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Marriage a Christians view

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Marriage Marriage is the binding contract between a man and a woman to share the same home, and to provide a family in which the children may be brought up. Marriage is the final sacrament of a catholic person's life, but marriage can only be conceived in a church if one or both of the people receiving the sacrament of marriage has had in this order a baptism, first communion and is a confirmed catholic, then and only then can a marriage take place in the house of God, marriage is a solemn contract between a man and a woman who share love together. Marriages weren't confined to just one person but many examples in the old testament (king Solomon especially 1kings 11.3) men had many wives. However in the new testament the trend seems to have settled down into one man marrying to one wife. Most of the passages in new testament really describe a man and a woman being faithful to each other like Jesus was faithful to the church, for example in Ephseians 5 21-33, it was written ' wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as to the lord . For your husband has authority over his wife just as Christ has authority over the church; and Christ is himself the saviour of the church, his body' , this states ...read more.

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After this the sacrament of marriage is made. After the vows the exchange of rings is made , the groom must put the ring on the third finger of the left hand and say 'take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity in the name of the father of the son and the Holy Spirit' , the rings are used as a token of their promises to each other. The rings also signify eternal love and is the "seal" of the marriage bond.. Vows are actually required by the state to legally get married. Other traditions include the joining of hands. This is and outward sign of the marriage bond and is an essential part of the vows taken by the couple. Another is the blessing as the Christians believe that God's gift of grace is involved in marriage therefore the priest invokes the blessing on the couple. Marriage is seen as many different things in different religious communities for example in the Protestant community do not see marriage as a sacrament though they still celebrate marriage as a very special occasion and is marked by a special service , the same applies with the Baptists they as the Protestants do not consider marriage as a sacrament but they do recognise that God has instituted marriage and that believers should be ...read more.

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All these reasons lead up to the final part of marital breakdown Divorce. The Catholic church does not see divorce as a feasible excuse for a couple to break up as it is a valid contract between two baptised Christians and is regarded as a sacrament . The Catholic church states divorce is a legal break up of a marriage leaving either partner free to marry again, though the Roman Catholic church does not recognise divorce for the following reasons, Christ insisted that the original intention for marriage in the plan of God and that it should be indissoluble. People who divorce are breaking a natural law , for the two people made a contract in the eyes of God , and vowed to be with each other to death do they part. A person who remarries is committing adultery . Divorce is immoral in any case and can break up family and society, divorce harms the following people The spouse who is deserted by his or her partner. Children suffer greatly from conflicts between two parents. It can spread through society like a plague by influencing other people to break up. The other churches however are not as strict as the catholic church. The Anglican church believe marriage is not indissoluble. The Eastern orthodox churches as well allow divorce and remarriage in some circumstances. In terms of the covenant marriage breaking can be seen as covenant breaking. ...read more.

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