Millions of people visit an acupuncturist and get involved with acupuncture. According to the western world acupuncture is a way of alternative medical treatment. It happens regularly that physicians, physical therapists, psychologists refer people to an acupuncturist to solve a physical or mental health problem. But what is acupuncture exactly? What is the origin of acupuncture? How can acupuncture solve a physical or mental problem? Can a Christian be an acupuncturist? May a Christian visit an acupuncturist? Is acupuncture really harmless or is there a danger behind the practice of acupuncture?
The origin of acupuncture
Acupuncture probably exists more than 2500 years. That means that it already existed before Jesus came to this earth. Acupuncture is part of the traditional Chinese medicine, just like massages (tui na), cupping, qigong (movements), Chinese herbs therapy and nutrition. Since the bronze age, they use metal needles, but before the bronze age,they probably used bone fragments and stones.
Acupuncture originates from the traditional Chinese philosophy. The two main streams within Chinese philosophy/religion are ‘Daoism’ (Tao, or Taoism) and ‘Confucianism’. Acupuncture originates from Taoism.
Taoism is very complex and comprehensive, that’s why I will only provide a short overview. Taoism believes in a spiritual world and a natural world. Taoism emphasises on living in harmony with the Tao. Tao means ‘the way’, the stream of the universe, or in other words the power (energy, chi, qi) behind the natural order. It indicates the source, and the power behind everything that exists. Taoism contains both philosophical and religious elements.
Laozi is considered the founder of the traditional Taoism. Laozi was a Chinese philosopher and writer. He was a believer of transcendental meditation and practiced transcendental meditation. Laozi means ‘old master’ and apparently would have lived during the time of Confucius (551-479 BCE) between the 6th and 5th century BCE (during the Zhou Dynasty). Although some scholars argue that Laozi was a legendary god. Anyway, Laozi was considered as the superior (teacher) of Confucius, because Confucius visited and inquired Laozi several times about certain matters.
The old philosopher wrote a book, called ‘Laozi’. This book was considered a classic of Chinese literature. In due time the name of the book has been changed to ‘Daode Jing’ or ‘Tao-te-ching’, which means: the classic of the way and virtue.
The philosopher Zhuang, who lived in the 4th century BCE, is considered to be the founder of the philosophical part of Taoism. He wrote the ‘Zhuangzi’
The ‘Daode Jing’ and the ‘Zhuangzi’ are considered the most important books in Taoism.
Taoism believes that everything in this world is continuously moving and therefore it is continuously
changing. When you go along with the stream of change, then eventually you will become the perfect man.
Taoism view on sickness and disease
According to Taoism, sickness and disease is cause by a disruption of the balance system ‘yin and yang’. Yin and yang are opposite powers (elements), that complement each other and make together one whole; light and darkness, life and death, positive and negative etc.
What happens during acupuncture
according to Taoism?
Taoism believes in the collaboration of the body and the spirit (which is in reality the soul and the body, because the spirit of man stays death, until by the power of the Holy Spirit, the spirit is raised from the death)
Through the body flows energy, which is called the ‘qi’ or ‘chi’ (Hindus call this energy prana). This energy is a free energy and is not bound. This ‘qi’ flows through 12 invisible energy lines; channels in the body, that are called meridians. These 12 channels are connected with the organs and functions of the body. These channels are spiritual and not visible (Where this meridians theory comes from is not known. People only found manuscripts of the 11 meridians in the Mawandui Han tombs. During the time of the Yellow emperor’s canon of medicine, this meridian theory has been further developed).
The complete meridian system, through which the ‘qi’ flows is called ‘jing lui’ and exists out of:
- 12 main meridians (or channels)
- 12 divergent meridians (channels)
- 12 skin zones
- 12 tendino musculair meridians (channels)
- 15 luo vessels
- 8 extra meridians (channels)
When people have health issues or mental issues, it is considered a blockage; a disruption of the energy balance system. This disruption may have been caused by emotional or physical problems. The ‘qi’ can be channelized to improve and create health and balance. With the use of needles on specific points in the spiritual meridians, the energy will be channelized in order to repair the energy balance, and remove the blockage, or disruption in the meridians, so that the ‘qi’ can flow again throughout the meridians.
Not only do they use acupuncture as a treatment to resolve disruptions in the meridians, but they also use acupressure, shiatstu (massages), meridian bullets (massage bullets) etc.
Where is acupuncture used for?
Acupuncture can be used for almost every problem:
- Back pain, neck pain, should pain etc.
