TCE notes on 'Mother Teresa'
Papal Rome insults Jesus, the Everlasting High-priest, by installing a fake priesthood!
We have added these notes which are part of the many questions we asked when we began looking into these references (see superscripted numbers on previous pages] and other details from differing sources:
[Note*1: >Mother= Teresa referred >to Jesus as "the Absent One."= Is Jesus ever absent from believers? He promised:
Matthew 28:19-20 (NASB) - 19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age" ; Matthew 18:19-20 (NASB) - 19 "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. 20 "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst." If we hadn=t already known >Mother= Teresa was a fake Christian this confession would let us know how tragically empty her spiritual life was and how clearly she reveals that demons will impersonate the false Mary that Papal Roman Catholics pin their hopes to - as Scripture makes clear:
1 Timothy 4:1-5 (NASB) - 1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 3 men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; 5 for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.
The poor men and women who are deceived by the popes and demons into un-Biblical celibate lives which have led to thousands of innocent children being abused by fake >priests= and >nuns= are to be pitied and not praised!
[Note *2: >Mother= Teresa said >ONLY WHEN THE PRIEST IS THERE CAN WE HAVE OUR ALTAR AND OUR TABERNACLE AND OUR JESUS. ONLY THE PRIEST CAN PUT JESUS *2THERE FOR US= - but the Lord Jesus Christ warned of those who would tell believers where He was to be found:
Matthew 24:23-28 (NASB) - 23 "Then if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or 'There He is,' do not believe him. 24 "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. 25 "Behold, I have told you in advance. 26 "So if they say to you, 'Behold, He is in the wilderness,' do not go out, or, 'Behold, He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe them. 27 "For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 "Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
So, if a false >priest= from Papal Rome claims they have >PUT JESUS THERE [IN THE BREAD AND WINE] FOR US= what did the genuine Lord Jesus Christ tell us to do? - >do not go out [looking for Him] AND ... do not believe them= [if they say He is 'in the inner rooms' - or in the WINE or BREAD]!!!
In verse 27 Jesus makes it clear that, when He returns from heaven (where He has been at the right-hand of the Father since He left the earth - ref. Matthew 26:64; Mark 16:19; Luke 22:69; Acts 2:33-34; 5:31; 7:55-56; Romans 8:34; Hebrew 1:3 etc.) He will return in the exact >same way=:
Acts 1:6-11 (NASB) - 6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" 7 He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." 9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven."
Thus the claims that >priests= can put Jesus into the bread and wine through >transubstantiation= is proven by Scripture to be a foolish, un-Biblical dogma originating from Papal Rome, for we have been told that He will come back 'in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven'!
In 'just the same way' - not in bread or in a glass of wine!
We have also shown the many contradictions in the false priesthood of Papal Rome which they claim is the same as that held by the Lord Jesus Christ - which proves their thorough ignorance of the Bible and, particularly, the Epistle to the Hebrews - see this page, for example, and the heading:
[Note*3: Other workers in >Mother= Teresa=s organization have testified that they asked her to read the Bible to them and she told them that she would be the >Word of God= to them! This is the action of an anti-Christ figure!
These are the reasons she had such >a long dark night of the soul= (the term "dark night (of the soul)" - in Roman Catholic spirituality - describes a spiritual crisis in the journey toward union with God and is the title of a poem written by 16th-century Spanish poet and Roman Catholic mystic, Saint John of the Cross, and of a treatise he wrote later, commenting on the poem); while this spiritual crisis is usually considered to be temporary, it is accepted that it may endure for a long time).
