Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity: First Draft
As health care practioners we should be aware of our own personal attitudes, beliefs, biases, and behaviors, besides our morals as health care practioners. Health care providers should include patients’ spiritual practice in their care as this brings positive outcomes such as decreased feeling of anxiety and depression, improves their coping skills, promote healthy behavior, and believe in hope. In times of critical illness we turn towards God in prayer and this faith helps an individual find peace in them and healing of body, mind and spirit takes place (Ehrlich, S. 2011). Author’s Spiritual Perspective on Healing
The author believes in the Blessed Trinity which means one God in three Godlike persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The author has a strong faith in prayer and believes that our father in heaven gives us all things that we ask for through prayer. As said in Matt 21:22: “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (ASV). The author believes in the word of the lord, because it talks about healing which is physical, mental, and spiritual. Jesus cured people, and told them that their own faith had healed them. The Bible says that faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:17), and that would mean hearing the Word of God in the Bible (Catholic Bible 101, 2012). Comparing Buddhist Approach to Healing with Christian Perspective Buddhism doctrine is based on Four Noble Truths. They believe that their body is a temple of the spirit and it is each ones responsibility to respect their body. An individual who respect their body and disciplines their life through meditation, practicing good hygiene, eating healthy food, and balancing physical activity with rest does not fall sick. Buddhist value happiness and agony because joy allows them to enjoy and value life; whereas sorrow and suffering help them to grow and become stronger. They also believe that healthy sex life in marriage aid in the positive outcome on an individual’s health by decreasing the incidence of cardiovascular disease, depression, pre-menstrual syndrome (P.M.S.), and arthritis. Buddhist strictly follows a vegetarian diet because they believe that life is precious and they should never kill any living being (Heaven-and-Earth-Home-Remedies, 2008). In comparison to Christian healing perspective, as mentioned in Psalm 139 Christian believe that God lives in our physical bodies and he identifies our body as his temple. Hence our bodies are sacred because God stays within us, and other people should be able to come to us as we represent the temple of the living God (GlobalChristians.Org, 1995). Comparing Hindu Approach to Healing with Christian Perspective. Hindu religion believes in Parmātmān which means God. They worship one God, who has three different forms- Brahma (God of creation), Vishnu (God of preservation of life) and Shiva (God of dissolution of death). Christian also believes in one God, who has three different forms- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the energy of God that dwells within us, hence Spirit is God within us, the Son is God with us, and the Father is God beyond us. The goal of Hindu religion is to merge one’s soul with God, likewise Christians believe in the rebirth of the body, and eternal life as mentioned in The Apostle’s Creed. An individual from Hindu religion believe in Karma which means destiny. They view illness as ones deeds from their own thoughts, words and action. Every life is holy and has to fulﬁll its purpose in the journey of life. They favor terminal illness to take its natural course rather than using life support to prolong life (Alberta Health Care Services, 2009). Comparing Muslim Approach’s to Healing with Christian Perspective. Islamic doctrine believes in committing one’s heart and soul to Allah. Their doctrine teaches them to believe in Quran which has teachings from Allah out to Prophet Muhammad....
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