Biomedical Ethics in the Christian Narrative

Biomedical Ethics in the Christian Narrative

Under the Christian narrative and Christian vision, what sorts of issues are most pressing in this case study?

The decision-making process of Mike and Joanne becomes a pressing issue as they have faith in Christianity and hence have inclined their decision on the Christianity more than the medical way. This, therefore, becomes a major issue in deciding whether to subject their son to dialysis or take him for prayers through a healing service. The decision could be driven by witnessing the friend with stroke who had been previously healed after a prayer session. The fact that James parents are willing to take James back to the hospital one week after the healing service is conducted to confirm his condition with the hope that his condition will have improves is an indication that they don’t have complete faith. This is because if they truly believed that the case would be resolved in the church, they would not have taken him back to the hospital for a further check-up or rather to confirm his condition improves.

The over the trust of the Christian faith brings James health case to worse as it comes from a minor dialysis to kidney failure whose case can only be resolved through a kidney transplant. This, therefore, shows that sometimes Christian faith could be misleading and therefore give force belief like in the case where Mike and Joanne believed that the case of their son would improve. If at all the family had a complete trust in religion they would have not in the first place taken their son to the hospital when they realized that he was ill but rather should have taken him to the church for a healing service. This, therefore, contradicts their faith as doing this puts them in a dilemma whether to follow the religious or the scientific way of resolving their son’s health condition. At the end, they end up settling for hospital even with worsening of the case. This shows that the delay worsened the case as it swayed the decision.

Should the physician allow Mike to continue making decisions that seem to him to be irrational and harmful to James?

The physician should not allow Mike to continue making decisions for his son health condition. The fact that Mike made the first decision of taking his son to the church for players and then the case worsened means that the next decision also has higher chances of worsening the case of their son. Health is a basic need and James being a minor cannot be in a position to make some of the major decisions about his health. The fact that the second person in line to make the decisions for him is his parents and because the first decision they made when they had a chance of improving his condition or rather doing away with the condition turned out to worsen his case removes them from the line. This, therefore, leaves the physician at the position of making the decision and doing the right thing to resolve the health condition of James. This, however, should be after discussions with Samuel and the parents on the issue and critically put forward the need to resolve the case.

According to the Christian narrative and the discussion of the issues of treatment refusal, patient autonomy, and organ donation in the topic readings, how might one analyse this case?

Religion and medication contradict on health issues, and therefore the case is understandable (Grover, 2007). The fact that Mike and Joanne are having a hard time on agreeing between dialysis and taking his son for a prayer session in the church could be explained by the faith they have in the religion. The fact that they have witnessed a healing process makes them even have a solid reason for submitting their son to the same. Most of the religious beliefs are inclined to the word so much such that most of them believe in the religious healing more than they do on the scientific healing through treatment. Medical care is critical and health being a basic need, therefore, means that the patients should have a right to make their health decisions (Grover, 2007). James is a minor and therefore he is not in a position to decide his health condition. These entrusted with decision making, therefore, face a hard time and are in a dilemma whether to take the religious or the medical way for the healing. The case moves from a minor dialysis to a kidney transplant case, and the parents are torn between giving their other sons kidney or not. The fact that the physician had guaranteed that the case of James could have been resolved through the dialysis also puts hope that the case would be resolved through the kidney transplant and therefore the fact that James parents case failed to come through religious way means that the medical way is the only chance. The case should, therefore, be given a consideration and they should not be afraid of offering their other sons kidney to treat James. There are evident cases where kidney transplant has been done, and both the donor and the recipient have had a breakthrough (Healthcare Forum, 2016).

According to the topic readings and lecture, how ought the Christian to think about sickness and health? What should Mike as a Christian do? How should he reason about trusting God and treating James?

The history of Christianity has had a debate about suffering, death, pain and how to best confront health and illness cases the Suffering and death of Jesus on the cross has a great effect on how Christians view suffering and pain (Christianity on Health and Illness, 2017). The act of Jesus enduring the pain is seen as the sacrifice of people’s sins and health, and therefore most of the religious people view that as a way to lay their trust on in cases of health issues.  Health is sensitive, and even after subjecting health case to prayers for healing there is need to seek medical expert’s aid in resolving the case and complementing this with prayers. Chronic of extreme health cases that have been known to be resolved through religious ways are not many, and therefore this reduces the margin of trust between the religious healing means and the medical way in James case. Faith is important but should not lead to rigidity especially when it comes to health issues. Diseases wrath waits for no decisions and therefore contemplating on prayers, and the kidney transplant is an issue as the more time taken to decide the more the condition could worsen, Mike parents should consider taking the physicians decision and offering their sons kidney for his well-being. The healing process of James at the point is dependent on the kidney transplant and therefore the fact that Mike has faith that God will heal their son should also have faith that he will come through the kidney transplant and that both James and Samuel will come through the surgery successfully. Samuel should be involved in the decision-making process as his life is also in line as he saves his brother and therefore should also decide on how to handle the case. The kidney transplant can be complemented through prayers by Mike and his wife.


Christianity on Health and Illness. (2017). Retrieved from

Grover, J. (2007). Healthcare and religion. Detroit: Greenhaven Press.

Healthcare Forum (Organization). (2016). The Healthcare Forum journal. San Francisco, CA: Healthcare Forum.

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