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Vendor: Ankerberg Theological
Publication Date: 2011
Series: Facts On
Can you trust your doctor? The holistic health movement has gathered many occult healing methods under its umbrella in recent years. The broad acceptance of this New Medicine by society makes it difficult to know which practices are dangerous or spiritually deceptive. This eye-opening book - overviews 40 suspect practices; reveals potential dangers of various holistic treatments; questions the scientific validity of the New Medicine; exposes occult influence in many holistic treatments. A biblical evaluation of each practice, from chiropractic & hypnosis to biofeedback & visualization, makes this concise guide to modern health care a handy reference resource.
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Angel55Age: 45-54Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Very biased and unresearched resourceJuly 25, 2011Angel55Age: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I am disappointed in John Ankerberg and John Weldon. They should not be writing on a subject they are not well versed in. Even from a journalistic standpoint they use name calling, and suppositions unfairly. They also do not consider where the craft of medicine and caring for people physically originally came from - natural, plant based, food, and what God gave us for our health.
They criticize herbal, naturopathic, and other modes of care as not being scientific and yet they do not acknowledge that modern Western medicine is being at times pushed on people without scientific laboratory proof. The public are being used as guinea pigs at times with many vaccines which have not been proven effective. Cancer treatments with their cut and burn technology is not scientifically proven in the lab to work.
I am not familiar with about half of the mediums they speak about, but those I am familiar with I am convinced they have not given a fair trial. Sort of like proof texting and not allowing the full truth to speak.
They also criticize people for wanting what works versus what is proven in a lab. In all reality what works in the lab many times does not work in real life. Many of the accusations they place on some holistic measures are equally applicable to the allopathic medicine they support - big pharma has a conflict of interest and does many horrible things with drugs.
Granted there are evil and occult groups who may use some of the holistic medicine, but that is no different than those same groups using Western drugs - does this make our modern medicine all of the occult and therefore to be shuned? That is much like the New Testament people who ate meat which was offered to idols. Look up what Paul advised regarding this. I would apply medical avenues to this same measure.
Some of the practices he lists are occultic, but he is unfair to group them all into the same boat. God has given us living plants for food and for healing. He has made our world with sunshine, color, sound, and many things which are for our health and healing. Even Scripture says that a happy heart is healing to the bones. Would he call that of the occult because we encourage people to see that their attitute and emotions will affect their health?
Scripture specifically tells us how to think, what to meditate on, and how to use our minds and how this affects our whole being - body, soul, and spirit. These authors seem to advocate that this is akin to occult practices.
I would say to people who are looking for answers to their health to take a holistic view. This simply means that you are willing to put together various avenues of health care for the best; medical, herbal, natural, etc. Just be aware of the people who administer these healing cures to you, that they are not worshipers of the occult.
I am curious whether John Ankerberg or John Weldon would submit themselves or their families to a medical doctor who is a Morman or who happens to be Chinese by nationality. I happen to know excellent medical doctors who fit both these bills, but I don't attribute to them occult practices with their medicine.
I also wonder if these authors have done any real research into the practices they review in their booklet? Have they taken any classes in these areas? Also, remember that through the ages many of the things our modern medical doctors use today use to be considered questionable and even occultic. How about washing your hands because of germs which no one can see with the naked eye? Missionaries can tell you this is a strange phenomenon to the people they minister to who think they are suspicious when they try to tell their tribe about germs.
Galileo spoke on our universe as having the sun at its center and he was thrown out of the Christian Church because they were too short-sighted to see what the Bible truly revealed. Other scientists were also thrown out of the church for their views on the Earth being round versus flat because of people who misread Scripture. Now we know these observations are correct and they are accepted by everyone! Mr. Ankerberg and Mr. Weldon are being very short sighted in the use of holistic means and they do not realize that they may be blind to the options out there which are purely by the provision of God.
I wonder if they had lived in the time of Jesus on this earth if they would have criticized him for putting mud on someone's eyes to heal them. Or worse for healing someone by forgiving their sins? Be careful you do not do this.
I could write a whole book on this and will some day, but in the meantime I am extremely disappointed with the way these two authors have dealt with this subject. Shoddy work with far-reaching possibilities (i.e. this practice CAN be . . . , or MAY be . . ., or it is POSSIBLE that . . . ) used as proof as to why people should not seek help for their health problems from these areas.
I would NOT encourage any others to purchase this booklet. It is not worth what I paid for it.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Check out some scientific books written by real journalists with fair reporting or medical professors who teach modern doctors like "The Field" by Lynne McTaggart, and "The Biology of Belief" by Bruce Lipton, just to name a few. When you read REAL science it is amazing how your eyes will be open to what Scripture is saying! After all the same God who made the science wrote the Word; He is the Word and He spoke the universe and all of its scientific laws into being! They are going to agree with each other seamlessly. Enjoy!
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