Describe the biblical teachings of marriage and family life

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a) Describe the Biblical teachings about marriage and family life.

In this essay I will describe the importance of the biblical teachings of marriage and family life. Christian teachings state five important principles on Christian marriage. Marriage is a sacrament based on love which should fruitful, exclusive and permanent. The bible also teaches that family life should be respectful.

Marriage is a sacrament which means that it is a gift from God and through it we experience God. It is a sign of God’s love for us and shows that through it we are in total union with God. In Mark 10:6 its states ‘‘God made them male and female’’ and therefore from the very beginning man and woman where meant to be united as one. The sacrament in marriage is a bond that cannot be broken and it brings us closer to God.

Christian marriage is based on love. This is expressed through friendship, companionship and sexual love. If a marriage has no love in it then it doesn’t make any sense. We are told in 1 John 4:7 ‘‘Let us love one another, because love comes from God’’ this means having a loving relationship is a sign of God’s love for us and that God wants people to love one another, we are told a similar message in Ephesians 5:25 ‘‘Husbands love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it.’’ It is comparing Christ’s love for the church with a husband and wife’s love therefore saying a husband should be prepared to die for his wife as Christ done for the church. Also in Ephesians 5:32 it says ‘‘Every husband must love his wife as himself, and every wife must respect her husband’’ this means a relationship between man and wife should be equal both full of love for one another.

For marriage to succeed, love is needed however love can be shown in other forms. We are told in 1 Corinthians 7:14 where St Paul wrote ‘‘Do not deny yourselves to each other unless you first agree to do so’’ From this verse we are told that a married couple should be open to a sexual relationship which love is part of.

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Not only should marriage be based on love but should also be permanent meaning that there should be no divorce or remarriage. In 1 Corinthians 7:10-11 it clearly states that ‘‘A wife must not leave her husband and a husband must not divorce his wife.’’

In Mathew 19:6 it tells us that ‘‘No human being must then separate what God has joined together.’’ This explains that a husband and wife become one person in marriage and so cannot be divided. God has joined these human beings as one to last forever. This is also what is meant in Mark ...

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