Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity

Grand Canyon University

Abstract

The comparative analysis provides detail into the seven questions that are answered when identifying a worldview between the religions of Christianity and Sikhism. It analyzes the belief systems seen between the two religions and the different rituals that occur in time of healing. The different religious practices affect all medical providers when the ill patient is utilizing their religious beliefs. (Abstract is too brief. Giving some background of the paper before writing what the paper is all about would be ideal)

Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity

The medical world is surrounded by differing worldviews and religions. For healthcare providers, it is important to remember the values that a religion may have on healing. The religions Christianity and Sikhism contain many similarities and differences that contribute to a unique worldview for the followers of the religions (Reference needed). Each worldview provides a perspective on the seven questions that analyze the concept of a worldview.

A worldview can be defined as a set of assumptions that one has about the world. According to James Sire, a worldview is defined as “a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions which we hold about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides foundation on which we live and move and have our being” (Shelly & Miller, 2006). Worldviews are discovered through a person’s experiences and religion. The religions of Christianity and Sikhism provide unique insights to the assumptions of the world.

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The Christian faith is a monotheistic belief system that follows the teachings of Jesus Christ through Holy Scripture. In the Christian faith, the base of prime reality is based on the infinite, personal God, who is revealed in Holy Scripture. God is one of a kind who sacrificed His only son, Jesus, so that humanity could be saved from evil (Iselin, 2010). God is seen as unique and He relates to all of His people. In scripture, John 3:16-17 (New International Version) states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” The nature of the world is often conflicting with the scientific basis. In the Christian religion, God is seen as the creator of all things, from the heavens to the earth. God created the world out of nothing to contain uniformity and conformity (Iselin, 2010). Since God is the creator of all things, He created human beings, which were created in the image of God. According to Scripture, “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became and living being” (Genesis 2:7 New International Version). Humans were created in the Image of God to contain all of His attributes; life, personality, truth, wisdom, and love (Iselin, 2010). Human beings strive to create relationships with one another to care and views that human life is important. Christians strive to worship and glorify God while on their time on Earth. When death occurs, the Christian faithful believes in an eternal life spend in heaven with God. Death is not the end of the road, but it is the beginning of an eternal life (Iselin, 2010). To glorify God and live a loving and holy life means to spend an eternity with Him in Heaven, but to cooperate with the evils of the world means eternity in Hell. Christians view their life on Earth as a way to strive to gain knowledge of God’s creations, which are viewed as gifts (Iselin, 2010). Since He created the earth, God is responsible for all of the inventions that have been found on earth by human beings. His work is seen in art, music, science, and architecture and it is a human beings job to strive to learn all of His creations. In order to truly follow God’s word, Christians view right and wrong based on morality.  Humans were created in the image of God and strive to live as loving and holy as the Creator did. Holy Scripture, like the Ten Commandments, follows a guideline to following God’s words. For Christians, to live and glorify God provides a purpose for their life on Earth. Christianity views human history as God’s purpose to place existence on Earth. (This paragraph is too long. It is speaking about very many subjects about Christianity faith but has no focus It is not clear what the author intended to communicate in the paragraph. Somebody who knows nothing about Christianity will really struggle to figure out what the author intended to communicate)

The Sikhism religion is similar to Christianity, but also has many differences also. Sikhism religion preaches the devotion of remembering God or Kartar on a daily basis and to live equally. Like Christianity, the monotheistic religion views prime reality as God’s creation. Kartar is viewed without a form or gender, allowing everyone to have access to God.  Kartar created the world in one command and has a motherly and fatherly devotion to keeping the creation cared for (Cole & Sambhi, 1995).

Sikhism views human life as the apex of created being and contain attributions from their creator, like Christians. The people of the Sikhism religion contain intellect, emotion, and all of their senses. But, they are also troubled by the same sense of self that makes them unique because they strive to forget themselves and think only about Kartar (Cole & Sambhi, 1995). The Sikhism religion must forget them so that they can devote their life to God. To fully connect with God, the Sikhism religion views life as a constant cycle of reincarnation where the human being is born in multiple forms until they are able to connect with God. Their belief system is revolved around Karma, so a person’s quality of life is set by how good and bad they acted from their previous life. To be freed from karma and connected to God, they must be disciplined through prayer, self-restraint and moral purity (Cole & Sambhi, 1995). Like the Christian religion, they strive to live to glorify their God, who lives within them. Their base on knowledge is based on the Creator, to who they look for inside themselves and the world around them. They strive to gain knowledge from the world through experience with love, worship and contemplation. In this religion, they base their right and wrong on their three duties in life: Nam Japna (keeping God in mind at all times), Kirt Karna (living and honest life) and Vand Chhakna (sharing their earnings with others) (Cole & Sambhi, 1995). Those who follow Sikhism strive to serve God and keep their ego and pride away through their three duties. In addition, the Sikhism religion believes that God placed them on Earth for a purpose and they must seek him on a daily basis to merge with God out of their incarnation form.

