The man should be the dominant partner in the marriage
13th September 2012
There are two main Christian views towards roles in marriage. There is the traditional view, and the modern view. Traditionalists, fundamentally say that men should always be dominant in marriage, whereas, the modernist view is centred on both partners being equal. The traditional view held by Christians is that men should be the dominant partner and that they should go out to work to pay for the family, while the wife stayed at home looking after children, doing housework and cooking. This comes from the bible, in which it is said that God created Man, and then created woman to be a helper for him. This is shown in Genesis 2:18- ‘The LORD God said it is not good for man to be alone, I will make a suitable helper for him.’ Also, as Christianity originated in a very patriarchal society, in which men always gained positions of authority, the traditionalist view was supported. This, nowadays is considered sexist and wrong generally, but this is still the view of some devout Christians. This in my opinion is borderline discriminant. The Modernist view is much more liberal, and it simply states that both man and woman are fundamentally equal, as stated in Galatians 3:28 – ‘There is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’ This is the right view in my opinion as both partners deserve and equal chance at life and I don’t think it is fair to say that Man has to go out to work and women have to stay at home. Modernist Christians feel that the traditional view belongs in the past, as all Christians were created ‘in the image of God’ which insinuates that all humans are the same. In Conclusion, My personal view is that each household should have their own view on this matter and it is something that should be discussed between both partners. Fundamentally, both partners need each other, without man, women couldn’t get pregnant and reproduce and vice versa, a man cannot...
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