Please write a paragraph responding to the discussion bellow. Add citations and references in alphabetical order.
The Christian concept of the imago dei is Latin for “The image
of God”. It refers to the unique imprint God placed on humanity; it identifies
people as a special creation. The concept implies that God created man in his
own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them
(ReligionFacts, (n.d.). The World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948 defined
health as “the state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and
not merely the absence of disease and infirmity” (World Health Organization,
2018). Unofficially added the term “spiritual” to the definition- the state of
complete physical mental, social and spiritual well-being.
When it comes to nursing, care is directed to the whole person,
not just the physical need; but also to the social, psychological, and
spiritual needs that are presented to us. Many physical needs have their roots
in the other dimensions. Some of the relapsing health problems that we see may
be related to our not caring for the whole person. Sometimes we are treating
the symptom, a physical manifestation of illness, instead of the root cause of
the problem, a spiritual need.
Many people go on Missions around the world claiming to be helping the ill in
the name of God. This gives hope to the people in need and while doing so, they
are able to teach the people about the words of God and how he can help answer
their prayers. It gives them someone or something to look up to for hope to
change their situation. Likewise, in the healthcare workplace, we ask our
patients of they would like to have a chaplin, rabbi or other religious leaders
to join them in their time of need when receiving bad news, about to go to the
operating room or news about facing death due to a prognosis they just received.
I think that if it helps people get through a tough time, and the patient
welcomes it, then spirituality is absolutely appropriate to add into the
Christian Community Health Fellowship, (2012). Biblical Foundations for
Healthcare Missions. Retrieved from http://www.cchf.org/resources/h-and-dbiblical-foundations-for-healthcare-missions/