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  1. The most important principles in a marriage

    If you stay faithful to God and keep his commandments then he will help you and keep your relationships with people going. God is the creator of everything so you should worship him for the things he made and the people he made and keeps your relationship good with him. Honesty is important in marriage because with honesty each of the partners can tell each other things that they have done writing and things about themselves that they have never told anyone else.

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

    The reason for these changes is because of laws, changing norms and values and changes in the connotations with words such as divorced parents, single mother and cohabitation. Firstly, the major factor in the way marriage is looked upon these days is the Divorce laws of the 1970's. Right at the beginning of this period, people who were in unhappy marriages had to put forward a severe case for divorce if it were to happen. But after the laws were introduced, people who were in these situations could get away with a lighter case still being accepted.

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  3. "Marriage must be honoured by all"

    Christian marriages are seen as the basis for a stable and secure family life and Christian traditions value family life very highly. The family is often seen as God's plan for caring for individuals. The role of the family is has been and still is very important throughout Christianity. The role of parents has been to bring up their children in a stable, Christian environment, and this is said to be easier for a married couple, as they can be older Christian role models for the children.

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  4. Marital Breakdown and Divorce

    1949 saw the introduction of Legal Aid for divorcing couples making divorce possible, and affordable, for all classes and not just the middle and upper classes and, in 1965, the Matrimonial Causes Act was updated. This enlarged the bill of 1937 and included the unnatural offences being elaborated on. It was now also possible to obtain a divorce on the grounds of rape, sodomy or bestiality although rape within marriage was not seen as a criminal offence until 1991. Then, in 1969, there was a major breakthrough in divorce legislation with the Divorce Reform Act.

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  5. Explain how the Catholic service of marriage might influence the moral behaviour, attitudes, lifestyle and social practices of a follower of the Catholic faith today

    This statement shows that marriage is exclusive, it demands that the couple are faithful to each other no matter what, as the vows will point out, may happen. The Catholic service might influence the attitudes of a follower of the Catholic service today by in marriage, the couple are individually expected to show that they intend to remain together in the public declaration of their intentions. The service is a holy thing because it is a sacrament, and is approved of by God and the Church, and the couple are asked to make that declaration before God and the Church.

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  6. Marriage a Christians view

    that a man is the base of a marriage and his wife must be faithful to him as Christ was faithful to the church as it was his body. This belief makes the woman rather inferior but today the Christian faith teaches that the union of one man to one woman for life on the basis of equality. In the sacrament of marriage there are three questions asked to prove the couple's true faith each other , question one asks the couple do you freely and without reserve, to give yourself to each other in marriage , simply this asks the couple do you accept each other in your own love without any objection.

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  7. 'How are the religious beliefs on divorce reflected in the ceremonies? And how do these view affect the choices available to a married couple in the religions you have studied?'

    A marriage can also liquefy between a couple where they are both baptized if there is a serious problem, such as impotence. In the Roman Catholic Church, it is also possible to annul a marriage. This is an affirmation that the marriage bond did not exist, whereas the breaking of a bond that did exist is called 'dissolution'. There are several reasons for why a marriage can be annulled.

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  8. "White people's perceptions on divorce differ from those of Asian origin."

    The only reason the couple stay together is because of extrinsic factors, like "for the sake of the children." Empty shell marriages seem apparent in southern Asian families. Many husbands and wives have been married through family connections, thus not giving them the chance to "develop" an intimate relationship before marriage. Ronald Fletcher gives one reason for rising divorce rates, however, there are numerous more, such as the reasons given by Bryan Wilson. Wilson argues that the stigma and shame that existed with marriage in the 19th century ceases to exist in today's society.

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  9. Attitudes Towards Marriage

    Traditionally, any property belonging to the wife passed to her husband. This meant that many didn't marry for love, and alliances were made between families to secure property and land. The brides' family would often pay a dowry to the groom. Back then attitude towards marriage was more like a business transaction. The wife was seen as belonging to her husband, and she was his property.

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  10. I was a guest at a Christian Marriage Service. I walked through the door and i saw the font, it was just by the door, quit an odd place to put it. but someone told me it is where babies are baptised, it symbolises entering the house of god.

