HealthCare and Religion
HealthCare and Religion
Healthcare,medicine, and the religion are among the oldest relations that haveexisted in the life of humankind in history. However, the three havehad controversies and their differentiating factors over the time.They have been used together till the recent when the developingcountries seemed to have a different opinion concerning the threerelations that are useful to the society. The differentiation and theseparation of the three relations have resulted in a lot ofcontroversies, especially for the developing countries. According toStaum,theclergy and health physicians were one but the same during the middleages up until the French Revolution. The same case with the Americancolonies, both the clergy and physicians served as one up until whenthe licensing of physicians began(Staum, 2014).Currently, the two sections have gone separate ways with somereligions conflicting with others in relation to beliefs and sciencedifferences.
Itis evident that the current worldviews differ regarding health careand the religious beliefs. In a review of the difference between theChristianity and the health care in the worldview both parties haveexpressed the differences in various occasions. The Christian beliefis based on the Jesus Christ teaching and the guidance of the HolySpirit while the science of health care has a differing definition ofthe concept of life. It is basically to state that the invention andadvancement of the healthcare science have fueled the differinganalogies of both relations regarding the worldviews (Koenig, King &Carson, 2012). In this case, the worldview is being the orientationof the heart through a story about certain basic reality that formsthe basis of the argument behind it. In the above case is theworldview concerning the existence of life forms the basic obstaclein understanding between the science in health care and the Christianreligion.
Thehealth care practice has faced challenges executing the health careservices following the conflicting ideologies between the Christianpatients and the policies put in place. The Christian faith ofhealing has a different direction in comparison to the health careview of the solution to the ailment. The Christians will not visitthe hospital facility with the philosophy that through the prayerthey will be healed through the supernatural power. On the other handthe doctor’s argument on the access for the health care in case ofan ailment rules. The power of beliefs overshadows the ability toaccess good health care when the believer has a negativeunderstanding concerning the reason for the disease and the solution.Some Christian belief will take the ailment to be a curse from theirGod for the sins they have committed on earth hence the refusal toaccess the required treatment. Additionally when the society has anunderstanding of both concepts such as in the developed society thephilosophical understanding of both prayer and medicine areunderstood better (Koenig, King & Carson, 2012). When patientstrust that their beliefs are understood by the physicians at thehospital, they feel more comfortable accessing the care rather thanrepelling it. Through the understanding that God has given humanitythe knowledge to discover the medicine to save the fellow men fromailing has a better chance of explaining the concept to thetraditional faith that has a differing perspective concerning theadvancement of science and medicine.
Additionallyis the belief of prayer in the Christianity religion that many expecthas the power of healing. It is evident from the research that manyof the Christian believers have ignored the access to the health carein preference to the power of prayer. Psychologically, it is insanefor any person of sound mind to expect a healing of an infectionwithout a checkup from a doctor and treatment. They believe about anyailment being a curse has its time long gone centuries ago. Themodern world has the traditions of some religions more confused intheir beliefs due to the advancement of science. Through the emphasison the final dwelling place for the Christianity believers, they havethe misunderstanding between what they are currently going throughand the impact of what will happen upon their passing on. Through thebelief of this they dwell much on the power of the prayer.
Itis to the concern of the Christian patient that their beliefs are putfirst even when receiving the health care from the physicians. It isnoted that the believers of Christ will tend to restrict treatmentwith the realization that their Christian beliefs are not put intoconsideration. It is deliberate that through the multicultural natureof the communities and the introduction of the traditional way ofreligion delivery has had an effect on them. The difficulty tounderstand the modern advancement in human development has beenreceived differently throughout the world hence the need formentorship campaign regarding the relation between the health mattersand the religion. According to Engelhardt& Iltis (2005), theunderstanding that God created the humankind and they are tasked withthe responsibility of taking care of each other should be understoodin depth by such believers. It is through humankind that God intendsto save other humankind, and this is none other than through thetreatment of diseases and not through the preaching that thetraditional believers need to understand. In either casepractitioners are believers too hence the adoption Christianity inthe health care and medicine provision to the society. Humankind iscreated in God’s image hence the expectation that God uses the samehuman kind in attaining similar attributes as God(Engelhardt & Iltis, 2005).
