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Marriage and relationships, a religious view.

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MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIPS In the beginning: God said, "Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves, and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that creep along the ground. God created man in the image of Himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying to them, 'Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it.'" Genesis 1:26-28 * * This passage emphasises that male and female were made in the image and likeness of God. Many people are confused by what is meant by the term "image and likeness of God." It does not mean that they look physically like God, as God has no physical appearance. It means that we have certain personal characteristics of God, which we take to include intelligence and reason, free will, the ability to love and to act and to judge according to moral standards. These are the characteristics that separate human beings from animals. * * The book of Genesis continues with another creation myth. In this God decides that man needs a helper and a soul-mate. So God makes 'woman' from a man's body - one of his ribs. Man is delighted with the result. * * "This at last is bone of my bones, and flesh from my flesh! This is to be called woman, for this was taken from man." Genesis 2:23. * * The writer of this account then adds the significant comment: * * "this is why a man leaves his father and mother and joins himself to his wife, and they become one flesh." Genesis 2:24. * * The implication is that marriage has been with the human race since the beginning. The phrase that the man and woman leave their respective families and together become 'one body' includes two important ideas about marriage: 1. ...read more.


Matthew 5:27-32 * * Extra marital sex is usually called adultery. The Ten Commandments state that people must not commit adultery. Jesus taught that not only is adultery wrong, but also to look at someone lustfully is wrong. Jesus is warning that lustful thoughts are the motive behind adultery. He is trying to stop people from following a course of action that could lead them to sin. People might have to take painful steps to stop something worse happening to them! Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives should be subject to their husbands as to the Lord, since Christ is the head of the Church and saves the whole body, so is the husband the head of his wife; and as the Church is subject to Christ, so should wives be to their husbands, in everything. Husbands should love their wives, just as Christ loved the Church and sacrificed himself for her to make her holy by washing her in cleansing water with a form of words, so that when He took the Church to himself she would be glorious, with no speck or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and faultless. In the same way, husbands must love their wives as they love their own bodies; for a man to live his wife is for him to love himself. A man never hates his own body, but he feeds it and looks after it; and that is the way that Christ treats the Church, because we are parts of his Body. This is why a man leaves is father and mother and becomes attached to his wife, and the two become one flesh. This mystery has great significance, but I am applying it to Christ and the Church. To sum up: you also, each one of you, must love his wife as he loves himself; and let every wife respect her husband. ...read more.


The marriage vows are made for life and therefore even a civil, legal divorce is not recognised. Marriage is a sacrament and cannot be broken, so obviously there cannot be remarriage. A marriage may be annulled (a Bishop agrees that a marriage never really took place in the start) but that is difficult and rare. * * The Church of England rarely allows remarriage, although it does see civil divorces as valid and will bless a couple after a service in a Register Office. After a long debate by the General Synod, remarriage is now occasionally allowed, at the discretion of the minister, but permission from a Bishop cannot be given. * * Other Protestant Churches will sometimes remarry people, although usually only those who attend their Church regularly. Some ministers believe that it is more compassionate to give people a second chance and so they will remarry anyone. * * The Orthodox Church believes that the Church has the authority to grant divorces, as it is the Church that marries the couple. Sometimes there is a special service. Remarriage is allowed in Church, but it is not as lively a service as a first marriage ceremony. The Catholic Church's teaching on marriage is too strict. Discuss this statement showing that you have thought about both points of view. For: * * Protects the family * * Encourages respect for life * * Creates an environment where people can grow and by truly happy * * Recognises human nature and its weaknesses * * Faithful to the teachings of Christ * * Gives people clear ideals and goals to aim for Against: * * Unrealistic because of human weakness * * Sounds dated and irrelevant and therefore reduces the credibility of the Church * * Puts pressure and a sense of guilt on those unable to live according to these ideals * * Legalistic and unloving From these arguments you should be able to draw your own conclusion. You may even like to think of your own responses to the above statement. ...read more.

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