    I thought to my self that he was a bit to old for her. But i was accatly her dad giving her away. This symolies her giver her away. As the father is responsible for her christan up bring. When she got to the altar, her father left her and sat down in her seat. She hade now joined her groom ( Husband to be) and there was also a best man there and a bridemades. Then the vicar comes out and welcomes evreyone to the church. He asks if there is any reason, in law, why the couple should not marry.

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  11. Lifelong marriage is too difficult even for Christians today. The Church should be willing to drop this vow, do you agree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have considered more than one point of view.

    Marital breakdown is another factor in the life of a married couple. There can be many reasons for a break up between a married couple but all reasons lead to pain and difficulty, this is why couples are encouraged to strengthen their relationships all the time. In Britain the divorce rate is moderately high but not as high as the United States. The reasons for a break up in a marriage are numerous they mostly have to do with financial stability as most couples find this an important issue in life.

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  12. What effect on the lifestyle and attitudes of Catholics would marriage breakdown have? In your answer make refernce to divorce and annulment.

    COHABITATION - 'living together as husband and wife when not married to each other'. PROMISCUITY - 'having sexual relations not limited by marriage or cohabitation, casual sex'. ADULTRY - 'voluntary sexual intercourse of married person other than spouse'. MONOGAMY - marriage to only one partner. POLOGAMY - marriage to more than one partner at the same time. SERIAL MONOGAMY - marriage to several people in your lifetime, but separated by divorce so that you are only married to one partner at a time. The are several reasons for marriage breakdown, the following are the most common; * Drugs * Alcohol * Adultery * Children - cant have children or one of the partners don't

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  13. Christian and Muslim attitudes to Divorce Explain the attitudes towards divorce and remarriage in Christianity and Islam.

    When they get married they take a vow at the ceremony to be together "till death do us part." Many Christians don't agree with divorce, they think that a couple, once married should spend the rest of their lives together because they made a vow in front of their God. Christians believe that divorce is not what God wants and should be avoided, however some Christians cannot cope with marriage, so they divorce. They may not be able to cope because their partner may not be part of the same faith. Christianity as a whole cannot decide on whether a divorced couple should be ever allowed to become married again, or whether this second marriage can take place but just not in a church.

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  14. Do you agree that there is more diversity in types of family in Britain today than in the past

    Most women earn an equal or higher wage than their other half so if they were to get a divorce they could do so without living in poverty or struggling to bring up their children. Of course, fathers are made to pay child support also but that is not necessarily enough. I think that another reason for the growing diversity is the rise of secularisation; this is when religion becomes increasingly les important to society. It is a very big issue in Britain and is probably the first cause of the growing divorce rate in Britain.

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  15. Describe and Explain the Range of Christian Attitudes In Relation To Marriage, Divorce and Abortion

    Marriage is regarded as the essential requirement to provide the stable and secure surroundings needed for the child. The importance of the marriage service itself is also clear; it is a ceremony held in a religious building, witnessed by God. The line from the marriage service, "man must not divide, then, what God has joined together" shows not only that adultery is not permitted, but also that the union has been made and sanctioned by God, and the breaking of it would be going against God's wishes. The wedding ceremony itself represents the attitudes and beliefs held by the religion, one of which is that marriage should be intended for life, for 'better or worse' and 'for richer or poorer'.

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  16. Describe and explain the religious position of woman in the New Testament times.

    Women were forbidden to read from the torah and also from preaching. Woman were thought and seen as, as being unclean during the period of menstruation and were not allowed in the synagogue or temple to worship until they were seen as clean again. A woman had to cover her face in public. A man was forbidden to be alone with a woman or to look lustfully at a married woman.

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  17. How are the religious beliefs on divorce reflected in the ceremonies?

    Similarly, in the ceremony there is not the belief that God is joining to people, as he only witnesses the ceremony. In Islam, 'khul' is when a woman wants a divorce against her husband's will. A way of obtaining a divorce in this situation is to return his marriage gift- mahr, which is usually dowry. This situation is usually reflected in the Nikah ceremony as the husband normally gives her the dowry during the ceremony. This dowry given to the bride during the ceremony also reflects that the husband is a financial support to his wife forever, even if they divorce, as he is still then obliged to support his children.

