Christian ethics and spirituality in healthcare are grounded in the belief in all human beings created in God’s image. Each individual is unique and valuable. This perspective holds that a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs must be considered and addressed to achieve optimal health and well-being. Christians believe that spirituality is a fundamental aspect of human nature and that it is intimately connected to a person’s overall health and well-being. Spirituality is for Christians a way to develop a personal relationship with God by praying, worshiping, and studying the Bible. It also includes practicing virtues such as compassion, honesty, and forgiveness, and serving others as an expression of one’s faith.
On the other hand, postmodern relativism holds that there is no objective truth or morality and that all beliefs and values are relative to one’s culture, society, or personal perspective. Postmodern relativism holds that no one can apply the same standards and principles to everyone. The belief in postmodern relativism, which is a form of relativism, could be used to argue that there aren’t any objective standards or ethics for healthcare and that all healthcare decisions should be made based only on individual preferences or cultural norms.
A Christian view of healthcare ethics stresses the need to uphold moral principles such as autonomy, justice, and beneficence. This belief is based on the conviction that every human being was created in God’s image and deserves dignity and respect. Contrary to postmodern relativism which may believe ethical principles can be subjective or based solely on cultural norms and personal beliefs, it could lead to the belief in objective truths.
In general, the Christian approach to spirituality and healthcare ethics rests on the belief of objective truth and moral principles that recognize the intrinsic worth and dignity of every individual. Contrary to postmodern relativism which asserts that truth is relative and subjective, it could cause moral relativism as well as ethical uncertainty in healthcare decision-making.