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What does the bible say about Reiki?

One of the attractions of Reiki, for many people, is that it is not connected with any religion. You are not expected to follow any particular dogma or set of laws, other than the teaching given to those who perform the sessions. There are Christians out there, though, who worry about their involvement with Reiki, whether it be simply visiting a practitioner or becoming one themselves.

Opinions amongst Christians vary widely – and wildly – as to the rights and wrongs. It’s a good idea, then, to take a look at what the bible says about Reiki.

Well, to be perfectly frank, the bible says nothing about it! At least, not directly. Search the Bible from cover to cover and you will not find the word ‘Reiki’. However, it has plenty of advice and guidance on how Christians should act, as well as hints suggesting healing practices that sound very familiar.

What the bible says about reiki

It is understandable that many Christians are anxious about becoming involved in something that may run counter to their spiritual beliefs. And with the more Evangelical fundamentalist wing of the Christian church claiming that Reiki is witchcraft, an occult practice and that patients become demon-possessed during the healing sessionit is little wonder.

It seems that what is needed is some sensible, balanced advice to help people make an informed decision, based on what the bible actually says.

The laying on of hands

One of the things that Jesus was famed for was healing the sick, mostly by laying his hands on them. In the book of Luke (chapter 4, verse 40) it says “When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hand on each one, he healed them.”

Mattew 14, verses 14 to 15 tells us that Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever by laying his hands on her. In both Mark and Luke, there are accounts of a time when he laid hands on a leper and healed him. The four Gospels, in fact, are filled with descriptions of Jesus laying hands on the blind, the lame, the deaf, along with a whole list of other illnesses and conditions, in order to heal them.

Not only did he do this himself, but he also suggested that his disciples go out and do it too. John chapter 14, verse 12, says “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.”

The message is clear; I have been healing people, but now I am going away. So it’s up to you to go and lay hands on people to heal them. You will be able to do this, and more!

Jesus expected his disciples to follow his example. When he ascended to heaven, he told them that they would receive the Holy Spirit, which would bestow a whole range of special gifts upon them – healing included.

The problem with dogma

 What the bible says about Reiki

Christians who argue against Reiki do so from their own interpretation of the scriptures. Their dogma, as they see it, prohibits anything that seems contrary to the will of God. Sadly, this insistence on following God’s will, as well as the teachings and commandments of Jesus, rarely extends to other, more important, areas of their lives.

The main issue seems to be the reference to a ‘Universal Life-Force’. Spiritual people understand that creation as we know it is made from energy, and that all is connected. As the bible says, in Jeremiah chapter 23, verse 24, “‘ Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?’ declares the Lord.”

John chapter 1, verse 3 also says “Through Him, all things were made; without Him, nothing was made that has been made.”

By relying on this Universal Life-Force and laying hands upon people, surely Christians are using a God-given gift? It is a natural, safe and effective method of providing relief, comfort, healing, and peace to countless numbers of people around the world.

There is also a suggestion by detractors that Reiki is somehow evil, as it has connections with Buddhism and the far-eastern ‘mystery cults’ that extended from Babylonian magic and ritual.

This shows a lack of understanding, as well as historical knowledge. Christianity itself, before it became the official religion of the Roman Empire under

Constantine the Great in the year 313 AD, was considered a mystery cult. Many of its followers (calling themselves ‘The Way’ or ‘Followers of Christ’ and other such things, not usually using the word ‘Christian’ until much later) held a wide variety of beliefs – including reincarnation – and orthodox Christian belief was not anywhere near being standard until the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD.

Even today, Christians are split into many denominations, each claiming to represent the true image of Christian belief and practice.

One of Christ’s main messages was peace. John chapter 14, verse 27 says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Although the world’s religions are not perfect, mainly as humans themselves aren’t perfect, the majority of believers believe in peace, including those who follow Buddhism. It goes without saying that anything inherently evil does not bring peace in any form, neither does it offer wholeness or unconditional love. Reiki, as has been mentioned, has no dogma, but those who give this gift of healing will usually be the kind of people who strongly believe in peace, love and ‘oneness’.

Conclusion

The Bible offers guidance to those who seek it. There are those who will twist the scriptures to suit their own ends, but we have been given wisdom, as well as free will, to make our own decisions in life. An open-minded Christian will use this and allow themselves to be guided to the truth; Reiki and Christianity are compatible.

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