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Christians response to marriage and divorce.

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Christians response to marriage and divorce. Christians regard marriage as an extremely important stage in life. The wedding service itself has a great message to say about the meaning of marriage. Jesus himself accompanied a wedding in Cana of Galilee. This shows he approves of marriage. According to Christianity, marriage is when 'man and woman become one flesh'; it is a very close commitment. The reasons for marriage are: companionship, sex, and then children. This order of reasons is fairly new and the old order was: children, sex then companionship. The order changed because people no longer have to rely on children to look after them or to work for money to support the family. Also contraception has been introduced to prevent pregnancy altogether. In the priest's introduction at a church wedding service, the line "they shall be united in that love as Christ is united with his church" shows an extremely close commitment and relationship between the couple. ...read more.

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Some of the vows given are quite romantic and the exchange vow shows again that the couple become 'one' with marriage. "All that I am I give to you, All that I have I share with you" A special bond is made with marriage and Christians believe this bond is provided by god, so is not a bond to be broken. "That which god has joined together let not man divide" At this point in the marriage, the priest may wrap his stole around the couple's hands to symbolise that they have joined as one. The Roman Catholic Church is totally against divorce. Marriage is regarded as a sacrament and very serious. Catholics do not recognise 'civil divorce'. If a catholic does get a divorce, then they will not be allowed back into the church. A catholic can separate from a partner, but cannot divorce or marry again. With certain circumstances a catholic can get an annulment. This does not apply to the law but it does apply to the church. ...read more.

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However in most texts Jesus seems to say divorce shouldn't be allowed and that marriage is for life-"one flesh". Other texts say that Jesus said divorce wasn't allowed except for in cases of adultery. It is possible that the editor of these texts could have added this 'exception divorce' case himself to fit in with everyday life. "phararises came and tested him by asking, 'is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?' 'What did Moses command you?' he replied. They said, 'Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.' 'it was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law' Jesus replied. ........ A man will leave his mother and father and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. ... Therefore what god has joined together, let man not separate." In conclusion, most Christians would prefer not to divorce because marriage is so sacred and the bond given from god should not be broken, but some Christians will resort to divorce if there is nothing else left to try and save the marriage. By Lianna Bullingham. ...read more.

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