Religion and Human Relationships


Including: roles of men and women, contraception, homosexuality, marriage and divorce

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Roles of Men and Women in a Christian Family

Traditional Views:

- 'Peter said "wives must remain submissive to their husbands" - Eve first ate from the Tree of Knowledge, suggesting women have a tendancy to sin and therefore cannot be trusted - God created Adam first, put him to sleep, removed and rib and created Eve. This suggests Eve was created as a helper for Adam.

Modern Views

- 'St. Paul said "there is neither male nor female. Everyone is equal in the eyes of God". - Humans were created in the 'image dei' - God created man in his own image - Some believe God created male and female at the same time (2nd Creation Story) - In the Old Testament, women are generally shown as strong and important people e.g. Deborah and the Queen of Sheba. - Jesus had female friends whom he showed himself to first after the Ressurection e.g. Mary Magdalene (a former prostitute) and Martha

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Bible Teachings on sexual and same-sex relationshi

Traditional Views on homosexuality and contraception

- 'Do not commit adultery' - Commandment 7, Exodus - God destroyed the Cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because homosexuality was popular and God said that was wrong -  Contraception is wrong because God told couples to 'go fourth and multiply' because of procreation

Modern Views on homosexuality and contraception

- Golden Rule - 'treat others the way you wish to be treated' - Matthew - On the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said 'love your neighbour as you love yourself' - Golden Rule + God gave humans a free will after Adam and Eve at from the Tree of Knowledge, meaning it is up to the consciences of those concerned and what they choose the do

Christians believe sexual relationships should only be within marriage and there for do not accept civil partnerships. 'Do you know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Neither the sexual immoral... not homosexual offenders'

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Christian attitudes towards contraception

Roman Catholics believe:

 - Artificial contraception is wrong, as it goes against the Sanctity of Life. They also believe God created sex to allow children to be bought into the world (procreation) - using contraception goes against these plans.

- Only accept natural methods e.g. the 'rhythm method'. The Natural Law states for couples to 'be fruitful and multiply'.

Methodist and Anglican views

- Believe contraception is the responsible thing to do, especially if you cannot financially support a child.

- Believe people should chose when they have a child, so every child is brought into the world by loving and wanted by its parents.

-Anglicans believe God gave couples a conscience to decide on the number of children they wish to have

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Same-sex and sexual relationships

Cohabition means living together

Roman Catholics DO NOT support cohabition. They believe sex is sacred and should happen after marriage. Sex before marriage is a sin. The Bible stresses the importance of respecting your body. Jesus tells Christians not to commit adultery. 100% against homosexuality (God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah)

Many Christians believe they should love each other ina platonic way (friendly).

The Christian church argues feelings of homosexuality are acceptable but they must remain celibate (no sex)

Quakers fully accept sexually active homosexuals.

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Christian Marraige Ceremonies

The Sermon: a short talk from the minister. He/She talks about the importance of marraige an procreation

Marriage Ceremony: (actual point of marriage) Minister asks 3 questions: Are you free to marry? Do you love the person? Are you willing to have children? If the answer to any of these is NO, the marriage CANNOT go ahead

Vows: The Minister says 'Will you take (name) to be your lawful wedded wife/husband? Will you love, comfort, honour and protect him/her?' These are promises the couple makes to one another, about the way they will treat each other for the rest of their lives

Exchange of Rings: 'I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage' - This shows unity and eternity (there is not break in the circle)

Blessing: Minister blesses the bride and hopes that she can have children

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Christian Beliefs about Marriage

Marriage is for life: Roman Catholics: believe marriage is a sacrament. A sacrament is a promise made to and in front of God. It cannot  be broken. Divorce is breaking the 7th commandment 'do not commit adultery'

One man, one woman (Monogamy)

Children (procreation): Believe marriage is made because children are important.

Its a gift from God and part of Gods plan in creation. It provides a secure environment for children to be brought up in

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Divorce - Legal ending to a marraige

Roman Catholics:

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