The nature of the >mystics= so admired by Papal Rome is to endanger their own lives by their un-Biblical choice of >prayer= and >meditation= techniques adopted from mainly Eastern religions and exemplified by such >mystics= as Julian of Norwich who we have often heard quoted by ignorant >Protestant= preachers who thought that her most famous saying (which is a kind of >positive confession mantra=) - "All is well, and every kind of thing will be well" - was appropriate to some point they were trying to make in a sermon. Sadly, because they had failed to carry out any serious research into the true nature of >Julian=, they made the same mistake as those who quote respected figures, such as C.S. Lewis, without checking their work for un-Biblical ideas. >Julian= held many peculiar heresies in addition to the ones she inherited from Rome. For example, she believed that God and Jesus are our Mother, that God lives in all men, that God is >all things and is in all things= (panentheistic heresy!), that sin is not shameful but honourable, and that God has no wrath (also utterly un-Biblical!). She also wrote: "God rejoices that he is our Mother," and she addressed Christ as "Very Mother, Jesus."]
[Note*4: Where in Scripture do we read that a >*4better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic ... a better Protestant ... a better whatever = will inherit eternal life in the kingdom of God spoken of by the Lord Jesus Christ and His apostles without accepting the >conditions= set out in many clear verses in the Bible?
How did Jesus present this kingdom and how can anyone enter it without fulfilling points such as these?:
Mark 1:14-15 (NASB) - 14 Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."
Only the God of the Bible is the author of conversion, as clearly taught in Scripture (Acts 11:18; 2 Tim. 2:25), and we know He brings salvation only through a special operation of the Holy Spirit (John 6:44; Phil. 2:13). Scripture also makes it clear that all Christians have an obligation to share the Good News of our Saviour and His Gospel of >free and full salvation= at every opportunity He prepares and >Mother= Teresa and her associates should have been striving to share Jesus and His Gospel with the poor (despite any restrictions put on them by the authorities) and, by not doing so, they reneged on the message Jesus gave all true disciples to share with the world:
Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB) - 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
What excuses can >Mother= Teresa and other >universalists= have for believing that all ways lead to heaven when the Lord Jesus Christ made His credentials as Son of God and the Unique Saviour ("I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me@ - John 14:6 (NASB)] extremely clear.
Jesus also made it utterly clear that physical health and well-being was not the most important thing where the kingdom is concerned:
Mark 9:47 (NASB) - 47 "If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell...
The clear proof that >Mother= Teresa and her workers did NOT give the true Jesus and His Gospel to these poor suffering people who were trapped in their false religions (Hinduism, Islam, Catholicism, etc.) is a dreadful contradiction of Mark=s gospel (as well as many other Scriptures) and makes it clear that these people would have been infinitely better off IMMEDIATELY AND FOR ETERNITY if they had received His truth and not >Mother= Teresa=s brand of inferior AND dangerous medical care AND homeopathy (or her false gospel)! What is even more tragic is the fact that her patients would have been better off not receiving treatment that would, possibly more often than not, have increased their suffering! But increased suffering is looked upon as something to be desired by traditional Papal Roman Catholics - as the following article titled >How my loathing of Mother Teresa turned to admiration by Mari Marcel Thekaekara= reveals:
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>I grew up in a Kolkata flat across the road from Mother Teresa's convent. This was in the 1960s, before she was famous. I was one of many Catholic children who volunteered at Shishu Bhavan, her orphanage for abandoned children, feeding and bathing babies during the school holidays. It upset everyone greatly that the nuns were forbidden even a chilled juice on a sweltering summer's day. Absolutely nothing happened without Mother Teresa's permission. Young sisters walked miles in the scorching sun, often barefoot, on burning hot pavements, because Mother Teresa decreed it had to be done. A precocious 12-year-old, I hated this unfair, petty autocrat.
Indian children were taught to respect their elders and revere the religious. In my teens, however, I met Marxist teachers who forced us to think critically about society and religion. So by the time I reached university I was in iconoclastic mode. I shunned the hypocrisy of many "pillars" of the church. Mother Teresa definitely helped the poor but her sisters were allowed to write home only twice a year, their personal letters scrutinised, sometimes by Mother Teresa herself. What a control freak, I raged.
