In order to provide optimal medical care, health care practitioners and researchers need to acknowledge the powerful influence religion can have on the decisions people make about their bodies and physical well-being. Likewise, regardless of an individual’s religious practices, acquiring a clinical understanding of one’s health condition is a personal responsibility. Moreover, the miraculous and intricately designed body is so amazing that it can help us to develop a more complete understanding of God.
Belief in God is not an Excuse to Ignore Body Functioning or Malfunctioning
Christians are taught that the body houses the soul, and ought to treat it as such. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God. You are not your own.” Sadly, it seems that many people are interested in praying for health and physical miracles as opposed to educating themselves on disease prevention, and finding practical ways to lead healthier lives. Belief in the practice of “Faith Healing” has even contributed to serious illness or death. When someone makes the decision to refuse medical attention based on religious beliefs, the need for a mutual understanding between scientific and spiritual theorists becomes imperative.
Spirituality as a Supplemental Lense to Understanding Health
Similarly, by making a concerted effort to understand the role of a Higher Being in our creation, we can become spiritually elevated. The simple act of respecting the individual right to practice religion can elevate the spiritual consciousness. Seeking to understand one another is an act of kindness and love. I think that health care practitioners, medical scientists, physiologists and such, have the moral responsibility of trying to understand how spiritual and religious beliefs play an important role in the advancement of body functioning and care. Ultimately, man does not control of life or death, despite the progression of modern medicine. The acceptance that science can’t always explain every physical phenomenon of the body, and the willingness to embrace the possibilities of the Divine can lead us to a more humble, spirit-filled existence.
Religion and Science have been at odds for centuries. Unfortunately each opposing side seems to feel that the other is trying to prevent them from accomplishing the ultimate goal: seeking truth. The Christian shudders at the fate of the non-believing scientist, and the Darwinian atheist is perpetually frustrated by the seemingly naive believer in miracles. I trust that human beings were intended to work together, and that there is strength in teamwork. As such, a collaborative effort would be the most effective approach to making advancements in medical care and scientific research of the human body.