Accordingto Brooke(2011),in relation to the healing through the religion and the health caretreatment through medicine are both regarding the human survival.Both roles play a part in the healing process of the patient bothphysically and psychologically. The prayer and faith help thepatients grow psychologically in relation to the ailment and thepsychological growth and, on the other hand, the treatment is a boostto the health status of the patient (Brooke,2011).Christians will rely on God’s help according to their faith duringthe healing and treatment. The traditional believe gives theChristian hope and comfort during a hard time.
Additionallythe diversity in the religion is represented in different ways in thereligion through the just like the Christians by the Buddhistreligion. Both religions have quite some similarities ranging frommeditating, yoga and prayers. The Buddhist pay attention tomeditation and yoga practices as Christians have the same attentionto the power of the prayer(Clobert & Saroglou, 2013).Both religions have the belief that the practices of these ritualsare a source of healing to the patients and their well being.According to Buddhism, the patients undergoing meditation experiencesless pain and have better chances of getting better faster.Meditation is said to instill more confidence in the patients unlikethose that do not undergo the process that forms an importantcomponent of the healing process. It is, therefore, evident thatBuddhism just like Christianity pays attention to their religiouspractice in attaining the healing of the patient.
TheBuddhist religion has the respect for life and death. The religionhas a different view on the existence of humankind in relation tolife and death. For both religions, death does not represent the endof life but rather a representation of a new beginning. Many Buddhistpatients ignore the medical treatment with the perception that thesickness and death as the stage of life that allows for their rebirthin the next life(Clobert & Saroglou, 2013).The religious believe the death to be the end of one life stage and abeginning of another lifetime. The existence of commandments andmoral percepts are the guidance for the patients in decision makingtowards the medical care given to them.
Ironicallythe Buddhists have a difference to the Christianity regarding themedical care and treatment. The Buddhists have respect for themeditation and yoga practices regarding the medical care and healthimprovement despite the practice being a religious practice(Clobert & Saroglou, 2013).Through the practices, the patients reduce the suffering they aregoing through and reduce by conferring self-confidence and optimism.The difference to Christianity in the practice of yoga is thesignificant differences that separate the view of both religionsregarding health care.
Additionallythe Buddhism religion has a lot of indifference to the medicaltreatment and the health care provision. The religion has noobjection to organ transplant and blood transfusion. The effect ofthe religious practice has an effect on the current advancement ofsurgery that allows the transplant of organism and blood donationthat help save lives in critical condition (Koenig, King &Carson, 2012). The believers appreciate the diagnosis of a diseaseand believe that illness and death are inherent in human life. TheBuddhist is also free in discussions concerning the contraceptionfreely without objections as well as the family planning methods justas Christians.
Finallyis the traditions and culture of the Buddhists religion regarding thehealth care and the medical provision for the believers. According toDilger(2014), thereligion does not acknowledge the act of abortion just like theChristianity and many other religions. Just like the Christians, theBuddhists have much respect for the dead and pay the last respectsaccording to their customary upon the passing on of a believer henceabortion is considered murder to the religion(Dilger, 2014).Additionally, the religion has much respect for the dietary and thelove and special attention for the women which is the core of healthycommunity. The religion has many of the believers observing theirvegetarian diet apart for the few that help in maintain and keepingtheir health.
Incomparison to both religions, it is evident that both share somebeliefs that positively and negatively impact the provision of healthcare and medicine. The objection against death through abortions aresome of the examples that the religion protects the health care ofthe believers against. They both share the similarities in differentaspects. Despite some of the challenges such as the provision of thehealth care by the health workers that the believers share the samebelief, many are the indifferences that with little patience andintelligence through mediation with the communities can be solved(Koenig, King & Carson, 2012). Through the use of differentcomponent by both religions, courage is installed in the patientsduring the illness period, and this allows them to undergo thetreatment and care with hope and faith of better life on earth or anafter-life that both religions believe come after death on earth.
Inconclusion, both religions have positive and negative factorsconcerning the provision of the health care and medicine. It is tothe best interest of the health care not to focus on the diversity ofthe community and the religious beliefs and provide the health careand medicine without bias. However, it should engage the community inthe realization of the medicine and the health care provided to themthrough important discussions about the culture, traditions andreligions of the communities(Parsons, 2012).Through the cooperation of both stakeholders, the provision of healthcare is enhanced in the community despite the diversity of thereligious measures. The relation between the worldview and thereligion can be concluded to be among the debatable topics inexistence. However, the in this view both the medicine and scienceare as a result of God’s creation that is the living humankindhence should get the solution to what affecting the human kind weshould not hesitate despite our religious beliefs.
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