Marriage and the Family


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    • Attitudes towards marriage divorce have changed because;
      • UK is now a multi faith/ethnic society
      • People are more tolerant of difference
      • The Church has less influence (less focus on Christian teaching)
      • Women are more equal to men in society/ Decline in traditional family values.
      • Civil Partnership Act 2004 allows same sex couples to have a legal commitment
      • Homosexuality isn't a criminal offence any more
      • Fewer people are getting married and more are choosing to cohabit (live together)
    • Christian attitudes to sex outside marriage
      • Bible teaching
        • Casual relationships are wrong
          • Sex is special and should be saved for marriage
            • Adultery is forbidden in the 10 commandment
              • Married couples should be faithful to each other
                • Christian attitudes to sex outside marriage
                  • Bible teaching
                    • Casual relationships are wrong
                      • Sex is special and should be saved for marriage
                        • Adultery is forbidden in the 10 commandment
                          • Married couples should be faithful to each other
                          • Most Christians feel sex outside marriage is wrong;
                            • Bible says sex is for marriage partners
                            • Children born outside of marriage have a less stable family life
                            • Adultery breaks the marriage vows made before God
                      • Some Christians feel pre-marital sex is acceptable;
                        • The couple love each other and are in a long-term committed relationship
                        • They intend to get married in the future
                        • Other Christians believe cohabitation is acceptable;
                          • It is a step towards marriage
                          • It helps couples find out if they will be suited as marriage partners
                    • Muslim attitudes to Sex outside marriage
                      • Islam teaches;
                        • Main purpose of sex: procreation
                        • Muslims shouldn't behave towards each other in a sexual manner
                        • Ideal marriage partner is one who loves Allah
                        • Sex should be kept special for marriage
                        • Adultery is a sin and forbidden by Allah
                      • Why all Muslims should marry;
                        • Sexual desire is a gift from Allah and Muslims ate taught to fulfil this through marriage
                        • Muslims do not cohabit because sex should take place between a married couple
                        • Prophet Muhammad was married
                        • Marriages brings Allah's blessing and forgiveness
              • Most Christians feel sex outside marriage is wrong;
                • Bible says sex is for marriage partners
                • Children born outside of marriage have a less stable family life
                • Adultery breaks the marriage vows made before God
          • Some Christians feel pre-marital sex is acceptable;
            • The couple love each other and are in a long-term committed relationship
            • They intend to get married in the future
            • Other Christians believe cohabitation is acceptable;
              • It is a step towards marriage
              • It helps couples find out if they will be suited as marriage partners
        • Muslim attitudes to Sex outside marriage
          • Islam teaches;
            • Main purpose of sex: procreation
            • Muslims shouldn't behave towards each other in a sexual manner
            • Ideal marriage partner is one who loves Allah
            • Sex should be kept special for marriage
            • Adultery is a sin and forbidden by Allah
          • Why all Muslims should marry;
            • Sexual desire is a gift from Allah and Muslims ate taught to fulfil this through marriage
            • Muslims do not cohabit because sex should take place between a married couple
            • Prophet Muhammad was married
            • Marriages brings Allah's blessing and forgiveness
    • Types of Family
      • Same sex family; 2 same sex parents and children
      • Extended family; grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousines
      • Nuclear family; 2 parents and their children living together
      • Re-constitutes family; step families joined together through re-marriage
      • Single parent families; one parent and children
    • Christian attitudes for different attitudes;
      • Reasons for divorce;
        • Adultery
        • Unreasonable behaviour
        • Desertion
      • Different Christian groups hold differing views on divorce because of the way they interpret the Biblr
      • People are less religious today and don't always take their marriage vows so seriously
      • Women are better educated today and can earn just as much as men so they don't need to be 'looked' after
      • Divorce is easier to obtain today
      • Catholic Christians believe;
        • Marriage is a sacrament and divorce would break the promises made with God
        • Divorce is not recognised by the Catholic Church because marriages is intended to be for life
        • Jesus said divorce is wrong
      • Other Christians believe;
        • People can make mistakes
        • God is ready to forgive sins
        • Jesus seemed to allow divorce in cases of adultery
        • Divorced people can sometimes remarry in a church
    • Muslim attitudes to Divorce
      • Marriage is a contract in Islam not a promise to Allah
      • The Qur'an allows Muslims to divorce
      • Islam has rules on how divorce is to happen and how divorced women and children are to be cared for
      • The family is very important to Muslims and they feel it may be better for children to have divorced parents than to live with hatred and bitterness
      • Muslim attitudes to Divorce
        • Divorce may damage the lives of the children
        • Muhammad, the perfect example, did not divorce
        • Muhammad said that divorce was the most hated of all things that Allah has permitted
        • Divorce shows disrespect to the family
    • How divorce works; Islam
      • Husband must announce his intention to his wife 3 times over a period of 3 months
        • During this time the couple live together but avoid sex to avoid pregnanry
          • The couple and their families have a chance to try and work things out
            • After 3 months has passed the couple are free to remarry
              • How divorce works; Islam
                • Husband must announce his intention to his wife 3 times over a period of 3 months
                  • During this time the couple live together but avoid sex to avoid pregnanry
                    • The couple and their families have a chance to try and work things out
                      • After 3 months has passed the couple are free to remarry
      • Last resorts for a Muslim woman; she may divorce if the husband is;
        • is unable to have sex
        • is absent for a long period of time
        • refuses to provide for his wife
        • Is in prison

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