- upset stomach,
- migraine or headaches,
- nose problems
- sexual energy
- eczema, psoriasis,
- to quit smoking,
- hair loss/baldness
- losing weight,
- prostate problems,
- high blood pressure,
- heart palpitations,
- bad breath,
- urine (kidney problems)
- allergies (hay fever),
- menstruation (period),
According to this list, you see that acupuncture can be used for almost every (health) issue. The only thing you have to do is: go to an acupuncturist, put some needles in the blockages of your ‘invisible channels’ and after a few treatments, your problem is solved.
But is that true? Is your problem really solved? Or will you experience other problems or worse problems, after a while, in your life?
What happens in reality in the spiritual invisible world?
The acupuncturist, who is a believer of Taoism, believes in spiritual meridians, and believes in blockages (disruptions) in these spiritual meridians. By putting needles in these blockages the acupuncturist believes to solve these disruptions and repair and release the energy flow (qi) in the body. This is psychic healing. They make use of supernatural power, that derives from demonic forces.
After a treatment, you will feel different. This is not surprising because through this treatment, you have opened the door for demonic forces to enter. In the beginning you might experience a positive feeling, but this will only be temporary, because after a while you shall feel differently in a negative way.
The character of the devil is to enter someone’s life as an angel of light. He pretend like it is all so beautiful, peaceful, promising, hopeful, and uses his ‘kind’ servants, but as soon as he enters someones life, he will steal things from you and will bring forth destruction and eventually death.
For even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Co 11:14)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy (Jn 10:10)
Territory of the devil
As I wrote in previous articles (i.e. the danger of buddha statues, the danger of yoga, the danger of Reiki, the danger of consulting spirits, Jehovah Rapha or doctors, mensendieck, physical therapy, does Christian psychology exist) there are only two territories in the spiritual world: the territory of God, and the territory of the devil. That’s it, there are no more territories.
You can live according to God’s will and be led by His Word and His Spirit and enter the spiritual world in Him, or you can live after the world; the will of the devil and be led by his words and by his spirits (demonic forces) and enter the spiritual world out of your soul.
The power of the soul
The soul contains great power and is therefore difficult to discern from spiritual godly power. Only those, who can discern the spirits and discern good from evil, are able to discern soulish power from spiritual power.
It can be very dangerous to enter the spiritual world out of your soul. You will open yourself for demonic forces to enter and take possession of you and your life. Occultists and spiritist move in the spiritual world out of their soulish power.
The Bible is inspired by the Spirit of God, and therefore the Bible is written by Him, through the use of people. When we look at philosophical and/or (eastern) religious books, then these are also inspired by spirits. Not by the Holy Spirit, but by demonic spirits. Many philosophers, scientists, spiritists have opened themselves to channel with these demonic forces, so that they would gain wisdom and power.
The more they move on the dark spiritual territory of the devil, and the more they open themselves and give themselves to him and to these evil spirits, the more wisdom and power they will get. But what they don’t know is that eventually they will have to pay the price, with their lives.
A Christian should not enter this territory, because it’s extremely dangerous. When a Christian opens him/herself with things, that are not based upon the Word of God, and are not inspired by the Holy Spirit and therefore not derives from God, than the persons opens him/herself for demonic forces to enter.
When a Christian goes to an acupuncturist, then he/she believes in the life energy; ‘qi’ or ‘chi’ that created this whole universe. The person believes in the spiritual world and the invisible meridians, because otherwise the person wouldn’t visit an acupuncturist to have acupuncture. At the moment that he/she enters the practice, the person denies Jesus Christ; Who took all sickness and disease upon Himself. He healed all sickness and disease on the whipping post, and by His stripes you were healed.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken,
smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5)
By whose stripes you were healed (1 Peter 2:24)
Sacrifice your body to evil spirits
When you go to an acupuncturist then you will deny the perfect work of redemption (of the old man) of Jesus Christ. You don’t believe in the power of the Holy Spirit, but you believe in a life energy, that has nothing to do with Jesus Christ, but has everything to do with the devil.
When you let someone puncture needles in you, you sacrifice your body to evil demonic forces. These so-called invisible blockages in the so-called invisible meridians are not being solved (because in reality they don’t exist), but you will open the door for the devil to enter your life. You showed God, by undergoing an acupuncture treatment, that you don’t believe Him; Jehovah Rapha, but you believe in Taoism and their way of healing (which is inspired by demonic spirits via transcendental meditation).
