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GCSE: Family, Marriage and Divorce
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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It is comparing Christ's love for the church with a husband and wife's love therefore saying a husband should be prepared to die for his wife as Christ done for the church. Also in Ephesians 5:32 it says ''Every husband must love his wife as himself, and every wife must respect her husband'' this means a relationship between man and wife should be equal both full of love for one another. For marriage to succeed, love is needed however love can be shown in other forms.
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The three aims of my coursework will be: 1. Why is the divorce rate increasing? 2. To what extent does the media have an impact on this decision? 3. What effect does divorce have on children? I will use primary research to find out the cause of divorce and the effect on children. I will prove/disprove my hypothesis by completing primary research such as interviews, questionnaires and surveys. I will use secondary research to find out the rate of divorce and how long it takes them to get divorced.
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It increases stability and security in a changing and troubled world. In Jewish teaching they say that it is a natural state for all including rabbis. The only people that should delay being married are those who study in the yeshiva, which is a collage for the study of the Torah. There is also the Jewish story of Ina shalom where a non Jewish person says that the Jews god is a thief because he stole a rib from Adam.
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single parent families and reconstituted families (where divorcees remarry or find new partners) Divorce is often a complicated and messy process, and throws up many pitfalls. Such thorny issues as whether to sell your home, which parent will look after your children, and how it will affect any loans you may have, will all have to be resolved. If, as in the vast majority of cases, your relationship is complicated, it is advisable to seek legal advice from a reputable family law solicitor, who will be able to properly advise you about your rights and responsibilities.
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'The family is the basic unit of society. It is a group of people who are usually related by birth, marriage or adoption.' Minnett 2001' Minnett has a wider view about the family and doesn't make sweeping statements but leaves his comment open slightly by saying that usually the members are related. A family can be split into many different sections. These sections include: * Nuclear family * Classic extended family * Modified extended family * Lone parent family * Reconstituted family * Symmetrical family The nuclear family consists of the parents living with just the children in one house.
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Firstly marriage is one of the seven sacraments in the eyes of the Catholic teaching. It is one of two, the other being Baptism, that are sacraments of commitment in the RC church. A sacrament is a sign of inward Grace, and outward declaration of faith, and so is highly important. God works to bring the couple closer to him, and in marriage each partner becomes a channel of Gods love to one another. To Catholics, marriage is part of Gods plan for the human race, described in Genesis.
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Explain how this teaching about marriage might influence a Christian couple to apply the beliefs you have mentioned to their behaviour, lifestyle and decision making.
This attitude often leads to a form of adultery taking place and marriages breaking down. Another very common reason is substance abuse. The fact that alcohol and drug abuse is very common in today's society mean that many married couples fall victim to it. This can them spark rows in the relationship and even lead to physical abuse in which no partner is expected to tolerate and the couple may break up. The Catholic Church accepts that there are some instances such as the case of a wife who is being battered by her husband, when separation (short or long-term)
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Religion and Human Relationships Marriage is seen in the Bible as a quality bond between two willing people, symbolising a relationship
This would then allow a divorce to take place, without punishment. However, it is unlikely you can be annulled, so Catholics face the options of staying married or divorcing without the acceptance or knowledge of their Church. Another Christian denomination, the Orthodox Church has the belief that a bishop has the right to allow divorce and also accept the blessing of a new marriage if the divorced couple find other partners. This belief is mainly put forward to partners to let the innocent partner, involved in the divorce, be allowed to find love again without punishment (as long as the vicar/minister has agreed that they are taking Christian marriage seriously).
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Outline and discuss the view that the rise in divorce rates since the 1970's is a direct consequence of changes in the law. 30 marks
This helped to increase the number of divorces. The expectation of more in marriages has been one major reason why a lot of couples file for a divorce. Writers such as Ronald Fletcher also see those higher divorce rates as expectations of increased and high standards of marriage. The main partner who seems too want a higher lifestyle is the woman instead of the man. So in effect women and not men today file three quarters of all divorces. Since the divorce act, the reasons for divorce did not have to be complicated.
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This support can come through friends and family. There are also a number of organisations where Christians can go to seek advice. 'Marriage Care' aims to show compassion to couples in difficulty and stresses that only the couples themselves can save their marriage. 'Relate' offers services to any adult having relationship problems. It offers services including couple counselling, mediation and counselling for teenagers whose parents have separated or divorced. Within a marriage both partners need to possess certain qualities for the relationship to be successful. Both partners should be able to accept the other as he or she is and be willing to share and grow with their partner.
