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GCSE Religious Education > Sex / Marriage / Divorce - Religious Teachings

Religious Teaching Where Christianity and Islam Agree
  • For believers, the proper context for sex is within marriage
  • Sex is "given by God"
  • Marriage is a lifelong commitment of faithful partnership
  • Marriage is the best environment in which to bring up children
  • Marriage guidance offered to help those whose marriage is in difficulty
  • Adultery is wrong
Different Teachings - Protestant
  • The Protestant church accepts contraception and divorce
  • Re-marriage of divorcees is possible if a priest is confident of the couple's commitment to marriage
Different Teachings - Catholic
  • The Catholic church teaches that contraception is wrong
  • Divorce is not possible
  • An annulment (when the marriage is declared "not to have happened") is rarely given
  • Re-marriage is not possible
Different Teachings - Moslem
  • Moslems accept contraception
  • Divorce is possible, but requires 3 attempts at reconciliation first.
  • Moslems can re-marry following divorce
Christian Quotes
  • Lifelong commitment - "For richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part."
  • Promises made before God - "What God has joined together, let not man separate." (Christian marriage service)
  • Jesus response to adultery - "Go and sin no more," and, "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." (John 8)
  • "Do not commit adultery." (10 commandments)
Moslem Quote
  • Marriage the right context for sex - "Offer them [women] your wealth and the protection of wedlock rather than using them for the unfettered satisfaction of lust" (Surah 4)
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