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The sanctity of marriage means that it is spiritual and sacred.

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Marriage The sanctity of marriage means that it is spiritual and sacred. It should be permanent and reserved exclusively for couples that truly love each other. Marriage is a holy thing and is carried out in church in the eyes of God and before others who must be there to act as witnesses. As this is a promise made before God and others, adultery and divorce are frowned upon as it means a very important promise has been broken. Marriage can only work if there is commitment. There must be an equal amount of respect and understanding. To be equal and committed in their marriage, couples when they decide to have children must be fair in the role of parenting. They choose to have them together they should raise them together. Law requires the vows that are said to each other during a wedding service but from church to church the wording may differ. An example of the vows is: "I (name) do take thee (name) to be my lawful wedded wife/husband to have and to hold from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death do us part". ...read more.

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This finger is known as the 'ring finger' and is on the left hand. The left hand is used so as not to draw attention away from the wedding ring and leave it standing alone. The ring is also used as a means of identification for the committers of marriage. It shows faithfulness and they should always wear their wedding ring. The exchange of the rings is used to show the sealing of the vows or this new covenant between the couple. Relate and Accord are two groups that are set up to help with marriages and offer counseling. Relate deal with all aspects of marriage such as pre-marriage classes, marriage counseling and post divorce and separation counseling. They also have counseling to offer help to children from broken or braking down marriages. Accord (previously Catholic Marriage Advisory Council) offer marriage counseling as well as information on natural family planning and pre-marriage classes, sex education information etc. They can help married couples and would be of great value to family's who are having a tough time. ...read more.

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The Bibles views on remarriage could be shown that, "Man must not separate, then, what God has joined together". (Mark 10:9) This statement shows that remarriage is wrong, as divorce should not occur in the first place. The churches however contradicting this do offer remarriage as long as the Minister is willing to do so, this will happen in churches such as The Presbyterian, The Methodist and The Church Of Ireland. On the other hand the Roman Catholic Church does not permit remarriage, as it believes a sacrament cannot be dissolved or ended. In which case if a civil divorce is granted the church still believes that in the eyes of God they are still married and cannot remarry. I believe that everyone should be aloud to divorce and remarry but I feel that there should be some limit on the amount of times someone can remarry because if it is a regular occurrence then the person probably doesn't take marriage seriously enough and should be considered refusal to remarry and they do not value the sanctity of marriage. ...read more.

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