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GCSE: Family, Marriage and Divorce
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The couple promise that they will remain faithful and that they will try to make the relationship lifelong. The couple makes vows to each other to show their love and commitment to each other publicly and to show God that they are willing to learn what love is all about and what it entails. The role of woman in the Christian marriage has changed quite significantly throughout the ages but a few things still remain the same. The woman is still recognised as a sexual partner, the word partner suggests an equal in the sexual side to the relationship, but this is quite a recent revelation.
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Explain how the rituals and vows connected with Christian marriage ceremonies might influence the differing ways that couples approach marriage and marital breakdown.
Candle Ceremony (Optional) Prayer of the Newly Married Couple (Optional) Prayers of the Faithful 4. The Liturgy of the Eucharist Prayer over the Gifts The Preface Acclamation of the People Nuptial Blessing Communion Antiphon Prayer After Communion 5. Concluding Rite Blessing Dismissal Marriage is a life long commitment between two people who have vowed to each other before God and witnesses. It was ordained by God at the Creation in order to let human participate in the creation by the producing and nurturing of Children (Genesis 1:27, 2:10-24). Marriage is to help God to continue the human race and to give children a stable and secure upbringing, "...accept children lovingly from God".
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A warning passage is given to show just how serious marriage is, and gives advice on making the decision to marry. "a way of life that all should honour. It must not be undertaken carelessly, lightly, or selfishly, but reverently, responsibly, and after serious thought." This passage has a very important message to deliver. A Christian would think about marriage with great care and would marry for love and never marry for selfish reasons like for money. The vows for a Christian couple are both the same, this shows an equal responsibility and commitment to the marriage.
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We see in this passage that the bible allows divorce if the wife committed unchasity. Because of such contradictions the attitudes on Marriage and divorce vary amongst Christians. Some believers think marriage is for life after reading certain passages from the gospel such as Matthew 19. 4-6 (mentioned above), while others believe that divorce might be possible on the grounds of adultery. Since the bible is unclear opinions vary on weather divorce should be allowed or not, however it does not stop there. The bible affects a Christians attitude on what is allowed after divorce. Some think it is ok.
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Bertrande de Roles was now stuck in limbo, as she could not go out and look for a new husband, for that would have been viewed as an adulterer. However being a woman she had little power in terms of social status because of the absence of a husband, she had no power over her land or in some cases her possessions thus she was little more then a mother with children. With the sudden appearance of the imposter of Martin Guerre, Bertrande de Roles takes advantage of the situation and plays along with the new Martin Guerre's schemes.
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Thomas J. Higgins, S.J., the author writes with the influence of the Thomistic accounts of ethics. First of all, he notes that divorce is not condemned because Natural Law does not find it totally evil, nor is it totally good (374). Natural Law is the way by which humans live, and how they follow the Eternal Law, that which governs everything in the universe. The reason that divorce cannot be completely evil is because the end to marriage is attainable without a divorce (374). Two kinds of divorce exist, one being imperfect, and the other being perfect. Imperfect divorce is defined as the physical separation of a married couple, where the couple no longer lives together.
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Half the families had broken up one or more times. The report looks at both the negative and positive aspects of divorce, for example whether the child is better off living in a peaceful environment even if it means the parents are separated. Cockett and Tripp found that: * "Children whose families had been 're-ordered' by separation or divorce were more likely than children from intact families to have encountered health problems (especially psychosomatic disorders), to have needed extra help at school..."
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'Are you ready to love and honour each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?' this is asking the couple if they are ready to show their love and respect for each other, giving them gifts, making love etc. 'Are you ready to accept children lovingly from God and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?' this question is one which is stating your willingness to have children. All Christian marriages should be life giving if possible.
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The loss of a child is a pain that never goes away, and an already shaky marriage is very likely to deteriorate completely. Besides, to "not get divorced" takes a lot of work on the part of both spouses. If both spouses don't take responsibility for the marriage, then a lot of divorces occur for reasons that are not overt. These reasons seem invalid because they are not irreparable. In other words, if the couple is willing to work at their marriage and bend a little in order to meet each other half way, then their marriage can be saved.
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In your opinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages of polygamous marriages? Do you think polygamy and arranged marriage would help to lower the divorce rate in our society today?
A husband having more than one wife is likely to be the father to many children, who he would also be responsible to support, resulting in him having to earn even more money. Many think that an disadvantage of a polygamous marriage is that when more wives are added to a family, tension and jealousy is created causing the living environment in the family home to be less comfortable. This may also lead to arguments within the family, especially between children of the same father but with different mothers living together.
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Can the rise in the divorce rate during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s be explained by legal reforms which made it easier to get divorced?
By the time the Divorce Reform Act (1969) was passed, divorces had already almost trebled (Office for National Statistics). The Act 'replaced blame with irretrievable breakdown' (Esher College, 2001), and increased the possible grounds for divorce to five - adultery, unreasonable behaviour, two years separation with both parties' consent, five years separation without both parties' consent, and desertion. After this came into force in 1971, there was a flurry of divorce applications, but these plateaued after a couple of years.
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However, in an arranged marriage most couples will have a choice to agree to the marriage or not. What are the pros and cons? For- Reasons for maintaining it for people who practise arranged marriage There are several arguments in favour of arranged marriage. These are some of the most popular arguments. Modern arranged marriages, in contrast to classical ones, are not based on proscriptions but on realistic considerations. Often, parents can contribute to the offspring's life by utilizing the benefits of experience to choose the right mate for him/her.
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marriage is seen as completing half of your faith, is due to the fact that it allows Muslims to have responsibilities in life, and not a care-free and silly life. Some responsibilities marriage comes with are to feed and clothe the wife or to assist the husband etc. A Muslim believer should live in harmony with the Islamic law and it has been reported that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had once said ?Do not delay in three things; 1) the offering of the obligatory prayer.
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In the New Testament both proclamations contradict themselves: one is that ?man must not separate ?what God had joined together? in Mark 10:9. For this particular reason, many traditional Christian churches refuse to remarry divorced people in a church, although they can marry in a registry office with the ?blessing? of the church. This is because divorce is seen as a misdemeanour in the eyes of God. However, in Matthew another statement declares that ?If anyone divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness?? Some believe that there are these conflicting opinions about divorce perhaps because Mark saw marital unfaithfulness as such an obvious reason for divorce that he did not deem it worthy to mention.
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