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Explain the Biblical attitude towards love and marriage

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Alex Ezrati RS GCSE Coursework ~ Love and Marriage "Explain the Biblical attitude towards love and marriage" "Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love All the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised." - Song of Solomon Ch.8 v.7 Both love and marriage are very detailed and discussed subjects in Christianity. Most denominations, especially Catholicism, have a number of strong opinions on the correct time and environment for marriage. Two people must be in Love, and they also must be seen to be in Love before God. A marriage is God's joining of two people, and an understanding that those two people shall spend the rest of their lives in Love together. The bible separates Love into four different forms; Eros, Agape, Philia and Storge. These 4 types of Love are not sparate categories. It must be stressed that the word "Love" is a combination of all these different factors. Eros Eros is sexual love. This is the love felt between couples, and s the type that Christianity has the most to say about. Following are some references and quotes referring to Eros. 2 Samuel Ch.13 v.14-15 ~ "However, he would not heed her voice; and being stronger than she, he forced her and lay with her. ...read more.

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This means companionship, but also trust and understanding. The bond between friends is in some ways simpler than that between lovers. You should treat others as you would want to be treated yourself. Hebrews Ch.13 v.1-2 ~ "Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels." Matthew Ch.5 v.42 ~ "Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away." The excerpt from Hebrews uses the word 'brotherly' as a love between companions, and it talks about always being nice to others, because there may be more in it than you expect. The passage from Matthew is about sharing with others, and states that you should always share your belongings with others in need. Storge Storge is Love between family. This is a fairly common form of Love, and the bible has a lot to say about it. Storge focuses a lot on brotherly and sisterly protection and family loyalty. Ephesians Ch.6 v.1-3 ~ "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise: "that it may be will with you and you may live long on the earth." This passage from Ephesians tells all children to honor and obey their parents, as instructed in the Ten Commandments. ...read more.

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And it shall be that the firstborn son which she bears will succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel." This passage discusses familial rights in marriage and childbearing. Note that it says "If brothers dwell together". Therefore this law may not apply if brothers are not living in the same household. One should also take particular note of the fact that the firstborn son is named after the dead brother, as a form of memorial. Ephesians Ch.6 v.22-23 ~ "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the Church; and He is the Saviour of the body." Ephesians Ch.6 v.25+28 ~ "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for it......So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself." These two extracts from Ephesians talk about roles in a marriage, and showing Love and respect as Jesus did. One of the strongest bonds is between a man and his wife, as is the bond between Christ and the Church. A wife must submit to her husband, but that husband must treat his wife with the utmost Love and respect. ...read more.

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