Religion and human relationships

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Religion and Human Relationships - Christianity
Keywords
Sacrament ­ A special action which brings Christians closer to
God.
Civil Partnership ­ Legal recognition of a same-sex relationship
with a registry office ceremony.
Vows ­ Sacred promises a couple make at their marriage.
Annulment ­ A marriage terminated by the Church because it
was not valid.
Adultery ­ A married person having a sexual relationship with
someone to whom they are not married.
Promiscuity ­ Having many sexual partners without commitment.
Pre-maritial sex ­ Having a sexual relationship before marriage.
Commitment ­ A bond between a couple.
Divorce ­ The legal ending of a marriage.
Re-marriage - Marrying again after divorce. Also after
annulment and widowhood.
THE ROLE OF MEN AND WOMEN IN THE FAMILY
Christians have a variety of views about the roles that men and women should
have in family life. Many base their opinions on one of the creation stories in
Genesis, which describes how Adam was made first and Eve was made later, to
be his helper. Later in Genesis, the account of the temptation of Eve has led
some Christians to believe that women are weaker than men, as Eve gave in to
temptation before Adam.
Women may be seen to be the homemakers, taking care of the children and
supporting the man in his work to provide for the family.
However, other Christians feel these views belong in the past. They feel that
men and women are equal as they were both made `in the image of God', so work
outside the home, childcare and other jobs should be shared, depending on the
strengths of the couple.
The traditional role of the husband in the Christian family?
The man is the head of the Christian family.
The man earns the money and makes the rules but he has to set a good
example of how a Christian should behave.
At the wedding ceremony the woman vows to obey her husband.
It is the wife's duty to provide a loving home for her husband and
children just as Mary was a quiet, loving mother to Jesus.

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Evidence to support this viewpoint
In the second creation story in Genesis, it said that God made Adam
first and Eve as his helper.
Eve led Adam astray by being tempted to eat the apple from the Tree
of Knowledge meaning that woman is the weaker sex.
In the New Testament, St Paul, in his letters to the early church, gave
clear descriptions that women were to obey their husbands because God
had created them that way.…read more

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A Christian marriage is a civil (legal) contract as well as a covenant (an
agreement) between the couple and God to:
Provide for each other with help and support in good and bad times.
Enjoy a sexual relationship
Have children and bring up a family
THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY
In a Christian marriage, the couple make vows (promises) to each other in front
of everyone and before God.…read more

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­ they encourage their members to be `welcoming and
inclusive' ­ but the union is not seen as a marriage. Some Church of England
members have similar views and may bless couples.
The Roman Catholic Church does not accept any union between same-sex
couples. They might encourage people who are attracted to the same sex to
remain within the church, but not to have any active sexual relationships.…read more

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Finally,
annulments may be granted due to non-consummation (no sex has
taken place.)
In some cases, the Church of England will accept divorce and may
agree to a divorced person remarrying. It is up to the vicar of a
particular church, who may agree to perform a marriage ceremony or
a blessing for the couple.
Other denominations accept that a marriage is ended, not by the
death of a partner but by the death of the love between a couple.…read more

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However, not all Christians permit a second marriage in Church because
the divorced partner would be making promises in front of God which
they have already broken once.
Divorced people who want to remarry either have to find a church that
allows divorcees to remarry or they can get married in a registry and
have a blessing in church (just like Prince Charles had to do.…read more

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One of the main purposes of marriage is to bring up a family, so some
Christians disagree with artificial forms of contraception. Roman Catholics
follow the guidance from Pope Paul VI in Humanae Vitae, in which he explained
that God made sex so that children could be born. He said that a couple should
not try and prevent this by anything other than natural methods (the rhythm
method).…read more

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