Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Should Christians Use Homeopathy?

For an in depth analysis of homeopathy from a Catholic viewpoint, I recommend reading this post here --> LINK

The Bible Encourages Natural Medicine

"The fruit will be good food, and the leaves will be used for healing" - Ezekiel 47:12

“On each side of the river stood the tree of life…and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2)

"He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him." Luke 10:34

"Now Isaiah had said, 'Let them take a cake of figs and apply it to the boil, that he may recover.'" Isaiah 38:21

Doctors are Welcomed in the Bible

"Our dear friend Lukethe doctor, and Demas send greetings" - Colossians 4:14

"On hearing this, Jesus said, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.'" - Matthew 9:12

Jesus Encourages Common Sense  Decision Making (Positive Results are Better than Negative Results).

“Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebub" (Luke 11:17-18).

"Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit." (Matthew 12:33)

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." (James 1:17)

Homeopathy in Christian Tradition

1862, Pope Gregory XVI awarded Charles Ozanam the Order of Saint Gregory the Great. Ozanam was a French Orthodox Physician who converted to homeopathy (link)

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978) was the homeopathic patient of Antonio Negro, an Italian Orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy. Pope Paul VI awarded Negro the Order of St. Gregory for his work in homeopathy. (link).

Pope John Paul II was a homeopathic patient of Francesco Eugenio Negro (son of Antonio Negro).

Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa, who had a special interest in homeopathic medicine because of its effectiveness and low cost. Mother Teresa opened her first charitable homeopathic dispensory in Calcutta in 1950. She even prescribed homeopathic medicines herself sometimes.

Pope John Paul also beatified Antoine Frederic Ozanam (the brother of homeopath Charles Ozanam) in 1862 (link).

The Christian Orthodox Church has a history of supporting homeopathy: "The Russian Orthodox church rendered help on all levels of its organization taking an active part in the spreading of homeopathy in the Russian Empire when the rural clergy treated peasants with homeopathic medicines and urban clergy participated in activities of the homeopathic societies. Thousands of Russian rural priests treated people with homeopathic drugs in the villages" (link).

The Catholic Church's Current Stance on Homeopathy

"As a rule of thumb, so long as the therapy does not involve participation in a non-Christian spirituality, it is allowable. As a matter of prudence though, homeopathic treatments should not be used to the exclusion of traditional medical treatments, particularly in emergency or life-threatening circumstances" (link).

More Interesting Verses...

"When they came to the oasis of Marah, the water was too bitter to drink...So Moses cried out to the Lord for help, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. Moses threw it into the water, and this made the water good to drink." (Exodus 15:23-25).

"Then [Elisha] went out to the spring that supplied the town with water and threw the salt into it. And he said, 'This is what the Lord says: I have purified this water. It will no longer cause death or infertility.' And the water has remained pure ever since, just as Elisha said" (Exodus 2:19-22).

"For an angel of the Lord went down and stirred up the water at certain times. Whoever first stepped in after the stirring of the water was healed from whatever disease which he suffered." (John 5:4)

"Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.  'Go,' he told him, 'wash in the Pool of Siloam' (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing." (John 9:6-7)


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