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Christianity and Hinduism are both religions that teaches high morals of life. In marriages, there is only a husband and a wife in Christianity. However, a Hindu man can have more than one wives. Also, there are arranged and forced marriages in Hinduism, which is an issue that many people try to disregard. In our society, we seldom hear about force marriages. Force marriages shouldn't even exists. One can't love another person, if they don't love them truly. Who are they to force you to marry someone? However, in the Christian texts, it defines marriage as a man and woman committing to each other and to promise to spend the rest of their life together as one.


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Christians believe that marriage is a gift from God, one that should not be taken for granted. It is the right atmosphere to engage in sexual relations and to build a family life. Getting married in a church, in front of God, is very important. A marriage is a public declaration of love and commitment. This declaration is made in front of friends and family in a church ceremony.
  • In Christianity, marriage is the strongest power of love between a man and woman. That's what marriage should really mean because by the definition of marriage, it is the formal union of a man and a woman, where they are both committed to each other as long as they shall live. This is a major institution in Christianity because it's two compatible people joining together, becoming as one. They are united to sharing their love for each other and starting a new family. In response to the quote of the text, marriage takes time and it shouldn't be given, it should be earned when you find the right person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Unlike our society, where predators just want to have sex with whom they desire. Christians strictly forbid that. That will most likely lead to an unhappy family because they aren't committed to each other. In part of the quote above, it says it is the right atmosphere to engage in sexual relations, that means they are ready to start a family without any conflicts.

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The Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him'...and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, 'This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man.' For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." - Gen. 2:18, 21-24

  • Everyone deserves to find the right person on earth. One who truly loves you for who you are. Adam and Eve, husband and wife, are believe to be the first people on earth, according to the Bible. They are believed to be under the oath of marriage by God. Additionally, the Christianity community believes that we are evolved from Adam and Eve, meaning that everyone on earth are related. The quote from Genesis shows how marriage is and starting a family. One's seperate from their own family to start a new one, a new generation begins, and another ends. At the end of the quote of Genesis "... they will become one flesh," shows us the cycle of life, like how one couple starts a family and the "family" starts another family. Additionally, the unknown message behind this quote from the Bible of Genesis, also states that family never ends. It is pass from generation to generation, which is why a family can have so many traditions and beliefs.


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"Now let us make a vow together. We shall share love, share the same food, share our strengths, share the same tastes. We shall be of one mind, we shall observe the vows together. I shall be the Samaveda, you the Rigveda, I shall be the Upper World, you the Earth; I shall be the Sukhilam, you the Holder - together we shall live and beget children, and other riches; come thou, O sweet-worded girl!" -Vow, during a Hindu marriage.

  • Marriage in Hinduism values everything a couple do together. They commit to devote their love and to enjoy every second with each other. Samaveda is a holy scripture from the Hindu texts. Rigveda is also a sacred scripture that consists of hymns and prayers of life. The mentioning of the Upper World and the Earth is God as the Upper World and the Earth as God's religious people. As seen from the quote, Hindu marriages are very strict to their vows, same as marriage in Christianity. However, vows in forced marriages are the same as regular marriages. So if a couple is forced to get marry, they must make the same commitment as to a couple in regular marriage. They shall make children and inherit anything they should, or forced too.


Conclusion:
Christianity and Hinduism both have the same values in marriage, same commitment, and committing to each other for the rest of their life. Marriage can also be looked in a different view based on what religion you are. Some religions believe that you can't marry someone that is a different religion from you. Many people just want to be happy with who they are with, regardless of what religion you believe in. Anyhow, families from both different religions may have conflicts because the family wants that person to marry someone that is the same religion as them. But no matter what others opinion may say, marriage is marriage. The ring represents their never-ending love together. If forced marriage were to happened to a couple, they would eventually fall for each other because of the commitment they made for each other and also to God of whom they honor.

Sources:

. "Marriage and weddings ." Religions. BBC, 23 2009. Web. 19 Nov 2012. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/ritesrituals/weddings_1.shtml>.

Fairchild, Mary. "Background." What Does the Bible Say About Marriage? . About.com. Web. 19 Nov 2012. <http://christianity.about.com/od/faqhelpdesk/i/biblemarriage.htm>.

. "Hindu & Indian Wedding Vows and Wedding Readings." Documents and Designs. Documents and Designs, n.d. Web. 19 Nov 2012. <http://www.documentsanddesigns.com/verse/Indian_wedding_vows.htm>.