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Eastern Healing, Alternative Medicine, and Christian Faith, Part 6
All of the following theories are pagan in nature and none of the philosophical views are Christian whatsoever. The goal here is that by understanding the foundational philosophies of these theories that are anti-God, Christians can discern where these philosophies have crept in to some healing practices. We can then carefully weed out the bad elements in order not to allow other gods in under the guise of Christian faith.
Mary Baker Eddy is the founder of Christian Science and its healing system. Metaphysical healing and psychosomatic healing are strong systems in Christian Science. It acknowledges that the power of healing comes from a Supreme Being, but it denies that the power of healing belongs to the only true God in and through his Son Jesus Christ.
The basic views of Christian Science deny the existence of the Trinity and the redemptive work of Christ:
- God is divine Love, Father-Mother, supreme.
- The true nature of each individual as a child of God is spiritual.
- Healing comes from God's infinite goodness, realized in prayer.
The basis of her theory is best framed in her own words: "I submitted my metaphysical system of treating disease to the broadest practical tests. Since then this system has gradually gained ground, and has proved itself, whenever scientifically employed, to be the most effective curative agent in medical practice."
Scientology views man as a sole spiritual being and denies that God created this spirit being. It is centrally humanistic, based upon human intellect and evolutionary thought. In fact, this theory affirms that man deteriorates to the degree that he denies his spiritual nature and ceases to live with moral values, such as trust, honesty, integrity, and other sometimes intangible characteristics.
Though this all sounds good, humankind is left without the source that gives hope to live life with moral values, trust, honesty, and integrity. It is impossible to please God without the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of all healing.
Scientology strongly draws upon the metaphysical healing theory and has specific names for different types of healing. They are known as "assists," and there are several different types, including contact, touch, nerve, and location process assists.
"An assist, then, can be described as a Scientology process which is done to alleviate a present time discomfort. A process is an exact series of directions or sequence of actions taken to accomplish a desired result. There are many processes contained in the materials of Scientology, but assists make up a class of processes in themselves." (Scientology Handbook)
Again, we see the denial of the Supreme God, the Trinity, and the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. I love the words of John Piper that sum up all that is contrary to our infinite personal God: "If all the universe and everything in it exist by the design of an infinite, personal God to make his manifold glory known and loved, then to treat any subject without reference to God's glory is not scholarship, but insurrection." (The Pleasures of God)