Christian Ethics: Social Responsibility- Marriage.

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Social responsibility


a legal union between a man and a woman.

marriage is a situation that is recognised in law. this civil meaning affects how the government treats the couple, their property, children, and inheritance. for marriages to be recognised in the UK there must be a restistrar involved. 

marriage has various religious meanings. christianity has a particular idea of 'christian marriage' which is more than a legal arrangement but is a commitment to God and the church, as well as the other person. 

christians believe that marriage is a gift from God. 

Genesis 2:18 and 2:4 say that it is normal for a man and a woman to leave their parents and come together as one in loving conpanionship. they are to bring new life to the world and raise children in a loving family: 'be fruitful and increase in number' (Genesis 1:28). Jesus repeats this when he says 'but at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. so they are no longer two, but one.' (mark 10:6-8). Marriage is about the love of the couple, the love of new life and the love of God. 

Church of England- "marriage provides the proper context for sexual relationships and the bringing up of children... around which other relationships grow."

Christian marriage ideals

marriage is lifelong.

the two people are expected to be completely faithful to eachother.

the couple promise to belong to one another.

christian marriage is a love that supports and comforts each other.

the love between man and woman should reflect the…


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