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Imago Dei is latin for the image of God. As per scripture, God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all earch and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. The idea of man being made in the imager of God has been influenced by four definitions of Imago Dei (Ross, 2013). The Image of God as Similarity refers to ther physical similarities people have with God as Adam was made in his image.
Christianity has been influenced by four definitions of the imago dei. The Image of God as Similarity – people have some similarity to God which are the physical similarities people have with God as God made Adam in his image. The image of God as Dominion refers to Adam given dominion over all of creation. The Image of God as Counterpart Others refers to the relationship with the universe as God created people for fellowship. The Image of God as Representation refers to the relationship people have with others (Ross, 2013).
This concept is important to the Christian perspective in healthcare as one should use their abilities and likeness to God as earthly masters should reflect the justice and fairness found in the Heavenly Master. (Eph.6:9; Col. 4:1). Healthcare providers, should carryout their duties as instructed by God, according to his teaching and in his likeness, reflecting goodness, love, and compassion, and discipline (PHI-413V Topic 1 Overview, 2019).
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Ross, M. (2013). Imago Dei. Retrieved from https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/imago-dei/