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Examine the reasons for changes in the patterns of marriage, cohabitation and divorce in the last 30 years.
This essay will look at these factors and examine how and why the pattern of them is changing. The divorce rate has rapidly increased over the past 30 years. Changes in the law have added to this increase. Before 30 years ago a 'matrimonial offence' had to be proven and a 'guilty party' had to be found for a divorce to be accepted. However The Divorce Reform Act introduced in 1971 meant it was no longer necessary to prove guilt but simply to show that the marriage was beyond repair. Also in 1984, the Matrimonial Family Proceedings Act came into effect.
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"Life long marriage is too difficult for man people today. The church should be willing to drop this vow." Would a Christian agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have considered more than one point of view.
Roman Catholic teachings state that once two people are married they have become "one flesh" (Genesis 2:24) and no one can separate them. If they are then divorced by the state, in God's eyes they are still married so any other relationships they have are considered to be adulterous. The only accepted reason for remarriage in the Catholic Church is if either husband or wife has died. Despite these strict beliefs, the Church does leave the possibility of the marriage never actually taking place. This is when for specific reasons, the couple's union was never genuine, for example one of the partners may have still been married or one may have lied when making the marriage vows or may not have understood the vows they were making.
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Divorce is a big influence on the structure of a family as it is today. Divorce is easier to obtain than in previous years with the introduction in 1971 of the Divorce Reform Act that established irretrievable breakdown of marriage as grounds for divorce. Another act was passed in 1984 that allowed married couples to divorce after one year of marriage that ultimately increased the number of divorces. Legal aid is now more accessible and ends in most cases the expense of a divorce. Divorce is also far less stigmatised than previously where the likelihood of knowing someone who is divorced as opposed to not knowing anyone (as in previous years)
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Ultimately, a couple may decide that they must divorce and put an end to their legal status as a married couple. This is done through the legal system but not recognised by many Churches who believe that marriage is a sacrament, it is binding for life and that a couple cannot be un-married. 'What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder' (Mark 10:9) Attitudes Towards Re-marriage in Different Christian Denominations Attitudes towards divorce affect what people think about re-marriage.
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'So Long a Letter' - Compare and contrast the lives of Ramatoulaye and Aissatou up to the end of Chapter 16, paying particular attention to their friendship, shared idealism and marriages.
Throughout chapters one to sixteen, the intimacy between them is evident. After they got married they would meet on the beach and 'depression and sadness would disappear, suddenly to be replaced by feelings of plentitude and expansiveness.'4 There were harbingers that suggested that both Aissatou's and Ramatoulaye's marriages would fail. Ramatoulaye's mother didn't want her to marry Modou; she felt he was 'too handsome, too polished and too perfect'5 a man. In Aissatou's case, Mawdo's mother didn't want a 'Toucouleur to marry a goldsmith's daughter.'
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Assess the claim that the increase in the divorce rate since the Second World War has been mainly due to changes in the law.
claim that another reason for this trend is because people's beliefs are being changed by new ideas. Cohabitation is one form of family diversity, which has increased, a lot in the last few years. As cohabitation has increased so has illegitimate children. Reasons why this has happened could be because of secularisation, costs of marriage or people are just simply looking for an alternative to marriage. Here are the views of different sociologists: Functionalists- they claim that that a cohabiting family is a form of nuclear family in disguise but are just not legitimised by the wedlock.
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In the past, divorce was much harder to obtain. The increases of divorce are clearly related to legal changes. Since the "1969 Divorce Reform Act" passed, it had abolished the idea that divorce could only be obtain if the petitioner should show that their partner had committed a "matrimonial offence"2. In 1911, 859 petitions for divorce were filed in England and Wales of which some three-quarters were granted a degree absolute. The table below presents the statistics on divorce for England and Wales from 1961 to 19823. Divorce in England and Wales (Thousands and percentages)
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Your life changes suddenly and drastically and you can't change it back. You may feel out of control; after all, you didn't make the decision to get a divorce. You might feel that the hurt and pain that almost always accompany a divorce will never go away. However, things will get better. Your family life will never be the way it used to be, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will be bad. You can create a new home for yourself. And in time that hurt and pain will go away. People approaching divorce often ask their lawyers, "How much alimony do I have to pay?"
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