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  1. Describe Christian Teachings about Sex

    It is a gift to be used responsibly and in a loving relationship that is long-term. For this reason, many Christians believe that the only circumstance where two people should have sex is within a marriage; they do not believe in pre-marital sex (sex before marriage) or extra-marital sex (sex with someone else while you are married). A Christian marriage is a spiritual bond between two people who really love each other and feel that they want to spend the rest of their lives together - "Jesus said, <A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, the two will become one flesh.

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  2. Is love more important than friendship in a marriage? Discuss the views of Christians.

    If you don't trust them, then there will be anxiety and tension in the relationship and neither of you will be happy. Happiness in a relationship is essential for a good, stress-free life and sustainability of the relationship, as if you are happy with the person you are married to then you will want to stay with them for the rest of your life as opposed to regretting it for years to come. Treating each other equally is easier if you are friends as you would naturally want the friendship to continue, "Jesus said, <Do for others what you want them to do for you>"- Matthew 7:12.

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

    Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church>" may mean they believe that the wife should prioritise supporting her husband and children at home; likewise the husband should love and appreciate his wife - it's a two way process. Another reason that some Christians believe that men and women should have different roles is because of their physical differences. Men are physically stronger than women; therefore some may believe that because of this, it is natural for the men to be the leaders.

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  4. Honour Killing

    From that who would think that something so small could be the tragic end of someone's life? Honour killing is usually targeted to girls. Also, sometimes they may marry someone of her own choice. One may say that it is not worth taking someone's life away just because you wouldn't be happy with their relationship and they should understand that it is up to the girl to make her decision on who to marry and that you should accept the true love of the daughter's life and that otherwise it is immoral. But a question that should be apposed is; would you rather live a life you enjoy or a life that others consider to be right?

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  5. Explain why christians have differing views about wether divorse is right or wrong

    A man who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery.' Here, the bible coherently suggests that divorce is wrong as marriage is for life, 'From this day forward' and 'Till death do us part.' The institution of marriage provides a fine basis for the development of culture, and for children to thrive and flourish. In accordance, divorce has a huge impact on those concerned in the relationship of the couple getting divorced, in particular the children. Paul said: 'If anyone does not provide for his relatives and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.'

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  6. The meaning of marriage in Christianity and how this is shown through the wedding service

    As a result of this Christians value marriage greatly, the sacred union reflects on Christ's own union that he held with his disciples. Christians believe that a couple enter into the act of marriage because they are committed together and want to fulfil the God given union. A marriage is not based on superficial things such as looks, sex or desire for children. Marriage is the only place where a couple should raise children. This is the purpose of marriage for Christians, God intended man to procreate: 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue I' Marriage

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  7. Problems facing muslims living in britian today

    Every Muslim should follow the eating rules, as it is custom to being a Muslim. Problems facing Muslims living in Britain today. Prayer and worship Prayer and worship is mainly focused around the Five pillars of Islam. Shahadah - faith Salat - prayer Zalat - wealth Sawn - fasting Hajj - pilgrimage A mosque is where Muslims go to pray and there are a limited number of proper mosques in Britain so Muslims find it hard to find somewhere to pray. Muslims have to pray 5 times a day. The difficulties of praying 5 times a day are that it takes up a lot of time, and could be difficult to fit round work or school.

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    Describe the biblical teachings of marriage and family life

    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.

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  9. sociology - family

    The three aims of my coursework will be: 1. Why is the divorce rate increasing? 2. To what extent does the media have an impact on this decision? 3. What effect does divorce have on children? I will use primary research to find out the cause of divorce and the effect on children. I will prove/disprove my hypothesis by completing primary research such as interviews, questionnaires and surveys. I will use secondary research to find out the rate of divorce and how long it takes them to get divorced.

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  10. Jewish Teaching on Marriage and Divorce

    It increases stability and security in a changing and troubled world. In Jewish teaching they say that it is a natural state for all including rabbis. The only people that should delay being married are those who study in the yeshiva, which is a collage for the study of the Torah. There is also the Jewish story of Ina shalom where a non Jewish person says that the Jews god is a thief because he stole a rib from Adam.

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  11. Why do many marriages in Wales end in divorce and why do some Christian churches oppose divorce?

    single parent families and reconstituted families (where divorcees remarry or find new partners) Divorce is often a complicated and messy process, and throws up many pitfalls. Such thorny issues as whether to sell your home, which parent will look after your children, and how it will affect any loans you may have, will all have to be resolved. If, as in the vast majority of cases, your relationship is complicated, it is advisable to seek legal advice from a reputable family law solicitor, who will be able to properly advise you about your rights and responsibilities.

