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Is Yoga An Anti-Christian Practice?
NewsFeed ^ | Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | Allie Townsend

Posted on 09/22/2010 3:03:50 PM PDT by Willie Green

Warning to Christians: There may be churches that will bless your Blackberry, but your favorite morning workout may undermine your faith.

In a recent blog post, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, examines the argument that practicing yoga may be in direct conflict with the values of Christianity. "Yoga begins and ends with an understanding of the body that is, to say the very least, at odds with the Christian understanding," Mohler writes.

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Religion
KEYWORDS: faithandphilosophy; hatha; hinduism; howdumbcanpeopleget; isitcontagious; mohler; newage; pranayama; yoga
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1 posted on 09/22/2010 3:03:51 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green
It is if you're YOGI OKIE DOKIE!

2 posted on 09/22/2010 3:04:58 PM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Willie Green

This guy is looney.....

Yoga is an excellent spiritual exercise no matter what your religion.


3 posted on 09/22/2010 3:06:11 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: Willie Green

Yoga is Sanskrit for Yuj - meaning union with God and there are many forms. Look into it if you care to.


4 posted on 09/22/2010 3:09:22 PM PDT by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: Willie Green

Yoga is awesomely cool!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnRf61r5I64


5 posted on 09/22/2010 3:09:27 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: tired&retired

Per the article: “Christians are not called to empty the mind or to see the human body as a means of connecting to and coming to know the divine.”

Don’t think he understands the concept of “dying daily.”


6 posted on 09/22/2010 3:09:43 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: Willie Green

When you get your foot stuck behind your head you are going to regret ever hearing of yoga, let alone worry that it is anti Christian.


7 posted on 09/22/2010 3:10:16 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (In the White House the mighty White House the Liar sleeps tonight.............)
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To: Willie Green
For crying out loud. The guy is a nutcase.

"Puritanism - the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." - H.L. Mencken

8 posted on 09/22/2010 3:11:04 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: tired&retired
depends on the practictioner/teacher...just like some martial arts that preach more than teach. (my inner leftard bows to your inner idiot)


9 posted on 09/22/2010 3:11:30 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: tired&retired

Dr. Mohler is actually quite brilliant. Rather than make a snap judgment of him, I would encourage your reading his daily posts.


10 posted on 09/22/2010 3:12:15 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: Willie Green

The kind of ‘yoga’ practiced around the USA is just slow calisthenics with some Sanskrit/Hindi jargon thrown in to make it seem exotic.


11 posted on 09/22/2010 3:12:18 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: tired&retired

I like my yoga with strawberries but fresh not jam.


12 posted on 09/22/2010 3:13:12 PM PDT by LauraJean (sometimes I win sometimes I donate to the equine benevolent society)
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To: tired&retired

To the contrary, I don’t think you understand that concept. At least not from a biblical perspective.


13 posted on 09/22/2010 3:13:19 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: tired1

The Root of Yoga comes out of Hinduism and is ultimately evil!


14 posted on 09/22/2010 3:13:49 PM PDT by mdmathis6 (Mike Mathis is my name,opinions are my own,subject to flaming when deserved!)
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To: Willie Green

IMO, if one is convicted in their conscience that yoga is bad for them, then they shouldn’t do it (I’m one of them). God deals with each of us differently, and if there is no conviction that it is wrong, then it is not wrong.

Our personal experiences/history determines a lot of what is bad or good for us to engage in individually (conscience-wise)...... God knows.... that’s one of the major reasons that it is wrong to judge others... We don’t know their relationship with the Lord.


15 posted on 09/22/2010 3:14:17 PM PDT by bareford101 (Be loud! We have nothing – NOTHING - to apologize for in fighting for our Country!!)
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To: tired1

Sanskrit, literally, yoking, from yunakti he yokes; akin to Latin jungere to join — more at yoke

Yoga does much the same as “fasting” as a spiritual cleansing exercise. It serves to stimulate our unresolved issues in our souls and to bring them into conscious awareness for resolution. The relaxation of the muscles, caused by the stretching exercises, decreases our physiological and psychological defense mechanisms.

Fasting works in a similar manner in that it decreases serotonin produced in the enterochromaffin cells and thus decreases the amount available to block cell signaling in the synaptic cleft, which allows unresolved emotional issues to surface.


16 posted on 09/22/2010 3:18:50 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: mdmathis6

Whatever, everything is evil.


17 posted on 09/22/2010 3:19:21 PM PDT by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: tired&retired

“The Spirit hath emnity with the flesh....”

We live in corruptible sin filled bodies which will perish but our souls will be given incorruptible bodies.

Christ regenerates the inner man or as the scripture says “deep calls unto deep”.

Paul says “The outer man perishes but tthe inner man is renewed day by day”.

Christianity is completely at odds with Yoga!


