The Dangers of Eastern Alternative Medicine (II)

In part one, the occult principles underlying alternative medicine were highlighted. Now let’s delve into some examples of these techniques and their potential dangers.

1. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It involves stimulating specific points of the body (acupoints) using thin sterile needles. Acupuncture has been alleged to cure dysentery, headache, neck pain, stroke, post operative pain and even hypertension.

Various scientific studies however declare that there are little evidence of its effectiveness or long term benefit. Other studies indicate that acupuncture works mainly due to the placebo effect. Scientists have been unable to cure people by merely engaging in unspecific needle stimulation, thus, what makes acupuncture effective is not physical.

Acupuncture originated in China circa 100 BC from the traditional Chinese text, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. It spread to Japan and Korea in the 6th century AD and was adopted by Europe in 17th century. In the 20th century, it spread to Western countries.

Acupuncture is based on the occult principles of Taoism. In this system, chi/qi, yang and yin, zang fu, meridians and acupuncture points play vital roles in sustaining the human body. In this occult philosophy, when the body’s organs are deficient in a proper supply of cosmic universal energy (chi), it creates an inbalance or disharmony which results in diseases or pain.

The chi is said to flow from the body’s primary organs (zang-fu organs) to the “superficial” body tissues of the skin, muscles, tendons, bones and joints, passing through invisible channels called meridians. Acupuncture needles are often inserted into locations along these meridians (acupoints) to stimulate the flow of the blocked chi in restoring bodily health. This is not science and can’t be explained scientifically, it’s psychic healing.

As TCM spread to the West, other theories undergirding acupuncture emerged, resulting in conflicting theories and claims such that “TCM practitioners disagree among themselves about how to diagnose patients and which treatments should go with which diagnoses. Even if they could agree, the TCM theories are so nebulous that no amount of scientific study will enable TCM to offer rational care.” [1]

This therapy is at best, a dice game. There also the potential danger of misdiagnosing serious illnesses if applied. Given that acupuncture is based on an occult model of the human body, there’s a possibility of opening patient’s spiritual portals. A person can get cured of nausea and from there pick up arthritis.

In the occult human anatomy, there are acupoints that control sex and blood circulation. This meridian point, if activated by psychic means, can awaken a person’s sexual energies. There’s another point (called “Point of the Nail” grip in Mormonism) which can cause symptoms like convulsion, rage and even insanity if psychically stimulated! [2]

Some documented side effects of acupuncture include infections, nerve damage, punctured lung and convulsion. Several Chinese scholars in a review of the Chinese language literature found numerous acupuncture-related adverse events including pneumothorax, fainting, cardiovascular injuries, traumatic cataract, recurrent cerebral haemorrhage, thoracic and lumbar spine injuries. [3]

Conclusively, acupuncture involves an ancient pagan therapy inexorably tied to Taoism. It can open up a Christian to spiritual defilement.

2. Reiki

This is an ancient Japanese technique which stresses psychic healing through the manipulation of mystical life energies. From the meaning of its name “spirit vital energy” it involves tapping into a supernatural power or force and causing this power to produce healing.

Reiki is said to reduce stress, boost the body’s immunity, increase the body’s supply of “life energy” and make people feel calm. It is said to impact not just the body, but also the mind, emotion and spirit. Hence, it’s said to be used for personal transformation.

Reiki was “rediscovered” by Dr. Mikao Usui (1865-1926) in Japan. Apparently, after many years of studying ancient Indian writings, he invented a formula for activating and directing mystical life energy. He was said to have taught Reiki to more than 2,000 people during his lifetime.

In an attempt to fuse New Age medicine into mainstream medicine, the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has been funding researches attempting to validate Reiki as a healing therapy.

When scientists examined the works however, they not only found problems with their methodologies, but also their results, which appeared to lack validity or reliability. They found that there was no consistency in the application of Reiki; the same practitioner could produce different outcomes in different studies. Thus, it’s pseudoscience.

Some scholars note that: “Reiki postulates the existence of a universal energy unknown to science and thus far undetectable surrounding the human body, which practitioners can learn to manipulate using their hands.” [4]

When these Reiki practitioners pass their hands over a subject’s body they claim to look to “repelling energies,” “magnetizing energy” or “vibrations” that indicate where the balancing of chi is needed, but these ‘scientific’ terms are misleading. There’s no scientific evidence for chi or life force energy; they are spiritual forces.

