We have been learning about families and relationships, as a part of Theme A – Families and Relationships. The next lesson is about divorce.

Task 1: Create a mind map with what might lead to a divorce.

Task 2: What do these quotes mean and how do they relate to divorce?

“What therefore God hath joined together, let not man divide”

Mark 10:9

“Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

Matthew 19:9-9

In Christian law, marriage is a sacred institution. However, a variety of denominations have different approaches to divorce.

The Protestant Church accepts that, in exceptional circumstances, a divorced person may marry again in church. It’s up to the priest though…

The Catholic Church considers the bond of marriage to be a sacred bond that cannot be broken. It reflects the words of Jesus; ‘what God has joined together, no man can separate‘. Marriage is both a legal bond on earth and spiritual bond which God has witnessed. The promises made before God cannot be broken.

Task 3: What is an annulment?

Task 4: Explain the process for divorce in Islam. (Information here).

Task 5: Choose one of the following activities to complete, based on your target grade.

Grade 3-4: Why do Christians disagree with divorce?

Grade 5-6: Explain one Christian and one Muslim teaching about divorce

Grade 7+: ‘Religious people should never get divorced’ How far do you agree?

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