18 posted on 09/22/2010 3:19:43 PM PDT by mdmathis6 (Mike Mathis is my name,opinions are my own,subject to flaming when deserved!)
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To: tired&retired

Sounds exactly like a huckster follower LOL


19 posted on 09/22/2010 3:20:39 PM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: tired1

No! God is good and he wants to put his goodness into all of us thru Jesus Christ!


20 posted on 09/22/2010 3:21:52 PM PDT by mdmathis6 (Mike Mathis is my name,opinions are my own,subject to flaming when deserved!)
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To: Willie Green

Can yoga be done on a train?


21 posted on 09/22/2010 3:23:10 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Willie Green

Only if done on a high speed monorail.


22 posted on 09/22/2010 3:24:19 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: buccaneer81

Damn it, 9 seconds, lol!


23 posted on 09/22/2010 3:25:16 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: tired&retired

“Fasting works in a similar manner in that it decreases serotonin produced in the enterochromaffin cells and thus decreases the amount available to block cell signaling in the synaptic cleft, which allows unresolved emotional issues to surface.”

Yeah you don’t eat you get crabby and your defense mechanisms drop...torturers and interrogators right back to the first person who ever beat another with a stick knew about that one!


24 posted on 09/22/2010 3:25:33 PM PDT by mdmathis6 (Mike Mathis is my name,opinions are my own,subject to flaming when deserved!)
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To: Blogger
Believers are called to meditate upon the Word of God — an external Word that comes to us by divine revelation — not to meditate by means of incomprehensible syllables."

Does he feel this way about speaking in tongues?

25 posted on 09/22/2010 3:25:52 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Larry Lucido

LOL!


26 posted on 09/22/2010 3:26:19 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: HerrBlucher

When you get both feet stuck behind your head, that’s when you know it’s the devil’s work.


27 posted on 09/22/2010 3:27:03 PM PDT by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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To: bareford101
Yoga is bad for me. I have tried several times and I have hurt myself each time. Once my neck the next time my back. It was purely physical nothing to do with my faith in God at all. BTW the yoga class was held in a church. I think seeing spiritual evil in stretching your body is more than ridiculous.
28 posted on 09/22/2010 3:28:26 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Willie Green

Just call it “stretcing” and don’t worry about it.


29 posted on 09/22/2010 3:28:47 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: mdmathis6

And before Jesus, before the Old Testament, where did incarnated souls seek salvation?

BTW, Hinduism was a monotheistic religion.


30 posted on 09/22/2010 3:29:30 PM PDT by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: tired1
Whatever, everything is evil.

This Reverend obviously wouldn't want a Christian husband and wife exploring anything beyond the missionary position.

31 posted on 09/22/2010 3:30:07 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: mdmathis6

“he wants to put his goodness into all of us”

So does Yogi Okie Dokie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnRf61r5I64


32 posted on 09/22/2010 3:31:18 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Ditter

I understand what you are saying, but it isn’t about “seeing spiritual evil in stretching your body”. In my case, when I tried it, in a group, my thoughts and feelings were attracted to something very pleasantly dark and evil.... that is why I can’t do it.

As a Christian, I am responsible to stay away from situations that harm me... Yoga does...


33 posted on 09/22/2010 3:34:09 PM PDT by bareford101 (Be loud! We have nothing – NOTHING - to apologize for in fighting for our Country!!)
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To: buccaneer81

I wouldn’t put speaking in tongues and yogic chants in the same category; but, Dr. Mohler is a cessationalist and would not agree that speaking in tongues is a gift for today.


34 posted on 09/22/2010 3:34:23 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: Blogger

“”Dr. Mohler is actually quite brilliant. Rather than make a snap judgment of him, I would encourage your reading his daily posts.””

He may be brilliant, but he is talking about a subject he knows very little about. I am a Christian and read & study the Bible daily. But also practice yoga and work with people going through spiritual psychoses on a regular basis. I’ve been studying the kundalini process associated with yoga for about twenty years and have found it very similar to the experiences described by St. Theresa of Avila in her book “The Interior Castle,” where she outlines the spiritual awakening process.

I will read some of Dr. Mohler’s information and reserve judgement on the rest until then. Thank you for your defense of him as I am always looking for excellent Bible scholars.


35 posted on 09/22/2010 3:34:38 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

I know Dr Mohler personally, and seriously doubt he hasn’t studied the subject in great detail. I believe he reads several whole books a week, and retains what he reads. One of the brightest men I’ve ever met. He has a climate controlled library in his basement and just loves to study. You may not always agree with him. But the more you read what he has to say you’ll have to respect him.


36 posted on 09/22/2010 3:37:45 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: bareford101

Interesting. I didn’t think about anything other than how badly I hurt myself.


37 posted on 09/22/2010 3:38:21 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Blogger

“To the contrary, I don’t think you understand that concept. At least not from a biblical perspective.”

I have read extensively on the subject and experienced it myself. I am always open to learn more and welcome any references. I teach workshops on this subject and diagram the consciousness flow patterns and neuroscience associated with it.

