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Explain Christian attitudes to co-habitation and marriage

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Explain Christian attitudes to co-habitation and marriage: Many Christians believe co-habitation and sex outside marriage is acceptable for couples in a loving relationship with the intent to reproduce. This could be due to the reason that an average marriage costs from �1500 today and living together without being a married couple doesn't make a lot of difference. However like Jesus spoke out against pre-marital sex, many believe it is wrong, despite our secular society, because of the following problems such as pregnancy, emotionally immature people becoming sexually active and sexually transmitted diseases. The Church of England believe that the purposes to marriage is, marriage is given, that husband and wife may comfort and help each other, through the joy of their bodily union and they may have children and be blessed. Although co-habitation is becoming more socially acceptable and the idea of living together and sex before marriage is good, getting to know each other well enough so not to make married life a shock, discouraging divorce, it seems to defeat the point in the marriage ceremony making it and the vows more significant. ...read more.

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It is your responsibility to care for you partner and your love towards your husband or wife has to equal or become greater than that for your self. You cannot take advantage of them or hold them back, for example if they really want children. The marriage becomes a life long commitment as it states in the Bible, when two people get married they become one flesh, as stated in Genesis 'and death do us part' which rules out divorce completely because the only time the marriage will end is when one of the partners die and that is the only grounds in which Roman Catholic will remarry. The marriage has also aloud the couple to have children now they are in wedlock, but they can only have sex with the intent to reproduce, Genesis 2:23-24, Adam said 'this is now bones of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and there shall be one flesh.' ...read more.

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The Roman Catholic Church can annul a marriage. An annulment is a declaration that the marriage bond never happened. It is possible through reasons such as, lack of consent, an inability to carry out the duties of marriage or through lack of intension like disapproval of the ides to have children. Roman Catholics believe children make the relationship complete. A dissolution is the breaking of a bond that did happen, this would occur with the grounds of which one may not have fully understood what marriage fully entails, for example one may not be aware that marriage was a life long commitment, or there is a inability to carry out the duties of marriage, for example mental illness. Baptist church says 'it is because we have such a high view of marriage that adultery and divorce are regarded so seriously by our churches. Nevertheless most Baptist recognise that when a marriage has broken down it may do more harm than good to those involved and those around them. In such circumstances after all attempts of counselling have failed Baptists would generally allow the possibility of divorce. Jennifer Turner 11S ...read more.

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