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Divorce and Marriage Questions on Christianity

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Carly Hodgkinson 10d a) Describe and explain the Christian teaching about marriage (be sure to include Biblical evidence). b) Choose two different Christian denominations and explain how they apply this teaching to the issue of divorce and remarriage today c) "Divorce and remarriage can never be justified." Give reasons to agree and disagree with this statement, using evidence form the Christian teachings and practice. What is your opinion? Give reasons when you explain it. a) Describe and explain the Christian teaching about marriage (24) The Christian teachings with reference to marriage contrast only slightly between each denomination. The dictionary definition of marriage is: 'Condition of man and woman legally united for the purpose of living together.' In Christian marriage love is the most important issue and it is taught in the bible that divorce is not really an option. The main teaching is that love is the most important factor in marriage. 'God is love and those who live in love live in union with God and God lives in union with them' (John 1 4-16.) This importance of love is shown in the wedding vows that all church weddings have. ...read more.

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The Roman Catholic Church does not accept a divorce as the conclusion to a marriage and therefore believes to remarry would be polygamous and committing adultery. 'Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.' (Mark 10 11) They believe that at the marriage ceremony the vows made, in front of God, were life long promises and are applicable until one partner dies. Making this promise before God is like making a promise to God and by breaking the marriage vow it is breaking the promise made to God. If a Catholic couple are legally divorced they will not be allowed to remarry in church and will not receive a church blessing for their new marriage, as they believe that they are still married to their previous husband/wife. Jesus was once asked if divorce was acceptable first he asked them what was written in the bible: 'Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.' But Jesus said to them 'Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. ...read more.

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This arguing may have lead to physical abuse and it not being safe for one partner in the relationship. Many people believe that there is no point being in an unhappy marriage when they could be out having fun. Alternatively they may decide that they are not ready for the commitment of marriage and prefer single life. Many Christians feel very strongly on the subject of divorce and remarriage. They believe that the vows made in church have been made as life long commitments to their partners and that these promises were taken in front of God. Jesus said that divorce was wrong as it is breaking a promise made to God. There are many problems to do with divorce. Finance problems, due to mortgage commitments and splitting possessions equally may lead to more trouble. Families are split in two by divorce. If remarriage occurs more people are involved in the splitting up process. Ex-wives/husbands may have feelings of resentment towards their ex-partner. These feelings may spread to their children making problems with which person has custody over them. I think that divorce should be accepted, this is because people can change their minds about certain things and may decide they have made the wrong decision. However people that make decisions ...read more.

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