THE HOLISTIC TRAP

What follows are excerpts from one of the best articles I have found so far regarding Holistic medicine and it’s health dangers and, more importantly, it’s spiritual dangers. It is entitled “MEDICINE WITH A SOUL”. Christian discernment is sorely needed on this topic. You can read the entire article at the link provided below the excerpts.

“The Holistic Trap

… Whenever pragmatism influences the church, discernment evaporates and new age practices and therapies become acceptable methods of spiritual practice or healing.”14

John Weldon, co-author of the Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs, makes the following observations regarding false approaches to New Age medicine: First, an unwillingness to research a practice before adopting it. Second, the will to believe in a practice in spite of contrary scientific data. Third, a rationalizing and legitimizing of the mystical and the occult on the basis of entirely unknown factors. Fourth, a personal bias in favor of the method merely because it worked.15″

“Wholeness: Spiritually & Scripturally

… the lack of proper diagnosis and treatment is not the most dangerous concern one should have regarding alternative therapies, although they are substantial. The most harmful of all the dangers that the holistic therapist opens one up to is the subtle nature of spiritual disciplines that are rooted in the occult without revealing their true nature.

Dean Ornish, an internist at the University of California at San Francisco, says, “I’ve become increasingly convinced that we are dealing here with emotional and spiritual dimensions.”20 Healing for the Christian doctor or the holistic therapist is a spiritual exercise. For the patient the issue is which spiritual road-sign will lead him to true wholeness.

The Scripture offers the individual direction at this point. “Jesus recognized the importance of doctors. He said the sick needed physicians (Mark 2:17).”21 However, it is instructive to us to recognize that God’s foremost desire may not necessarily be for us to remain healthy. Remember, Christ came primarily to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). I am not saying that He cannot heal. I am saying that He may have a higher purpose for His inaction, especially as it relates to our personal time-table.

The Bible offers us many examples of God’s purposes. Job is perhaps the most significant example (Job 2:3). The Apostle Paul serves as another example (2 Corinthians 12:7). It is important for us to understand that sickness is not a result of sin in our lives (1 Corinthians 11:29-30, John. 9:3).

God may have reasons beyond our understanding for not healing an individual in accordance with our time frame. Our sickness may be used to emphasize God’s divine nature. Job’s sickness caused him to receive a fresh appreciation of God (Job 42:5,6). Our sickness glorifies God. When Jesus heard that Lazarus fell ill He commented that “this sickness will not end in death, No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it” (John 11:4).

Another way our infirmity serves our Creator is that it displays His work. God is able to show His glory through the healing of our body. The resulting testimony brings Him glory. The trials of life bring spiritual maturity in the believer. James recounts that the testing of our faith brings endurance (James 1:2-4). Illness is but one of many ways that God may choose to test one’s faith.

Infirmity helps us keep a sober perspective on life. Paul’s thorn in his flesh kept him in humility rather than boastful pride (2 Corinthians 12:7). God may be preparing you, through your illness, to become His comforter to those who suffer (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).

Ultimately we must recognize that God alone is sovereign. He is the healer. He is the creator. He is the one who orders our lives and to whom we are subject. We have salvation in no other.

Concluding Thoughts

The way we practice medicine is changing. The holistic health movement has dramatically changed how we see ourselves, the universe, and ultimately the supernatural.

The traditional way of viewing medicine as a business and treating only the physical body is now seen as being negative. The treatment of mind, body, and spirit is the new norm. Individuals desire caregivers who have an overall concern about the whole person. However, the patient must be aware of the methodology used in treatment and its accompanying dangers, not only for physical and emotional well-being but for one’s spiritual life as well.

The patient and the caregiver must realize that true wholeness comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Healing comes in its fullness when the patient and the doctor draw on their faith in God and their combined faith is in the center of His will.22

The spiritual aspect of the alternative health movement has raised the need for Christians to critically assess and rightly discern the spirit behind such practices. In the end, the individual must moderate any alternative practice with a proven scientific analysis regarding diagnosis and treatment.

Be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.
Proverbs 3:7-8″

Link to complete article …

http://www.christianinformation.org/article.asp?artID=65

About Cathy

I am a born again Christian, saved in 1988 at the age of 38. My mother was born again in her old age, in her 80's. Her name is Giannina which means "God is gracious."
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