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  12. Give detailed definition of different family types.

    'The family is the basic unit of society. It is a group of people who are usually related by birth, marriage or adoption.' Minnett 2001' Minnett has a wider view about the family and doesn't make sweeping statements but leaves his comment open slightly by saying that usually the members are related. A family can be split into many different sections. These sections include: * Nuclear family * Classic extended family * Modified extended family * Lone parent family * Reconstituted family * Symmetrical family The nuclear family consists of the parents living with just the children in one house.

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  13. Explain the Teaching of the Catholic Church regarding Marriage, Divorce and Annulment

    Firstly marriage is one of the seven sacraments in the eyes of the Catholic teaching. It is one of two, the other being Baptism, that are sacraments of commitment in the RC church. A sacrament is a sign of inward Grace, and outward declaration of faith, and so is highly important. God works to bring the couple closer to him, and in marriage each partner becomes a channel of Gods love to one another. To Catholics, marriage is part of Gods plan for the human race, described in Genesis.

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  14. Explain how this teaching about marriage might influence a Christian couple to apply the beliefs you have mentioned to their behaviour, lifestyle and decision making.

    This attitude often leads to a form of adultery taking place and marriages breaking down. Another very common reason is substance abuse. The fact that alcohol and drug abuse is very common in today's society mean that many married couples fall victim to it. This can them spark rows in the relationship and even lead to physical abuse in which no partner is expected to tolerate and the couple may break up. The Catholic Church accepts that there are some instances such as the case of a wife who is being battered by her husband, when separation (short or long-term)

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  15. Religion and Human Relationships Marriage is seen in the Bible as a quality bond between two willing people, symbolising a relationship

    This would then allow a divorce to take place, without punishment. However, it is unlikely you can be annulled, so Catholics face the options of staying married or divorcing without the acceptance or knowledge of their Church. Another Christian denomination, the Orthodox Church has the belief that a bishop has the right to allow divorce and also accept the blessing of a new marriage if the divorced couple find other partners. This belief is mainly put forward to partners to let the innocent partner, involved in the divorce, be allowed to find love again without punishment (as long as the vicar/minister has agreed that they are taking Christian marriage seriously).

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  16. Outline and discuss the view that the rise in divorce rates since the 1970's is a direct consequence of changes in the law. 30 marks

    This helped to increase the number of divorces. The expectation of more in marriages has been one major reason why a lot of couples file for a divorce. Writers such as Ronald Fletcher also see those higher divorce rates as expectations of increased and high standards of marriage. The main partner who seems too want a higher lifestyle is the woman instead of the man. So in effect women and not men today file three quarters of all divorces. Since the divorce act, the reasons for divorce did not have to be complicated.

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  17. A02: Explain how these teachings might affect the life of a Christian today

    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. 'Relate' offers services to any adult having relationship problems. It offers services including couple counselling, mediation and counselling for teenagers whose parents have separated or divorced. Within a marriage both partners need to possess certain qualities for the relationship to be successful. Both partners should be able to accept the other as he or she is and be willing to share and grow with their partner.

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  18. Examine the reasons for changes in the patterns of marriage, cohabitation and divorce in the last 30 years.

    This essay will look at these factors and examine how and why the pattern of them is changing. The divorce rate has rapidly increased over the past 30 years. Changes in the law have added to this increase. Before 30 years ago a 'matrimonial offence' had to be proven and a 'guilty party' had to be found for a divorce to be accepted. However The Divorce Reform Act introduced in 1971 meant it was no longer necessary to prove guilt but simply to show that the marriage was beyond repair. Also in 1984, the Matrimonial Family Proceedings Act came into effect.

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  19. "Life long marriage is too difficult for man people today. The church should be willing to drop this vow." Would a Christian agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have considered more than one point of view.

    Roman Catholic teachings state that once two people are married they have become "one flesh" (Genesis 2:24) and no one can separate them. If they are then divorced by the state, in God's eyes they are still married so any other relationships they have are considered to be adulterous. The only accepted reason for remarriage in the Catholic Church is if either husband or wife has died. Despite these strict beliefs, the Church does leave the possibility of the marriage never actually taking place. This is when for specific reasons, the couple's union was never genuine, for example one of the partners may have still been married or one may have lied when making the marriage vows or may not have understood the vows they were making.

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  20. Discuss to what extent the family is in decline in modern Britain.

