The purpose of marriage

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  • The Bible suggests that marriage is:
    • 3.3
    • A public occasion, since leaving the parents would have been a cause for celebration with family and friends
    • A mark of the shift in adult responsibility from the parents to the child
    • A sexual relationship when two people become one
    • Between a man and a woman (heterosexual)
    • Between those two people only (monogamous)
    • Within Christianity, the purpose of marriage is to:
      • Have lawful, fulfilling sex
      • Be faithful to one partner and unite the couple for life
      • Have children (procreation)
      • Form a secure and safe environment in which to bring up children
      • Provide love and companionship
      • Symbolise God's love for the Church


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