An Islamic Perspective on Divorce
An Islamic Perspective on Divorce Marriage as prescribed by God is the lawful union of a man and women based on mutual consent. Ideally, the purpose of marriage is to promote a state of harmony, love and kindness in Islam, but this is not always the case. Islam discourages divorce but, unlike some religions, does make requirements for divorce by either party. God provides general guidelines for the process of divorce with emphasis throughout on both parties upholding the values of justice and kindness in formalizing the end to their marriage (see Surah 2: 224-237 for general guidelines regarding divorce). God encourages the husband and wife to appoint arbitrators as the first step to aid in reconciliation in the process of divorce. If the reconciliation step fails, both men and women are guaranteed their right to divorce as established in the Qur'an. When a divorce is initiated by the man, it is known as talaq. The statement by the husband may be verbal or written, but once done, a waiting period of three months ('iddat) must take place in which there are no sexual relations even though the two are living under the same roof. The waiting period helps prevent hasty decisions made in anger and enables both parties to reconsider as well as determine if the wife is pregnant. If the wife is pregnant, the waiting period is lengthened until she delivers. At any point during
The Catholic Wedding Ceremony And the Ideals Expressed within it
The Catholic Wedding Ceremony And the Ideals Expressed within it "This is the bone of my bone, the flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall be united with his wife; and they shall become one flesh." Genesis 2:23-24 This passage tells us how important marriage is, that's why the man and woman would leave their respective families and together they become 'one body' because of the unity that marriage gives. In this essay I will be describing a Catholic Wedding Ceremony and the ideals expressed within it. Marriage is one of the seven sacraments, which are important to Catholics. It is a sign of God's love which is shown in the life of Jesus who gave his own life for God's people. Most Christian marriages follow a similar pattern that marriage is a life long commitment and that marriage is permanent that's why a man would leave his mother and father and be united with his wife and become one flesh. There are four main ideals in a Catholic marriage: it is a sacrament in which the love of God is celebrated and shared with others. It is indissoluble meaning it is a life-long commitment and cannot be broken. Marriage is exclusive, it demands faithfulness between couple and do not have any sexual relationship with others. It is also fruitful and life-giving as it brings
Chapter 1 There are five basic types of families in the world. . Nuclear Family 2. Single Parent Family 3. Extended Family 4. Blended Family 5. Adoptive Family Nuclear Family The Nuclear Family consists of a mother, a father and their children. According to www.wikipieda.com, nuclear families can be any size, as long as the family can support itself and there are only parents and children The Nuclear family is the idealizied version of what most people think when they think about "famliy" but recently it seems that the number of Nuclear families are decreasing. Extended Family Extended family, or joint family as it is sometime referred to, is a term with several meanings. First, it is used similar to that of a consanguineous family, meaning that the descended from the same ancestor as another person are living together. Second, in societies dominated by the nuclear family, it is used to refer to kindred who do not belong to the nuclear family. Third when a nuclear or single - parent family live with any extended family. Often there could be many generations living under the same roof. Blended Family A Blended Family consists of a biological parent, a stepparent and the children of one or both parents. The term "blended family" can be very confusing. A lot of people think it means interracial marriage that's somewhat close to the real meaning. An example of a
Should people who have been divorced be allowed to remarry in church?
8th January08 Should people who have been divorced be allowed to remarry in church? Most Christian churches treat divorce negatively; however, different Christian denominations vary in their toleration of it. The Roman Catholic Church treats all consummated sacramental marriages as permanent during the life of the spouses, and therefore does not allow remarriage after a divorce if the other spouse still lives and the marriage has not been annulled. However, divorced Catholics are still welcome to participate fully in the life of the church so long as they have not remarried against church law, and the Catholic Church generally requires civil divorce or annulment procedures to have completed before it will consider annulment cases. Other Christian denominations, including the Eastern Orthodox Church and many Protestant churches, will allow both divorce and remarriage even with a surviving former spouse, at least under certain conditions. These are the views of different religions in our society, but this is not what I think so I shall now give reasons as to why I think remarriage in the church should and shouldn't be allowed. Remarriage shouldn't be allowed... The Church is surely not being 'unforgiving' if they do not allow remarriage, but God would forgive murder, but that does not mean that the Church condones it. People enter into a Christian marriage knowing full well
Sex outside marriage is always acceptable
Sex outside marriage is always acceptable. I don't agree with the statement that sex outside marriage is always acceptable. In fact, in my opinion, it is always unacceptable as sex is a blessing from God to married couples, a way for the two to express the passionate love they feel for one another, as in Genesis 1:28 'God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number."' Firstly, one common sex outside marriage is adultery. Exodus 20:14 says, "You shall not commit adultery." Therefore it is clear that God forbid this. God has a reason for giving us this command. First and foremost, he knows what's best for us. It is against God's blessing for marriage, as Hebrews 13:4 states, "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral." Therefore having adultery will make one feel guilty when they face his or her spouse as it is an act of immorality. In many cases, it even ruins the marriage and lead to divorce as it shows great inconsideration to one's spouse's feelings. Although nowadays there are open marriages which the couple allow each other to have sex outside the marriage, this form of marriage is not what God intended for us, as Exodus 20:14 says, "Be faithful in marriage." Here, faithfulness not only indicates spiritual faithfulness, but also physical faithfulness. Secondly,
Discuss whether the concept of family life cycle has relevance today. Justify your reasons.
