RE - Theme : Relationships and families (not completed) (Sex, marriage and…
RE - Theme : Relationships and families (not completed)
Sex, marriage and divorce
How people express themselves as sexual beings
To be sexually attracted to members of the opposite sex
To be sexually attracted to members of the same sex
Homosexuality is natural, and it is unfair to discriminate against it
2004, civil partnerships recognised in law
Acceptable or not?
We are all created the way we are by God
'God created man in His own image'
Everyone is deserving of unconditional love, and to not be judged
The law of love and agape supercedes the teachings of the old testament and 10 commandments 'Love thy neighbour as thyself'
It is wrong and sinful to engage in homosexual acts
'Nor men who have sex with men... will inherit the kingdom of God'
It does not cause harm, and humans should be allowed to have free will
'You my brothers and sisters were called to be free'
John Stuart Mill - Harm principle
Engaging in homosexual acts is against the teachings of the RCC
'Every sexual act should have the possibility of creating new life' - Humanae Vitae
Shariah law punishes homosexuality with death
Describes homosexuality as 'You are exceeding all bounds'
Going against God-given natural order which is shirk
Sexual relationships before and outside marriage
Sex before marriage is sex between two single and unmarried people
Sex outside marriage is sex between two people where at least on of them is married to someone else ; adultery ; having an affair
The woman caught in adultery (Jesus story)
Jesus taught that those who sin shouldn't be punished, but should be forgiven, and told to 'Go and sin no more'
Display of agape turned into the Law of Love which replaces the Ten Commandments
Sex before marriage, acceptable or not?
Sex expresses a lifelong union and commitment
It is important to be chaste before marriage + you are only mature enough at marriage (16+) to have sex
'whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.'
Sex is a gift from God, an instinct that must be controlled
Casual sex detracts from the dignity of the act
Slippery slope - casual sex leads to promiscuity and evils such as rape and deception
Shariah law forbids sex before marriage
Contemporary British view
82% of non religious believe it is acceptable
Sex outside marriage, acceptable or not?
Wrong and immoral as it involves betrayal of trust and deception
Causes pain to those involved including children
Breaking of promise to God to be faithful - sinful
'You shall not commit adultery'
Stress on faithfulness
Adultery is a serious sin
Shariah law punishes adultery with stoning
'do not go anywhere near adultery ' - Qur'an
Contemporary British view
Unacceptable as it can ruin marriages, which is worse for the child, as their home life is unstable
Contraception and family planning
Contraception is the methods used to prevent a pregnancy from taking place
Family planning is couples controlling how many children they have and when they have them
Contraception acceptable or not?
Prevents spread of diseases
A loving God would allow people to be safer, and to have free will in how they have sex
Contraception does not go against Christian teachings
The Church of England accepts their use, with the 1930 conference saying it is acceptable, as long as it is done 'in the light of Christian principles'
All sex must be procreative, to do otherwise goes against God's intended purpose for the act (links to shirk!)
'Do not kill your children for fear of poverty - we shall provide for them and for you' - Qur'an
'Every sexual act should have the possibility of creating new life' - Humanae Vitae, a collection of RCC teachings
Using contraception is unnatural
RCC says the rhythm method should be used instead
Natural family planning, using the rhythm method or abstinence to prevent unwanted pregnancies
Accept use of contraception for family planning
'God wishes to lighten your burden'
All Muslims have a duty to have children
'And remember when you were but few, and He multiplied you'