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Religious Studies Part A Essay Question "Marriage must be honoured by all" (Hebrew 13:4) Marriage is seen as a gift from God, and therefore should be respected by all Christians. Marriage is a sacrament, a very important promise, between the couple and God. If a man and a woman divorce, then they are breaking the promise that they made to themselves, and to God. By making a solemn vow in front of God, the couple are getting to know each other better, and getting to know God better. "But what I tell you is this: if a man divorces his wife for any reason other cause than unchastity then he involves her in adultery" (Matthew 5:32.) This quote refers to a lifelong commitment, which the couple promise when they decide to marry in a church. One of the key aspects of marriage is showing a lifelong commitment towards each other. Marrying in a church signifies the three-way marriage between the man, the woman, and God. Christians marry in a church because they choose to make their promises to each other in front of God. Christians marry in a church because they choose to make a promise in front of God. This is reflected in the marriage vows "till death do us part, according to God's holy law; and this is my solemn vow..." ...read more.


A few denominations have exceptions under certain circumstances. The differing views on divorce are mainly down to the lack of clarity throughout the bible. "That is why a man leaves his father and his mother, and is united to his wife, and the two become one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together must o man separate." (Matthew 19:5-7) This states that any couple that have been joined in front of God should not separate, as they would be separating God from themselves. In (Mark10: 2-4) however, it says "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife? The question was out test to him...He responded by asking, what did Moses command you? They answered, Moses permitted a man to divorce his wife by a certificate of dismissal" These two references can be interpreted in very different ways, and because of this, the laws on divorce differ from denomination to denomination. "Are you bound to marriage? Do not seek dissolution. Has your marriage been dissolved? Do not seek a wife" (1 Corinthians 7:27) This reference is saying that if you are happily married then there is no need to divorce, but if you are not in a happy marriage, then do not seek another partner. If you are not ready to get married then do not, as it would result in wanting to escape by getting a divorce. ...read more.


Remarriage is allowed in the Protestant Free churches, because they believe that everyone deserves a second chance. The denominations that allow divorce do not believe that empty shell marriages contain any love, or commitment, and may as well not take place, and the couple would be better off if they divorced. Although there is a leniency within the Protestant Free Churches, divorce and remarriage are only regarded as acceptable a maximum of three times. The laws have recently been changed within the Church of England, and anyone can now be divorced and be remarried within the church. Remarriage has been allowed in the Church of England since 1981, but the Bishops have the right to refuse if they see any reason to say that the couple are not prepared, or do not understand the implications involved, or if they do not mean the sacrament that they will be making to each other. Eastern Orthodox Churches do allow divorce, and remarriage, and unlike any other denominations, special services are held in the church to signify the end of a marriage. Remarriage is allowed and accepted throughout the Easter Orthodox Churches, although a person who is to be remarried for the third time may have their case reviewed. A third remarriage is often refused. The lack of clarity throughout the bible has led to differing views and beliefs within different denominations, and due to this, the separate views are respected by all Christians. Georgina Hayes 10r Religious Studies Coursework 5/8/2007 ...read more.

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