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Skill A01: Belief EXPLAIN WHAT ROMAN CATHOLICS AND OTHER CHRISTIANS BELIEVE ABOUT SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS OUTSIDE MARRIAGE AS WELL AS WITHIN MARRIAGE. Christianity teaches that marriage is monogamous (one partner only) and that it should be regarded as a serious lifelong commitment. Many Anglicans, Orthodox and especially Roman Catholics view marriage as a sacrament as it is a sign of God's love or grace. Therefore, Christian groups hold firmly to the Biblical teaching that sexual intercourse outside marriage is wrong. Sex outside of or before marriage, known as pre-marital sex, is considered immoral as there is no promise of faithfulness between the two people, compared to the declaration of promise which can be seen in the wedding vows; 'I give thee my troth'. ...read more.


The Catholic Church teaches that the primary purpose of sexual intercourse is the beginning of children of which should happen within a relationship acknowledged by marriage. This is seen in Genesis 1:27-28, where it says 'Have many children, so that your descendants will live over all the earth' showing God's clear intention for marriage. Intercourse is seen as a sin unless the procreation of children is intended, or at least hindered because children are a gift from God. In the papal encyclical "Hymanae Vitae" (1968) all artificial forms of contraception are condemned. Marriage controls and directs the sex instinct within a relationship because it helps couples to understand that sex is a gift that is valuable and should not be taken for granted. ...read more.


As Christians view sexual intercourse as precious, it is understandable that the church preaches that a marriage can not be a true marriage in the eyes of God, or the sacrament fulfilled until the sexual intercourse has occurred between the married couple. This is stated in 1 Corinthians 7:3, when it says 'A man should fulfil his duty as a husband, and a women should fulfil her duty as a wife, and each should satisfy the other's needs...'. Showing that God intended sex to occur only in marriage, so it is permanent and exclusive. Therefore, it is obvious to see that Roman Catholics and other Christians believe that sexual intercourse should only take place within a marriage (extra-marital sex) as it is sacred and confirms commitment between two people unlike pre-marital sex which doesn't offer this. 561 words ?? ?? ?? ?? JAMES NEWELL ...read more.

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