. Discuss whether the concept of family life cycle has relevance today. Justify your reasons. Today we don't see the "Family Life Cycle" the way that people saw it in earlier days because of many different reasons: the family life cycle that they saw was: Beginning Stage - Couples living together until the birth of their first child Expanding Stage - The birth of the first child until the last child leaves home Contracting Stage - Couples living alone. Some of the reasons why, we the society don't see it like this because nowdays the beginning stage, a lot of people do live together in a long term relationship but don't decide to have kids or are unable to have kids. Then there is the Expanding Stage where many parents have their kids and during their growth they divorce or even sometimes are unable to care for the child and it either gets taken off them or lives with a relative. Then last of all there is the Contracting Stage where many families also after all is done with the kids they divorce, or a spouse gets to sick and dies or even put into a nursing home. So the concept of family life cycle these today really has no relevance. 2. What have been the factors, which have contributed to the changes in family life? There are many factors that have contributed to the changes in family life. Here are some of the main factors that have
A02: Explain how these teachings might affect the life of a Christian today
A02: Explain how these teachings might affect the life of a Christian today. Christian teaching sometimes does not correlate with Catholic teaching. Some Catholics do not live according to Christian teaching. Catholics believe that marriage is a sacrament, that it is permanent, exclusive and pro-creative. These teachings can have many affects on a Christian's life. Preparation for marriage is essential for a Christian to know what marriage involves and what it will demand from them. Support for the couple after marriage is also important. Preparation helps to prevent the early breakdown of the relationship. In the Catholic Church a couple must take part in a pre-marital course at least three months before their ceremony. These preparations help the couple to address issues such as their wider families and how their marriage affects everyone around them. They may also use this preparation time to become people with a capacity to love, be faithful, kind and to make a commitment and carry it out. Couples will also need support after the wedding in order to help them deal with issues in their everyday lives. This support can come through friends and family. There are also a number of organisations where Christians can go to seek advice. 'Marriage Care' aims to show compassion to couples in difficulty and stresses that only the couples themselves can save their marriage.
Why Has Divorce Increased In The Last Century?
Why Has Divorce Increased In The Last Century? When two people love one another, and decide to declare their love for each other by getting married and spending the rest of their lives together, it has to be done in the eyes of the law. If an event of separation occurs, and the couple decide to split up, that also has to be done in the eyes of the law so as to make it official and permanent. This is called a divorce. Over the last century, the rate of divorce has increased to a great extent. This is due to several reasons: - The Changing role of Women. This is a very significant justification for the rising request of divorce. During the course of the twentieth century, women's expectation of life and marriage have risen. They are more adamant about sacrificing their own lives, independence and most of all their careers. The employment of married women has increased this century. This has increased their financial independence and also reduced the amount of reliance on their husbands. They are capable of making their own money and providing for themselves now that they can be employed. This makes it very easier for women to escape from miserable marriages and if ever they need help, there is a range of welfare state benefits to help divorced women, in particular those with children. Higher Expectation of Marriage People's expectation of what marriage should be like
Marriage and Divorce Rates,
Marriage and Divorce Rates, Outline and assess the reasons for the increase in the divorce rate. There are many reasons why the divorce rate has increased due to society changing, over the last fifty years. Firstly one of the most important one of these is the changes in laws, new laws have been introduced which have resulted in it becoming a lot easier for couples to get divorced. The most powerful law which coincidentally is a recent law is; The Divorce Reform Act of 1969; this involved a major change in the grounds for divorce. People could now get divorced without having to prove adultery or domestic violence, they could just divorce if things weren't working or they were unhappy. This law didn't actually start working until 1971 as it took a period of time to be enforced. This had a huge affect on the divorce rates, as now many unhappy married couples were now able to divorce much easier than before, without having to prove adultery or violence. The Matrimonial Family Proceedings Act of 1985 is also another new law which affected the rate of divorce, this allowed people to get divorced after being married for only one year, whereas before in 1985 married couples had to wait at least three years before they could get divorce. This act increased divorces as people split up on a faster rate if they had problems in their relationship and didn't give their marriage a
Christian marriage ceremonies
Jaiman Parekh Marriage Introduction In Christian marriage ceremonies the rituals and vows connected might influence the differing ways that couples approach to marriage and marital breakdown. I am not a Christian but I will try to refer to the thinking and writing of Christians and Roman Catholic tradition to illustrate and support of what I have to say. People decide to get married for many reasons. Some of those reasons might be love, affection towards your partner, fear of dying alone, spending their whole life with their partner, wanting a higher status and also to get noticed etc. Some of these reasons are the most important to get married and some of them are not so important. You would want good qualities in your partner like love, trust, and respect and your partner would want these same qualities in you. All of this is the ideal of marriage. What the ideal of marriage is that it includes three sections, those three sections are permanence, exclusivity and life giving. Permanence is when both partners have to get on with each other to make the marriage work. You need to know everything about your partners because if you don't they will go behind your back and betray you. You will also need to know how a marriage works and how it breaks down. Exclusivity is a point in the marriage where you have to find out if the person that you are with is right for