Some Christians believe that the Japanese healing technique of Reiki is demonic. This judgment means (so I infer) either:
a) Demons give people the idea that something harmful (Reiki energy healing) is actually healing.
b) The use of Reiki healing methods invites demons into one’s life.
Both explanations suppose the reality of demons, i.e. unclean or evil spirits, which cause confusion, chaos, and morally debased actions.
In the Youtube video below, please find the testimony of a former Reiki master, who meets up with a Christian evangelical group in Denmark, led by Torben Sondergaard. (For a critical article about this leader see: Torben Sondergaard Article.)
Apart from the question of the efficacy of Reiki — which I will not evaluate, here — the video raises a serious scruple about the Christian teaching of this Danish evangelical teacher and his group, called the “Last Reformation.” The theology, underlying this critique of Reiki, is an extreme variant of a common viewpoint. If we do not accept the theological premises, we need not agree with its repudiation of Reiki healing modalities.
Case Study re: Reiki and Christian Theology
The larger theology of this evangelical group, the Last Reformation, contains some dubious premises. The leader of this group argues, in the video below, that the Fall of Adam into sin characterizes our lives unless we accept Jesus Christ as savior and our baptism by the holy spirit. So far his theology sounds like a standard evangelical Christian teaching.
If we listen more closely, however, it emerges that the God against whom we sin in our pre-saved predicament (i.e. before accepting Jesus) resembles a tyrannical demon himself. This part of Sondergaard’s theology seems to promote a God who condemns us to guilt and fear.
For instance, Sondergaard says that when we come before God at Judgment Day, because God’s holiness is absolute and unparalleled — (infinitely grander and vaster than any human virtue or goodness)– our every sin will sink us. No matter how much good we have done, it will be our sins not our virtues, and our evil not our goodness, that will be measured and judged.
According to Christian teaching, however– so it may be urged — God is infinitely good and wise. He or She rewards acts with the greatest mercy. Those who love God and have faith, even as small as a mustard seed, will obtain mercy. Though our sins be scarlet, he will make them as white as snow. Would a good and infinitely wise God really judge sinners in the manner of a tyrant or demonically angry Despot — as Sondergaard’s theology of intimidation suggests?
Is God Good or Vindictive?
Is God himself a vindictive, suspicious, angry deity ? Such a characterization approximates the personality of a demon, according to Webster’s Dictionary, whereby a demon is:
a) An evil spirit: angels and demons;
b) A source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin
The pseudo-god (advanced by this extremist theology) could be said to seek our harm, evil , distress, or ruin, insofar as anybody who fails to be baptized by the holy spirit and to recite the proper creeds will be condemned because of the slightest sin, no matter his or her goodness and righteous deeds.
If God is good, so is Reiki
It is surely lamentable that a Reiki master should fall prey to such a distorted preaching of the Christian Gospel. This kind of theology can make one suspicious of practices, like Reiki, which are either benign or innocuous in themselves. If we reject such a theology of intimidation, however, we may grant that God, being good, will offer goodness and healing in a variety of modalities, including Reiki.
We know a tree by its fruits. If the fruit is good (healing), so is the tree (Reiki). The one who owns the garden, the good God, is supremely good, too.