Question: "Should a Christian participate in reflexology?"
Answer: Those who practice reflexology hypothesize that the body contains an energy field, invisible life force, or Qi, the blockage of which can prevent healing. Reflexology, although seemingly innocent, is rooted in anti-biblical and un-Christian Eastern beliefs, and has been rejected by modern science for lack of empirical proof of its claims. Reflexology, which the New Age movement has made popular, is based on the idea that there is a cosmic energy inside of everything, including our bodies. This energy is the very "material" of both creation and deity, and when in proper balance and focus, humans can supposedly realize personal divinity for themselves. Such a belief in personal divinity, or an acceptance of other religions and beliefs, though, rejects the God of the Bible (Exodus 20:3).
Behind the technique of reflexology is the belief that not only do the pressure points of the foot engage specific parts of the body, but they affect the living energy within a person as well. Some people might argue that they practice reflexology without the mysticism, but this is impossible, for in reflexology, it is the energy that is the link between the foot and the other parts of the body. To divorce the practice from the belief is to just give a foot massage, NOT to practice reflexology.
The Scriptures exhort us to "test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil" (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22). When put to the test, practices such as reflexology, which are rooted in anti-biblical beliefs, clearly fail. In fact, practicing reflexology can be seen as giving approval to the all-encompassing energy teachings of such religions as New Age and Hinduism, which are diametrically opposed to biblical Christianity. Whereas Scripture does not condemn alternative medicine such as reflexology specifically, the Scriptures do condemn teachings that remove God as the sole, sovereign Creator and Savior (Exodus 20:4-5), which reflexology clearly does.
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