Family and Relationships
According to the Bible, God created the world in 6 days. He made a man, Adam, to rule over the earth that He had created. But something was missing. ‘It is not good for man to be alone,’ God said. And so He made him a companion.
One of the central beliefs of Christianity is that people are born to be in relationship – with God, first and foremost, but also with each other. We are social beings, forming relationships with others for mutual enjoyment and support. In the first pages of the Bible we see two people who are literally made for each other, entering into one of the most enduring models of relationship throughout history: marriage.
In the Genesis account God has a very important command for the first humans, Adam and Eve: ‘Be fruitful and increase in number’ (Genesis 1:28). With their union comes children, and the first family comes into existence.
In the 21st century there are many different models of relationships and family life. Christians, however, maintain an ideal of marriage and family life based on teachings and patterns found in the Bible. Some of these stem from this ancient account of Adam and Eve. Others are drawn from the teachings of Jesus and St Paul, written about in the New Testament. The concept of ‘ideal’ is important, though. Christians are not exempt from marriage breakdown and many have experienced divorce first-hand. And even that first family, Adam and Eve, was fraught with problems to rival anything found in a TV soap opera.
The articles in this section explore different Christian perspectives on marriage, divorce and family life. Linked to this, you will find interviews around broader issues of sex and sexuality which, for Christians, have traditionally found their expression within the context of marriage. Further information of Christian organisations which promote marriage and family life can be found throughout the articles.Bookmark