I was listening to more podcasts on my hike this last Saturday and this time I was surprised to hear the pastor of Dayspring Church in Australia (who is connected with Bill Johnson) talking about a Russian scientist who claims he can reprogram (or heal) DNA using “words and frequencies” (you can listen to the pastor talk about this here starting at 28 minutes in). The pastor quoted at length from an article in the Sydney Morning Herald (a copy of which can be found here), and his point was simply to say that science is starting to show possible ways that healing can work (thus showing us that healing is not as out of the question as educated western minds are prone to think), and specifically his point was that loving words bring healing.
Unfortunately, it seems this Russian scientist has not been able to publish his research in any peer-reviewed journals and worse, all kinds of New Age people have latched onto his research to claim scientific evidence for all sorts of their paranormal abilities. His science is questionable at best.
But this reminded me of two other cases I’ve encounter in the last year or so. One was a leader of a Toronto-like soaking group here in Tucson. He had apparently heard about a conspiracy to keep people repressed by changing the tuning frequency of the A note from 444 to 440 hertz. As best I can tell, he must have heard a broadcast on Coast to Coast AM that featured a Dr. Leonard Horowitz. You can read a bit about this broadcast here. The soaking leader’s overall point was to say that if they tune their instruments to 444 for worship, then people will be healed as that is the frequency God has designed for us to use.
Unfortunately, this Dr. Horowitz is highly into the New Age, and there is little or no evidence for his alleged conspiracy or the science he claims.
The third case was concerning JoAnn McFatter who sells a book called Quantum Leap and teaches on the healing properties of Essential Oils, as she represents oils sold by the Young Living company. Of course, many New Age people push essential oils as an alternate healing therapy as well.
The standard response about these kind of things is that the church is simply reclaiming what the enemy stole from us. Maybe. But too much of this stuff is not really scientific at all, and I don’t quite get why people want to say that if we just use the right frequencies, words, oils or whatever, then we’ll be healed. Why don’t we just seek God?
I guess this is a bit like saying God is teaching us to eat the right things and to be healthy (there are indeed a lot of Christians who do that), and it wouldn’t be so troubling if science backed up these approaches. But at least in the case of the Russian scientist and the A444 tuning, I don’t see any real science (though I haven’t looked into the essential oils claims).
So, are these possible areas that need to be re-claimed from the New Agers, or is this just a case of Christians being as easily deceived by bogus science as New Agers are? Or more to the point, how should we test these “alternate” therapies and theories as Christians?
Look, it’s easy to be skeptical and just plain ignore this stuff, and it’s just as easy to push guilt by association and condemn people/ministries. But I’m getting a sense of a lot of movement in these directions and so I’m thinking we need some wisdom from God on it.
Quantum theory truly is strange and mysterious. It may indeed eventually explain to some degree how God (or things like faith) actually works in our universe. But it is not well understood by scientists, let alone Christian laymen. It seems then we should be cautious in coming to theories or conclusions in these areas.
How do you discern these kind of things?