Have you ever heard anyone say that is "New Age"?
I hear a lot in the "Christian community" Ohhh stay away from that, that is "New Age" well what does that even mean? What is your definition of "New Age" and what do you know about "New Age" ?
Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV says What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again, there is nothing new under the sun.
What is the definition of New Age anyway?
New Age Webster Dictionary
There is also a strong focus on healing, particularly using forms of alternative medicine and an emphasis on a New Age approach to science that seeks to unite science and spirituality.
What is Alternative medicine?
Alternative medicine is a term that describes medical treatments that are used instead of traditional (mainstream) therapies. Some people also refer to it as “integrative,” or “complementary” medicine.
About 40% of adults in the United States say they use some form of alternative medicine. But exactly what types of therapies are considered alternative? The definition changes as doctors test and move more of them into the mainstream.
Herbs, Essential Oils, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Stones, Energy Healing, Chinese Medicine.. the list goes on and on using techniques and other natural remedies.
What is medicine?
What does the bible have to say about medicine?
Ezekiel 47:12 English Standard Version
And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
down the middle of the main street of the city. On either side of the river stood a tree of life, producing twelve kinds of fruit and yielding a fresh crop for each month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Revelation 18:23 English Standard Version
and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more, and the voice of bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more, for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.
What does it mean the nations will be deceived by its sorceries?
Strong's Concordance Sorcery
pharmakeia: the use of medicine, drugs or spells
Original Word: φαρμακεία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (far-mak-i'-ah)
Definition: the use of medicine, drugs or spells
Usage: magic, sorcery, enchantment.
What is pharmakeia? Pharmakeia definition
On the term pharmakeia--an abstract noun meaning sorcery, magic, the practice of magic arts. The concrete noun is pharmakon whose primary meaning is poison; its secondary meaning is magic potion or charm to achieve a desirable objective; and its tertiary meaning is medicine, remedy, or drug for healing.
Pharmaceutical drug definition
Pharmaceutical drug. A pharmaceutical drug, also referred to as medicine, medication or medicament, can be loosely defined as any chemical substance intended for use in the medical diagnosis, cure, treatment, or prevention of disease.
Pharmaceutical drugs are controlled substances made by man in a laboratory, they do not contain life and can not produce life as well as causing a significant amount of side effects. They disrupt intercellular communication and confuses cellular memory and block receptor sites. Drugs are potentially thought to treat a symptom while the cause of the symptom does not get addressed.
Ok lets discover more on the topic of medicine in the bible and see how it fits in with American/Western Culture
* Proverbs 17:22 “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
* First Timothy 5:23 “(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)”
* Luke 10:34 “He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.”
* Job 5:18 “For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal.”
* Isaiah 38:21 Isaiah had said to Hezekiah’s servants, “Make an ointment from figs and spread it over the boil, and Hezekiah will recover.”
* . Luke 10:33-34 Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.
* Numbers 19:18, Psalm 51:7 Hyssop oil was charged by God to Moses to be used as a purifying agent. Hyssop oil has been shown to contain 50% antifungal and antibacterial agents
* James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
* Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
* Luke 8:48 48 Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."
* Luke 17:19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
Isaiah 60:17 has become a rule of thumb for me when making a decision. I have to have peace.
And I will make peace your administrators And righteousness your overseers.
What is Peace?
\ ˈpēs \ Definition of peace
1 : a state of tranquility or quiet: such as
a : freedom from civil disturbance Peace and order were finally restored in the town.
b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom a breach of the peace
2 : freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions I have been in perfect peace and contentment— J. H. Newman
3 : harmony in personal relations The sisters are at peace with each other.
4a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments There was a peace of 50 years before war broke out again.
b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity offered the possibility of a negotiated peace — New York Times
5 --used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell
: in a state of concord or tranquility The problem was settled and his mind was at peace.
What is righteousness?
righ·teous | \ ˈrī-chəs \ Definition of righteous
1 : acting in accord with divine or moral law : free from guilt or sin
2a : morally right or justifiable a righteous decision
b : arising from an outraged sense of justice or morality righteous indignation
May this be helpful in clearing up any mis understandings on what you thought, believed or perceived about Natural God Given health practices being "New Age" in a derogatory way.
And enlighten you to what the scripture has to say about pharmaceutical medicine so that you can make an educated decision about your health and what measures are best for you.
Matthew 7:1,2 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Proverbs 15:3 Man looks at outward appearances but God looks at the heart.
May this be an encouragement to those who profess they are believers of Jesus to BE the light to the world?
Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before others so they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
How are you being a witness and a testimony to others you falsely accuse of practicing witchcraft and sorcery ? What kind of light are you shining when you make snide remarks like "I am praying for you"... with a condescending, critical, judgmental heart.
It is your LOVE that will draw men to the Father of Lights and if someone is practicing witchcraft and sorcery by all means pray for them in and with Love not judgement. And remember if you are partaking in pharmaceutical drugs you to are also partaking in witchcraft and sorcery.
Luke 6:42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.