About 2 months ago I attended a nursing conference entitled, “Re-enchanting Medicine: A Conference on Medicine & Religion,” where the general topic of discussion was, well you guessed it, spiritualty in healthcare and the importance of incorporating it into a patient’s plan of care as was done when healthcare first came about. This conference was wonderful in the fact that it all persons (not just nurses) from all ethnic and religious backgrounds coming together for a common cause. I have since started a series at my job called, ‘The Care of the Decedent: End-of-Life Focus for Different Religions.’ This topic has brought much thought and enlightenment as I have really learned a lot about peoples religious and spiritual backgrounds and practices.
Upon studying these different religions and reflecting on my own spiritualty and studies I have found that all religions have more or less two things in common, there is a deity and a desire to be a good person. In Christianity, there is of course a deity as well, but the desire to be a good person is not the end result, nor can it be done by ones own will. Being a good person is not enough and cannot be accomplished without the help of God. We are imperfect people living in an imperfect world this is why we need the help of a perfect God. With the word God people are understanding and even loving, but once the name of Jesus is mentioned, people appear to be get very offended and do not want to hear of it again. Here in lies the trouble with that, Jesus is the solution to our imperfect problem. He is the perfect savior to cover all of our imperfections. You see if we do not honor him we are not honoring God. John 5:22-23, ‘The Father (God) in fact judges no one but has given all judgement to the son, so that all people will honor the Son (Jesus) just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.’