Firstly, thanks for a wonderful “questions and answers” webpage. So helpful since I wanted answers on Reiki vs Christianity. The other one that I need clarity on is Kinesiology. Is this also linked to alternative/new age stuff? I don’t have a good feeling about it and I have a dear friend who spends time at a health spa/hydro where they do kinesiolody, reiki etc. I know that reiki is a no-no (thanks to your website) but can’t find anything about kinesiology (except info where other Christians are trying to “justify” that it is ok. I would really appreciate your valued info regarding this. Many thanks, D
Thanks for writing in to Probe as your reliable resource for truth in a confusing world. Previously, you asked about Reiki, and my colleague Michael responded; so glad it was helpful to you. My undergraduate degree is in Kinesiology, which is simply the study of the human body in motion. Under this umbrella are studies and occupations such as physical therapy, sports medicine, physical education, sports management, coaches, personal trainers, and outdoor recreation specialists (ie. camp directors, adventure tour guides, etc.).
So I think what you are referring to is what’s called Applied Kinesiology (AK), which does fall under the category of alternative medicine. (At least, that’s how we break it down in the States. I realize in South Africa that may not be the case.) You can find a helpful, and scholarly sound, article at Wikipedia for more info about what AK is and why it’s largely considered a pseudoscience. However, the problems with AK are scientific more than theological.
I want to note that not all forms of alternative medicine are spiritually or scientifically suspicious. I’m not saying you do this (I don’t know you that well :)), but as Westerners we can have a tendency to be overly suspicious scientifically and overly sensitive spiritually in regard to alternative medicine.The argument can be made that mainstream medicine relies too heavily on medicating everything and often does more harm than good with the many side effects we put our bodies through as a result of shifting our natural chemical makeup. And, that by removing ourselves from more natural remedies, we remove ourselves further from God’s creation than he intends. In other words, God created all things and all things are connected to him and to each other; when we distance ourselves from creation, we distance ourselves from God. Or at least, we’ve made it more difficult than perhaps God intended. We certainly don’t believe that all things are God or divine. But all things are created by God and he has left his divine fingerprints on everything. And his very image in man!
So we can be cautious when it comes to alternative medicines or practices such as yoga or tai chi; we don’t have to throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater. We must remember that all truth is God’s truth, and that even when these methods are misdirected away from the True God and into false gods and spiritual realities, that doesn’t mean that the whole method is false. We are called to reconcile what has been directed away from God back toward God.
I hope this is helpful to you. If you have any other questions, let me know!
Grace and Peace.
Many thanks for your reply and explanation. Appreciate it.