The Bible reveals that of all God’s creatures, only man (humankind) was created in the expressed in the image of God (Samples, 2011).In the Christian religion, the imago dei, which is Latin for “the image of God” – refers to the unique imprint God placed upon humanity, identifying people as a special creation. (Imago Dei, 2017). The Christian concept regards all people as created by God in his image to live in loving relationship with God, self and others (Shelly & Miller, 2006).
I remember when I was a little boy, my mother wants me to understand that we are all created by God and all people are offspring of God and God is the father of all people. As I little boy I was curious to asked her “if we are come from image of god, why we are different from each other, why people have assorted color? She jokingly answered me, that when God created us out of dirt, he was so busy that when we cooked us in a big oven, some came out, uncooked, and other overcooked, that is why some people are black and some are white.
God created man in his own liking but not identical which means man is mortal but have independence and responsibility over all other things like his health, environment, and their life. God created man not only to his image but gave us a body which is like perfect machine that the ability to reproduce and fix itself. God also gave man knowledge to find cure to the disease that people also created like pollution and stress. Each individual has a responsibility to the environment as God ‘s gift to humanity. God also gave man everything to survive and cares for his wellbeing like the food, air and knowledge to know what is right and what is wrong.
It is important to healthcare because man created by God to be responsible to live a healthy lifestyle and to promote health (Shelly & Miller, 2006). This is relevant because nursing and healthcare have the same goal as God which aimed to provide and foster optimal health and bring comfort in suffering and in death. At first, spiritual care was left out because goal of nursing is to maintain optimal biological functioning, often with little regard for emotional and spiritual concerns because they view health as simply as the absence of disease (Shelly & Miller, 2006). A new paradigm of nursing attempts to deal with the human factor and take into account the emotional and spiritual variables that make each individual unique (Shelly & Miller, 2006). Healthcare and nursing must follow God commands “to go and do likewise” which means providing compassionate and holistic care to any one in need regardless of ethnicity, identity, race, age, gender, status, diagnosis and ability to pay (Shelly & Miller, 2006).
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Shelly, J. A., & Miller, A. B. (2006). Called to Care a Christian Worldview of Nursing (2 ed.). Retrieved from http://gcumedia.com/digital-resources/intervarsity-press/2006/called-to-care_a-christian-worldview-for-nursing_ebook_2e.php