Skip to comments.Is Yoga An Anti-Christian Practice?
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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This guy is looney.....
Yoga is an excellent spiritual exercise no matter what your religion.
Yoga is Sanskrit for Yuj - meaning union with God and there are many forms. Look into it if you care to.
Yoga is awesomely cool!
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.”
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.
"Puritanism - the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." - H.L. Mencken
Dr. Mohler is actually quite brilliant. Rather than make a snap judgment of him, I would encourage your reading his daily posts.
The kind of ‘yoga’ practiced around the USA is just slow calisthenics with some Sanskrit/Hindi jargon thrown in to make it seem exotic.
I like my yoga with strawberries but fresh not jam.
To the contrary, I don’t think you understand that concept. At least not from a biblical perspective.
The Root of Yoga comes out of Hinduism and is ultimately evil!
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.
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.
Whatever, everything is evil.
“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!
Sounds exactly like a huckster follower LOL
No! God is good and he wants to put his goodness into all of us thru Jesus Christ!
Can yoga be done on a train?
Only if done on a high speed monorail.
Damn it, 9 seconds, lol!
“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!
Does he feel this way about speaking in tongues?
When you get both feet stuck behind your head, that’s when you know it’s the devil’s work.
Just call it “stretcing” and don’t worry about it.
And before Jesus, before the Old Testament, where did incarnated souls seek salvation?
BTW, Hinduism was a monotheistic religion.
This Reverend obviously wouldn't want a Christian husband and wife exploring anything beyond the missionary position.
“he wants to put his goodness into all of us”
So does Yogi Okie Dokie.
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...
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.
“”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.
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.
Interesting. I didn’t think about anything other than how badly I hurt myself.
“To the contrary, I dont 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.
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.
You're a Betazoid?
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.
“You may not always agree with him. But the more you read what he has to say youll have to respect him.”
I have printed several of his writings to read later this evening. Thank you again for the reference.
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’...
Most exercise is evil.
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.
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.
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?
Why does this sound so much like a discussion of Harry Potter books?
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.
yeah thats what we need to ..read this looney’s daily post LOL
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