Imago Dei Relevant to Health Care

Imago Dei Relevant to Health Care.



Imago Dei Relevant to Health Care

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Health Care and Life Sciences: Nursing

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Chapters 4-6 in Called to Care: A Christian Worldview for Nursing.


What is the Christian concept of the imago Dei? How might it be important to health care, and why is it relevant?

What is the Christian concept of the imago dei?

            Imago dei in English is the image of God and is often described as the way Christians understand the human being as God’s creation. Christians believe that human beings were created in the image of God, and this bestows honor and dignity of all human beings inspire of their physical, social, and mental status. The theoretical roots on imago dei (image of God) are found in the bible in the book of Genesis during the creation of man. Man being created in God’s image does not mean that in a literal sense, it only means that man was created in the spiritual, intellectual, and moral nature of God.

How might it be important to healthcare, and why is it relevant?

            Mother Teresa was driven by imago dei to go out of her ways to look after and take care of the sick people, and also those who were dying in Calcutta. The concept of the image of God has driven most Christians in all ages to take care of the sick and offer help to the poor in society. Health workers who understand the concept of imago dei are driven towards taking care of the suffering in the hospitals, and they also try their best to give peaceful and comforting deaths to those in their death beds (Shelly & Miller, 2006). The author of The Religious Foundations of Healthcare article states that caregivers such as nurses and social workers’ awareness of the imago dei have helped in transforming their relationships with that of their patients into recognition of others sanctity. Image of God concept has also being used by western society to form the basis of human rights regarding healthcare and social services.


Imago dei should form the basis of how we treat each other in the community.  In the Bible God created man in his own image and likeness and that means our character and morals are guided by him accordingly. We should take care of each other in the society because we are all alike in God’s eyes and we are all his image.


Shelly, J., & Miller, A. (2006). Called to care. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic.

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