- What and where are its roots?
- What (other healing modalities) does it keep company with in clinical use and in the books and literature describing it?
- Does the method claim to activate the innate powers within myself, or does it direct me to recognize the power of the Creator God in healing?
- Is its method of action in harmony with the known laws of physics and science?
- Does it claim to balance, polarize, manipulate, unblock, and correct energies, electromagnetic frequencies, or vibrations?
- Is it a technique that involves altering my consciousness or rational thought process, so as to impede control of my mind and whose power controls me?
The most powerful deterrent to becoming bewitched by Satan’s deceptions in health and healing is to know God’s methods so well that it becomes easy to detect the counterfeit. We are told that:
…disease is an effort of nature to free the system from the effects of violating the laws of health.
God’s remedies involve the use of pure air, sunlight, temperate use of good substances, avoiding the injurious, rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water inside and outside the body, and trust in Divine power. Trust involves being obedient to the Creator’s physical and spiritual laws.
The rapid spread of Neo-paganism across the world, and especially here in America, has been, to a great extent, related to the dogma and modalities involved in health and healing practices of the so-called alternative methods. The devil has used these methods as the right arm of his message. Satan presents his health and healing program so that it appears natural and that it is the same method God has given us. The difference can be ascertained by looking for the explanation of the source of the power for healing. If it is from some energy within us, and if we are doing some act to balance that power from within, then it is of the counterfeit.
We, too, believe that the health message is the right arm of the gospel. There is a difference however. The difference is that we trust in a living God as our Creator, and that His power sustains and restores us to health when we choose to place ourselves in harmony with His physical and spiritual laws, and ask Him to bless our efforts.
The history of medicine should help give us the answers we need in making a correct choice in methods of health and healing. Wherever the system of medicine has been built upon the energy concept, the health of that country remained primitive. Over millennia those nations using such methods saw no improvement in health and healing. As soon as the scientific method, based upon the laws of physics and chemistry—God’s physical laws, are instituted in the approach to health and healing, quick and great improvements occur. Keep in mind the change China experienced when they made changes directed by scientific understanding of disease and its cause. The traditional Chinese medicine had been available and used in medical treatment for the people for more than 3500 years. With just a little use of scientific methods (cleanliness of water, body, and environment) the life span doubled in 50 years’ time.
We have a written history of medical systems of several past and present civilizations and the story is the same in all of them. When an approach to health and healing based on God’s physical laws and methods is utilized we see profound improvements. We have evidence of the advantage of following the messages God gave to the SDA church through Ellen White. Review chapter 3 The Story of Our Health Message.
If we remember that systems like that of Ayurveda were designed by men on the basis of intuition, contact with spirit guides, and astrological concepts of origins, it should be easier to make the right choice in the selection of our health and healing methods.
Already there are coming in among our people spiritualistic teachings that will undermine the faith of those who give heed to them. The theory that God is an essence pervading all nature is one of Satan’s most subtle devices. It misrepresents God, and is a dishonor to His greatness and majesty.
Christ’s death on the cross met the conditions of the atonement. His work on earth was accomplished, and He won the kingdom. Following Christ’s resurrection, He ascended to the heavenly courts to hear from God the Father that His atonement for men’s sins was sufficient.
…The Father ratified the covenant made with Christ, that He would receive repentant and obedient men, and would love them even as He loves His son….
Christ returned to earth for 40 days, after which he returned to heaven and there entered the heavenly sanctuary to be our High Priest, and …finishing of the atonement, and preparing of the people to abide the day of His coming.
The application of the atonement made on the cross for each of us is now taking place in heaven. If we believe on the Son of God and have no other gods before us, He will, at the time of our judgment, present His life to the Father in place of our sinful lives. Let us guard carefully so that we not allow other gods before us by becoming entangled in Satan’s deceptions in health and healing.
The spiritualistic theories concerning God make His grace of no effect. If God is an essence pervading all nature, then He dwells in all men; and in order to attain holiness, man has only to develop the power within him.
The answer to the original question, are the Babylonian Mysteries of health and healing compatible with the atonement? The answer is stated below:
These theories, followed to their logical conclusion, sweep away the whole Christian economy. They do away with the necessity for the atonement and make man his own savior. These theories regarding God make his word of no effect.