Religion and Health Care

Religionand Health Care

Goodhealth is one of paramount aspect in every human life. It is theusual concern of the general public to ensure that its people have agood condition of health. This means that good health is one amongthe most crucial building blocks of a dynamic society. It takes a bigpart in fostering the advancement in technology, social-politicallife and economy. Health care is paramount. It covers all the effortsthat lead to primary care, secondary care, the tertiary careincluding the public health. In its full meaning, health careinvolves carrying out diagnostic measures, treatment of illnesses anddiseases, preventive measures of illnesses and diseases and physicaland mental impairment to people by the medical specialists[ CITATION Gra11 l 2057 ].

Allcountries’ healthcare systems are different and vary from religionto religion. Different religions that are well distributed throughoutthe world have different beliefs and views towards health care. Theyhave different policies or principles and plans relative to thehealth care strategies in that specific group. Healthcare is handledin systems called healthcare systems.

Thesecare systems acknowledge the whole treatment of a being to ensure thewellbeing in all aspects of the individual. They ought also torecognize the spiritual health that affect the healing and recoveryof an individual. This paper is meant to discuss the two differentreligious belief regarding health care[ CITATION Nan10 l 2057 ].

Christianfaith regarding health care

Christianbelief in health care is diversely studied in the Christian Science.The Christian Science is anchored in the belief on the Bible andChrist’s teaching. The emphasis in this faith is the performanceof the spiritual healing. This movement of the Christian Science wasfounded by Mary Baker Eddy in Boston in the year 1866 which latergave birth to the Church of Christ, Scientist. The church of Christnowadays has branches spread throughout the globe. Though there areno ordained clergy, the team of specialists in the Christian Science,give healing ministry to its people and the public[ CITATION Fra11 l 2057 ].

Healthand illness: Thebaseline of this faith is that every individual in the world has aspiritual journey that is unique. It has it that each should have thefreedom to decide on every aspect of life including health care,which affects him or her. And therefore of every matter concerning aperson regarding diagnosis, treatment among others that come in linewith the health care should be of personal decision. On entering themedical facility, the Christian Scientist will be expected to agreewith the conventional treatment. Of the decision concerning any drugto be administered or any therapy to be done or any transplant to bedone or any transfusion to be done or any donation to be made or anymedical procedure to be done, the individual involved or the familyis given power to decide[ CITATION Bru04 l 2057 ].It is also to the decision of the patient, who has been broughtforcefully to the medical facility that medication will be done tohim. For instance, if a victim of an accident brought to the medicalfacility, he or she may decide to be discharged to the care of thefamily. In some areas, there is the provision of nursing facilitiesthat do not have drugs but rather practice care.

Birth:ChristianScientist women may decide to have the delivery done in the hospitalor still others may opt to have it done at home with the help ofmidwives with many of them going to the hospital. Those going to thehospital would have prior consulted the physician. The parents abidein the common tradition of raising their children as per therequirement of the church. All communicable disease are reported tothe church. But the church has no point in any form of termination ofa pregnancy[ CITATION Fra11 l 2057 ].

Death:Thereis no belief at an end of life rites. The Christian Scientist has noroom for grief moment but believes in encouragement even to the pointof complete loss of hope.

Diet:ChristianScientist has no restrictions to any form of food but takes noalcohol or smokes no tobacco while still others may opt not to taketea.

Buddhistfaith in health care

Amongthe four great religions in the world is Buddhism. Its belief isbased on scriptural written found in different languages of theworld. The centre-piece of this belief is anchored in four nobletruths known as the four aspects of reality. These aspects of realityare taught to be the reality of an individual existence asdisappointing, dissatisfying or one of the diseases, the cause, theovercoming of the negative and the fourth is the overcoming of thedisease by following the eightfold path[ CITATION Sus09 l 2057 ].

  • The principles of the Buddhists include

  • That every believer should agree with the four principles of reality.

  • That every individual should overcome all the pleasures of the senses and harboring not ill will towards others

  • That every individual should not involve himself or herself in lies, slander or in abusing others.

