• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


What do Christians teach about the roles of men and women in a Christian family? A family is consists of all the people living together in one household. In this case, it is made up of a husband, his wife and their child or children. A role is a part played by a person depending on what is expected of them or what they believe in. Although different Christians may have opposite views on family roles, they believe that both men and women are all valuable to God; "So God created man in his own image... male and female he created them"- Genesis 1:27. Many Christians believe that men and women have different roles in the family; they have the more traditional view. The Bible teaches equality of people, including the equality of men and women, "Paul said, <There is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and freemen, between men and women, you are all one in union with Christ>"- Galatians 3:28. Therefore they believe that although men and women have different roles, they are unique to their gender and equal. In their belief, the man should go to work and earn a living to give financial support to his family, while the woman stays at home and looks after the children and home. Their interpretation of Ephesians 5:22-25- "Paul said, <Wives submit to your husbands, for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the Church. ...read more.


Also, Eve gave in to temptation of the forbidden fruit faster than Adam did. Contrastingly, some Christians believe that men and women can have the same roles if they wish; a completely different view to the traditional one. They may believe that the men can partake in the housework and caring for the children too, and the women can go out to work and earn. This belief builds on the teaching that men and women were created equal, and extends this to them having equal opportunities in work and sharing of childcare: "Jesus tells Martha that there is more to the role of a woman than just doing housework"- Luke 10:42. Christians who believe this may think it is important not to compare men and women's differences in a way that may suggest that men are superior and in charge. A Quote by St. Ambrose supports this view: "You are not her master but her husband; she was not given to you to be your slave, but your wife... Return her attentiveness to you and be grateful to her for her love." These Christians have a more balanced approach to men and women's roles: a woman having a career (if she chooses to have one) is just as important as her work at home (if she doesn't choose a career); also, men should be equally involved in family life and care as women: "But if anyone does not take ...read more.


The church, once viewed as socially conservative, has since moved rapidly to elect more women to this leadership position every year since the process began. By July 2003, twenty-four of the church's 130 deacons were women... a change that other twenty-first-century Baptist churches are encountering and must decide whether to adopt, reject, or avoid." According to further research, the Free Methodist Church accepts women as equal to men and both are allowed to be ordained: "The General Conference of 1974 passed a resolution "giving women equal status with men in the ministry of the church" (General Conference Minutes, p. 388)."- http://www.smcfmc.org/women%20in%20ministry.html This suggests that Methodists believe that the roles of men and women in a family can be the same. In conclusion, the roles of men and women in a Christian family depend entirely on their own thoughts, views, upbringing and what they as individuals believe. The Bible's teachings are often contradictory to one another, as they are with family roles; this means the roles the husband and wife in the Christian family take depend on their interpretation of the Bible: "Paul said, <All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work>"- 2 Timothy 3:16. Their views, however, may also be influenced by the Christian denomination that they belong to. Njeri Chege ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Family, Marriage and Divorce section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Family, Marriage and Divorce essays

  1. The roles of men and women within the Christian family.

    One idea about the inferiority of women is that they should be the home carer, they should look after the children while the man take care of bigger, more important things. In other religions, or rather other countries, china for example, a common statue that is seen shows two lions,

  2. Men and Women are not equal- Discuss

    There is a quote that proves this issue. "I permit no women to teach or have authority over men. She is to keep silent". St. Paul Protestant churches now accept that men and women are equal. Their churches also have women ministers and priests.

  1. What impact does divorce and separation have on children and what effect has this ...

    I didn't necessarily have to make notes immediately, a bravura advantage. I then carried out various structured interviews (or oral questionnaires) among an insufficient sample size of 12. There wasn't much choice, since realistically I would have needed to interview and obtain data from hundreds of people, which is highly

  2. Is the family in decline?

    or not to marry, and whether or not to have children, and how many. However, though, this has not always been true. At the turn of Industrialisation many families' had to relocate in order to move to the cities where the jobs were.

  1. Marriage a Christian view

    Personally, I do not believe in abortion because there are enough children's homes around to care for the child. Furthermore, if, for any reason, the woman cannot care for the child she should not of had sexual intercourse in the first place.

  2. Marriage a Christians view

    Question two asks the couple if they are ready to honour each other for the rest of their lives. The third question asks the couple are they ready to accept the gift of children lovingly from God and bring them up to continue Gods work of creation , this asks

  1. Religion and human relationships Religion and medical ethics - views of Christians and Moslems.

    Closing worship followed by photos and a reception or party Divorce and marriage The rate of divorce has increased as time goes on. Modern society increasingly accepts divorce. The Old Testament writers believed that part of God?s purpose in creating people was marriage.

  2. Religious Influence on Family Life In Britain

    But nowadays it is almost normal to have children outside of marriage, and it is not considered as big of a deal if you are a single parent or not and there is even parents as young as fourteen, which would have been a definite no in society fifty years ago.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work