If you ever care to discuss it off this forum, I welcome it and always keep an open mind to learn more. I’m a little unusual in that I am able to read people’s(total strangers) memories and life experiences just by being around them since I went through the process. It is as much a curse as a blessing.


38 posted on 09/22/2010 3:41:42 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired1

And before Jesus, before the Old Testament, where did incarnated souls seek salvation?”

Same place they always have. Check out Job, he lived before any of the OT was penned.


39 posted on 09/22/2010 3:45:05 PM PDT by bereanway
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To: tired&retired
I’m a little unusual in that I am able to read people’s(total strangers) memories and life experiences just by being around them

You're a Betazoid?

40 posted on 09/22/2010 3:45:21 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

It’s all good. I don’t much care how God is worshiped as long as He is. None of us get outa here alive, serve according to your understanding.

Dont murder anyone, dont leave the seat on your bus worse than you found it. Condemning one’s soul to hell isn’t in your job description.

Go(o)d Luck!


41 posted on 09/22/2010 3:47:03 PM PDT by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: Blogger

“You may not always agree with him. But the more you read what he has to say you’ll have to respect him.”

I have printed several of his writings to read later this evening. Thank you again for the reference.


42 posted on 09/22/2010 3:49:00 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: Willie Green

If Albert Mohler is right, God makes you practice yoga, or not. Predestination. If God predestines you to be a pretzel, a pretzel you will choose to be, and you cannot stop it.

Think of it as ‘irresistible pain’...


43 posted on 09/22/2010 3:50:04 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (When the ass brays, don't reply...)
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To: mdmathis6

Most exercise is evil.


44 posted on 09/22/2010 3:51:48 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: Willie Green

When I went to India, the Christians there actually went out of their way to tell me that Yoga was incompatible with Christ. Dr. Mohler is not saying something new. They are not stupid or ignorant. They simply accept that yoga has a spiritual element that is not of Christ.


45 posted on 09/22/2010 3:52:07 PM PDT by Flying right
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To: tired&retired
This is has been decided much like seeking the advice of mediums, divination, conversing with the dead, Yoga is an occultic practice and is incompatible with orthodox Christianity. A Christian which saved by the blood of Jesus Christ is not to empty their minds and recite mantras. If you want to be a following of Hindu practices fine, G*d, the true G*d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, gives you free will. But as a follower of Jesus Christ I choose to follow him and not the mumbo jumbo of Eastern Mysticism you can have eternal life, if not well you know about that also. You either accept, follow and obey Christ or you do not, Yoga is a sin..period not even debatable.

Now the dark side of Yoga. Satan and the third of angels which fell with him just love, love this vain and foolhardy quest for self enrichment. Satan delights in us pondering our navels and searching for self enlightenment. I advice you read Hostage to the Devil by Malachi Martin. He has a nice segment in his book about a college professor who arrogantly stumbled forth in the world of Hindu occultism, and Yoga and wound up tormented by demonic forces. All serious followers of Yoga will after a while be buffeted by these malevolent spirits. You stumble around, in the dark, with your incoherent mutterings , mantras and sweaty poses and you are on your own. Like the mouse playing with the cat. I have been to India and the whole country is under a dark cloud, it;s about as evil a place as I have experienced. Not talking Iran type in the street evil, but a land empty of G*ds grace where Satanic Paganism is the norm. If you want truth and meaning in your life, get down on your knees and ask Christ into you heart and with the gift of the Holy Spirit read and meditate on his Word. All you need to know in there, the blueprint for life, why we are here, how to cope, find meaning, find purpose. More productive that sitting around, sweating like a pig, ultimately worshipping a fallen angel who can't wait to destroy you.

46 posted on 09/22/2010 3:56:39 PM PDT by pburgh01
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To: mdmathis6
The Root of Yoga comes out of Hinduism and is ultimately evil!

Our number system was invented by the Hindus: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Do you use those evil Hindu numbers?

47 posted on 09/22/2010 3:57:07 PM PDT by stripes1776
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To: Willie Green
Yoga is no more a threat to one's Christian beliefs than is Judo. There are elments of the spiritual in both but there is no religion involved.

Why does this sound so much like a discussion of Harry Potter books?

48 posted on 09/22/2010 3:58:33 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: pburgh01

You said....”If you want truth and meaning in your life, get down on your knees and ask Christ into you heart and with the gift of the Holy Spirit read and meditate on his Word. All you need to know in there, the blueprint for life, why we are here, how to cope, find meaning, find purpose.”

While I agree 100% with you, there are many unusual things that happen in a person’s life when that Holy spirit moves in. Just as happened and is described in the New Testament.

I truly feel we are entering(and in) the times described in Acts 2 where Peter was quoting the prophet Joel.


49 posted on 09/22/2010 4:03:05 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

yeah thats what we need to ..read this looney’s daily post LOL


50 posted on 09/22/2010 4:03:13 PM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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