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GCSE: Family, Marriage and Divorce
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Above all, I believe that Christians should not be able to choose which parts of their religion they follow. If they are Christians they must practice all of the Church teachings not just the ones that suite them. In this century, many items or procedures have been invented in order to make sex a common thing that can be carried out whenever someone wants with no consequences. These include abortions and contraceptives; Christian views on these vary between different denominations of the Christian Church.
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Cohabitation is also a family, which consists of the natural birth parents living together but are not married. In addition homosexual relationships that bring up children, whether they're own or adopted, are also classed as a family. Emerging Family Definition Historically, functionalist sociologist George Peter Murdock ("Social Structure", 1949) states this: "The family is a social group characterised by common residence, economic co-operation and reproduction. It includes adults of both sexes, at least two of whom maintain a socially-approved sexual relationship, and one or more children, own or adopted, of the sexually cohabiting adults." Obviously, this definition of a family is based on an ancient social structure of what constitutes a family.
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Here, couples promise themselves to each other in a permanent and exclusive relationship. During the homily the priest will mention the dignity of married love and how this will help the couple grow closer to God through each other. The priest highlights the responsibilities of marriage stating that marriage is a permanent commitment that should not be jeopardised. In Mark, Chapter 10 V 1-12, Jesus talks about marriage to his disciples, he tells them, 'what God has joined together let no man put asunder'. Again this sums up the Christian belief about permanence, what God has joined together, let no one part.
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People can effortlessly 'fall in' and 'out' of love with someone whom they are physically attracted to but physical attraction does not always lead to a relationship. The clich� 'love at first sight' is based on physical attraction but is it possible to be 'in love' on a basis of appearance? Emotional intimacy, commitment and communication are also needed in order to have a successful relationship, which is mutually fulfilling. During the formation of relationships, individuals undertake physical and emotional rituals i.e.
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Despite the rise in divorce and its social acceptance in modern society it is still a personal tragedy. Reasons for divorce There are many reasons why a couple may choose to get divorced :money problems and unemployment ; their spouse has changed ; they are being taken advantage of ; and change in sexual orientation. The couple may also have found fault with each other or just realised how little they thought about getting married in the first place. The law Divorce in the UK used to be only obtainable for reasons of adultery until 1923 when a long string of law changes surrounding divorce began.
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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.
(Genesis 2:24) this shows how close two people in marriage are, and how special their relationship is. The bible also tells us that in marriage we should create a family, ' be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and conquer it.' (Genesis 1:28) the bible also tells us that sex should be confined to a marriage. Men and women were expected by God to stay virgins until they marry and within marriage use sex to create a family. 'But if what he charged her with be true and virginity not be found in the damsel, they shall cast her out of the doors of her father's house and the men of the city shall stone her to death.'
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Some reasons for marriages breaking down are rows, betrayal, affairs etc. Life-giving is when you get married you need to know that you love this person more than you will love anyone else ever. You need to know that this person is the right person for you. You will give a promise that your relationship will be permanent and exclusive therefore there will never be anyone involved. This then, is the greatest symbol of love. Two people show this love by creating life.
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The circle/ring idea is not only put to use in rings. In Orthodox ceremonies the couple may walk around the altar together, again symbolic of the circle - permanence idea. The vows from the Christian service are another custom which is heavily themed on permanence. One of the phrases most associated with marriage is ' Till death do us part.', this, obviously, is a statement of the couples wish to be together till the end of their lives. You don't get any more permanent than that. Some of the vows that the couples must take In the Roman Catholic service are, " Are you ready to love and honour each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?".
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Reasons for this may be that couples are 'rushing' into their married life's, which is then causing problems between the two. Other possibilities could be due to financial difficulties. Others may argue that the actual reason for the increasing divorce rates are due to the media and television programs, which many may believe influences family life. Hopefully I will be able to produce many other reasons and also explain them. Another aspect that may be affecting my 'question' is the ethnicity and the social background of the individual being questioned.
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This importance of love is shown in the wedding vows that all church weddings have. This part of the ceremony emphasises the need for love between the couple, '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'. (Alternative Service Book.) This shows the need for love and understanding to be present in all marriages. Christians believe that marriage is for life and that you are married until death parts you and only then are you free to re-marry.
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their state by a special sacrament' Through marriage, the relationship is 'sealed and strengthened' and they are united for the rest of their lives. The couple has Christ's and the Church's blessing and support and he is always there to help them in times of need. The sacrament of Matrimony, 'gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved the church'. (Catechism of the Catholic Church para. 1661) In a Catholic marriage the couple always have the support of God and the church, the blessing during the ceremony asks that the couple may be 'living examples of Christian life', to show others their love for each other.
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