    Divorce is a big influence on the structure of a family as it is today. Divorce is easier to obtain than in previous years with the introduction in 1971 of the Divorce Reform Act that established irretrievable breakdown of marriage as grounds for divorce. Another act was passed in 1984 that allowed married couples to divorce after one year of marriage that ultimately increased the number of divorces. Legal aid is now more accessible and ends in most cases the expense of a divorce. Divorce is also far less stigmatised than previously where the likelihood of knowing someone who is divorced as opposed to not knowing anyone (as in previous years)

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  21. Is Divorce Wrong or Right?

    Ultimately, a couple may decide that they must divorce and put an end to their legal status as a married couple. This is done through the legal system but not recognised by many Churches who believe that marriage is a sacrament, it is binding for life and that a couple cannot be un-married. 'What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder' (Mark 10:9) Attitudes Towards Re-marriage in Different Christian Denominations Attitudes towards divorce affect what people think about re-marriage.

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  22. 'So Long a Letter' - Compare and contrast the lives of Ramatoulaye and Aissatou up to the end of Chapter 16, paying particular attention to their friendship, shared idealism and marriages.

    Throughout chapters one to sixteen, the intimacy between them is evident. After they got married they would meet on the beach and 'depression and sadness would disappear, suddenly to be replaced by feelings of plentitude and expansiveness.'4 There were harbingers that suggested that both Aissatou's and Ramatoulaye's marriages would fail. Ramatoulaye's mother didn't want her to marry Modou; she felt he was 'too handsome, too polished and too perfect'5 a man. In Aissatou's case, Mawdo's mother didn't want a 'Toucouleur to marry a goldsmith's daughter.'

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  23. Assess the claim that the increase in the divorce rate since the Second World War has been mainly due to changes in the law.

    claim that another reason for this trend is because people's beliefs are being changed by new ideas. Cohabitation is one form of family diversity, which has increased, a lot in the last few years. As cohabitation has increased so has illegitimate children. Reasons why this has happened could be because of secularisation, costs of marriage or people are just simply looking for an alternative to marriage. Here are the views of different sociologists: Functionalists- they claim that that a cohabiting family is a form of nuclear family in disguise but are just not legitimised by the wedlock.

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  24. 'The family is an endangered species in Britain.' Discuss

    In the past, divorce was much harder to obtain. The increases of divorce are clearly related to legal changes. Since the "1969 Divorce Reform Act" passed, it had abolished the idea that divorce could only be obtain if the petitioner should show that their partner had committed a "matrimonial offence"2. In 1911, 859 petitions for divorce were filed in England and Wales of which some three-quarters were granted a degree absolute. The table below presents the statistics on divorce for England and Wales from 1961 to 19823. Divorce in England and Wales (Thousands and percentages)

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  25. Divorce and Its Effects on Children and Society

    Your life changes suddenly and drastically and you can't change it back. You may feel out of control; after all, you didn't make the decision to get a divorce. You might feel that the hurt and pain that almost always accompany a divorce will never go away. However, things will get better. Your family life will never be the way it used to be, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will be bad. You can create a new home for yourself. And in time that hurt and pain will go away. People approaching divorce often ask their lawyers, "How much alimony do I have to pay?"

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  • Men and Women are not equal- Discuss

    "In conclusion, equality has become a reality. Let's just face the fact that women are often not given enough responsibility based on the possibility that they might become pregnant. The numbers of sexual harassment suits have increased over the past 10 years. A lot of things are randomly happening to each and every one of us; even a man or a woman suffers. What can we do is face the problem and treat ourselves equally. This can help each and every one of us and we will have a better world."

  • Is love more important than friendship in a marriage? Discuss the views of Christians.

    "In conclusion, love and friendship are vital to making a marriage work. Without love the relationship can't be sustained and the same applies to without friendship. This is true as in the real world there are many examples of marriages that haven't worked out well because of a lack of either love or friendship; "<I hate divorce,> says the Lord"- Malachi 2:16. In my opinion, to truly make a marriage work and last forever, you need both; it is not just enough to have one without the other. They are just as important as each other, "Jesus said, <Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends>"- John 15:12-13. You could try to make a relationship missing one of them to work but it would backfire as it is just not possible to keep it up. Njeri Chege"

  • Compare Marriage in Thailand and the UK

    "In conclusion, marriage in countries varies from culture to culture. The backgrounds of countries affect their behaviour. Although there are many different cultures and ways of life between in Thailand and in the UK, for instance, the majority of families in Thailand are extended families while nuclear families in the UK, Children in Thailand stay with their families until they get married while children in the UK can stay with their partners if they want. However, whether Thailand or the UK, the most important things for two people who want to stay together are try to adapt them for staying for a long time, and have responsibilities in their families. 2"

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