A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Christian Medical and Dental Society

Opinions on Ethical/Social Issues

Principles of Christian Excellence in Dental and Medical Practice

As Christian care-givers in the dental and medical professions, we commit ourselves to the following principles:

  • We will do no harm to our patients by acts of either omission or commission.
  • We are dedicated to the prevention and relief of human pain and suffering.
  • We hold all human life to be sacred as created in God's image.
  • We respect the confidentiality of all communications exchanged with our patients.
  • We affirm the standard of honesty in all circumstances.
  • We believe that our patients have the right to be carefully taught about all aspects of their disease and treatment so that they may give consent that is properly informed.
  • We pursue excellence in dentistry and medicine through advancement of research and education.
  • Because we follow the example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who came to earth "not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give his life . . . . ," we are dedicated to the service of all persons regardless of the state of their economic resources or the nature of their illness. In circumstances where their care is beyond our own resources, we will intervene on their behalf as advocates of adequate care.
  • We desire to maintain a quality of relationship with our patients which will bespeak our availability for counsel as well as care.

Passed unanimously by the CMDS House of Delegates May 3, 1991. Chicago, Illinois


The Christian Physician's Oath

  • With gratitude to God, faith in Christ Jesus, and dependence on the Holy Spirit, I publicly profess my intent to practice medicine for the glory of God.
  • With humility, I will seek to increase my skills. I will respect those who teach me and who broaden my knowledge. In turn, I will freely impart my knowledge and wisdom to others.
  • With God's help, I will love those who come to me for healing and comfort. I will honor and care for each patient as a person made in the image of God, putting aside selfish interests.
  • With God's guidance, I will endeavor to be a good steward of my skills and of society's resources. I will convey God's love in my relationships with family, friends, and community. I will aspire to reflect God's mercy in caring for the lonely, the poor, the suffering, and the dying.
  • With God's blessing, I will respect the sanctity of human life. I will care for all my patients, rejecting those interventions which either intentionally destroy or actively end the lives of the unborn, the infirm, and the terminally ill.
  • With God's grace, I will live according to this profession.

Passed by the CMDS House of Delegates May 3, 1991. Chicago, Illinois


The Christian Dentist's Oath

  • With gratitude to God, faith in Christ Jesus, and dependence on the Holy Spirit, I publicly profess my intent to practice dentistry for the glory of God.
  • With humility, I will seek to increase my skills, I will respect those who teach me and who broaden my knowledge. In turn, I will freely impart my knowledge and wisdom to others.
  • With God's help, I will love those who come to me for healing and comfort. I will honor and care for each patient as a person made in the image of God, putting aside selfish interests.
  • With God's guidance, I will endeavor to be a good steward of my skills and of society's resources. I will convey God's love in my relationships with family, friends, and community. I will aspire to reflect God's mercy in caring for the lonely, the poor, the suffering, and the dying.
  • With God's blessing, I will respect the sanctity of human life. I will care for all my patients, rejecting those interventions which either intentionally destroy or actively end the lives of the unborn, the infirm, and the terminally ill.
  • With God's grace, I will live according to this profession.

Passed by the CMDS House of Delegates May 3, 1991. Chicago, Illinois


Biblical Model for Medical Ethics

Christians believe in the divine inspiration, integrity, and final authority of the Bible as the Word of God. This is our starting point for Christian medical and dental ethics. In affirming the authority of Scripture, we follow the command and example of the Lord Jesus Christ in whom all authority in heaven and earth is vested.

We believe that in His Word, God has graciously provided us with the principles necessary to make difficult ethical decisions. Ethical concepts which are not specifically taught in Scripture can be derived from principles which are found there.

In addition, our ethical perspectives are guided by the Holy Spirit and enriched by the teachings of Christian tradition, moral reasoning, and clinical experience. The circumstances of each case must be considered to discover the moral issues raised, but we do not accept such philosophies as ethical relativism, situation ethics, or utilitarianism. Neither do we follow mindless legalism. Our Lord stated that the weightier matters of the law are justice, mercy, and faith in God.

Biblical ethics is concerned with motives as well as actions, with process as well as outcome. The integrity of moral decisions rests on the prudent use of biblical principles. We acknowledge, however, that sincere Christians may differ in their interpretation and application of these principles.

Patients or their advocates, families, and clinicians are morally responsible for their own actions. We, as physicians and dentists, are ultimately responsible to God as we care for the health of our fellow human beings.

Approved by the CMDS House of Delegates May 3, 1991. Chicago Illinois Passed with a vole of 63 in favor, 3 opposed, 1 abstention