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Title: ETHICAL ISSUES IN CASES OF DIVORCE IN SELECTED NKST(URCC) CONSISTORIES IN BENUE STATE, NIGERIA
Authors: AJIM, JOSHUA AONDOAWASE
Keywords: ETHICAL ISSUES, DIVORCE, NKST(URCC) CONSISTORIES, BENUE STATE, NIGERIA
Issue Date: Nov-2019
Publisher: NONE
Citation: NONE
Series/Report no.: NONE;NONE
Abstract: Divorce is dissolution of marriage through judicial or non-judicial means. A critical look at the state of marriage in Universal Reformed Christian Church (URCC) in Benue State reveals that divorce is increasingly becoming a common trend among URCC couples. This study therefore has investigated the causes for increasing rate of divorce among couples in URCC. It has also studied the effects of divorce on the couple, children, the church and the society while identifying the ethical issues in divorce in the Universal Reformed Christian Church in Benue State. The work is based on the theoretical framework known as Vulnerability Stress Adaptation Model which is an integrated theory that describes certain variables that affects marital stability. This work employed the qualitative research design where data was sourced from books, Journals, and periodicals. The work also used interviews and questionnaires to source primary data from select communicant and divorced members of URCC in Benue State. The findings revealed that insensitivity of couples to each other’s needs is remotely responsible for divorce. Some of the immediate causes are infertility, infidelity, poverty, poor communication, unrealistic expectations and forced or compulsive marriages among other factors with attendance negative effects on the family, church and the society. The ethical problems of divorce were identified to include; sexual promiscuity, drugs and alcohol abuse, step families, violent behaviour, lack of proper moral upbringing of children, lack of pastoral care for the divorced and excommunication from Church. In the light of these findings, the work recommends that married members of URCC must reflect seriously on the ethical implications of divorce, avoid those things that cause divorce and work harder on their marriages to remain together. The URCC leadership should also make pastoral provision for their members who are divorced through post-divorce education, family support, and the assistance of professional support services which can be valuable tools in helping parents and children in their adjustment process after divorce. The work concludes that married couples and the leaders in URCC should be more proactive in promoting marital stability to reduce the occurrences of divorce which is a negation of the will of God for marriage. However, those who must divorce should also be encouraged to stay back in the Church and given necessary support in order to minimise the negative socio-ethical implications of divorce.
URI: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/556
ISSN: NONE
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