Healthcare Faith and Healing

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Healthcare, Faith and Healing Often times, healing and faith go directly hand in hand with one another. Every religious tradition has its own set of beliefs on treatment, healing and the general administration of medicine. While we take our understanding of healthcare and faith from the well-defined intersection of medicine and Christianity, there are broad variations in belief and practice that enter into the medical traditions and values of every religious denomination. The discussion here, which addresses elements of spirituality in healthcare treatment for adherents to the Sikh, Shinto and Buddhist faiths, proceeds from a Christian healthcare perspective. To initiate the discussion, it is appropriate to first consider some of the Christian care-giving values that drive this perspective. Christian ethicality and theology are important forces in healing, especially through its invocation of spiritual hope. Hope is a sentiment which has commanded recognition as bearing a place of importance in human affairs throughout recorded history. This creates a documented association between hope and such important institutions as politics, philosophy and religion. To this end, the Bible makes numerous references to the concept and importance of hope. An oft-quoted passage provides that there are "three things that last forever-faith, hope, and love." (1 Corinthians 13:13, New Living Translation). The points to the close association between hope and these other crucial dynamics of
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