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RS Religion and Human Relationships - Questions
1. Roles of the husband in a traditional Christian family:
The husband is to assume leadership in the home (Ephesians 5:23)
He should not be dictatorial, condescending or patronising to his wife, but treat her with respect
He should act with the example of Christ leading the Church (Ephesians 5:25-26)
Christ loved the church with compassion, mercy, forgiveness, respect and selflessness so this is how husbands
should treat their wife
A man must provide for his family and if he fails to do this he cannot call himself a Christian (Timothy 5:8)
Roles of the wife in a traditional Christian family:
Wives are to submit to the authority of their husbands (Ephesians 5: 22-24)
A wife may provide for her family, but it is not her main responsibility
The home is primarily the wife's responsibility
A husband should help with the children and household chores in order to show that he loves his wife.
2. The modern view of the roles of a husband and wife:
In the 21st century liberal Christians believe that men and women should have equal roles in life including
Many Protestant Churches have equal roles in ministry for women, i.e. woman ministers/ priests.
"There is neither male nor female for you are all one person in Christ" (St. Paul)
Jesus treated women as his equals and had women followers
Men and women should have equal roles and equal rights because men and women have equal status and are
loved exactly the same in the eyes of God.
3. Women Should Be allowed to lead the Church:
Jesus had many women followers
The Bible shows many women in leadership positions in the early church
The insistence of women on not leading the Church was a product of its time, as women used to be less
educated than men
Women, generally have a more pastoral approach than men
Women make up half of the Church. To deny them the right of leadership is unrepresentative.
Women should not be allowed to lead the Church:
During the Eucharistic the priest takes on the role of Jesus and Jesus was a man
Jesus called 12 male apostles
The system has been in place for 2000 years
There are many roles within a Church. Many women already have these leadership roles
4. Christian marriage is both a legal contract as well as a religious contract. Marriage is religious because God is
present. There are Bible readings, nuptial prayers and a nuptial blessing. Marriage is a legal contract because the
marriage register is signed. Additionally, there is the question "Does anyone know any reason why these two
should not be joined."
5. Christians teach that marriages is:
A Sacrament A holy union ordained by God It takes place in a Church It is a public declaration in front of
friends and family
Exclusive `Do not commit adultery' Rings outward signs "What God has joined together let no man put
Life Long/ Permanent `Until death do us part' Rings - Vows
Fruitful Life-giving Ideal place to have Children Question "Will you accept children willingly from God"
6. "I take you to be my wedded husband/ wife. To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for
richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part" Once they have made this
promise they exchange the rings. "With this ring I thee wed."
7. Symbols include:
Bride wears white purity
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The rings exchanged never ending relationship
Joining of hands couple come together as husband and wife
Signing of the register New legal status as a married couple
The vows promises made to each other
Sex Physical sign of couple joining in holy matrimony
Nuptial Mass The couple may wish to have a nuptial mass where they receive communion together for the
8. Christians believe that marriage is a gift from God.…read more
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Christian liturgy for civil partnerships. However, there have been some clergy prepared to carry
out such services.
The Catholic Church: does not recognise this as Christian marriage and considers this a threat to Christian
marriage. Christian marriage is based on the biblical understanding of the natural order that a marriage is between
a man and a woman. Additionally, the Catholic Church does not agree with homosexual relationships because sex
in a homosexual relationship is not open to children.…read more