Many wonder if Yoga is okay for Christians. Of course, some will sneer at this issue as “legalistic.” But, there were certainly things that God has commanded His people not to do. It’s certainly valid for one who is seeking God’s character to ask, is Yoga just stretching? Or is more going on?
I snapped a picture of a banner at a Yoga center where my wife does karate. I didn’t get a picture of the little idols they have on the shelf, but I think this paints a pretty clear picture of what goes on with this “stretching class.”
Some versions of the Namaste (name-es-stay) include “I honor the divine in you.” So, this one is a bit more tame.
Here we just honor the “place” in each other. But, that “place” is where the whole universe resides. Love, light, peace and truth all reside within ourselves … that inner place.
Makes me think of “Christian” novelist Ted Dekker’s latest “meditations” on the Bible.
See, Satan–who is real–deceives the same way as always. We are the light (ref. Ted Dekker). We have peace within ourselves. We have truth within ourselves. The whole of the universe is in that place in ourselves. We are one.
I’ll tell you who is One–That’s God. He has claimed a Oneness out of a plurality known as the Trinity.
So, this is a false worship of a plurality of humans making One.
There are Christians who went to see Doctor Strange and found that it was JUST FINE! And yet, in that movie, they talk of channeling the power of the multi-verse through themselves. It’s no mistake they had the movie, and The Ancient One (Ancient of Days, anyone? A name for God? No? Not familiar?) holed up in Nepal, the seat of Eastern religion … and Yoga.
Well, I don’t believe all that stuff, I’m just getting a workout!
What we allow around us will eventually influence us. If we’re not separate from the world, we fall prey to its destructive influence. Lot may have considered himself separate from the wicked people of Sodom, but he was captured in one of their wars. He was tormented daily by their wickedness to the point he offered his own daughters to be gang-raped by the hoard of lustful men outside his house! He spent his last days in a cave being drugged and raped by his own daughters!
But, you say, he wasn’t practicing the witchcraft of the Sodomites or engaging in their lifestyle!
He was saved as a brand plucked from the fire!
He got burned.
What does it mean to be separated unto God if we indulge in every cultural fad, despite the obvious signs that they are extolling false idolatry and pagan worship?
I know, people will say “All things are lawful … like the meat sacrificed to idols!”
Let’s get context here. Paul was saying that he wouldn’t ask where the meat came from so that he wouldn’t make an issue of it. Many sides of meat in those marketplaces had been sacrificed in temples.
Paul certainly didn’t go to the sacrificing ceremonies! And if the person made an issue that the meat had been sacrificed to an idol, he wouldn’t eat! He would remain separate.
The better analogy for this type of thing is a Target store issue. Perhaps there are other stores that endorse sinful behaviors or give money to abortion clinics. But, if we don’t know about that, we can shop there without a problem. If they start advertising their positions and making it a big, public spectacle, we should refrain from giving them our business for fear that it would be construed as support for their views.
So, is Yoga just stretching? No. It isn’t. It’s a form of pagan worship that has been around a long, long time. Cults will practice Yoga. Alistair Crowley, renown Satanist, practiced Yoga. The poses that are done are actually physical offerings to various deities! The doctrine taught is to find that “place” or the “divine” within yourself.
Eat of the tree that will make you like God.