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Describe and Explain the Range of Christian Attitudes In Relation To Marriage, Divorce and Abortion

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Describe and Explain the range of Christian Attitudes in relation to Marriage, Divorce and Abortion In Christianity, marriage is regarded as being a sacrament; a way in which man can become closer to and specially blessed by God. Marriage is important as it is seen as a reflection of the union between Jesus and Christianity. It is because of this resemblance that divorce is not encouraged, or even accepted in most Christian denominations. Marriage is seen as important for three reasons; it is a loving and caring relationship for people to be part of and means that people can have companionship. The quote, from the Bible, "It is not good that man should be alone" shows the importance of friendship and company in the Christian philosophy. Wedlock is seen as the most suitable environment in which sexual intercourse can take place. Another quality of marriage is for the procreation of children. Christians are told to "Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it". Christians believe that marriage is the only appropriate atmosphere for children to grow up and develop in. Marriage is regarded as the essential requirement to provide the stable and secure surroundings needed for the child. ...read more.

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woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error". (Rom. 1:26-27) The Christian attitude to homosexuality is therefore quite categorical, namely it believes that homosexuality is both evil and wrong. The only Christian denomination that allows gay marriages to take place is the United Church of Christ as they believe that people should not be discriminated against because of their own personal preferences. Christians are also not permitted to marry an 'unsaved' person. The Bible forbids a believer in Christ to consider marriage with an unbeliever. In neither the Old nor the New Testament does God countenance "mixed" marriages between people from different faiths. Christians believe that no two persons can live in harmony if they are not in agreement on life's most important choices. If one person has received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and the other has rejected Him, there is no common ground on which to start a marriage. The Bible warns, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? ...read more.

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If a Catholic couple wished to split up there would be two options open to them, either annulment or separation. For an annulment one of the conditions mentioned earlier must be satisfied; failing this the only option open to strict Roman Catholics, would be for the couple to live seperately. Divorce would not be a choice, as they strongly believe that marriage is binding for life. Neither partner would be able to remarry, as they would be seen as committing adultery. Free churches and the Church of England are more liberal about relationships, and in certain circumstances they will allow divorce, however before this they will encourage counselling and make every attempt to save the marriage. In the Church of England, divorce is allowed in the case of adultery. Unlike in the Catholic church, people who have been divorced are permitted to remarry and are not seen as committing adultery. The Free Church is the most tolerant denomination on the subject of divorce. Although the church recognises the importance of marriage, they believe that if a marriage could not be repaired, then it would be better for all concerned, especially any future children that the couple could have, if the marriage were to terminate. Divorced members of this religion are also allowed to remarry without prejudice. ?? ?? ?? ?? Anna Taylor 11 TXS Moral Issues Coursework ...read more.

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