Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Alternative Medicine and Christian Healing:

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”

2 Peter 2:1-3

John Catanzaro @ deals with the Christian approach to healing and alternative medicine. In Part 1 he covers:

Professional Observation

Christianity Is Not Dominant In Alternative Medicine

pagan practices break the very first command that God gave to humankind, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). On the other hand, I have heard Christians slam alternative medicine practices without having any idea why they should reject it.

Many References Are Not Clear Enough

Part 2

Reliable Authoritative Reference Is Needed

Evaluating Alternative Medicine

Here is how we will approach alternative medicine and its many practices. I will use a simple “four R” plan. Simply, can we receive the practice? Are there any redeeming points of the practice? What aspects of the practice need to be rejected? And what relation does the practice have to Christian faith and theological practice?
  • Receive: Can I receive this practice in its entirety or parts of it?
  • Redeem: What can I safely accept as a safe healing practice?
  • Reject: What do I need to reject and on what basis?
  • Relate: Does the practice completely counter Christian faith and theology?

Christian Worldview of Alternative Medicine

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