February 17, 2012
The Battle of the Sexes in Christianity and Islam
We can observe the differences in marriage bonds between different religions such as a Christian marriage and a Muslim marriage in the passage “The Battle of the Sexes in Christianity and Islam”. In the Christian faith their religion considers women to be the origin of obedience. It is quoted in the text “Wives, be subject to your husbands because when harmony prevails, the children are raised well, the household is kept in order… and great benefits, both for families and for states results…” (180). It is shown in this passage wives are the main cause for having their family kept in order although they could not do this independently without their husbands. When it is said “husband and wife are one flesh” this refers to a Christian marriage of a husband and wife as they are devoted towards one another in the act of love. In the Christian marriage they are deemed equivalent to each other. According to the text it is quoted that “one’s partner for life, the mother of one’s children, the source of one’s every joy, should never be fettered with fear and threats, but with love and patience…” another quote towards a husband figure states” let no wife say any hurtful thing; she is her husbands body, and it is not for her to dictate to her head, but rather to submit and to obey”(180).Through this Christian bond the husband and wife should be submissive to each other by treating each other with respect. As quoted from personal religion notes “two shall become one. One man and one woman are united under God in the holy sacrament of Matrimony.” With this being stated the marriage bond for Christians verifies a husband and wife to be cohesive as one individual. In Islam spouses are perceived quite differently. According to the passage it is quoted “do not burden your wives with things beyond their capacity, and observe God’s exhortations relating to your wives, for they are like...
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