At 19, filled with youthful arrogance and self-righteous indignation, I questioned Mother Teresa's ethics
Mother Teresa didn't deserve Christopher Hitchen's unadulterated, poisonous vitriol. But her vintage, "There's something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ's Passion," left me fuming too. How dare she trivialise poverty? But she could. She did. And the world lapped it up. She once comforted a sufferer, with the line: "You are suffering, that means Jesus is kissing you." The infuriated man screamed, "Then tell your Jesus to stop kissing me." As a Christian in a Hindu majority country, such Teresa-isms often left me squirming with embarrassment.
At 19, filled with youthful arrogance and self-righteous indignation, I questioned how she could ethically take money from the world's most obnoxious dictators. Why was she silent about unjust wars and oppression?
Later, when I had children, my mother insisted we took them to the her chapel to be blessed. She did. My mother told Mother Teresa, "My daughters volunteered at Shishu Bhavan when they were young." "Oh," she responded to me with unconcealed hauteur. "When you were a child. But now? You do nothing useful for the poor now, I suppose?" Stung by her rudeness, I felt the old anger rising. I stayed silent, not trusting myself to reply politely. "We don't want her blessings," I barked at my mother. "She's even more insufferable now." I carried this dislike in my heart for decades.
A turning point came unexpectedly.
Ten years ago, near the Mother House, I passed a man lying inert, on the Kolkata pavement. A drunk. I thought, moving past. Yet something made me stop and retrace my steps. Is he drunk or dead, I wondered.
In the distance, I spotted two nuns in their distinctive blue and white saris. I ran towards them, "There's a man lying on the roadside. I'm not sure if he's dead." They responded immediately by helping him and calling an ambulance. Yes, Kolkata still has people dying abandoned on its streets.
I was brought up to work for change, for social justice. But I cannot in conscience criticise a woman who picked people off filthy pavements to allow them to die in dignity. To my knowledge, there's still no one else doing that.
I am not particularly enamoured of sainthood. Or of Mother Teresa personally. But seeing her through the eyes of the man on the Kolkata street makes me pause. What would happen to these people if it weren't for the Teresa=s of this world reaching out to them in ways I certainly couldn't. Surely to them Mother Teresa must be a saint? Her home for the dying was Kolkata's first hospice.
Maybe the question our society should ask is, "Why do we still have a world where Mother Teresa is needed?" In answer to this, an Indian prayer floats through my mind. "Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, into that heaven of freedom my father, let my country awake." These are not Mother Teresa's words but those of India's most illustrious poet, Rabindranath Tagore. Saint Teresa imagined that such a world was possible.=
There are stories that >Mother= Teresa=s nuns testified that she would beat them for any of their actions which she considered sinful in the un-Scriptural manner of Papal Rome who grew to love evil flagellation which they also copied from Islam. The un-Biblical >Crusaders= saw Shia Moslems commemorate the martyrdom of Mohammed's grandson Ali, at the Battle of Kabala (A.D. 680) in Iraq, by mutilating and flagellating themselves, and each other. This ritual so impressed them that they brought it back with them to Papal Rome , along with another Islamic ritual that impressed them where little girls in white gowns hold prayer beads. These rituals from a Satanic, anti-Christ religion were then integrated into Papal Roman Catholic Church doctrine. Why would any sect claiming to represent Christ allow such error? Nuns and monks began to flog each other as a form of penance. The descent that followed the forbidding of marriage led to the installation of further 'doctrines of demons' (1 Timothy 4:1-3) and outlawing normal sex led to perverted sex becoming one inevitable consequence. Incredibly, Papal Roman Catholic monastic movements even taught flagellation rituals and it should not surprise us that religious flagellation accounts for the prevalence of sadomasochism in Roman Catholic culture. We have to ask how anyone could allow these 'doctrines of demons' to infiltrate their personal actions and church and be deceived into believing they were making atonement for sin when the Word of God clearly reveals that Christ has already performed the only work necessary on the Calvary Road for, as the prophets foretold: 'By His stripes we are healed' (Isaiah 53:5). Again, trying to add our own 'filthy rags' (Isaiah 64:6) to the cross of the Saviour of the world certainly reveals the desperate delusion that Rome labours under:
Isaiah 53:5: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with His stripes we are healed.
