Marriage provide for procreation/Multiplications b) How Christians prepare for marriage Pray to god for guidance in getting a partner Identify the person to marry Inform the parents/guardians about the person to marry Propose to the would be spouse Inform the church leaders about their marriage plans Attend seminars/counseling sessions on marriage Visit the parents/family of the would be spouse to discuss marriage arrangements/get consent Make arrangements to give dowry Arrange with the church on when the marriage can take place/fix a wedding date Identify the marriage witnesses/best man/maid /best couple Ensure there is availability of finance/resources c) Reasons why some Christians break their marriage vows Due to unfaithfulness/adultery Lust/covetousness Financial constraints/poverty Pressure from in laws Lack of faith in God Influence from friends/peers Lack of guidance and counseling
112 Lack of children/barrenness/having children of one sex Hypocrisy/pretence Effects of mass media/foreign culture Poor role model Denial of conjugal rights/dissatisfaction 12. Sex is sacred Man and woman are created for companionship A woman was created to complement man The man and woman share the image of God/are equal They become one in marriage Sexual intercourse is life giving and procreation Human beings have the ability to control sexual desires All forms of irresponsible sexual behavior are condemned 13. Loneliness Lack of mother/ father figure Experience identity crisis/psychological problems Social problem/humiliation/teasing Lack of acceptance by community Economic hardships Problems in adopting to marriage life/when they finally marry Lack of sexual satisfaction. 14. It interferes with God’s intention for marriage It is an unnatural union/ abuse of the sacredness of sex It goes against Christian ethics and African values/lack of morals It is dishonorable to God/sin before god God created a man and a woman for procreation/procreation is not practical between same sexes It lowers the dignity of human beings It is a form of sexual immorality/condemned in the bible It can lead to spread of diseases. 15. Permissiveness in the society Lack of self control Influence form mass media Mental illness/stress Erosion of African culture False religion/devil worhipping/strange cult To avenge for oneself Breakdown of religious values Irresponsible parenthood Drugs and alcohol abuse
113 Indecent dressing Leniency on the part of law enforcement agencies to the offenders Idleness Poverty/unemployment 16. The bible condemns it It is against god’s command Can create family conflicts It can cause psychological problems e.g. anger, guilt, shame e.t.c It is a disgrace to people involve Children born out of incestuous relationship may have genetic problems Christians have a duty to condemn evil in society 17.
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