I was recently participating in teaching a weekend course looking at the possible dangers, from a spiritual point of view, of the many alternative or complementary treatments on offer today. A considerable number of these describe the procedures as holistic in their approach to healing. This word holistic usually means that the therapy is intended to meet the needs of the whole body, including the spiritual dimension of our being.
As we were looking at the procedures and claims of these treatments and comparing them with how the Bible describes God`s pathway to healing, we became increasingly aware of just how many of the alternative therapies frequently assert the need for restoring balance to the energy or spiritual patterns within the body, in order to bring harmony and wellbeing. It was also very noticeable that none of the therapies mentioned the problem of sin.
After the course, when I returned home, I went for a walk through the town where I live and I was astonished when I noticed a new sign with the headline BODY BALANCE on the window of a shop shortly to be opened, offering a particular alternative therapy for the cure of various disorders. It seemed that the Lord was further emphasising the significance of this deception of biblical truth.
The word of God does not tell us that restoration comes from finding balance in our spirit, soul and body but by establishing God`s order within our being through submission to Jesus, confessing how we have been out of line with God, and letting Him bring spiritual, emotional and physical healing as we walk under the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, when we`re in need of spiritual restoration You`re the only safe solution. Help us to be alert to the enemy`s enticements to put our bodies into the wrong hands in trying to find the healing that can only truly come from You. Amen.