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The Christian concept of the imago Dei is symbolical relation between god and humanity. The term imago dei comes from the concept of Genesis 1:26. From the article, Imago Dei by Mark Ross, he states, “Man is made according to God’s “kind”, made in the image of God (imago Dei)” (2018). He goes on to further state, “Man, like God, is a personal being” (Ross, 2018). I think what it is trying to say is that God created man to live on earth in a human form, because God cannot be seen in physical appearance, so he created man. In the passage of Genesis 1:26, it states that as god is not in human form, god has made humans the image of God in their moral, spiritual, and intellectual nature. Basically God has created us to “reflect the nature of this God” (Shelly & Miller, 2016). Overall, “God gives us a position of responsibility and authority over the rest of the creation” (Shelly & Miller, 2016). The concept of imago Dei is telling us God has created humans, so that we can oversee others and try to live and take responsibility in God’s purpose on this earth. God created humans, so that we can serve out a purpose as he would if he were physically here on earth. The imago Dei is important to health care because it is a reflection of humans working in the healthcare field to help and serve others. We were created on this earth to serve a purpose and I think it is important to healthcare because health care professionals are serving a purpose to follow in Gods footsteps to do good. Imago Dei is relevant to health care because as humans are created in the image of God, it means “that we must look to God for our meaning, purpose and direction” (Shelly & Miller, 2016). Through the image of God we must be able to look for direction and our purpose in health care when we care for others. Working in health care isn’t for everyone, you have to have compassion, so think the imago Dei is very relevant to health care because it reflects on every individuals purpose in healthcare. People who work in health care had a purpose because they want to help others.
Shelly, J. A., & Miller, A. B. (2006). Called to care: A Christian worldview for nursing (2nd ed.). Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic. ISBN-13: 9780830827657
Ross, M. (2018). Imago Dei. https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/imago-dei/