It may sound silly to think of yoga as dangerous (except for the difficulty of some poses) but in some Christian circles yoga is just as bad if not worse than dancing and playing cards.
Redemptive Postures is a monthly blog series. The heart of redemptive postures is that God created everything and said it was good. Redemptive postures looks at various health and wellness topics that Christians have concerns about and seeks to find what if any of those topics can be brought back to the good God originally intended for them. Topics in the series will include: yoga, crystals, acupuncture, numerology, energy healing, dream interpretation, and more.
Taking a redemptive posture doesn’t always mean reclaiming whatever needs redeeming. It can also mean redirecting to a Kingdom truth. With chakras I am not proposing that we study them and embrace them as good. What I am proposing is that we take a redemptive posture as Paul did at Mars Hill.
It doesn’t take much convincing to believe that music affects mood. We all have those favorite songs that relax us, those energetic songs that get us going, and certain songs or music genres we just don’t resonate with at all. Music therapy is a growing field that is seeing improved patient outcomes in hospital settings and is becoming more and more standard in the medical field. In scripture we see how King Saul was soothed by the music played on David’s harp (1 Samuel 16:14-23).
We really miss out on a lot when we ignore the lunar calendar. Most of the planet now follows the solar based Gregorian calendar but centuries ago the lunar calendar was actually the standard most civilizations used. One well known lunar calendar is the Hebrew calendar that is still used in Jewish culture today.
Energy healing is a redemptive postures topic that I get to talk about a lot. So many different healing methods fall under the umbrella of energy healing and energy psychology that it can be confusing where the spiritual boundary lines fall. A simple definition for energy healing is any modality that works with the meridian energy system of the body to bring healing. And when I say energy I mean the literal electric currents and charges to our bodies, not some kind of weird New Age “energy”. Some healing methods that fall under this category are: reiki, NET, EFT, TFT, tapping, Splankna, acupuncture, and qigong. I’ll discuss three of these methods in this article.
Acupuncture is one of the more recent Eastern Medicines to find acceptance in the Western medical world. Much like chiropractic, this healing method is based on the meridian system of the body and seeks to strengthen the healing potential your body already has. A lot of people get freaked out by the thought of needles …
You’ve probably heard someone talking about the Enneagram recently and how knowing their number has helped them grow personally. The Enneagram has grown in popularity in Christian circles in recent years, but many people still have questions about what it is and where it came from.
Chiropractic care is one of the most mainstream alternative health treatments in our culture. Though it is widely embraced, if you have never been to a chiropractor yourself, you probably have some questions about what a typical visit is like and if there are any spiritual concerns you should be aware of.
One thing Christian culture tends to do horribly well is being afraid of the unknown. It seems that anything natural health or quantum physics that doesn’t make sense to your average evangelical often gets labeled New Age, without any real understanding of what that term means.
While I have not really heard any objections to flower essences, I know that the unfamiliar can raise concerns and I want to help you understand instead of fear. Scripture tells us that we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
So while we do want to be diligent in our research and understanding of alternative health topics (making the unknown known), we don’t need to be afraid of anything. It is so sad to think how many good things that God made for our benefit we are missing out on because we are afraid of the unknown.
To evaluate whether crystals are New Age or witchcraft, we first need to define those terms. New Age is characterized by monism and the belief that there is no separation. These beliefs result in thinking that all is one and that because all is one, divine is in all. Witchcraft is a complex topic but can be simply defined as physical manipulations seeking a spiritual result.