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Explain how the rituals and vows connected with Christian marriage ceremonies might influence the differing ways that couples approach marriage and marital breakdown.

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Explain how the rituals and vows connected with Christian marriage ceremonies might influence the differing ways that couples approach marriage and marital breakdown. Marriage is a gift from God, given to us so man and women can live together in joy and love. It is a major life long commitment and a commitment from one person to the other. It is also the start of what could become a family unit. It is something, which should be considered very seriously before participating in, as it is something that one must stand by, no matter what until his or her partner dies. This is why the vows are 'to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part.' The bible tells us that in marriage a man and a woman become one ''this at last is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. This is to be called woman as it is taken from man.' (Genesis 2:24) this shows how close two people in marriage are, and how special their relationship is. ...read more.

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The priest has two roles, a symbolic role and an official role. He is there a symbol of Christ as the couple wishes to get married in Christ's presence. He is also there to show the approval of the relationship by God and the community. His official role is to make sure the couple knows what they are about to commit to and to make sure they know the rules of a marriage and both parties conduct their marriage properly. He also blesses the relationship and can also act as a registrar to make the marriage legal. The Congregation is present at a ceremony to show that both the bride and groom wish to be married and neither is being forced into the marriage. But they also have another very important part to play, which is to simply join in with the joyous occasion as for the couple, this is probably one of the happiest days of their lives. They are also there, like the priest as representatives of the Christian community in support of the relationship. In the bible Jesus was strongly supportive of marriage. ...read more.

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They say that although they are not married they are in love and therefore should be able to physically show their love for one another. They also argue that although they are not married this does not mean their relationship is unstable and that if the female should fall pregnant they can still provide a stable and loving home for the forth-coming child. They argue also, that one of the people may not be ready to get married yet or may not be able to e.g. they have to get a legal divorce from a previous marriage first. Other people argue that in this modern day that sex is no longer holy but a way for two people to pleasure themselves and each other without any strings attached. I believe that the Church's teaching about sex and marriage is wrong and needs to be changed. I agree with people who argue that sex should be allowed in a non-marital relationship. I do not agree with the church that this cheapens and trivializes the sexual act, but I would be against sex which is not in any form of a loving relationship or casual sex as I believe this does cheapen the sexual act. It also leads to many unwanted children and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. ...read more.

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