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Explain the major Christian teachings on marriage and how they pose challenges for society today

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Explain the major Christian teachings on marriage and how they pose challenges for society today The main teachings in the Christian church or the main beliefs on marriage are Permanent, Exclusive and Fruitful. Permanent means the marriage to be forever, exclusive meaning no affairs and fruitful means the marriage should be open to having children. The marriage should be A Sacrament. A symbol of Christ, the marriage should reflect Gods love for His people. But this is not always easy to follow. Because not everybody believes in God. One of the partners may believe and the other not maybe causing conflict. The teaching permanent explains that the marriage should be permanent. In the marriage ceremony part of the vows are "till death do us part" this means the marriage should last until death. It teaches that there should be no half measures. The married couple must be totally committed to each other, the marriage must be a life long unity. ...read more.

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Families often interfere in the marriage causing conflict. A large majority of families do not get along because of this such interference. Exclusive also means the all-important no adultery. This goes without saying that either partner should not commit adultery. But in society today affairs are another thing that are glamorised in the media and television. The husband is seen as a "stud" if he "plays away from home" so this will put pressure on it. If one of the couple do have an affair then this shows there is a problem in the marriage. They then need to talk this over themselves. But in society today this is not always possible so this brings it back to the chat shows and interfering families. But you don't have to actually commit adultery to be unfaithful. Its not just physically it is also mentally. The couple must learn to not carry on their sexual thoughts if they see somebody attractive in the street but to control and stop those thought if they are truly committed to their partners. ...read more.

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Socially because you should not be embarrassed to be seen out with your partner, you should attend celebrations or gatherings together. Emotionally because if the couple do not talk or understand each other's emotions then it will lead to trouble in the marriage. These are sensible rules but are very idealistic. The rules are not always possible for everyday living such as financially. If there are two bank accounts then you could be earning more money on interest. But if you had a joint ban account the partners could not surprise each other with gifts or other surprises and the marriage could get rather dull. But on the plus factor one of the partners could not be using the money for unwholesome things. The Christian church wants people to follow lots of rules, which are good in theory but not always in practice. I think that couples should take example of the teachings but not follow them literally. This will lead to a better society and above all marriage. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alice Hillis ~ 11 Campion ~ RE Coursework ~ Candidate no ~ 8380 Centre no ~ 13156 1 ...read more.

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