Family and Relationships

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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.

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Family and Relationships Articles

Sex, relationships, the media, identity and self-image

What does it mean to be made in God's image?

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Sex, relationships, the media, identity and self-image

What does it mean to be made in God's image?

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What does it mean to a Christian to be made in God’s image? What did God create us for? How should we see ourselves? How do we get a positive self-image? In these films Rachel from Romance Academy and Jonathan from True Freedom Trust discuss […]

Contraception

What is the Christian response to birth control?

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Contraception

What is the Christian response to birth control?

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Having children has always been a central part of Christian marriage. The first commandment given to Adam and Eve was ‘Be fruitful and increase in number’ (Genesis 1:28) – in other words – ‘Go and have children. For centuries all Christians believed that it was […]

Chastity, Virginity and Celibacy

What is the Christian response to sexuality?

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Chastity, Virginity and Celibacy

What is the Christian response to sexuality?

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Although Christians believe sex is something created by God and very special, the New Testament contains teaching that claims that being celibate and remaining unmarried is the ideal state. This is because if you are not married you have more time and energy to focus […]

Sexuality

What is the Christian response to the ethical issue of sexuality?

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Sexuality

What is the Christian response to the ethical issue of sexuality?

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Christians believe sex is to be celebrated but that it is also something to be restricted. The Bible says that God created sex. The very first thing God says to the first humans is ‘Be fruitful and increase in number’ (Genesis 1:28). Basically this message […]

Divorce

What is the Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox view of Divorce?

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Divorce

What is the Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox view of Divorce?

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A Protestant view of divorce Protestants believe that Jesus’ teaching on marriage and divorce in the New Testament shows the ideal way to which all Christians should aspire. They accept, however, that sometimes humans fall short of this ideal, because we live in a fallen world, […]

Divorce – a Christian view

What is a Christian view on divorce?

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Divorce – a Christian view

What is a Christian view on divorce?

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Christians believe the Bible teaches that marriage is for life. During a Christian wedding ceremony the bride and groom make promises before God to live faithfully with each other until death. Christians believe the husband and wife become ‘one flesh’  when they get married, that […]

Marriage & Divorce

How does divorce and Christianity fit together?

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Marriage & Divorce

How does divorce and Christianity fit together?

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Should you remarry after you have been divorced? Are those who have been divorced allowed to remarry in church? Are Christians open to those who have been divorced? The Church has often been divided on the issue of divorce and remarriage. Some churches now allow […]

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Christian Family Life

How does being a Christian impact family life?

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Does it make a difference to your family if you are a Christian? Can your faith help to solve arguments? Is it important to pray for your family? Discover one couple’s experience of how Christianity has impacted their family life.

Sex

What do Christians think about sex?

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Sex

What do Christians think about sex?

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Every form of life must reproduce in order to survive. Humans, like animals reproduce sexually. In every non-human species that reproduces sexually, sexual activity appears to be purely concerned with reproduction. In humans however, sexual activity is a pleasurable activity in its own right. Humans […]

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Facing the issue: divorce

Jenny's Story

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Jenny is a Christian. Read her story about her experiences of marriage and divorce. ‘Like many teenage girls, I dreamed of the day when I would have a loving husband, a nice home and a happy family of my own. ‘By the age of 23 […]