Reflection on Reiki

From Lent and Beyond.  Read it all here.

Why seek the Reiki life energy when you can call on the Name that is above all names, at which every knee must bow, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth? Does this not undermine confidence in the supremacy of Christ?

There is a subtle but critical distinction between healing prayer and Reiki. God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness,” and the Serpent said, “ . . . ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 1:26, 3:5) God’s way is by a relationship with Him, which shapes us from the inside out. The Serpent’s way is by an outward religious act trying to shape mankind from the outside in.

When we plead for divine healing, whether it involve the laying on of hands, the anointing with oil, or simple prayer, it is in the context of relationship with the Triune God. The prayers are offered in deep humility because the healing is not at human disposal, even for those Christians who have a charism for healing. In contrast, Reiki is a technique imparted by a Reiki master that works from the outside in.

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