TheBuddhists believe that attachments cause pain and that an individualcreates an unsatisfying life whenever he craves for desires. To theBuddhists, life is known to be temporary. Their belief is thatthrough the fulfilling of the eightfold path, an individual willescape from this life full of pain to peace[ CITATION Jon12 l 2057 ].They believe life ismeasured in quality rather than quantity and that pain can beeradicated.

Healthand illness: Abouthealth and illness, the Buddhist believes that any spirituallyfocused individual can handle illnesses in a peaceful way. Theybelieve that in a situation of illness, spiritual balance helps inrecuperation. The Buddhist treasures the mind aspect of life. Theywill try to maximize wisdom and compassion and put them into dailypractice. They strive to do their work amidst the illnesses for themaximum production of useful to their spiritual growth. The ancientBuddhist believes and has some ethical principles that are meant togive direction regarding the consent or choice of a patient. In caseof a patient in the circumstances that he or she cannot make soundjudgement or is not aware of what is happening due to extreme pain ordue to mental disruption are considered not to be culpable for theiractions. Also, some effects can lead to declaring some personconcerned free from the guilt, for example, the sudden accidentaldeath. Therefore the patient should be in a sound position to be inthe knowledge of the situation occurring for him or her to beconsidered fit to give consent and also for the people around him(the family, the specialists, among others). The Buddhism emphasis onpersonal compassion for others has led to the encouragement of organdonation[ CITATION Sus09 l 2057 ].As donationis based on the free will compassion that a person has, donation ofthe organ globally for the Buddhist, is chosen according to faircriteria for all people. Some two principles guide the donation: theright action and right livelihood.

TheBuddhists believe in the equality of all people regardless of theirgender. But they believe that women should be treasured with a senseof gratitude for the fact that they bring new individuals into theworld.

Birth:TheBuddhists believe that the bringing of a child into the world is notan easy thing and regarded as auspicious event that rarely come.

Death:Apart of the Buddhist believes in death as a point in the human lifeof transition from one life into another. Their belief is thatwhoever that dies with a right mind that is favorable will berebirth. Owing to that fact, the Buddhists inquire that the dyingperson should be given a peaceful, and quiet environment. During thismoment, the family of the person recite some mantras or prayers toprovide the good state of mind. The other group of the Buddhists haveit that and believe that death becomes an opportune time forreflection. The Tibetan Buddhists believe that the soul of the deadman enters temporary place known as Bardo to wait for the next life.They would remain with the body of the dead waiting for the priest togive directions[ CITATION Jon12 l 2057 ].All the instructionsgiven by the priest on his arrival will be followed. For themourning, candles are lit, and incense burnt.

Ifat that hospital, they would request for the body not to be touchedand even request that they wash the body. They prefer cremation as aform of their burial as soon as possible.

Diet:TheBuddhist always eats to ensure proper nutrition by taking a balanceddiet. They include in their diet both the vegetables andnon-vegetables. Some of them follow a strict dietary while others do.Some of them would totally not eat the meat for the respect they havetowards life.

Thesimilarities between the two religious beliefs towards health care.

Bylooking into the two religious between the two, religious, believesthere are similarities. In the Christian faith, life is considered tobe temporal and short. In both cases, medical attention by thegovernmental or other institution is not prohibited. In both cases,it is upon the decision of the patient or the person involves thatthe medication or health care services will be administered. In bothcases, what is involved in the healing and recovering of the personis dependent on some spiritual wellbeing and strength and healing andsoundness (with faith in Christian belief)[ CITATION Sus09 l 2057 ].


Inconclusion, faith and beliefs are important to the well-being ofpeople and society. Faith in healing from a supernatural force, aboveall, the human physical effort plays a significant role in therecovering of a patient. It give the strength to face the conditionor situation with a positive mind that besides the healing benefit heor she gets, he or she develops a positive attitude that brings somebiological and hormonal response (according to scientific research)that helps in recovering. The health care specialists give the moralsupport and prayers to the affected individual and GOD heals them.Besides, paying attention to the proper medical procedures andfrequent check-ups does not imply that one has lost his faith inspiritual healing.


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