acts as showing love between husband and wife and to produce children. Therefore these traditional Christians believe God created men and women to join together in families and feel homosexuality is against the natural order of things. Liberal and progressive Christians don't take this view and feel that there can be stable same sex relationships. Jesus taught that all people are equal in the sight of God. Individuals may have different opinions but they should respect views of others. Progressive Christians accept that times have changed and are more tolerant of homosexuality, and there are now more members of the clergy who admit to being homosexual. Another sexual behaviour in which there are many views is sex before marriage. The Christian view teaches you must not have sex before marriage, although some Christians now accept it but no Christian will accept promiscuity. A difficulty of this view of sex before marriage is the debate of contraception which arises in many religions as well as ethical theories. The Catholic Church states that the use of contraception is wrong because the aim of the sexual act is to conceive a child and that is God's will and intention, for humanity. ...read more.

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The Catholic Church forbid divorce in the 13th century and did not become apart of the church until the 1560's. However it wasn't until the 1917 that the church fully accepted procedures for divorce or annulment. Annulment is the term used when a marriage is void or null from the beginning. There is a difference between annulment and divorce. Annulment is the term used when a marriage is void or null from the beginning. There is a difference between annulment and divorce. Annulment states the marriage is void, and divorce is the dissolvent of the marriage bond. In conclusion to the statement 'there should be no moral absolutes in sexual behaviour' depending on the sexual behaviour peoples views and opinions change. If there were no moral absolutes at all in sexual behaviour, then people would act selfishly and in an unmoral way and there would be no point in the act such as marriage if couples were just going to cheat on one another. The vows would mean nothing, so would be pointless. Therefore in my opinion there needs to be some sort of moral absolutes in sexual behaviour to aid society to act in a moral way with love and compassion. ...read more.

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