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  1. Divorce should never be allowed. Discuss.

    They believe that the couple should try counselling such as Relate first. There are certain circumstances where divorce is granted, which include cases such as abuse or adultery. A quote to support this is when Jesus said 'whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery' at the Sermon on the Mount. I agree with the Church of England view because sometimes things may happen which are uncontrollable and you may not be able to live in the marriage anymore.

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  2. What may be seen as the negative aspects of living in a family - the Christian view.

    parents would always get along with their children but of course real life isn't like this; people fall out, especially with their parents. Another disadvantage with living with others is that there are occupational risks. These is when you are living with others, so you can't always do what you want to do, you have to take into consideration other people. This can be incredibly frustrating as you may really want to do something but cannot because of other people.

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  3. Describe Christian Teachings about Sex

    It is a gift to be used responsibly and in a loving relationship that is long-term. For this reason, many Christians believe that the only circumstance where two people should have sex is within a marriage; they do not believe in pre-marital sex (sex before marriage) or extra-marital sex (sex with someone else while you are married). A Christian marriage is a spiritual bond between two people who really love each other and feel that they want to spend the rest of their lives together - "Jesus said, <A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, the two will become one flesh.

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  4. Is love more important than friendship in a marriage? Discuss the views of Christians.

    If you don't trust them, then there will be anxiety and tension in the relationship and neither of you will be happy. Happiness in a relationship is essential for a good, stress-free life and sustainability of the relationship, as if you are happy with the person you are married to then you will want to stay with them for the rest of your life as opposed to regretting it for years to come. Treating each other equally is easier if you are friends as you would naturally want the friendship to continue, "Jesus said, <Do for others what you want them to do for you>"- Matthew 7:12.

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  5. What do Christians teach about the roles of men and women in a Christian family?

    Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church>" may mean they believe that the wife should prioritise supporting her husband and children at home; likewise the husband should love and appreciate his wife - it's a two way process. Another reason that some Christians believe that men and women should have different roles is because of their physical differences. Men are physically stronger than women; therefore some may believe that because of this, it is natural for the men to be the leaders.

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  6. With divorce rates rising, what effect can this have on peoples opinion of marriage?

    and there being a more permissive society. In the Christian religion, it is taught that people should aim to have one monogamous relationship in their lives: ideally marriages should last forever. Also, the marriage vows the couple made to each other before God, the vicar/priest and any invited guests are essentially promises and the breaking of promises is a terrible thing to do. Therefore, divorce is not encouraged in communities where the people are religious. Secularisation means that the beliefs that come with religion aren't as prominent or in some cases are completely lost, giving rise to a more permissive society.

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  7. Sex outside marriage is always acceptable

    Therefore having adultery will make one feel guilty when they face his or her spouse as it is an act of immorality. In many cases, it even ruins the marriage and lead to divorce as it shows great inconsideration to one's spouse's feelings. Although nowadays there are open marriages which the couple allow each other to have sex outside the marriage, this form of marriage is not what God intended for us, as Exodus 20:14 says, "Be faithful in marriage."

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  8. Men and Women are not equal- Discuss

    Additionally, women can be particularly vulnerable in pregnancy and maternity. Expectant and nursing mothers need to maintain their health to protect the health of their infant, and they need sufficient time for giving birth, recovery, and nursing their children. Protections are required to ensure that women will not lose their jobs while on pregnancy or maternity leave, as the well-being of her family will likely deteriorate without that income. But on the other hand, there can be still a lot of people who are talking about the men and women issue.

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    Describe what a Christian believes about marriage and divorce:

    Secondly, they believed that within marriage, the couple are intended by God to be sexually faithful to each other. This means that if the two opposite individuals are already married and have a lifetime commitment to each other, they should be faithful to each other and there should be trust between the both of them. In marriage, men should be loyal and faithful to their wife because that is what they solemnly vow in their marriage and that they should stick together and forever through the rest of their lives.

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  10. Religion and Relationships

    The only way the marriage can end is if one of them dies. However marriage is not for everyone. Unmarried people who have either chosen to remain single or who have lost their spouse for some reason are neither incomplete in Christ nor personal failures. There is no suggestion that Jesus was ever married. The marriage is permanent, so it's everlasting. In the vows they say, "Till death us do part." This shows that they together until they die, so to the end. As the marriage is a bond between the couple and God it is sacred. In the vows they say, "According to God's holy law."

