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Marriage and Marital Breakdown.

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Samuel Verlander Theology Coursework (Question1) (a)Explain the rituals and vows connected with the Christian marriage service. (b) Explain how the different rituals and vows would alter how couples approach marriage and marital breakdown. (Question 2): 'For Roman Catholics sex is only right within marriage' Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have thought about more than one point of view. (Introduction) Marriage has been part of life for thousands of years. Many people get married every year in different religions all over the world (396,000 people in the U.K got married in 1984). Christians believe that marriage is the right relationship for sexual intercourse, for having children and for mutual support. This is what marriage is taught to be like in the bible, but different religions look on marriage differently, so therefore some parts have different meanings to these religions. One cause of the ways religions look differently is the different marriage vows and rituals, and the way they are interpreted. I will prove this by studying the rituals and vows of the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of England and the Orthodox Church. The marriage takes place in a normal service, as do other sacraments. (Answer 1) (a) Many of the rituals and vows in different Christian marriage services mean the same thing. The vows stay the same in every church of the Christian faith, but they are just viewed differently. The basic wedding vows I all of the marriage services are: I (name) do take you (name) to be my lawful wedded (husband/wife) ...read more.

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To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better and for worse, for richer for poorer, In sickness and in health, to love and to cherish This part means that the couple will have each other for the day they are getting married onwards, in any sort of condition. Till death do us apart. This part shows that the couple is prepared to love each other until one of them dies, they must be together until one dies. They may not divorce. * Catholic Church The Catholic Church takes the vows and rituals very seriously, and do agree with what is interpreted in them. In most parts of the service the priest will talk about things related to marriage for the couple. But a few parts in particular. In the Marriage Ceremony, the priest asks the bride and groom three questions (Question 1a) These questions show that the couple must be coming together of their own free will and without any type of force. Catholics believe forced marriages are wrong. The second question I consider important. It shows how the couple should act towards one another in married life. They must 'love and honor one another' It also says 'for life' this hints on Catholics belief about marriage being everlasting. The third question asks if the couple will accept children lovingly from God. There is more to this question than meets the eye. Catholics believe that if a woman becomes pregnant, God has blessed her with a child; she therefore has no right to get rid of it. Also, if God wishes to give a couple a child, they have no right to try to stop him with contraceptives, protection etc. ...read more.

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If a partner refuses to have sex, then it is possible to divorce them, or merely to separate, because having children is one of the vocations of marriage, therefore, if they were allowed to separate, could they not just find sex elsewhere? Other people would argue that sex outside of marriage is totally wrong. There is a lot of evidence suggesting that sex outside of marriage is wrong, religious evidence and non- religious evidence. Having sex outside of marriage is going back on the marriage vows, and what the church believes in. Sex outside of marriage causes a lot of problems. It can cause families to split. It causes untrustworthiness and unhappiness in any family that has a member committing adultery It can leave deep scars for the faithful partner and to the children of the family if there is any. In the Bible, many quotes suggest it is wrong, both made by Jesus and by the Writers of the Gospels. In the sermon on the mount Jesus shows how strict the religious laws define adultery: "You have heard that it is said 'do not commit adultery.' But now I tell you: anyone who looks at another woman and wants to posess her is guilty of committing adultery with her in his heart." Jesus enforces that adultery is bad and gives a description that there is more than one way to commit it. On the mount of Olives, Jesus is confronted by a crowd wanting to stone a woman for committing adultery. He tells them not to, but tells her not to do it again. From the evidence that I have found from looking at the two sides of the arguement, I think that sex outside of marriage is wrong. There is overwhelming evidence to support this. ...read more.

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