Papal Rome claims that the Church is the steward of a vast reservoir of merit called the "treasury of the Church" or "treasury of merit" which was allegedly earned by the works and prayers of Jesus Christ, His mother Mary, and the saints of all ages. This treasury of merit is supposedly so vast that it can never be exhausted or depleted and Papal Rome claims that the Church has the power to dispense, from this reservoir, "indulgences," which are said to cancel the debt of temporal punishment. Mary, and the Catholic saints, have supposedly added 'their merits' to those of the ineffable Lord Jesus Christ and to have provided "super-abundant satisfactions" to God so that Papal Rome believes it can offer these same merits to Catholic believers in exchange for remission of punishment!
This is the explanation for the love of suffering exhibited by >Mother= Teresa which was such a mystery to Mari Marcel Thekaekara and should be explained to all deceived Christians who fail to understand the true nature of the Cult of Papal Rome!
If >Mother= Teresa knew the Scriptures she would have known that her methods would never help any of the poor she >ministered to= reach heaven. She is certainly not the only one who failed to understand that to be a >born-again Christian= is not optional:
John 3:4-8 (NASB) - 4 Nicodemus *said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?" 5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 "Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 8 "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Acts 8:12 (NASB) - 12 But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike.
Romans 14:17 (NASB) - 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Is it possible to be poor, starving, and destitute yet also be one of the following and be outside the kingdom?:
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NASB) - 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.
Ephesians 5:5 (NASB) - 5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Some confuse Jesus= teaching on >The Poor In Spirit= with material poverty. Because of a similar statement in Luke 6:20 - ABlessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God@ - some interpreters have maintained that the beatitude of Matthew 5:3 (NASB - "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven=) teaches material poverty. But sound hermeneutics (the interpretation of Scripture) requires that, when two or more passages are similar but not exactly alike, the clearer one explains the others, the more explicit clarifies the less explicit. By comparing Scripture with Scripture we see that the Matthew account is the more explicit. Jesus is speaking of a spiritual poverty that corresponds to the material poverty of one who is, in the Greek, ptochos [to crouch; a beggar (as cringing), i.e. pauper (strictly denoting absolute or public mendicancy, although also used in a qualified or relative sense; beggar(-ly), poor]. This is also consistent with the verses that follow.
If Jesus were here advocating material poverty He would have contradicted many other parts of His Word - including the Sermon on the Mount itself (5:42) - that teach us to give financial help to the poor. If Jesus was teaching the innate blessedness of material poverty, then the task of Christians would be to help make everyone, including themselves, penniless. Jesus did not teach that material poverty is the path to spiritual prosperity.
Those who are materially poor do have some advantages in spiritual matters by not having certain distractions and temptations; and the materially rich have some disadvantage by having certain distractions and temptations. But material possessions have no necessary relationship to spiritual blessings. Matthew makes clear that Jesus is here talking about the condition of the spirit, not of the wallet.
After He began His public ministry, Jesus often had Anowhere to lay His head@ (Matthew. 8:20), but He and His disciples were not destitute and never begged for bread. Paul was beaten, imprisoned, shipwrecked, stoned, and often economically hard pressed; but neither did he ever beg for bread. It was, in fact, a badge of honour for him that he worked in order to pay his own expenses in the ministry (Acts 20:34; 1 Corinthians. 9:6-18). The Lord and the apostles were accused of being ignorant, troublemakers, irreligious, and even mad; but they were never charged with being indigent or beggars.
On the other hand, no New Testament believer is condemned for being rich. Nicodemus, the Roman centurion of Luke 7, Joseph of Arimathea, and Philemon were all wealthy and faithful. That Anot many mighty, not many noble@ are called (1 Corinthians. 1:26) is not because they are rejected due to their positions or possessions but because so many of them trust only in those things (1 Tim. 6:6-17).
