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Welcome to volume two of “God’s Vision for Human Relationships.”
While volume one consists of studies which are based on texts taken from the Old Testament, gospels and epistles, this current volume consists of five Bible studies that are based on text primarily taken from the gospels. The gospels stand at the heart of the Bible. While there are many relevant texts in the gospels that could just as well be selected, the five picked for this volume are a representative sample of the body of authoritative literature on God’s vision for human relationships.
Statistics on violence committed against women, girls and children are shocking to say the least. They show that something is terribly wrong with human societies and communities, particularly with prevailing and dominant views and understandings of masculinity. The most recent report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on violence against women in the South Pacific, found that ever-partnered women between the ages of 15 – 49 had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner at the following rates: Fiji 64%, Kiribati 68%, Samoa 46%, Tonga 40%, Solomon Islands 65%, and Vanuatu 60%. The report analyses statistics that should, and indeed must, lead to actions that counter the evil head-on.