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"Life long marriage is too difficult for man people today. The church should be willing to drop this vow." Would a Christian agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have considered more than one point of view.

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"Life long marriage is too difficult for man people today. The church should be willing to drop this vow." Would a Christian agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have considered more than one point of view. Some Christians believe that marriage should be the ultimate relationship. When two people get married they make a vow to stay in a life long committed relationship. . It is a Christian promise made before God and is significant and of great importance amongst all Christian denominations despite certain differences in opinions. However, sometimes a variety of different circumstances can affect the longevity of a marriage. For example adultery is considered as a valid reason for a divorce as it is the breaking of one of the Ten Commandments, as Jesus taught "if a man divorces a woman for any other cause than her unfaithfulness, then he is guilty of making her commit adultery if she marries again" (Matthew 5:32). Another reason people may use to claim life long marriage is too difficult is domestic abuse. If a man were to be abusing his wife, then she should not be expected to stay with him in fear of being harmed. Roman Catholic teachings state that once two people are married they have become "one flesh" (Genesis 2:24) ...read more.

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The vows that are made stand as proclamations of the couple's intent to stay in a committed, loving relationship as husbands should "love your wives as Christ loved the Church and gave his life for it." (Ephesians 5:25), in marriage we must try to give ourselves fully as Christ did for his Church. One of the vows that are made during the ceremony is that you will stay together, "for better, for worse". This means that through good times and bad times, the couple will stand strong in their marriage and despite certain flaws each other has, they will not be enough to "separate what God has joined" (Mark 10:9) this love and commitment to one another is like the love and commitment Jesus showed towards his disciples in the calming of the storm (Mark 4:35-41) despite their lack of faith, he was there for them. An example of when this may affect a couple is if they have grown apart and are no longer making time for one another because of other commitments like work, they should try and prioritise their marriage and ensure that they take time to work out their issues. Another vow made is that they will stay together, "for richer for poorer" so no matter what financial difficulties the couple suffer, they will still be rich spiritually and with love for their partner if they stay joined in Holy matrimony. ...read more.

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Then the rings are exchanged and are blessed. These rings are "a sign of love and fidelity" between the two. The ring is a token of their promise to stay in an exclusive and permanent relationship. It also has no beginning and no end which signifies their love for one another. Then after the Our Father has been said, the nuptial blessing takes place, here the priest speaks of how a husband's love for his wife, must be like Jesus' love for the Church, again the emphasis of faithfulness to one another is explained. Then the couple sign the marriage register, to make the union legal. A marriage certificate is also given to the couple. All Christians believe marriage is a very important ceremony; however Catholics also believe it to be a sacrament. That it is a unique and special relationship with God and it cannot be ended. However if the marriage does come into difficulties the Catholic Church recommends organisations that are there to help work out the problems within a marriage. Care is a Catholic organisation which assists couples with their problems in a marriage. Relate is an organisation that helps marriages, families and personal relationships. It offers a confidential counselling service that gives help and guidance as they believe the well being of marriages, and other personal relationships are fundamental in the way society work. GCSE RE Coursework Marriage Pernelle Nunez Candidate Number: 0149 ...read more.

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