“Yes, but if I go to an acupuncturist, then I always pray and ask for protection during a session”
Your prayer shall not rise higher than the ceiling of the room. Why do you have to pray, if something is considered good, according to you? Therefore only by you saying, that you pray during a session, indicates that acupuncture is not good at all.
You’ve made the decision to go to an acupuncturist, and therefore you will not be protected by God. God has given you power to close spiritual doors and open spiritual doors, by your actions in the natural visible world. At the moment that you decide to enter the territory of the devil and get involved with his works, you open the door for demonic spirits to enter your life.
God cannot have communion with the darkness. If you decide to have acupuncture, then God moves His protection from you. You choose for the devil and his works, instead of believing in the blood of Jesus and His healing, that He provided for you, and stand on His promises.
If you would decide to go to a war zone, despite the warnings of the government of your country, then as soon as you cross the border into the war zone, you will not be protected by your nation, nor you nationality. The soldiers in this war zone will attack you, whether you want to or not.
It is the same in the spiritual world. Your findings, your opinions, your titles as Christian will not protect you. You have decided to enter, no one has forced you to do it, and therefore you will bear the consequences.
God warns His people all the time in His Word, but a lot of people don’t know His Word, or are rebellious and won’t listen to His advice and His instructions. They think they know it all better, and have a better understanding about good and evil, and what is right and wrong, then God has. While God is the Creator of everything that exists!
“Yes, but I only let them put needles in my body, I don’t believe in Taoism and I don’t get involved with it”
Too late, you are already involved with it. You cannot separate acupuncture from the traditional Chinese medicine and Taoism. Because acupuncture derives from Taoism. When people (believers) in the church or congregation, approve acupuncture, but on one condition: that you won’t get involved with Taoism, then this pure nonsense. This person, who has informed you, has absolutely no clue or whatsoever of the spiritual world. The person may have a lot of head knowledge of the Bible, a phd, or other titles in front of his/her name, but that’s it.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ (Col 2:8)
“Yes, but I visit a Christian acupuncturist”
They don’t exist! Next argument….
“Yes, but I have been to an acupuncturist and it really helped me”
For how long? Are you rid of all your physical and mental issues? Or are you moody, dejected, tired, anxious, fearful, do you struggle with certain things, or do you experience other physical issues.
As I said before, acupuncture and all other kinds of Chines medicine treatments are connected with Taoism, and it is not possible to separate them from each other. You cannot Christianise it and approve the treatment by putting the word ‘Christian’ in front of it, or by praying during a session.
Whatever you do, or whatever you will change about the name. It doesn’t change anything about the spiritual reality, and what truly happens in the spiritual world. You can change all kinds of things in the visible natural realm, and use all kinds of excuses and lies to make it all right, but what happens in the spiritual world is a fact.
Acupuncture is and alway remains part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine, which originate in Taoism, and it has nothing to do with Jesus Christ, His blood and His work of redemption.
That the western world has accepted and uses this kind of alternative treatment, is obvious, but a born again Christian, a child of the most High God, has no business in these places. By the way a real born again Christian, who walks after the Spirit will not set foot over the threshold, because he/she discerns the spirits and knows what is good and evil.
Christians live according to the ‘yin and yang’ principle
While ‘yin and yang’ describes, that opposites or contrary forces, complements each other and forms one whole, for example: light and darkness, good and evil, the Bible says that the light cannot go together with the darkness, and good not with evil. It is one or the other.
Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them (Eph 5:11)
Although the Word is very clear and says that the sons of God cannot have fellowship with the world; the darkness, many believers live according to the ‘yin and yang’ principle.
By compromising with the world, Christianity has been corrupted throughout the years with the world system and many people don’t discern good from evil anymore. One moment they walk in darkness and sin, and another moment they pray, read the Bible and sit in church praising the Lord.
To give an example: on Friday or Saturday night the youth, and (young) adults go to bars, clubs, drinking, dancing and partying, and on Sunday morning or afternoon they sit in the church, or congregation. They don’t see anything wrong by doing this. They think it’s ok and a normal thing to do.
They think they lead a good life and that they please God, because according to their minds God accepts everything. But that is a big lie. ‘Yin and yang’ is a lie of the devil. He wants you to believe that good and evil, darkness and light etc. can go together. But the truth is God’s Word and God’s Word says:
You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God (James 4:4)
Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what concord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has he that believes with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty (2 Cor 6:14-18)
‘Be the salt of the earth’
source: Wikipedia/Stanford encyclopedia