by Marcia Montenegro (page 3 of 4)

First written in 2001

Faith, Healing, and Salvation: Another indication that Reiki is not connected to Jesus is that many cases of Jesus healing also report that He saved the person by delivering him/her from sin. Before His incarnation, the purpose of Jesus regarding man's sin was stated by the angel who told Joseph, " shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins," (Matthew 1:21). Healing was not just physical healing, but allowed the person to see who Jesus was. In doing this, Jesus was fulfilling the words of Jeremiah: "Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed. Save me, and I shall be saved," (Jer. 17:14). The man born blind worships Jesus after his sight is restored and he truly "sees" that Jesus is the Messiah (John 9:38). The woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus' garment and was healed, and was told by Jesus that her faith had made her well (Matthew 9: 20-22, Mark 5:31-34, Luke 8:43-48). Faith in what? Faith that she could be healed? Faith that Jesus could heal? It was more, for it was faith that Jesus could heal because He was the Messiah. The woman was healed, not just physically, but spiritually.

In this passage about the woman with the issue of blood, the word translated as "well," when Jesus tells her that her faith has made her well, is a word also meaning "saved." This word is different from the word translated as "healed" in the same passage. It is the same word, in fact, as the one used by the angel speaking to Joseph about Jesus saving His people from sins. Since Jesus told the woman to "go in peace," we can assume that she was able to do so because her faith had brought not only physical healing, but salvation. That is, she was given deliverance from the penalty for sins and was granted eternal life, thus able to know the true peace of salvation.

Faith is always shown by Jesus to be faith in Him because the healing was a sign of who He was, apart from any belief in healing. Jesus was constantly reprimanding the disciples for having "little faith," even after they had seen His miracles. Jesus stood silent before Herod who had heard about Jesus and "was hoping to see some sign performed by Him" but had no interest or faith in who Jesus was (Luke 9:9 and 23:8-9). And Jesus praised those who had faith, such as the Roman centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant (Matthew 8:5-13).

But faith is not necessarily a prerequisite for healing, for it is not one's faith that brings the healing, but rather it is the Healer. The blind man healed by Jesus went through progressive stages of recognizing who Jesus was after he had been healed, not before (John 9). When first asked by the Pharisees to tell them who had healed him, the blind man simply says he was healed by a man called Jesus (verse 11); later, he says Jesus is a prophet (verse 17). Upon further questioning by the indignant Pharisees, the blind man states that Jesus has to be from God, otherwise Jesus could not have healed someone born blind (verses 32, 33). This statement angers the Pharisees, who cast the blind man out of the synagogue (verse 34). This was a drastic action, cutting off a Jewish believer from the teachings, benefits, and protection of the synagogue. Earlier, the blind man's parents had been afraid to testify their son had been healed, because they knew that if anyone said that Jesus was the Messiah, they could be put out of the synagogue (verse 22).

After being cast out of the synagogue, the blind man has a second encounter with Christ, who has a question Himself for the blind man. He asks him if he believes in the Son of God (verse 35), and the blind man asks who the Son of God is. Jesus tells the blind man that He (Jesus) is the Son of God (verse 37). Upon hearing this, the blind man says, "Lord, I believe," and immediately worships Christ (verse 38). This situation is not only a case of faith coming after the healing, but a healing tied in to who Jesus is, the Son of God. The blind man shows he has trusted and believed Christ by worshiping Him. Jesus makes a further point with this by telling the Pharisees that they are really the blind ones and thus remain in their sin (verse 39-41), implying that the blind man, who now sees, has had his sins forgiven as well. The Pharisees refused to acknowledge Christ as the Messiah, and cast out those who did.

Reiki and God: Jesus' healings revealed Him as the Messiah, and glorified God. Reiki, however, is about a force or energy which is often called and variously spelled as chi, ki, qi, or prana (seen as the ki at the end of the word 'Reiki'). A belief in this force, also called a life force, universal force, healing force, universal energy, or healing energy, or a combination of these terms, is at the root of all energy healing such as Reiki. This force, or ki, replaces the personal God and reduces God to a mere energy that is a substance in the universe [see CANA document on Yin-Yang]. It is even asserted that chi is the force that gives life (Collinge, 16; Loecher, 280). One doctor tells his patients "that qi is whatever took a microscopic cell and caused it to grow into your beautiful baby," (Loecher, 280). This statement stands in stark contrast to the psalmist who says to God, "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb," (Psalm 139:13).

As one flyer says about this energy, "you could call it God, you could call it chi, prana. You could call it Love," (Chun Do Sun Bup Energy Healing Center, "Cho-Ku-Rei: Reiki/Seichim Tool of Transmutation"). In other words, even if this force is considered God, it is an energy to manipulate and use according to one's desire. It is reducing God to a fuzzy, impersonal force accessed through secret teachings and esoteric experiences.

To claim that God is a force or energy permeating the universe is pantheism, a belief that God is an impersonal divine energy. There can be no intelligence in an energy, nor can there be compassion, love, mercy, justice, or healing. The ability to heal illness requires an intelligence that distinguishes illness from health, as well as compassion and a desire to heal; this compassion and ability to discern, in turn, require a mind, will, knowledge, and judgment. A force has no such attributes; a force is devoid of intelligence, mind, will, knowledge, compassion, and judgment, which are all traits of a personal being, not an impersonal energy.

Some assert that the person's body has an intelligence or wisdom that channels the energy to the needed areas. Where or what is this intelligence? Anecdotes and subjective experiences of healing are given as evidence, but healing could occur as part of the placebo effect, as part of the remission of certain illnesses, or because the person was not even sick to begin with. Even a small amount of attention paid to a person not feeling well, combined with the desire of that person to believe in a certain method or healer, can bring about a feeling of well-being. This does not mean an illness has been cured.

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