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Christian purposes for Marriage

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Marriage Christians see marriage to have three main purposes: * Procreation * Partnership * It is the right environment for a sexual relationship Marriage in the bible is described as the union of two people to create a partnership in the eyes of God. The man is seen to leave his mother and father to be united with his wife. At the marriage ceremony the couple makes vows or promises to each other concerning their life together. For example the priest will say to the man: 'Repeat after me: I call upon these persons here present to witness that I NN, do take thee NN to be my lawful wedded, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death do us part' The woman has similar vows, however in the traditional service the mans vow of 'to love and to cherish' changes to 'love, honour and obey' suggesting that the woman has a role of serving the man in a relationship and that the man is higher up. Although the fact that the man needs the woman to serve him could suggest that the man needs the woman more in the relationship than the woman needs the man. ...read more.

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But a woman will be saved through having children, if she perseveres in faith and love and in holiness, with modesty.' Timothy ch2 In the wedding ceremony the wife is 'given away' from the father to the groom. This could suggest that the woman is an object and is being passed from one owner to another. In a Roman Catholic marriage the couple can not have sex before marriage which can create problems once the couple are married, if the couple haven't had sex and on the wedding night they realise they aren't compatible, then the roman catholic views on marriage say that they can't divorce because of that reason and if they have consummated the marriage then they can't apply for an annulment. An annulment is the cancellation of a marriage, if it has not been consummated and so is seen to have not existed. The only other way that a divorce can be acknowledged in the churches eyes is to get a dissolution. Dissolution occurs under circumstances and is the breaking of the bond of marriage that did exist. It can occur if for example if the marriage involves one partner who is not baptised and they refuse to live peacefully with the convert. ...read more.

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The Roman Catholic Church's teaching is that in principle a marriage cannot be dissolved. However, there are some exceptions. The Roman Catholic church can annul a marriage. The Protestant marriage says that divorce is allowed but not all remarriages are allowed in the church. They see marriage as a mutually beneficial covenant and so it can be broken. They don't see marriage as a sacrament. In conclusion, marriage affects the role of women because they are no longer seen as a single person but as part of a unit, depending on the version of the bible the role of a woman in a marriage varies but the most common view is that the woman is the weaker vessel and their main purpose is to stay at home and have a family. These views have changed in society but not very much in the view of the church, however women are starting to receive more liberty and are being recognised as equals. The church does not like to accept divorce however there are a few exceptions and some denominations (Church of England and Protestant) that allow divorce. The view of the Roman Catholic church is that everything must be done to try and save the marriage, guidance and counselling are provided, and that everything must be done in order to preserve the family unit. ...read more.

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