Marriage, Divorce and the Family


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The Family - Children & Parents

  • 'Honour your father and mother' (Exodus 20)
  • 'Do not lie' 'Do not steal' (Exodus 20)
  • 'Children, obey your parents in everything, this pleases the Lord' (Col 3)
  • 'If I have (anything) but do not have love, I am nothing' (Cor 13)
  • 'Love is kind' (Cor 13)
  • 'Listen to your father who gave you life' (Proverbs 23)
  • 'Whoever doesn't provide for his worse than an unbeliever' (1 Timothy 5)
  • 'Parents do not irritate your children' (Col 3)
  • 'Man is made in the image of God' (Gen 1)
  • 'A wise man brings joy to his father' (Proverbs 3)
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The Family - Marriage & Divorce

  • Gen 2 - Woman was created from Adam's rib which suggests being joined as one and equality between them... Woman is provided as a companion for man ... However, God chose Mary to give birth to Jesus...Women have a more pastoral role in the religious life.
  • Romans 2 - Paul tells that God has no favourites and that men and women have equal status.
  • 'Do not commit adultery' (Exodus 20)
  • Matthew 18 - Jesus tell Peter to forgive someone 70 x 7
  • 'It is not good for man to live alone' (Genesis 2)
  • 'Man must not separate what God has joined together' (Matthew 19)
  • Roman Catholic view- divorce undermines God's creative situation(Malachi 2)
  • 'The husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the Church' (Ephesians 5)
  • 'There is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, slave nor free but all are one in Christ Jesus' (Galatians 3)
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