Reiki instructors are often recruited by Reiki Masters. The master injects his psychic energy into the students, allegedly opening his psychic centers (chakras) and activating his ‘life-force.’ This is no different from how occult power is transmitted from a Hindu guru/sadhu to his disciples (shaktipat diksha). [5]

Reiki instructors are often initiated in a secret ceremony and when they reach the second degree, they are given the occult abilities to heal from a distance. These are purely demonic interactions, only that the demons have been given fancy names like “life energy,” “forces” or “vibrations.” As Christians we can’t control the Spirit of God, therefore, anybody that’s controlling or manipulating an “energy” of “force” is utilising demons.

Some specialists combine Reiki with elemental spirits. They can for instance, invoke a fire deity (“angel Michael”) using red candles with certain herbs and incense to effect cures. These techniques do work, but they are demonic and no Christian should try them out.

3. Homeopathy

This is a system of diagnosis based on the principle that the same substance causing symptoms in a healthy person will cure those symptoms in a sick person.

Homeopathy was developed by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). He was a physician who while translating a book which described the effects of quinine or Peruvian bark on Malaria, decided to take the drug himself. He was struck with the idea that there’s a possibility that a substance which causes symptoms in a healthy person can possibly cure those symptoms in a sick person. From there, he began testing this drug on himself and others and believed his results confirmed his theory: like cures like.

Later, Hahnemann and his followers began administering minerals, herbs, and other substances to healthy persons, including themselves and recorded their observations. Today it’s alleged that homeopathy cures typhoid, dysentery and malaria.

The first problem with his theory – which forms the basis of homeopathy – is that Hahnemann confused the symptoms he felt after taking quinine as malaria symptoms. “Hahnemann had taken quinine earlier in his life, and it is quite probable that his experiment had caused an allergic reaction which can typically occur with the symptoms Hahnemann described. However, he interpreted them as malaria symptoms.” [6]

Second, his methodology eliminated controls by assuming that the particular substances he introduced into himself and others actually had the effects he observed. He took it for granted that people can experience physical sensations after taking certain substances through prior suggestion that the substance will produce those symptoms.

Third, he made experiences the determinants of truth, and this accentuates the flaw of homeopathy. Both the practitioner and the subject assume that relying on one’s own experiences is all the proof one needs that homeopathic medicine seems to cure. They never ask why or seek to investigate if other factors led to the cure instead of the homeopathic medicine. Again, we are confronted with the placebo effect.

Homeopathic medicines, following Hahnemann’s model, are susceptible to magical thinking. He discovered that certain substances produced some unusual reactions in some patients. He therefore sought to reduce the dosage given. In an attempt to find the smallest effective dose of the substance, he diluted it. He thought he found a curious phenomenon: the more diluted the substance, the more powerful it becomes.

Thus, homeopathic medicines are successively diluted until not even a single molecule of the original substance remained – supposedly making it more effective. [7] This is not science, because it’s not dealing with a physical substance treating a physical ailment, but relying on psychic power to produce a cure.

Hahnemann even admits that: “The diseases of man are not caused by any [material] substance,… but they are solely spirit-like (dynamic) derangements of spirit-;like power (the vital principle) that animates the human body. Homeopathy knows that a cure can only take place by the reaction of the vital force against the rightly chosen remedy that has been ingested. Thus, true healing art is…to effect an alteration in…energetic automatic vital force…” [8]

Homeopathy is based on metaphysical or psychic power. It invariably replaces conventional therapy especially in life threatening cases such as meningitis, asthma etc. which call for immediate treatment. A survey revealed that most homeopaths have a general negative attitude to immunization. All these indicate it is a dangerous therapy.

4. Therapeutic Touch

This is a healing therapy said to reduce pain and anxiety by placing the hands near the patients. Though it is said to cure people of stress, heal wounds and boost immunity, there is no justifiable scientific evidence of its efficacy.

Its practitioners state that by placing their hands on, or near a patient, they are able to detect and manipulate the patient’s energy field to produce healing. Like other examples of alternative or New Age medicine, it works based on occult principles, not science.

Therapeutic Touch (TT) was developed in the 1970s by Dora Kunz, a Theosophist and Dolores Krieger. While the practice is rooted in ancient mysticism, it has now been adopted as a course in several colleges and universities in various countries and adopted as a medical therapy in some hospitals in North America. The works used to substantiate TT such as Science of Unitary Human Beings by Martha E. Rogers are metaphysical works that only seem “scientific” at the surface level.