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  18. The Importance of Marriage

    For your husband has authority over his wife just as Christ has authority over the church; and Christ is himself the saviour of the church, his body' , this states that a man is the base of a marriage and his wife must be faithful to him as Christ was faithful to the church as it was his body. In the sacrament of marriage there are three questions asked to prove the couple's true faith each other , question one asks the couple do you freely and without reserve, to give yourself to each other in marriage , simply this asks the couple do you accept each other in your own love without any objection.

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  19. Christians views on Marriage.

    "The two will become one flesh, so they are no longer two but one." Marriage is life-giving as the couple grow in confidence in a loving relationship and after being married the couple may accept children lovingly from God and to bring up their children into the Roman Catholic faith. Marriages take place before a priest and he is Gods representative on earth. It takes place in a catholic church and there has to be two witnesses present in the church. After the wedding ceremony there is the signing of the register as a civil document of the marriage and the two witnesses also signs the register along with the priest.

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  20. Marriage and Divorce

    When people get married they have to go thought these special process for example the signing of the register is to show that people want to make there marriage legal, like a legal document showing that they want to spend there live together. They also have to take special vows which when they get married, and are promises which they make to each other the vows are sacred. In today's times people don't really take the vows seriously, and should by then realize how important the vows are.

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  21. What do the marriage vows demand from a Catholic couple, living out their marriage?

    At the actual exchange of vows is the point where the sacrament takes place. The sacrament of marriage is a life long commitment in the eyes of God. Once a couple have made their wedding vows they promise each other that they will love them no matter what. The Catholic Church understands that there are rocky times in a marriage and the couple must strive to make them better because they promised to in their vows. In the marriage vows the candidate promises to love and to cherish until death splits them apart, in any circumstances.

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  22. Explain how rituals and values connected with Christian marriage ceremonies might influence the differing ways that couples approach marriage and breakdown

    So marriage classes can be useful to the way couples approach marriage. The rituals and values that are associated with marriage could influence the way couples think about marriage, as they will think of it as something special and will prepare for it very well because they want it to go perfect. Also the fact that the ring is supposed to be an unbroken circle of love between the couple, this can also make them change their attitude towards the break up of their marriage this is because the ring also reminds them of their vows which they are supposed to stick by until they die.

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  23. Christian purposes for Marriage

    The couple promise that they will remain faithful and that they will try to make the relationship lifelong. The couple makes vows to each other to show their love and commitment to each other publicly and to show God that they are willing to learn what love is all about and what it entails. The role of woman in the Christian marriage has changed quite significantly throughout the ages but a few things still remain the same. The woman is still recognised as a sexual partner, the word partner suggests an equal in the sexual side to the relationship, but this is quite a recent revelation.

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  24. Explain how the rituals and vows connected with Christian marriage ceremonies might influence the differing ways that couples approach marriage and marital breakdown.

    Candle Ceremony (Optional) Prayer of the Newly Married Couple (Optional) Prayers of the Faithful 4. The Liturgy of the Eucharist Prayer over the Gifts The Preface Acclamation of the People Nuptial Blessing Communion Antiphon Prayer After Communion 5. Concluding Rite Blessing Dismissal Marriage is a life long commitment between two people who have vowed to each other before God and witnesses. It was ordained by God at the Creation in order to let human participate in the creation by the producing and nurturing of Children (Genesis 1:27, 2:10-24). Marriage is to help God to continue the human race and to give children a stable and secure upbringing, "...accept children lovingly from God".

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  25. Explain how the rituals and vows connected with Christian marriage ceremonies might influence the differing ways that couples approach marriage and marital breakdown.

    (Genesis 2:24) this shows how close two people in marriage are, and how special their relationship is. The bible also tells us that in marriage we should create a family, ' be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and conquer it.' (Genesis 1:28) the bible also tells us that sex should be confined to a marriage. Men and women were expected by God to stay virgins until they marry and within marriage use sex to create a family. 'But if what he charged her with be true and virginity not be found in the damsel, they shall cast her out of the doors of her father's house and the men of the city shall stone her to death.'

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