To be >poor in spirit= is to recognize one=s spiritual poverty apart from God. It is to see oneself as one really is: lost, hopeless, helpless. Apart from Jesus Christ every person is spiritually destitute, no matter what his education, wealth, social status, accomplishments, or religious knowledge.
That is the point of the first beatitude. The poor in spirit are those who recognize their total spiritual destitution and their complete dependence on God. They perceive that there are no saving resources in themselves and that they can only beg for mercy and grace. They know they have no spiritual merit, and they know they can earn no spiritual reward. Their pride is gone, their self-assurance is gone, and they stand empty-handed before God.
>In spirit= also conveys the sense that the recognition of poverty is genuine, not an act. It does not refer to outwardly acting like a spiritual beggar, but to recognizing what one really is - it is true humility, not mock humility. It describes the person about whom the Lord speaks in Isaiah 66:2 - ATo this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.@ It describes the person who is Abrokenhearted@ and Acrushed in spirit@ (Ps. 34:18), who has Aa broken and a contrite heart@ before the Lord (Ps. 51:17).
The Truth about health treatment administered by >Mother= Teresa=s >Homes for the Dying=
It is no secret that many atheists sought to rubbish >Mother= Teresa in the manner of the journalist Christopher Hitchens who rounded on Mother Teresa (in his >revisionist biography=, The Missionary Position, published in 1995) for accepting donations from Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, the former dictator of Haiti, and from fraudsters such as Robert Maxwell and Charles Keating, the California banker jailed in the Savings and Loan scandal. Sadly, there is considerable truth in these accusations.
The reference below is from another Christian website:
The article from this page - titled >9 Things You Should Know About Mother Teresa= - reveals this information under heading >6':
>Mother Teresa was frequently denounced by secularists because of her opposition to contraception and abortion. But she was also widely criticized for allowing her charity to provide inadequate care for the poor and for potential mismanagement of charitable funds. Although she leveraged her fame to raise tens of millions of dollars for her charity, the orphanages and care centers run by her religious order were often substandard. After visiting Mother Teresa's Home for the Dying in 1994, Robin Fox wrote about the experience in the British medical journal, >The Lancet=. Fox reported that doctors only occasionally visited the patients (the care was mostly provided by untrained volunteers) and that pain relief provided for the dying was inadequate, leading them to suffer unnecessarily. In 2008, another observer reported, "I was shocked to see the negligence. Needles were washed in cold water and re-used and expired medicines were given to the inmates. There were people who had chance to live if given proper care."=
The other >Things You Should Know About Mother Theresa= also support the material in the rest of this article.
Additional things to consider:
1. The Roman Catholic >church= is colossally rich and never required >Mother= Theresa to seek any funds for her work; but Papal Rome is notorious for squeezing every penny it can from the poorest adherents of its false doctrines because poverty is good for them (while wealth is apparently good for the popes and their underlings)!
2. At least one example of embezzlement that resulted in well over a million dollars (ref. Charles Keating) being given to >Mother= Theresa=s work is known; but the money was never returned despite evidence of the origin of the >donation= being supplied!
3. >Mother= Theresa had heart surgery in a leading hospital despite this evidence that inferior treatment was sufficient for her patients; at the age of 86 (in November 1996) she had successful surgery to clear two coronary artery blockages at the >B.M. Birla Heart Research Centre= in Calcutta!
>Mother= Theresa and Occult Homeopathy?
Further evidence of the disturbing treatment administered to her patients comes from this website:
>The fact that homeopathy is practiced in India by more trained health professionals than anywhere else in the world provides some evidence that one does not have to be rich to experience the benefits of homeopathy. At present, there are over 100 four- or five-year homeopathic medical colleges in India. Caring for the poor is nothing new to Mother Teresa. She has worked with and for the poorest of the poor for over a half century. She has brought a message of love to them, and her Missionaries of Charity have provided medical care to millions of people. The physicians and para-professionals who have worked in her Missions have not simply prescribed conventional drugs, they have also prescribed homeopathic medicines. Mother Teresa has a special interest in homeopathic medicine because of its effectiveness and low cost.
