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Gcse Christianity Task: Explain Christian teachings about the relationship between children and parents and family life. "Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (Corinthians 13:4-7). Love should be found in a typical Christian family. Love is the most important thing and possibly the best thing that God has given his people and for most people it is a natural instinct to love their family unconditionally (agape). Mothers, in particular, are seen to be most loving towards their children because they have carried and given birth to the child. Although both love their children mothers tend to play a 'caring' role, whereas fathers tend to play the 'protective' role. ...read more.

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An important law that affects children and family life is that marriage is for life. The stability provided by parents staying together is one of the most important factors in the development of a child. A Christian upbringing aims to give children proper spiritual direction and help making the right decisions in life. One of the first decisions a Christian child must make is to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion, they later must make the decision of whether or not they want to be confirmed in their faith. Parents should teach their children about God and encourage their child or children to continue to live their lives in a Christian way, "Do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." Christians also believe in forgiveness. If a member of a family does wrong they should be forgiven as God has forgiven us for our sins. ...read more.

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Christian Families have an obligation to look after their aged members, "Now if anyone does not provide for his own relatives, and especially for his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever" (1 Timothy 5:8). "Listen to your father who gave you life, and don't despise your mother when she is old" (Proverbs 23:22). The bible mentions a lot about elderly people and says that with old age comes wisdom and that, "Old age is a blessing from God" It is a sad reflection of today's society that there are so many single - parent families when the bible tells us that ideally a mother and father is necessary for the upbringing of a child. Although in some cases a single - parent family can be very successful. I firmly believe that a child benefits from having the financial and emotional support of two parents. ...read more.

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