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Is Yoga Against The Bible

Is Yoga and meditation against the bible?

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\\no one knows St. Nicholas,-ME\\

Speak for yourself. St. Nicholas is greatly loved in Orthodoxy as a champion of the faith over Arius.---Cluny 9/2/16

How many Orthodox are there in the United States?

It is 5% of the Population?

I knew about St. Nicholas, but I am in the very low minority of Catholic population who knows about him.

I am only stating the facts on HOW santa is thought of when Christmas is discussed.
More than Jesus Christ and Christ is part of the name of the Federal holiday!

I understand Rita when she states she wishes children are told the truth about Christmas.

BTW, I bet only 0.2% of CN knew about St. Nicholas and his feast day before this blog.
---Nicole_Lacey on 9/2/16


\\I don't think she knows about him, but she is still correct because St. Nicholas day is celebrated on December 6th not the 25th.

Which goes to my first point that people used his feast day to replace Jesus' birthday.\\

In the USA, St. Nicholas feast (brought over with the Dutch Protestant devotion to him as the patron of children) got blended with the British Father Christmas.

\\Now TODAY, no one knows St. Nicholas, and pays little attention to Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.\\

Speak for yourself. St. Nicholas is greatly loved in Orthodoxy as a champion of the faith over Arius.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/2/16


"I don't know what either Hallowe'en or Santa Claus has to do with yoga, Rita. Do you"

Read all the comments in context and then you'd understand.
---Rita_H on 8/31/16


//I see NOTHING wrong with telling children that Santa Claus is a game we play as the Nativity According to the Flesh of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ approaches.//

I understand Rita's point.

She is talking about those who replaced Jesus with Santa Claus.

//..historical St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra.---Cluny

I don't think she knows about him, but she is still correct because St. Nicholas day is celebrated on December 6th not the 25th.

Which goes to my first point that people used his feast day to replace Jesus' birthday.

Now TODAY, no one knows St. Nicholas, and pays little attention to Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.

That's why she wants to tell children the truth about Christmas.
---Nicole_Lacey on 8/31/16


I don't know what either Hallowe'en or Santa Claus has to do with yoga, Rita. Do you?

When I was growing up, Hallowe'en was a harmless children's masquerade, but it's become something less wholesome today, I know.

I see NOTHING wrong with telling children that Santa Claus is a game we play as the Nativity According to the Flesh of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ approaches.

But also tell them about the historical St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra.

Christian meditation is to keep one's mind on God. Pagan meditation is to make the mind a blank--and we know who will write in it then.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/31/16




Halloween is a bigger 'thing' in America than in Britain, though it is catching up somewhat here.

I don't think that it is harmless, though most participants will say that it is. It's a sinister introduction to the occult I believe but I don't see it as at all similar to yoga.

If we looked back at the history of a great many things we might be really shocked.

We've upset many church members because we taught our children that 'Santa' was not real as soon as they could understand what we were saying. We were called 'spoil sports' depriving our children of fun. Nothing could be further from the truth but we were virtually ostracised by some families.

Which direction we take in controversial issues is very personal.
---Rita_H on 8/31/16


I know many people who believe Halloween is harmless.

I have many Christian friends who refused to allow their children to participate all together and they refuse to pass out candy themselves.

Some allow their children to pick out Saint costumes instead of the evil ones.

I don't decorate my home, but I will pass out candy.

But I do believe in the slippery slope effect.

Did you all know that Halloween decoration surpass Christmas decoration in the last 5 years?

Some things that seems harmless can also affect society's mentality in a harmful way
---Nicole_Lacey on 8/30/16


Yoga can be a part of a belief system OR a very helpful way of exercising for some people.

Doing yoga is not, in itself evil. We can be helped by the exercises and have nothing at all to do with the teachings linked to it by some. I know Christians and non- believers who both make fantastic rice pudding and who ride bicycles. Just because I have absolute proof that people who do not believe in Jesus (or who worship things which I believe are wrong) do both of those things does NOT mean that I should never make rice pudding or ride a bicycle.

How many of us would give up something that is good for us if we found out that someone who does yoga also does those other things? Answer: None of us if we use common sense.
---Rita_H on 8/30/16


Unfortunately, the health and physical benefits can not be denied.--thebigquestion on 8/30/16


Is there any other kind of exercise that can produce the same benefits as yoga?

Any similar types stretching movements that mimics yoga?

I would love to start yoga, but will not because of it's underlining meaning.

I am curious, and would like to know your opinion.
---Nicole_Lacey on 8/30/16


Yoga may very well be in opposition to Christianity. It may be a false doctrine.

Unfortunately, the health and physical benefits can not be denied.

I teach yoga and do believe Christ is the way to God, I have also had a long walk to this point filled with exploration of eastern philosophies and yoga.
---thebigquestion on 8/30/16




That is great Nicole. Keep it up.

Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 8/9/16


I prefer to take a short Bible verse memorize it then contemplate it all day.

Agape ---Samuelbb7 on 8/7/16

We do as well.

We call it Lectio Divina
---Nicole_Lacey on 8/8/16


Correct Nicole and Protestants should agree with them.

There is such a thing as Christian Meditation. Monks and Nuns have practiced different forms of it for centuries.

I prefer to take a short Bible verse memorize it then contemplate it all day.

Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 8/7/16


Thomas you are correct. Parts of the Catholic Church has been sounding the alarm against Yoga since 2000 when it became very popular.
---Nicole_Lacey on 8/6/16


Yoga is Perfectly demonic and is associated with god Shiva. Today lot of Christian does not aware of this.
---Thomas on 8/2/16


I am a God fearing, Jesus believing, Holy Spirit seeking individual. I also am a fire fighter and personal trainer, yoga or stretching (what ever you want to call it) with static poses is necessary for proper range of motion of our bodies joint and strength which is crucial for many jobs like firefighting, police, military, pe teachers etc. Use yoga as a tool of exercise and meditate on the Lord. I understand the benefits of being healthy and have been unhealthy in the past. Those who are healthy think clearer, are able to learn and study easier and can perform the Lords work very well. If you have a problem with Yoga call it stretching.
---ptrainer on 1/14/12


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Mark 9:38 "And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one
casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad
him, because he followeth not us." Mark 9:39 "But Jesus said, Forbid
him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that
can lightly speak evil of me."

Anything that is on benefit to people is good and comes from God, even if ultimately Jesus is 'the way the truth and the life' Don't close your minds!
---oli on 11/27/11


As a Christian from India, we know clearly that Yoga is a form of Hindu worship. Clearly a NO NO to any God fearing Christian.
---Daniel on 2/16/11


Syncretism is the attempt to reconcile contrary beliefs, often while melding practices of various schools of thought-Wiki
Juat because things may look similar does not mean they are the same nor of the same thought or path.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Yoga is just another attempt to become perfect on your own merits.
---micha9344 on 2/15/11


Vijay-- When did Christ say "know thyself"? I've never heard of that, tho I am a Christian.
That is not a goal of Christianity...except to know that you, and all men, are sinners, and therefore undeserving of eternal life.
Jesus came to provide a remedy for that problem by sacrificing himself on a cross to pay for the sins of mankind. The Righteous for the unrighteous.
---Donna66 on 2/14/11


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Yoga or union with the divine is to know your self. Your true self. All religions point out to one goal. To know your self. Yoga is not just a mere excercise or fun club as most people would think.

Jesus Christ: "Know thyself"

Prophet Mohamed: "The one knows himself, knows his Lord"

Lao Tse: "The one who knows others is wise, the one who knows himself is enlightened"

Adi Shankara: "Im not this body, nor mind, nor ego nor intellect. Iam the pure spirit"

Budhha: "Annihilation of the self (EGO) is enlightnement"

Jesus Christ: " Iam in my Father and my Father is in Me"

Krishna: Explains the non duality of man and the Supreme Being.
---Vijay on 2/14/11


Not all yoga involves meditation. Some just involves relaxation techniques, deep breathing, & slow stretches & poses. You can read amazon reviews of yoga dvd's like I did & choose one suited to your needs. To me, yoga is just a very beneficial form of exercise.
---HOPE5979 on 12/16/10


Yoga and Meditation are forms of New Age, which is based on Spiritism. The Bible says to say away from such things. Deuteronomy 18:10-12 - YES, these things are AGAINST the Bible.
---Leslie on 12/13/10


First defne what YOGA is, then ask whjether it is or is not against the Bible

I would be rather suspicious, but not [yet] totally hostile
---peter3594 on 12/12/10


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yoga is a form of satanism you are allowing demons to travel up through your spine and in to your brain... look up kundilini it will explain it all
---godswarrior on 12/9/10


Meditation, exercise and stretching are all good. You must only be careful of what you meditate upon.
Psalm 77:12 I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.
Psalm 119:15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
Joshua 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
---Amy9384 on 9/23/08


I've attended (observation only) several Christian yoga classes throughout the United States and found one chant that I've heard in over 3/4 of them: "breath out the demons, breath in the Holy Spirit." There is no scriptual basis for that.
---Steveng on 10/9/07


There is nothing in the bible that says we must excersize. If one has a true relationship with God, He will keep you healthy whether you are fat (in moderation) or skinny. All throughout history (and continues even today) having a rubenesque figure is healthy. Unlike, of course, the United States where it's hip being thin.
---Steveng on 10/9/07


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As for meditation, meditate on these verses for each verse shall give you insight about when and where and how to meditate: Genesis 24:63, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2, Psalm 5:1, Psalm 19:14, Psalm 49:3, Psalm 77:12, Psalm 119:15, Psalm 119:48, Psalm 119:78, Psalm 119:97, Psalm 119:99, Psalm 119:148, Luke 21:14, 1 Timothy 4:15.
---Steveng on 10/9/07


Yoga is not biblical but meditaion is great.We are never to meditate on anything other than God's Word and other spiritual things, for our edification. To edify the body of Christ and all things spiritual.
---Robyn on 10/9/07


They are against the Bible. They are pagan practices. Meditation is a mind control thing.
---Helen_5378 on 10/9/07


yoga positions and exercises are prayers to demons
---r.w. on 8/22/06


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Helen, it is true that much of what is called "meditation" in a secular or non-Christian sense is no more than a form of self-hypnosis, but this has nothing to do with the authentic Christian tradition of meditation.
---Jack on 7/9/06


Is there any christian yoga? Has anyone found yoga with a chrisitan influence?
---EJ on 7/8/06


HMPH! I try to meditate on God's word through out the day every day!
---tony on 7/8/06


By definition no.

I would consider the practice beneficial if the three paths of actions, knowledge and devotion is Christ centered. In that case the state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility achieved would be a result of relaxing the mind and body to a state of openness that would allow one to receive the insight provided through the Holy Spirit.

Subsequently the meditation would be upon the Word of God.

Meditation is biblical and we are instructed to do so. Jos.1:8>Ps.1:2
---josef on 7/8/06


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