At present, four charitable homeopathic dispensories [sic] are run under the guidance of the Mother's Missionaries of Charity. One of these dispensories [sic] primarily provides homeopathic medicines to poor and sick children in Calcutta, while the other three provide homeopathic medicines to anyone who needs them. Considering the serious health problems that poor people in India experience, it is truly miraculous that homeopathic medicines are so effective as the primary method of treatment for many children and many adults.
Mother Teresa opened her first charitable homeopathic dispensory [sic] in Calcutta in 1950. She even prescribes homeopathic medicines herself sometimes.
Dr. (Sister) M. Gomes, a physician who has worked at the Mother's Mission in Calcutta since 1945, notes that one of the obstacles to the spread of homeopathy in the Mother's work is inadequate funding for homeopathic hospitals. At present, several Sisters are studying homeopathy at a homeopathic medical college in order to improve the care they can offer poor people.
My thanks to Dr. Parameswar Bose and Dr. Iva Pal for providing me with much of this information.
DANA ULLMAN, MPH, is one of America's leading advocates for homeopathy. He has authored six books, including Homeopathy A-Z, The Consumer's Guide to Homeopathy, Homeopathic Medicines for Children and Infants, Discovering Homeopathy, and (the best-selling) Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicines (with Stephen Cummings, MD). Dana serves on advisory boards of alternative medicine institutes at Harvard and Columbia schools of medicine. He is the founder of Homeopathic Educational Services, America's leading resource center for homeopathic books, tapes, medicines, software, and correspondence courses. Homeopathic Educational Services has co-published over 35 books on homeopathy with North Atlantic Books.=
[Note: Many people in churches worldwide are ignorant of the true nature of >homeopathy= but, briefly, homeopathy is the product of occult methods. While the terms "homeopathy" and "naturopathy" are sometimes used interchangeably the treatment of illnesses is by the literal use of >occult water=!
Homeopathy claims not only to be able to provide physical healing but also to "transform and improve a person's emotional and mental state" (Dana Ullman, Homeopathy A-Z, p5) - which is a clear indication that it cannot work by conventional scientific, medicinal means. This same spokesperson for homeopathy, Ullman, is fond of criticizing the practice of traditional medicine and the use of pharmaceutical drugs and accuses doctors of medical child abuse for prescribing drugs to children (Elaine Lewis, "An Interview with Dana Ullman: Treating Children with Homeopathic Medicines," April 2005, http://www.hpathy.com/interviews/danaullman2.asp ).
Homeopathy was developed in the 18th century by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) and his book, Organon of the Art of Healing, remains the foundational text in the field. At the 1960 Montreux International Congress on Homeopathy, the 160th anniversary of the Organon was celebrated and it was declared that: "The Organon is for the homeopath what the Bible is for the Christian."
At the heart of homeopathy is the Hindu concept that there is a vital force or life energy that permeates all things (Keith Souter, Homeopathy: Heart and Soul, p19). Homeopathic remedies are thought to "act upon the Vital Force to restore balance within the body."
So it is >New Age=/occult philosophy based on pantheism - the belief that divinity or life force is inseparable from and immanent in everything.
In reality, homeopathic remedies are so highly diluted that they are nothing more than water. The dilutions are done according to the "Centesimal scale" of 1:100. 1C (or CH1) refers to one part of an original tincture of some substance mixed in 100 parts of water. One part of that super diluted mixture becomes the next "tincture." At 3C "the mother tincture will be diluted to one in a million" and at 6C "the dilution will be one in a billion" (Homeopathy: Heart and Soul, p23). So, as homeopathic >doctor= Keith Souter admits, a 12C solution is "unlikely to have even a single molecule of the original compound left." Yet he recommends 30C or 200C >potencies= (p26)!
