Healthcare Provider and Faith Diversity Essay

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Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity: First Draft Michelle L. Murphy GCU: Spirituality in Healthcare March 16, 2014 Rev. Rick Hudock Abstract As heath care providers we need to keep mindful of the care we provide to several different religious traditions. It is up to the health care professional to respect and understand the ideals that affect our patients and their family members. In this paper we will compare the philosophies of three diverse faiths. The faiths chosen are Islam, Christian Science and Buddhism, and how they compare to Christianity. We will learn about basic beliefs, spiritual perspectives on healing, and the components of healing such as meditation, prayer and other rituals they follow. Furthermore,…show more content…
When sick with an illness they feel that they must engage in positive actions. To prevent illness, they must be clear and relieved of negative imprints that the world may bring their way. Buddhism has a strong belief that anything that occurs to them now is a reflection of a previous action, not only in this current life but of previous lives too. The Buddhism religion believes that the start of all problems stems from selfishness; one must avoid greed, anger and thoughts of jealousy. When death occurs they feel that their consciousness that holds their karmic imprints separates from their body and travels into a new life. Meditation and visualization are used to heal by reciting mantras and use of visualizing holy images (Hawter, 1995). In comparing Buddhism to Christianity, Buddhism predates Christianity by 500 years and could have influenced the beliefs that resulted in Christianity. In the Christian faith it is believed that Jesus Christ is the son of God who died for our sins then was resurrected from the dead. Buddhist does not believe in an immortal soul or a supreme being. Christianity believes that there is only one life with one soul, whereas Buddhism believes in countless lifetimes of progression towards enlightenment. Christianity believes in consequences of good and evil, also following the 10 commandments in everyday life. Buddhism follows an eight fold path of universal suggestions to a more content life. The next
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