2017-40 Magic, idolatry, spiritual threats

Only God heals

May 22, 2017 Małgorzata Sołtyk

In attempting to recover his health by opening up to spiritual powers of unknown origin, man exposes himself to great danger. For behind any miraculous occurrence which is not the work of God, a stratagem by the evil spirit lurks.

I n the spiritual world, there is the Kingdom of God to which creatures that serve him belong, and there is the kingdom of the evil spirit and his minions. In fact, there are no neutral spirits, energies or powers. Any recourse to mysterious and apparently neutral powers is actually entering the domain where the evil spirit rules and is always done to the detriment of man.

When traditional medicine fails, man may yield to a dangerous temptation to “extort” the miracle of healing at all costs. Christ, however, teaches: “For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?” (Mark 8:36-37). Only Jesus truly heals! Any healing thanks to the power other than God’s is apparent and harms a human being, both spiritually and physically. The only intermediary dispensing God’s grace is Christ, “[…] There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

I would like to warn everyone against using the services of all kinds of healers or alternative medicine practitioners, employing unconventional techniques or methods of treatment

The Church unequivocally denounces occult healings. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we can read: “All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one’s service and have a supernatural power over others – even if this were for the sake of restoring their health – are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons. Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her part warns the faithful against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either the invocation of evil powers or the exploitation of another’s credulity” (CCC 2117).

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