As another writer put it many years ago, you could liken this to putting one drop of their tinctures in Lake Geneva and giving a spoonful of >the medicine= from the lake to millions of people and the vast majority would not have a single molecule of >the medicine= in their spoonful! So, obviously, in these colossal dilutions any healing or improvement in a patient cannot possibly have been caused by any part of the supposed >medicine=!
Homeopaths claim that the diluted solution is effective because it has undergone a process known as dynamization or potentialization, which makes it possible to contact and retain a hidden power in the liquid and Souter calls potentialization "one of the bedrocks of homeopathy" (p19). Hahnemann "believed that spiritual reality was more important than material reality" and "came to regard the >spiritual essence' of a drug a smore important than its physical substance" (The Hidden Agenda, p99). Hahnemann "insisted that not only the diluted medicine but the actual process of diluting a medicine - the shaking and mixing - imparted healing power to the substance. ... The vial containing the medicine had to be struck against a leather pad a number of times, so that the drug could be >dynamized' and act 'spiritually upon the vital forces' of the body" (pp. 100, 102).
These vigorous shakings against a leather pad are called >succussions= by practitioners and, when I first read an exposé of homeopathy, I put together this memory aid:
>By a succession of succussions you can be >suckered= instead of succoured=!
Sorry about that!
Many modern homeopaths substitute another occult method, such as using a crystal pendulum swung over >the medicine= coupled with an occult incantation! Others use radionic pendulums (to detect and analyze supposed human "energy fields" and to use occult "dowsing" to obtain answers to questions) and astrology in their diagnosis. They also communicate with spiritualists in their search for cures. Dr. H.J. Bopp of Switzerland, who has studied homeopathy carefully, interviewed a woman who - prior to her conversion to Christ - had worked in a homeopathic laboratory of high standing in France. She said that when she was interviewed for the job she was asked for her astrological sign and queried as to whether she was a medium. When she passed the interview and was hired, she learned the secret of the inner working of the laboratory - that they researched new treatments by questioning spirits during séances! This woman renounced homeopathy after she was converted.
What about homeopathic healings? They could either be demonic or psychosomatic. Dr. G. Kuschinsky, who wrote a basic course in pharmacology in German, said, "Homeopathic substances may be admitted in the realm of suggestion, seeing that they possess neither main nor secondary effect."
Dr. Bopp concludes with this warning:
"It would be naive to expect a clear response, a telling disclosure from doctors or chemists who give homeopathic treatment. There are to be sure some honourable and conscientious ones seeking to utilize a homeopathy detached from its obscure practices. Yet the occult influence, by nature hidden, disguised, often dissimulated behind a para-scientific theory, does not disappear and does not happen to be rendered harmless by the mere fact of a superficial approach contenting itself simply with denying its existence.
Homeopathy is considered dangerous by all Christian experts on the occult, one of the most trustworthy being Dr Kurt E. Koch (1910-1987)! It is clearly contrary to the teaching of the Word of God, favours healing through substances made >dynamic= by occult forces, and is a clear and obvious fruit of a philosophy and religion that are at the same time Hinduistic, pantheistic and esoteric.
A final warning from another investigator: "The occult influence in homeopathy is transmitted to the individual, bringing him consciously or unconsciously under demonic influence. ... It is significant frequently to find nervous depression in families using homeopathic treatments" (Homeopathy Examined, translated from French by Marvyn Kilgore, 1984).
Just as >Mother= Theresa suffered horrendous black depression because of her involvement in occult >prayer/meditation techniques=, so she has left an inheritance of occult homeopathy treatments (which she took herself for many years) that will continue her legacy until the Lord Jesus Christ returns to set free all the captives who put their trust in Him and not in fake Messiahs, anti-Christs, >Saints=, PseudoProphets, PseudoTeachers - and the Anti-Christ!]