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A description of Christian teachings about the roles of men and women.

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A Description of Christian Teachings about the Roles of Men and Women The family is our basic social unit. It is the smallest and most common group in our society. It is found in every country and in every age throughout history. Sociologists often distinguish between two types of family. The first is the 'nuclear' family which is where husband and wife live alone with their children. The second is the 'extended' family, which consists of several generations possibly living in the same house and having relatives living in the neighbourhood. Christians believe that family is of great importance. In Genesis it says: "Living as a family prevents loneliness." Christians also belive it is their duty to care for all their relatives, including the elderly. Showing respect to each family member is of paramount importance, 1 Timothy 5:8, "But if anyone does not take care of his relatives, especially the members of his own family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." In the book of Ruth it says that families must show loyalty to one another. ...read more.

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Children should be able to respect their parents and their decisions: Exodus 20:12, "Respect your father and mother, so that you may live along time in the land I am giving you." If parents create a stable background to bring a child into, then a sense of security and self-worth is also created. There are three elements in family life and these are freedom, discipline and love. Parents need to be consistent in terms of freedom and discipline and in doing so parents need to say what they mean and mean what they say, Proverbs 23:22, "Listen to your father; without him you would not exist. When your mother is old, show her your appreciation." In terms of discipline parents should always be specific when the reprimand their children. This is important because it will enable the children to fully understand why they should not do a specific thing. Above all families should show loyalty, Proverbs 1:8-9, "Pay attention to what your father and mother tell you, my son. Their teaching will improve your character as a handsome turban or a necklace improves your appearance." ...read more.

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He displayed a perfect role model of a parent and didn't openly criticise but was there for his son and helped him to move forward. However, the older son did not forgive the younger son, he took a different course of action and did not ask for money as his brother had done, but if he didn't ask then it isn't unfair because you have to get things for yourself. You can not fall back on other people you have to become independent. With choice comes consequence, good or bad, but the way you handle these consequences determines your level of maturity. Nowadays, people in the Christian Society are beginning to change roles, and men and women are becoming more equal. Many Christian parents have accepted changes in society and have adapted to them. Both men and women go to work, there are also some house husbands. There are different roles in society which are beginning to be shared by both men and women such as male equivalent maids. Some children in one parent families even have to take the role of a parent if a relative becomes ill. They have to grow up quickly and take on the burdens of holding a family unit together. Emily Drake 6th March 2003 ...read more.

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