In a certain case involving Emily Rosa, a 9 year old girl who tested the efficacy of TT, its efficacy was debunked as 21 practitioners were unable to detect her “aura” or energy field being demarcated by a cardboard screen. The slightest possibility of locating even her hands were due to chance [9].

The whole concept of tapping into and manipulating energies is witchcraft. The “energies” being utilized in TT are not physical but spiritual powers inherent in spiritual beings. Therefore, for a person to utilize them, he must first be inhabited by demonic entities, and the patient can also become open to them. And be rest assured, demons can also heal.

A Wiccan Pagan Spiritualist who narrated her story on Obsession: Dark Desires, said:

“Bill [her husband] had a major stroke at the age of 40 … when I spoke with the doctors, I asked and I said “Is there not any hope?” and they told me, ‘No hope.’ I began to do healing touch which is where you actually give people energy, healing from the herbs (?), which comes up through your body and through your hands. With the grace of god, I was given him back, and three weeks, he was home.” [10]

Without much ado, it is safe to conclude that a Christian seeking alternative healing therapy is playing the equivalent of a Russian roulette. It may have offer some temporary relief, but at a huge spiritual price. In all, it’s important that we keep our physical bodies – God’s temple – free from defilement (1 Corinthians 3:17).

Notes

[1] Barrett Stephen, M.D., Be Wary of Acupuncture, Qigong and “Chinese Medicine”, December 2007.

[2] Bill Schnoebelen and James Spencer, Mormonism’s Temple of Doom, 1987, 31-32.

[3] Zhang et al., Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 2010, 88(1): 915-921.

[4] Lilienfeld et al., Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology, Guilford Press, 2014, 202.

[5] Holistic Health Practices/ Part 35 by Dr. John Weldon, 2009.

[6] Samuel Pfeifer, M.D., Healing at Any Price? Milton Keynes: England, 1988, 65.

[7] Samuel Hahnemann, The Chronic Diseases, Jain Pub., India, 1976, 19.

[8] Organon of Medicine, 6th edition, New Delhi: India, 1978, 173.

[9] Rosa et al. Journal of the American Medical Association, 1998, 279 (13):1005-10

[10] Aired on Investigation Discovery July 5, 2017.

 

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Islam: The Religion of War (II)

Let’s take a look at Muhammad’s teachings recorded in the Hadiths.

“The Prophet said, “A single endeavour of fighting in Allah’s Cause is better than the world and whatever is in it” (Bukhari 4:52:50).

“A man came to Allah’s Apostle and said, “Instruct me as to such a deed as equals Jihad in reward: He replied, ‘I do not find such a deed” (Bukhari 4:52:44).

“Allah’s Apostle was asked, ‘What is the best deed?’ He replied, ‘To believe in Allah and His Apostle Muhammad.’ The questioner then asked ‘What is the next best in goodness?’ He replied ‘To participate in Jihad, religious struggle in Allah’s Cause” (Bukhari 1:2:25).

Allah’s Apostle said “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah” (Bukhari 8:387)

On the day of the Conquest [of Mecca] the Prophet said, “There is no emigration after the Conquest but Jihad and intentions. When you are called [by the Muslim ruler] for fighting, go forth immediately” (Bukhari 4:52:79).

When the Prophet returned [from jihad], he would say ‘Takbir’ thrice and add “We are returning, if Allah wishes, with repentance and worshipping and praising and
prostrating ourselves before our Lord. Allahfulfilled His promise and helped His Slave, and He alone defeated the [infidel] clans” (Bukhari 4:52:317)

During the affliction of Ibn Az-Zubair, two men came to Ibn Umar and said, ‘The people are lost, and you are the son of ‘Umar, and the companion of the Prophet, so what forbids you from coming out? He said, ‘What forbids me is that Allah has prohibited the shedding of my brother’s blood.’ They both said, ‘Didn’t Allah say, “And fight them until there is no more affliction?” He said ‘We fought until there was no more affliction and the worship is for Allah alone while you want to fight until there is affliction and until the worship become for other than Allah” (Bukhari 6:60:40).

He said: “Swords are the keys of paradise … Paradise is under the shadow of swords … He who draws his sword in the path of Allah has sworn an allegiance to Allah … The unbelievers and the one who kills him will never meet in Hell” (Kanz Muttaqi 2:252-86).

Ibn Qayyim said that when Muhammad “called people to Islam, his call was accompanied by the sword” (Sahih Jaami, 2831).

He said: “Whoever dies without having fought [for Islam] or thought to himself about fighting has died following one of the branches of hypocrisy” (Sahih Muslim, 3533).