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  11. Divorce and Re-marriage

    Therefore, if you get a divorce, not only are you divorcing your partner, but you are also divorcing God. With this said, Catholics do give exceptions under certain circumstances such as mental illness - this is because it makes carrying out marital duties impossible. In these conditions, an annulment is possible; as this is a document which declares the marriage never existed. This way you are not breaking your connection with God, as another teaching Catholics abide by is: 'Marriage is the uniting into one flesh which cannot be broken'.

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  12. Honour Killing

    From that who would think that something so small could be the tragic end of someone's life? Honour killing is usually targeted to girls. Also, sometimes they may marry someone of her own choice. One may say that it is not worth taking someone's life away just because you wouldn't be happy with their relationship and they should understand that it is up to the girl to make her decision on who to marry and that you should accept the true love of the daughter's life and that otherwise it is immoral. But a question that should be apposed is; would you rather live a life you enjoy or a life that others consider to be right?

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  13. Explain why christians have differing views about wether divorse is right or wrong

    A man who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery.' Here, the bible coherently suggests that divorce is wrong as marriage is for life, 'From this day forward' and 'Till death do us part.' The institution of marriage provides a fine basis for the development of culture, and for children to thrive and flourish. In accordance, divorce has a huge impact on those concerned in the relationship of the couple getting divorced, in particular the children. Paul said: 'If anyone does not provide for his relatives and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.'

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  14. religous studies

    Some Christians may ignore Gods intentions for them by dismissing the Christian beliefs. By disregarding these beliefs, couples will not only gradually disconnect from each other, they will disconnect from God as they're rejecting his vocation for them. Some may say that the Christian beliefs are not being applied to life as much anymore, which is proven by the increase in divorce rate. However, the religious beliefs are lived out by the vast majority of couples. Those who do not fully apply the beliefs to their marriage but realise the beliefs importance, have something to aspire to and the beliefs can guide them to a successful Christian marriage with God.

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  15. Question 1 " Describe the teachings of Christianity about marriage and divorce

    It begins with the priest saying that marriage is a sacrament to God. The congregation is then asked to pray for the couple and say if there is any reason why they should not marry. The priest will then ask the bride and groom to say some words about what they will do in there marriage. Christians believe that marriage is for life and this is symbolised by the exchanging of rings during the ceremony. The ceremony takes place in a church with a priest/vicar and a congregation. The ceremony ends with hymns and prayers. As christians take up this sacrament it allows them to come to know Gods love and mercy more.

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  16. Describe Christian believes about Divorce and explain how a marriage service might lead a couple in their married life Model answer

    However the Church of England will allow remarriage of divorcees if the vicar agrees. Sometimes although a Vicar won't remarry a divorcee they will offer them a blessing ceremony after they have gotten married. The Methodist Church completely accepts divorce and they believe that a marriage ends when the love dies and not with the physical death of one person. They think that it is more important to be happy than to stay married to someone that they do not want to be with.

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  17. Describe a catholic wedding ceremony and the ideals expressed within it.

    - The last ideal is that marriage is life-giving and that a married couple should produce offspring to show the couples love for each other and love for god. The actual marriage ceremony is both sacred and joyful. It begins with the greeting where the bride and groom are welcomed by the priest before the mass begins. This is for the priest to show the couples love to the rest of the congregation so that they can all share the joy together.

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  18. The meaning of marriage in Christianity and how this is shown through the wedding service

    As a result of this Christians value marriage greatly, the sacred union reflects on Christ's own union that he held with his disciples. Christians believe that a couple enter into the act of marriage because they are committed together and want to fulfil the God given union. A marriage is not based on superficial things such as looks, sex or desire for children. Marriage is the only place where a couple should raise children. This is the purpose of marriage for Christians, God intended man to procreate: 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue I' Marriage

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  19. Problems facing muslims living in britian today

    Every Muslim should follow the eating rules, as it is custom to being a Muslim. Problems facing Muslims living in Britain today. Prayer and worship Prayer and worship is mainly focused around the Five pillars of Islam. Shahadah - faith Salat - prayer Zalat - wealth Sawn - fasting Hajj - pilgrimage A mosque is where Muslims go to pray and there are a limited number of proper mosques in Britain so Muslims find it hard to find somewhere to pray. Muslims have to pray 5 times a day. The difficulties of praying 5 times a day are that it takes up a lot of time, and could be difficult to fit round work or school.

