Religious beliefs provide structure for people who are facing illnesses and seeking health, during time of crisis. The health care industry is rapidly responding to the ever-changing population through continued education. Health care works are faced with multiple dilemmas that require thought and fast-acting decisions. Challenges of providing medical treatment to people of different religious backgrounds may be altered. All members of the health care team need to address the issues and concerns regarding specific health care practices and religious beliefs and remove their perspective from the situation. The following paper will discuss three different religions while incorporating a comparison of beliefs, perspective on healing and the perspective on health care to that of the Christian Religion.
Sikh Beliefs and Faiths
Sikhism is reported as the largest non-Christian religious group. There are 22 million followers worldwide. The founder, Guru Nanak Dev, was born in 1946, in Punjab, a region in India. This religion is not one that worships supernaturalism nor does it believe in devils, angels or heavenly spirits (Reimer-Kirkham, 2009). Sikhism faith starts with cheer and hope.
Spiritual Perspective on Healing
Meditation, also known as, Naam Japna, is a major part of the lives of people in the Sikh religion, and is a daily practice which involves reciting and chanting their God’s Name. This type of meditation also keeps Sikhs focused in life spirits (Reimer-Kirkham, 2009). A person of this religion is viewed as a combination of mind, body and soul in the context of the family; culture and environment. Kirtan is an expression of praise by music spirits (Reimer-Kirkham, 2009). The hymns are sung to invoke healing and give praise to the divine physician as the giver of life and having the capability to remove the maladies of ego which manifest in the body as disease, or other physical defects. Certain hymns are recited in certain situations and each hymn has a different meaning spirits (Reimer-Kirkham, 2009). Paath, is a devotional reading of hymns selected from Gurbani, and may be done as a form of prayer when there is a need for support or healing spirits (Reimer-Kirkham, 2009).
Critical Components on Health Care
In this religion blood transfusions are accepted; contraceptives are allowed; and mental illness is not a result of an evil spirit or caused by a punishment from a breach in the religion (cite). Sikhs believe that helping others and organ donation is a noble gesture. “The principles used include preservation of the patient’s faith; sanctity of life; alleviation of suffering; respect for the patient’s autonomy, while achieving the best available medical treatment; and always being honest and truthful in giving information” (SikhWomen.com, 2001, para. 6).
Buddhism Beliefs and Faiths
Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to the true nature of reality. Meditation are means of changing a person...