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Describe the main religious features of a Christian marriage ceremony?

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Marriage / Living Together Describe the main religious features of a Christian marriage ceremony? The Bible teaches that Marriage is sacred and that God intended man and woman to become one through marriage. Wedding ceremonies can vary but there are certain things about the ceremony that remain the same .These things are: the Declaration of purpose. This is when the minister speaks about the importance and purpose of marriage, the Vows, this is when the bride and groom make promises to each other .These are required by law and can be added to by the couple but they must contain certain things. A typical example of a wedding vow is "I (name) do take thee (name) to be my lawful wedded wife/husband, 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 Exchange of rings , this is when the bride and groom give each other rings to symbolise the promise of unending ...read more.

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Explain the reasons why many Christian couples do not "live together" before marriage? Many Christian couples do not live together as the Bible and many Churches are against sex before marriage, this is called chastity. Christians believe that all unmarried people should be chaste by avoiding sexual relations, the Church and the Bible says "That is why man leaves his father and is united with his wife, and they become one." This idea is of two becoming one, is of a couple uniting in an intimate sexual way. St Paul said "If the unmarried cannot control themselves they should marry, better be married than burn with vain desire". He believes that a man and a woman who love each other would like to engage in intimacy should get married before they do. So as not to sin and please God as well as themselves. Christians believe that sex is a sacred act given to them by God. ...read more.

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"Christian teachings emphasize the importance of the traditional family unit" to what extent has the break down of family life contributed to the rise of 'yob' culture? Yob culture is on the increase due to divorce and people living together before marriage. In recent years marriage has gradually become less sacred. It has become acceptable for people to divorce their partner and remarry as many times as they want. The breakdown of family life has contributed to this, as parents do not teach their child about marriage and its sacred meaning. As families are less committed to each other and do not communicate as much as they used to. If a family breaks down, there are not many consequences, as the father is still made to pay for their child's education. This means that the mother would have no reason to stay with the father because of financial reasons. But one consequence is that this affects the children and it makes them see marriage in a less sacred way, therefore making divorce seem more acceptable to them, these factors contribute to yob culture. ...read more.

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