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  20. Re christian lifestyle

    This means that as Christians look upon Jesus' greatness, their feelings can be told by what we are felling inside, which only Jesus can justify. But first Christians must worship Jesus through prayer, communion, etc. They follow his teachings and follow his example which is how they worship Jesus like God. A devout Christian, who worships Jesus, which is how some Christians are able to act like Jesus. A way in which a Christian may be able to follow Jesus' ways are by following follow the Ten Commandments as they know that God has set them down.

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    As a result, pre-marital sex breaks the exclusivity of marriage and is not recognised by God and thus neither by the preaching of the church. Sexual intercourse has the potential to create new life and the raising of a family, in the view of Christianity, needs the security and the commitment of marriage. Christianity, as well as other major faiths, emphasise the importance of marriage and commitment between the parents of children. Marriage provides a stable and loving environment for a child, unlike the insecurity a child could experience growing up where its parents are not together due to sex outside of marriage which offers no commitment.

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    The first reason why this statement may be considered within the Roman Catholic Church and the churches throughout Christianity is that how can the husband or wife live through the difficulties of a marriage like physical or sexual abuse even after such solutions like marriage counselling or help from people within the church. It may be bad enough already for the man or women before they are given help. It can also cause pain to other family members like children etc, by maybe bringing depression upon the child or children leading them to a bleak future of crime.

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  23. Explain how, in the course of their marriage, Roman Catholics and other Christians couples would apply the beliefs have mentioned to their behaviour, lifestyle and decision-making.

    A marriage should be a sign of God's love so the way in which God acts out his love, as 'Since you are God's children, you must try to be like him. Your life must be controlled by love......Since you are God's people, it is not right that any matters of sexual immorality or indecency or greed should even be mentioned among you.', Ephesians 5: 1-3, so a married couple's love should be unconditionally, as God's love is unconditional, which means that they have to live through difficulties like money problems or a death within the family.

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  24. Marriage in Christianity

    Christians believe that is part of Gods plan for humanity. There are different ways in which Christians get married; the most common method is getting married at church. All Christians believe that marriage is ideally for life so that means that the marriage must work out for the couple. So the couple both must be there for each other when they are in trouble and need help as they have made vows to each other when they were getting married.

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  25. Christian Wedding

    There is a welcome prayer at the start of the wedding read from the minister which is 'we are gathered here today in the presence of god, as friends and family to witness -full name- to ask God to bless them'. The wedding is attended by family and friends to mark the special event. Traditionally in a Christian wedding a white dress and a suite is worn by the couple because its been done for a long time and its purity is easy and simple.

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  • Men and Women are not equal- Discuss

    "In conclusion, equality has become a reality. Let's just face the fact that women are often not given enough responsibility based on the possibility that they might become pregnant. The numbers of sexual harassment suits have increased over the past 10 years. A lot of things are randomly happening to each and every one of us; even a man or a woman suffers. What can we do is face the problem and treat ourselves equally. This can help each and every one of us and we will have a better world."

  • Is love more important than friendship in a marriage? Discuss the views of Christians.

    "In conclusion, love and friendship are vital to making a marriage work. Without love the relationship can't be sustained and the same applies to without friendship. This is true as in the real world there are many examples of marriages that haven't worked out well because of a lack of either love or friendship; "<I hate divorce,> says the Lord"- Malachi 2:16. In my opinion, to truly make a marriage work and last forever, you need both; it is not just enough to have one without the other. They are just as important as each other, "Jesus said, <Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends>"- John 15:12-13. You could try to make a relationship missing one of them to work but it would backfire as it is just not possible to keep it up. Njeri Chege"

  • Compare Marriage in Thailand and the UK

    "In conclusion, marriage in countries varies from culture to culture. The backgrounds of countries affect their behaviour. Although there are many different cultures and ways of life between in Thailand and in the UK, for instance, the majority of families in Thailand are extended families while nuclear families in the UK, Children in Thailand stay with their families until they get married while children in the UK can stay with their partners if they want. However, whether Thailand or the UK, the most important things for two people who want to stay together are try to adapt them for staying for a long time, and have responsibilities in their families. 2"

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