Stay Away From New Age Medicine-Therapies From The Devil

Stay Away From New Age Medicine-Therapies From The Devil

New Age Medicine

Therapies from the Devil?*

Altered States of Consciousness

Definition:  The deliberate cultivation of abnormal states of consciousness (states not normally experienced apart from a specific technique or program to develop them).

Founder:  Unknown

How Does it Claim to Work?:  Proponents claim that altered states allegedly produce a “higher” state of consciousness or “being,” including dramatic revelations and a positive restructuring of the participant’s world view.

Scientific Evaluation:  Science cannot evaluate subjective claims concerning a particular state of consciousness. Scientific research in this area is a mixture of investigating normal, marginally altered consciousness (e.g., dreams), and occultic and parapsychological exploration of mystical, occultic states.

Occultic Potential:  Spirit contact, psychic transformation.

Major Problem:  Occultic associations.

Biblical/Christian Evaluation:  Forbidden on the basis of occultic associations.

Potential Dangers:  Apparent “mental” illness; occult bondage; spirit possession.


Definition:  Acupuncture is the practice of ancient Chinese needle stimulation based upon the occultic religion of Taoism.

Founder:  Unknown; the traditional Chinese text is The Yellow Emperors Classic of Internal Medicine.

How Does it Claim to Work?:  Acupuncture claims to work by stimulating acupuncture points with needles, supposedly permitting the cosmic energy of the universe (chi) to flow freely through the body organs and systems, maintaining health.

Scientific Evaluation:  Disputed, but largely discredited; while its Taoism is ignored in scientific studies, these studies have yet to demonstrate acupuncture’s effectiveness scientifically. A definitive three-year study released in 1991 concluded acupuncture was nothing more than, at best, a powerful placebo.

Occultic Potential:  Taoist practice and philosophy; psychic practitioners; meditative programs and other occultic practices used in conjunction with acupuncture therapy.

Major Problem(s):  Acupuncture works on the basis of psychological, religious, or occultic principles, not scientific ones or its own stated theories.

Biblical/Christian Evaluation:  Classical acupuncture involves the practice of an ancient pagan medicine inseparably tied to Taoism.

Potential Dangers:  Needle stimulation has occasionally produced physical complications and injuries, some serious; misdiagnosis of a serious illness; occult influence.

Attitudinal Healing

Definition:  Attitudinal healing is the regulation or maintenance of physical, “mental,” and/or spiritual health by learning “proper” mental attitudes.

Founder:  Unknown

How Does it Claim to Work?:  Because the spirit, mind, and body are interrelated, “proper” mental attitudes may influence the entire person toward desired spiritual, psychological, and/or physical goals.

Scientific Evaluation:  Unsubstantiated claims.

Occultic Potential:  Adopting new age philosophy; encountering spiritistic revelations and contacts.

Major Problem(s):  Mental attitudes are typically restructured to harmonize with new age/spiritistic philosophy.

Biblical/Christian Evaluation:  The form of attitudinal healing examined in this summary is from Jane Robert’s The Nature of Personal Reality, and the three-volume text, A Course in Miracles. These materials constitute spiritistic revelations admittedly produced by occultic means, which the Bible forbids (Deut. 18:9-12). Cultivating occultic or unbiblical attitudes toward life is not in harmony with Scriptural purposes, but rather is spiritually harmful.

Potential Dangers:  Adopting occultic philosophy and practice in the guise of physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Applied Kinesiology (Muscle Testing)

Definition:  Applied kinesiology is a method of diagnosis and treatment that combines chiropractic, muscle-testing, nutritional evaluations, and other methods for overall preventive medicine and health maintenance.

Founder:  George Goodheart

How Does it Claim to Work?:  Applied kinesiology claims to induce proper structural and chemical-nutritional organization in the body, as well as “left-and-right-brain” hemisphere balance. It claims to evaluate and correct problems of the nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, skeletal-musculature, and “meridian” systems, thereby maintaining health. Its practices are believed to permit the even flow of cosmic energy throughout the body, thus nurturing individual organs and systems with the proper supply of chi energy.

Scientific Evaluation:  Discredited; see summary on acupuncture (above) and chiropractic (below).

Occultic Potential:  Psychic healing; energy channeling.

Major Problem(s):  Unsubstantiated practice with occultic potential.

Biblical/Christian Evaluation:  Practices that are quack or potentially occultic should be avoided.

Potential Dangers:  Misdiagnosis; quack treatment; occultic influence.


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