Is energy healing un-Christian? One definition of healing is, “Causing a person who has been physically, mentally or spiritually sick to gain good health. Some of the pre-Christian Hebrew prophets as well as Jesus Christ and certain members of the early Christian congregation were enabled by God’s spirit to perform miraculous healing.”
Whose power, under whose name, are we working these days, as we do energy healing? Under whose name is your energy practitioner connecting to when doing your energy healing appointment? Do you hear the prayer your energy practitioner is using before they lay their hands on you? The reason I ask, is that there are many different “Sources” of energy. Are you aware that even Satan can mimic the “Light” and “miracles?” In the Old Testament, “Moses and Aaron appeared before Pharaoh of Egypt to request that Israel be allowed to go into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to God. As evidence of divine backing, Moses directed Aaron to throw down his rod. The rod became a big snake. That miracle was done by God’s power. But then the magic-practicing priests of Egypt threw down their rods and these, too, became big snakes (Exodus 7:8-12). By whose power did they perform their miracles?*” Let’s look deeper.
Deuteronomy 18:10-12 says, “There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, a practice of magic or anyone who looks for omens or a sorcerer, or one who binds others with a spell, or anyone who consults a spirit medium or professional fortune-teller of events or anyone who inquires of the dead. For everybody doing these things is something detestable to God, and on account of these detestable things, God is driving them away from before you.”
I do not know about you, but I know first hand how easy it is to be caught up in these same things, presented today in fun and attractive trappings, with an allure to the ego, that this is the New Age healing way to go. But more important than preserving egos and images, it is more important, even critical, to get straight what God is truly asking of you and me.
“In the 20th century some faith healing is performed in services conducted by the clergy of Christendom. Among non-Christian religions there are voodoo priests, witch doctors, medicine men, and others who also do healing; they often employ magic and divination. Some “psychic healers” say that their cures have nothing to do with religion. In all these instances, does the healing power come from the true God?*” God would not have us work with the energy he says to avoid. Again let us look to the Bible for what we all should be on the lookout for.
Matthew 24:24 says, “False Christs and false prophets will arise and will give great signs (“miracles” according to the Good News Bible, Today’s English Version 1976) and wonders so as to mislead, if possible, even the chosen ones.”
And in Matthew 7:15-23: “Be on the watch for the false prophets … Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works (“miracles” in the Jerusalem Bible, the New English Bible, Good News Bible) in your name?’ And yet then I will confess to them: I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness.”
Then there is the cost of services. Have you ever paid for an energy healing session? If you are an energy healer, have you ever charged for a healing session? What does the Bible say about that?
“Cure sick people, raise up dead persons, make lepers clean, expel demons. You received free, give free,” says Matthew 10:8. Are healers today doing that – giving free, as Jesus commanded?*
OK, now let us look at the rate of success: “All the crowd were seeking to touch him (Jesus), because power was going out of him and healing them all,” says Luke 6:19. “They brought the sick out even into the broad ways and laid them there upon little beds and cots, in order that, as Petert would go by, at least his shadow might fall upon some one of them. Also, the multitude from the cities around Jerusalem kept coming together, bearing sick people and those troubled with unclean spirits, and they would one and all be cured,” says Acts 5:15,16. In our day, do all who go to religious or energy practitioners or to religious shrines seeking a cure get healed?*
Acts 1:8 says: “You will receive power when the holy spirit arrives upon you, and you will be witnesses of me … to the most distant part of the earth.” Just before leaving his apostles to return to heaven, Jesus told them that this, not healing, was the vital work they were to do.*
*Portions of this article were taken from “Reasoning from the Scriptures,” published by Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc.