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I am not going to sit here and show you my Bible verses while you show me yours. We probably have looked at the same verses. I know I did my research, and I’m sure you have done yours as well. Or you are doing it right now.
But what if we are still on opposite sides of the fence? We came to two different conclusions using the same information. What do we do now? I would like to share with you how I decided where to stand on this issue. I broke my struggle down to addressing three big questions.
Looking at the Information
The most frequent reference used, and my concern as well, were the Bible verses about having nothing to do with divination. So, let’s look at the three topics around this information: What we know, the source, and the information itself.
Big question #1
‘Is it divination?’
1. Lack of information
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a checklist that you could look at and just see if it is or isn’t on the list? But that really wouldn’t work either. Just because it isn’t on the list now, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be, or vice versa. Unfortunately, when it comes to areas of science, if we don’t understand the how, we are suspicious of it. We need to remember the “how” of science tends to lag behind by years. Sometimes decades.
Kinesiology is considered unorthodox. Unorthodox is really something that is opposite of what is generally accepted as true. It doesn’t mean it is wrong. A more accurate word, I think, would be ‘unconventional’. Unorthodox seems to imply that IT doesn’t work. But, if science is observation, we have seen IT work. We just might not know quite WHY yet.
We like to believe we know more than our ancestors did, but that doesn’t mean we are done learning. Scientist still struggle with being heard. Even as early as 1982, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren could not convince the scientific community about their findings. They believed that most peptic ulcers were caused by a bacteria – Helicobacter pylori to be exact. For decades leading up to this, it was primarily believed they were caused by spicy food, too much acid, and stress. Barry Marshall ended up consuming some of this bacterium to prove their theory. Talk about a committed scientist.
Their ideas were unorthodox. Which by definition only means different.
Germs, blood capillaries, and acupuncture have also had a lag between observation and understanding. Acupuncture has been around for over 2000 years, and it wasn’t until 2016 that it was proven meridians exist in the body. It is called the primo-vascular system.
“Previously, scientists used a combination of imaging techniques and CT scans to observe concentrated points of microvascular structures that clearly correspond to the map of acupuncture points created by Chinese energy practitioners in ancient times.” See the article here.
2. The source of the information
The next thing I looked at was the source of the information. Did the source of the information matter? If truth is truth, did it matter where ‘they’ think the truth came from? For example, the Grand Canyon. Everyone can at least agree (I hope) on the fact that the Grand Canyon is indeed an actual geographical structure. One side of the fence says it took a little river millions of years to make it, whereas the other side says it was formed by a major catastrophic event over a very short period of time. Someone is right, someone is wrong. Both sides will say they are right and that the other side is wrong. Does that CHANGE the fact that the Grand Canyon IS there? No. So, if these meridians exist, (Kinesiology is a combination of these meridians and muscles.) then they exist. And if they exist…
Yeah but…their source.
According to Francis Schaffer, “Christianity is the mother of modern science (17th century) BECAUSE (emphasis added) it insists that the God who created the universe has revealed himself in the Bible to be the kind of God he is.”
But we are far from that now. I don’t think I could name a single college that openly has a Christian worldview in their science department. I am not talking about a non-Christian inventing a valuable procedure. It goes beyond that. Modern medicine is not only predominantly non-Christian. It is walking a very narrow line ethically. Does the end justify the means? I am talking about how most of the public probably doesn’t realize that aborted babies are used in making vaccinations. (Yes, even the COVID vaccine.) And have been since the 1960’s. What would God think about that? See article here.
3. The information itself
When it comes to separating the philosophy from the practice, I had to then ask, ‘Is the practice in and of itself evil?’ I concluded, ‘Well, that depends.’
Is SEX bad?
Is Sex evil?
No! and YES.
Because it depends, doesn’t it.
Remember, sex was God’s idea, not man’s.
When it came to these unorthodox ways of regaining my health, I think the same situation applied. It is not the philosophy that is curing me. It is the practice. There are procedures, protocols, charts, years of school involved in this. In one study, doctors utilizing Kinesiology for five years or more achieved an accuracy rate of 98%. (Article here.) The doctor will not be able to tell you what illness or disease you do have, but the name doesn’t really matter does it? He will be able to tell you what areas of your body needs assistance in healing.
I know, for me, I did not sway from my faith. Researching and stretching my understanding only made me more firm in my faith. I know the Homeopathic Practitioner I was seeing did not even see eye to eye with me on my beliefs. But she still helped me. Over the years, occasionally we would talk about what we believed. I did not bring it up. I let her. She had quite a few questions about Christians in general that I would answer when she asked me. I did not ask her about her beliefs.
If I was to go to someone that wanted me to focus on the philosophy of it, I would have walked away. The two do not need to be combined. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.
We need to be carefully that we don’t confuse ‘culturally accepted information’ as being Christian information. Standards change, God does not.
Praying for Guidance
I had already been praying throughout the information gathering process. It was now time to pray more as I self-reflected on what I think God may be showing me.
Big question #2
‘Would I choose my health over God?’
NO! Only God knows my heart. Only God knows how desperately I sought him in wanting to do right.
We are told to pray without ceasing. We are also told to pray expecting your prayers to be answered. But are we praying like the often-quoted scenario below?
Once upon a time, there was a flood. The waters had risen to where the occupant of the house could no longer leave in his vehicle. So, he started to pray for God to save him.
A little while later, a man in a rowboat came by and saw the man stranded on his porch. He rowed up to him and offered to give him a ride.
The man said, “No thank you. God is going to save me.” So, the man in the rowboat shrugged his shoulders and left him there.
Time goes by and the waters continue to rise. He is forced to move to his upstairs. The downstairs was completely underwater now He kept praying.
A motorboat was going through the flooded streets and noticed the stranded man. He asked the man to join him in his boat.
The man said, “No thank you. God is going to save me.” So, this man too shrugged his shoulders and left him there.
The waters still continue to rise. Now the only place he can safely be is on his roof. He climbs onto his roof. He prays some more. “Dear God, please save me.”
A helicopter pilot sees the man on his roof and flies over to him. They let down a rope and shout to the man to grab on and they can take him to safety.
Again, the man refuses. He pushes the rope away and shouts back, “No thank you. God is going to save me.”
Eventually, the people in the helicopter gave up trying to convince him to get in the helicopter. They flew away.
The flood waters eventually consume the house and the man dies.
The man gets angry. He wants to know why his prayers weren’t answered. Why didn’t God save him. When he got to heaven, he exclaimed to God, “I had faith in you. I prayed for you to save me and you let me drown. I don’t understand. Why?”
Upon this, God replied, “I sent you a rowboat, a motorboat and a helicopter, what else were you expecting from me?”
I Needed to Ask Myself Some Hard Questions.
- Was I praying expecting an answer?
- Was I willing to be content with my health and soon death, if that is what God wanted?
- Was I expecting an answer in a certain way?
- Was I leaving it up to God on how He saw fit to answer me?
- Had He been preparing me for this answer?
- Was I willing to do ANYTHING He asked of me?
- Was I doing my research?
- Was I being a Berean? (Acts 17:11)
- Can I accept the fact that I don’t always know what I don’t know?
- Can I accept the fact that God could answer my prayer in a way I didn’t expect?
- Yes, there will always be sick people and those needing our charity, but was I wearing my illness as a badge?
- And the hardest question of all, Could this be His reply?
What if this is God’s Reply?
I do NOT believe that God’s will is some hidden puzzle box. NOR do I believe there is some timer ticking away while He sits back on His throne and thinks, ‘see if you can figure that one out…hurry up.’ He wants us to do right, and He doesn’t hide that from us. Sometimes He opens doors, and sometimes He closes doors. Sometimes He doesn’t mind which way we choose, and He will work with that as well.
Only when your own attitude manifests itself in this process can you see or answer the question of ‘Am I choosing health over God or am I choosing to allow Him to make me well in what so ever way He chooses if He so chooses.’?
Deciding What to Do
What was I willing to do? Nothing, IF that was His will. But if not, what was I willing to do? Anything He asked?
Big question #3
‘Would I do what I think God was telling me to do?’
What if it meant going it alone? Yes.
(FYI: I never felt alone, but it was lonely. During this time, God gave me an inner strength I had never experienced before.)
Francis Schaffer had challenged Christians to not steer clear of areas of culture that were being taken over by non-Christians. He challenged us to bring Christian truth into all areas of society. We are to live out our Christian worldview wherever God plants us.
I could see the science in spite of the philosophy. Was God preparing me for this? Is this where God was planting me? I think so. I never would have considered it myself.
Where do you stand?
If I changed your mind, that was not my intent. I just wanted to provide you with more information. Don’t take my word for it. Don’t take anyone’s word for it. Be a Berean. Search the scriptures, research, pray, and love God. He loves you.
Dale Carnegie once said, “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” I’m not here to try to convince you of anything against your will. I am glad you are looking at this topic. I know you want to do what is right. I pray you find what is right for you.
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
Mathew 10:16 NKJV
Michael Faraday was a major contributor to science. He had scientific achievements in chemistry, electricity, and magnetism. As well as, to name a few…
- Technology of the electric motor
- Discovering Benzene
- Inventing an early form of the Bunsen burner
- Concept of the electromagnetic field
- Proving electricity was a force
In 1862, Michael Faraday did not have sophisticated enough equipment to prove a concept he believed in. Over 35 years later, Pieter Zeeman used the deceased Faraday’s information and published his own results in 1897, giving credit to Faraday. Zeeman received the Nobel Prize for it. There was a lag in the information.
Michael Faraday was a devout Christian. He adhered to the philosophy of ‘Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent.’ (Wikipedia biography of Michael Faraday here.)
During Faraday’s scientific career, I wonder if he ever received any flak for his claims of things that weren’t there or of an unknown source? And if he did, I am very grateful that he pressed on.
With that being said…though I am content with the decision I have made, I still needed to be mindful of other Christians. They may not know the information I know. They may not understand why I do what I do. And they may also not want to. So remember, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 NKJV