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The two religions surround their belief system of healing through prayer and meditation. For the Christian religion, it is common for follows to pray to God on a daily basis and to go to church every Sunday to praise God through worship and sermon. In the healing process, they rely on God and their faith to help heal their illness. For the Sikhism religion, they follow a strict schedule where they pray to God on a daily basis. Since the word “Sikh” means disciple, they are constantly reaching for God, especially in the time of disease. During this time, they pray to seek God’s help, ask for forgiveness, and recite sacred hymns (Gatrad, Panesar, Brown, Notta & Sheikh, 2003). Like the Christian faith, they believe that God is benevolent and that medical treatment is used to help one heal from disease.

Healthcare providers should be aware of the different rituals that may occur in the Christian and Sikhism religions when undergoing medical treatment. Each religion follows strict guidelines that may be overlooked if the medical provider is not aware of the patient’s wishes. Both religions rely on prayer and worship to ask God for healing, which should not be interrupted. In the Skims faith, there are important aspects within privacy and modesty that a healthcare provider must be aware of. When undergoing treatment, it is important that a Sikh patient is given privacy while in their room, so a provider must knock and announce their arrival before entering. For females, they are sacred about their bodies, so it is common for them to ask to only have female medical providers and to keep their bodies covered as must as possible (Sheikh & Furnham, 2000). Both religions are open to medical procedures, but some are against their religion. For instance, assisted suicide and keeping a patient on artificial life support is not encouraged (Sheikh & Furnham, 2000). Each religion contains spiritual beliefs that may differ from a healthcare provider. (Though the paragraph sought to compare the two religions, showing the similarities and differences, much needs to be done to make this section clear.  The focus ought to have been on their interrelatedness in conjunction with healthcare provision. In addition, there is too much vagueness in sentences and the reader has to keep guessing what the writer intended to communicate)

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As a future healthcare provider, it is important that any worldview and religion is taken into consideration. I have to respect the way that a follower of any religion views their body. Even if I know that the treatment will save the patient’s life, it is unethical to push a procedure that goes against the patient’s wishes. As a Christian, I believe that prayer and worship should be utilized in the time of healing. I rely on my faith in God to keep me alive and well, even in time of need. I believe that God created medicine and science to help the lives of those on Earth, so I will utilize those resources if I am in a state of illness. After researching the Sikhism religion, I can see the similarities between both religions as they rely on God in time of healing and prayer. It is important that every healthcare provider is considerate toward every patient that has an alternative worldview from their own, so that the patient’s body and spirituality are respected.

 

In the overall, this paper failed to realize its objective. Although the writer had intended to use the comparative analysis to provide detail into the seven questions that are answered when identifying a worldviews between the religions in question, nothing much has been achieved in that regard. A reader only witnesses some comparisons of the two religions in relation to healthcare provision but nothing much on the hypothesis. As clearly indicated in the suggested corrections, lots of amendments and rephrasing of sentences is required for the paragraphs to make sense. As they appear, there is a lot of vagueness and it does not interest a reader to peruse through the contents. Inclusion is subheadings would have helped a reader to connect the various sections of the paper. Alternatively, the writer should have connected the different paragraphs in such a way that there is flow between one paragraph to the next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Academic Press.

Gatrad, R., Panesar, S. S., Brown, E., Notta, H., & Sheikh, A. (2003). Palliative

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Iselin, D. D. (2010). The “Beyond in the Midst”: An Incarnational Response to the

Dynamic Dance of Christian Worldview, Faith and Learning. Journal Of Education & Christian Belief, 14(1), 33-46.

Sheikh, S., & Furnham, A. (2000). A cross-cultural study of mental health beliefs

and attitudes towards seeking professional help. Social Psychiatry and

Psychiatric Epidemiology, 35(7), 326-334.

Shelly, J. A., & Miller, A. B. (2006). Called to care: A Christian worldview for

nursing (2nd ed.). Downers Grove, IL.: IVP Academic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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