Image of God
Image of God
Christian concept of the imago dei?
Imago dei can be described as the image of God and the relationship between God and the human kind (Meilaender, 2013). Christians believe that humankind is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Being created in the image of God implies that even though we do not have the same physical aspects of God, we have some aspects of God. These may include having a spirit, special creatures with knowledge in many diverse areas of our lives, and a moral character, which enables us to live in a certain way accountable to God (Meilaender, 2013). These features differentiate human beings and all other creatures created by God. God gave human kind the power and freedom to dominate the universe and subdue it (Genesis 1:29).
Imago dei reflects God’s self and character in individuals and a sign of love and care for the human kind since they are special beings created by God (Shelly ; Miller, 2006). Human beings are special creatures since they were the last creatures in God’s creation after God had ensured that every other thing necessary for their survival was in place. He had created a perfect universe for them to live in (Shelly & Miller, 2006). God did not create the human kind for no reason but had a plan and a purpose for the humans and even implemented a redemption plan after the first human kind had sinned against him in the Garden of Eden (Isaiah 52, 53).
The Christian concept of the imago dei is important to healthcare in the provision of spiritual care to patients suffering from chronic and acute ailments (Meilaender, 2013). This concept can be used to show patients how special they are. Even in times of trouble, God is still with them as his love surpasses every situation. God’s love can be illustrated by the continuous miracles he performed to the Israelites even though they went against his commandments. Healthcare practitioners can use this concept to give patients hope and encouragement, which is important in the mental and emotional health of patients as the treatment process involves all these aspects of a patient (Meilaender, 2013).
Meilaender, G. (2013). Bioethics: A Primer for Christians. Grand Rapids, Mich: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
Shelly, J. A., ; Miller, A. B. (2006). Called to care: A Christian worldview for nursing. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Academic/Intervarsity Press.