Third, as for the idea that marriage is no more than "a loving relationship
," that is the stuff propagated by the Catholic New Times.
A loving relationship
without out sex is like Valentine's Day without hearts and flowers.
John 3:16 records: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." It was God's great love for us and his desire to have a loving relationship
with us that caused God to make that ultimate sacrifice of his Son, Jesus.
The lives of the saints and great ascetics of the Church are examples to us of a loving relationship
with the whole of creation.
That seems to be the message of several recent books by contemporary Christian ethicists who are not only singing the praises of virtues, but also reminding us that the moral life is an ongoing journey we do not make alone, a personal and loving relationship
into which we are invited and engraced by Jesus; and that even the good moral habits we develop along the way are received as gifts and blessings from God.
For Buber the problem of theodicy then becomes not understanding "how" or "why" our good God ever countenances our suffering or "hides his face" from us, but contemplating how we might still maintain or regain a loving relationship
with God despite our anguish.
When Philip finishes medical school, he enters a loving relationship
with Sally Athelney.
My advice would be not to let the children miss out on a loving relationship
with their grandparents.
He builds the novel around the tender, loving relationship
between the narrator, Fyodor, and his seventeen-year-old son, Vanya, who has Down syndrome.
"He co-operated with the police over a long period of time and never said 'no comment'." Mr Janner told the jury of a "close and loving relationship
" between a mother and her son.
The one loving relationship
she experienced was with a Native American from Upstate, New York; her family severed her ties at home, and she eventually left the United States entirely to reconstruct her life.
I'm always banging on about how fantasies are often better than the real thing but you've had the courage to admit what many men never would - that the idea of a threesome is really horny but the reality doesn't come close to competing with a loving relationship