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A02: Explain how these teachings might affect the life of a Christian today

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A02: Explain how these teachings might affect the life of a Christian today. Christian teaching sometimes does not correlate with Catholic teaching. Some Catholics do not live according to Christian teaching. Catholics believe that marriage is a sacrament, that it is permanent, exclusive and pro-creative. These teachings can have many affects on a Christian's life. Preparation for marriage is essential for a Christian to know what marriage involves and what it will demand from them. Support for the couple after marriage is also important. Preparation helps to prevent the early breakdown of the relationship. In the Catholic Church a couple must take part in a pre-marital course at least three months before their ceremony. These preparations help the couple to address issues such as their wider families and how their marriage affects everyone around them. They may also use this preparation time to become people with a capacity to love, be faithful, kind and to make a commitment and carry it out. Couples will also need support after the wedding in order to help them deal with issues in their everyday lives. This support can come through friends and family. ...read more.

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The Church of England's Board of responsibility in 1995 "Something to Celebrate" said that cohabiting couples should be welcomed and supported by the Church "recognising that for many this is a step along the way to the fuller commitment of marriage." These views are similar to those of Quakers and Methodists. In the Catholic Church marriage is considered to be pro-creative. In living out their vows Roman Catholics need to think about responsible parenthood. Birth control is part of a Catholic Marriage. The Catholic Church objects to all 'unnatural' forms of contraception. "Contraception is considered a sin as it adds an artificial element to a natural, loving act, and in doing so it removes God from the act of procreation."(www.Catholic-forum.com). The Church encourages only natural family planning; "These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them and favour the education of an authentic freedom." (Catechism). The Catholic couple also have a responsibility to give their children spiritual guidance. This can include bringing them to mass and praying with them. They also have the responsibility of teaching their children to become good Christians. In a Christian marriage the couple should remember that their love affects all those around them including their family and the wider community. ...read more.

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Protestant Churches believe divorce may occur if a marriage goes wrong and there is no chance of bringing a couple back together. God is always prepared to forgive if we are determined to live a new life. Orthodox Christians accept divorce and can remarry but they will not be given a full marriage ceremony. The Church of England will accept divorce but will not officially remarry divorced people. The Catholic Church does not recognise divorce, "Divorce is a grave offence against the natural law. It claims to break the contract, to which spouses freely consented, to live with each other till death." (Catechism) However the Catholic Church does recognise annulments. This is a cancellation of marriage and a declaration that marriage never took place. Unlike divorce which says a marriage has broken down, an annulment claims there was no real marriage to begin with. There are several reasons when annulment may take place, such as: one of the couple did not understand the vows, one or both of the couple was forced to marry or one or both never intended to remain faithful. These teachings do affect a couple's life. Not only do the couple have to think of themselves but of the wider community and the children they might have. They have the responsibility to live how God wants them and fulfil their vocation in marriage. ...read more.

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