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Marriage and Divorce

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A) Describe the teachings of the religion which you are studying about marriage and divorce. B) Explain how these teachings might affect the attributes of believers and their actions within a marriage. C) "Men and women are not equal" Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have considered different points of view. You must refer to the religion you are studying in your answer. A) Christianity generally has very open viewpoints over many things, and to some extents their views on marriage follow this. However, in Christianity, marriage is seen as a very important thing. Christians believe that marriage and love are gifts from God, and therefore, should be treated seriously. A declaration of eternal faithfulness and love is made in their "vows", and these declarations are taken literally, and are believed to have no conditions. "Vows" can be changed, but generally a Christian may say that they will love their partner "in sickness and in health". These declarations are made in front of an audience, including the vicar, so that there are witnesses present. These vows have been a part of the traditional Christian wedding since they were introduced in 1552. Unlike many religions, Christianity doesn't specify who you can and cannot marry. For instance, in some religions, you may only be allowed to marry another of that religion. ...read more.

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Churches can also refuse to marry a couple under many different principles. People who divorced for a reason deemed "not serious" may get refused. Examples of serious reasons include: * Widowed. Corinthians Verses 39-40 read "A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord" This can be interpreted in many ways, but the majority of Christians tend to see it that you can only remarry Christians. * Domestic violence victims. * After adultery. However, Christians believe that remarrying without good reason is as bad and comparable to adultery. "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery." -- Mark 10:11-12 "But I say to you that ever one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery." -- Matthew 5:32 "Every man who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery." -- Luke 16:18 B) Christian's beliefs mean that it is necessary to make sure that you marry someone you want to be with forever. You then take your vows to back up this idea. ...read more.

Conclusion

Firstly God created both Adam and Eve equally - he never once stated that Adam had power or that Eve had power. Secondly, in the bible, Mary was believed by Joseph when she informed him that she had not had sex with anyone, yet was pregnant. Thirdly, they take Jesus' examples and follow them. As an example of this, Jesus argues for a woman accused of adultery surrounded by shouting men. However, there are some people (men usually) who deem women as less important than women. Many religions also express this by their teachings, such as men in Islam being allowed 4 wives. Until recently, women had fewer rights than men. I believe this to be as a result of the power men had over women - women could not fight back because they'd only become more hurt. However, every social injustice has an end, and, just like racism, views have changed. On the other hand, women have never done anything wrong. They did not sin or choose to be born in such a way, so why should they be treated differently. At no point did anyone make a decision that they could regret, it's just simply natural genetics taking its form. Overall, I deem it immoral to see women any different to men on a professional level. Women rightfully have the right to vote, work and own property, unlike they were in the past. This represents a good movement for society, as every social injustice must be changed before we can progress as humans. ...read more.

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