"Is it God's
will (or the gods’ will) that I
Another determinant is if the person believes that it is
God's will (or the gods’ will) for him or her to have
the problem and to not overcome it. Another name for this
barrier is "perception of Divine will." If someone
believes that it is not God's will that they avoid or be released
from a disease or problem, they may not do anything to try
to avoid or be released from it themselves.
A family who does not try to feed a newborn with a club
foot thinking that it is God's will that the child dies.
A person who believes that “when your time comes,
your time comes” or “God is punishing me”
and consequently does not do anything to try to slow the
progression of HIV/AIDS through antiretroviral treatment
(even when it’s available).
This determinant can also be turned around into a positive
attribute of the action. If someone believes that it is God’s
will that they do a particular behavior, they may be more
likely to do it. You could ask people why they believe the
behavior is within God’s will, and use their response
when promoting the behavior with others. For example, if someone
said that they believed in constructing latrines because covering
feces was promoted in the Bible (Deuteronomy 23:13), you could
remind other Christians of that verse when promoting latrines.
The same could be done with other religious groups’