Three people are in Allah’s safekeeping: a man who goes out to fight in Allah’s path, who is in Allah’s safekeeping till He takes his soul and brings him to paradise, or send him home with the reward or booty he has obtained…” (Mishkat al-Masabih, 811).

In the Sira, a Quranic passage is reiterated saying: “Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah desires killing them to manifest the religion” (The Life of Muhammad, a translation of Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasulullah, 1995, p. 327).

Elsewhere, Muhammad is quoted saying: “Fight everyone in the way of Allah and kill those who disbelieve in Allah” (Sirat, 992). Thus, it can be seen that war is inexorably tied to Islam. Without violence and bloodshed, Islam will wither and die.

The Islamic Trail of Blood

After Muhammad’s death, one of his first converts, Abu Bakr was selected as a successor (caliph). Most of the Meccans who had hitherto been forced into Islam by Muhammad found it so revolting and ghastly that after his death, they abandoned Islam and became apostates.

To make it worse, many of the people stopped paying the jizya taxes levied on them to Abu Bakr, the caliph. He rose up and fought them like a wounded lion. He burned many of them, stoned some to death, threw them from cliffs or cast them in wells. Hundreds of thousands died in this War of Apostasy (The History of Al-Tabari 4: 1392).

Umar Ibn Khattab succeeded Abu Bakr. He was like the “apostle Paul” of Islam who extended the kingdom of Allaah from Mecca to other nations. He raised armies which conquered Damascus (635 AD), Antioch (636 AD), Jerusalem (638), Syria (640), Egypt and Persia (641). Entire populations of cities like Behnesa, Aboit and Fayum in Egypt, Tripoli in Libya and Euchaita in Armenia were massacred. Carthage in Tunisia was burnt to the ground.

These Arab conquests, (which modern Muslims call “defensive battles”) according to a historian were “more rapid than the Roman, more lasting that the Mongol … the most amazing feat in military history” (Will Durant, The Story of Civilization, Simon and Schuster, 1950, 4:188)

Uthman, a Persian, succeeded Umar. But by this time, Islam had splintered into different warring sects. Conflicting versions of the Quran were being recited and kept by different groups but Uthman forced all Muslims to accept his own “standardized Quran” (still the Quran used today) in order to exert his political control. He was hated so much that a rival Muslim faction assassinated him. He wasn’t even allowed to be buried in a Muslim cemetery. His friends had to bury him by night in a Jewish cemetery.

Ali ibn Talib (Muhammad’s cousin) became the next caliph. Aisha (Muhammad’s child bride) supported a rebellion against him resulting in the Battle of the Camel where about 10,000 people died. Ali won, but was assassinated in 661 AD by a rival Muslim faction. His followers broke away and became known as the Shi’ites – still hated by the Sunni Muslims today.

From history, you can see that when Muslims succeed in wiping out all non-Muslims, they start to murder fellow Muslims. It’s a legacy of Muhammad and this is what is going on in several nations (including Nigeria) today.

Wars over who would succeed Ali erupted, pitting Quraish against Bedouins, Umayyads against Hasmites such that by 680 A.D, most of Muhammad’s lineage had been killed by rival Muslims. At a point, the troops of Yezid beseiged Mecca, burnt down the kaaba and split the black stone into 3 pieces. This was the time the Masjid al-aqsa in Jersualem became the focal point of Islamic convergence.

This is a huge contrast to the apostles of Jesus Christ who went everywhere preaching the gospel. And God bore “them witness both with signs and wonders, and gifts of the Holy Spirit” (Hebrews 2:4). When you have the truth, you don’t have to wage war or fight to impose it on others. And when you are serving the Living God, you don’t need to fight for Him.

The early Christians didn’t conquer nations or plunder their wealths like Muslim armies. Their focus was on a “better country” not made with human hands (Heb. 11:16). They didn’t take lives; they gave theirs. They were thrown to the beasts, crucified and made human torches. They reddened the soil with their blood and in the midst of the flames cried out “Christ is Victor!” They “esteemed the reproaches of Christ greater than the riches of Egypt” (Heb. 11:26). That is the real peace and love.

A modern Christian who keeps arguing (in spite of the facts) that Islam is a religion of peace is despising the blood of the millions of martyrs who have been victims of this death cult. And if you are a Muslim reading this, you have a choice to make today: to follow the Holy One or the Wicked one; to follow Christ who died for you or Barabbas who will doom you; to follow the Prince of Peace or the Arabian warlord. The choice you make now will determine your eternal destination.