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“Walter Martin literally wrote the book on cults, and Ravi Zacharias edited it. It’s unimaginable that Ravi Zacharias, who hailed from India, would found a business that sells pseudo-scientific Ayurveda services, which are rooted in Hindu paganism, to westerners as health treatments. Yet it happened.”
(Seth Dunn – Protestia) First Ballot Hall-of-Famer John Smoltz. Blue Collar Comedy Star Jeff Foxworthy. Former governor of Georgia Sonny Perdue. Former Southern Baptist Convention President and Current NAMB Vice President of Evangelism Johnny Hunt.
These were the local, influential celebrity Christians who spoke, circa 2009, at the grand opening of Jivan Wellness in Johns Creek, Georgia. The new spa was co-founded by an even bigger Christian celebrity, Ravi Zacharias, the most famous Christian apologist in the world.
Watch the videos on the site — there are two.
Before it closed, Jivan Wellness offered a variety of services, including Ayurveda, Holistic Health, Wellness, and Massage Therapy. These are strange services for an international Christian apologist to be involved in, especially Ayurvdea. According to Wikipedia:
Ayurveda is ‘an alternative medicine system with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. The theory and practice of Ayurveda is pseudoscientific.The Indian Medical Association (IMA) characterises the practice of modern medicine by Ayurvedic practitioners as quackery. The main classical Ayurveda texts begin with accounts of the transmission of medical knowledge from the gods to sages, and then to human physicians. In Sushruta Samhita (Sushruta’s Compendium), Sushruta wrote that Dhanvantari, Hindu god of Ayurveda, incarnated himself as a king of Varanasi and taught medicine to a group of physicians, including Sushruta.’
Disclaimer: Questions remain regarding the extent of Ravi Zacharias’s role in the two spas.
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