Essay on Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity

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Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity
Grand Canyon University: HLT 310V
June 3, 2012

This paper provides a comprehensive look at the following faiths: Buddhism, Judaism, Baha’i, and Christianity. The reader will find that Buddhism is more of a philosophy than a religion that focuses on the mind as being the creator of illness and health. The reader will also find that Judaism, Baha’i, and Christianity are all religions that believe in one God, the creator of all. This paper lists various components that each of these faiths may use at one time or another to effect healing including prayer, meditation, chanting, the use of healers, etc. This paper also defines what is important to people
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1). Judaism focuses more on actions than on beliefs. In Judaism, health equals wholeness. Mind, body, and spirit are all interrelated. Physical illness is believed to have spiritual and psychological effects while spiritual or emotional suffering manifests as physiological symptoms (James, M., 2009). Illness is viewed by Judaism as a part of life and can strike anyone at any time. Jewish law requires that healing be actively sought and there is “a rabbinic dictum that says you should get the best medical care wherever you can” (James, M., 2009, p. 2). Healing is accomplished through appropriate medical care but also through prayer, reciting of psalms, and visitation. The Misheberach, is a prayer for healing. It asks for “healing of the spirit and healing of the body” for all who are ill. This prayer is recited during the Torah service but also at an ill person’s bedside. Prayers and the reciting of psalms are not seen as asking for a cure. Instead they are “expressions of hope for whatever form healing may take” (James, M., 2009, p. 2). Visitation in the Jewish tradition is called ‘bikur cholim,’ in Hebrew. It is a religious obligation or “mitzvah.” The Jewish community is supposed to comfort and care for the sick and those who do this are considered messengers of God. “When we visit the sick, we take away a small piece of their illness” (James, M., 2009, p. 3).
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