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The most important principles in a marriage

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Religious Education Coursework no. 1: Marriage AO1 I think that the most important principles in a marriage are these: - The Golden Rule - Do Not Commit Adultery - Only Worship One God - Honesty - Trust - Permanence - Exclusivity - Fruitfulness "The Golden Rule" states that you should treat others how you would like them to treat you. This is important in a marriage because if you treat your partner badly, then they will treat you badly as well, and then the marriage will be a bad one, and a divorce will probably end up happening. If both people in a marriage keep to the "Golden Rule" then as well as it being a good, trustful relationship, the marriage will probably go on for longer because each partner is treating the other one with respect, so they want to spend more time together. "Do Not Commit Adultery" is important in a marriage because if you do so you will be breaking the vows you made when you got married, your relationship with your wife will be ruined and your wife/husband will probably feel left out. Your relationship with God will get worse because you are breaking his laws and it is a very serious one. You should "Only Worship One God" because your relationship with him is arguably more important than your relationship with your husband/wife. ...read more.


This means that if you become pregnant you will not have an abortion, and to a certain extent not give it away to be adopted by other people, but this could be accepted in certain cases, and also abortion could be accepted if the pregnant women was rapped or something similar. Being fruitful in your marriage can help, as children can often keep marriages together. Having fruitfulness in your marriage shows that you must have love for each other, and your child, which is nice to see. AO2 In the course of a marriage there are many situations in which the principles (explained in AO1) can be applied. The principle that makes the biggest change is purity of heart. This is because many more rules are added to it. When Jesus taught about Purity of heart on the Sermon on the Mount he told us not to commit adultery but also said that 'anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart'. This means that you should not commit adultery but also do not even think of another man or woman lustfully or you have already cheated your husband our wife in your heart making it impure. This strengthens the marriage making the couple feel more trusting towards each other. Trust is very important in a marriage and a marriage can be greatly weakened if one partner hides something from the other which is why the principle of honesty should be made even more important and the couple should tell each other everything and have no secrets. ...read more.


Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.' It is almost like a set of commandments to how those in marriages should act towards each other and if followed, along with the Christian principles, should result in a strong, happy, lifelong marriage. AO3 I think that lifelong marriage should still be kept in the church because it shows the commitment between the two people. You get married to someone to live with him or her for the rest of your life, that is why it is such an important sacrament. I can see why people want to get rid of the rule of lifelong marriage because these days, our life expectancy is much longer, so instead of living with someone for 20 years like they did way back before proper medicines and vaccinations had been invented people now live with someone for up to 60 years, which is a very long time. Also, in earlier generations it was generally the men who went and out worked while the women stayed at home and looked after the children. But since world war ii women have been working and have become more independent, this means that couples will see less of each other, also new and improved contraceptives stop people having children, which sometimes keep marriages together. ...read more.

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