I'm very intrigued. My aunt was very Christian and into yoga. The fact she was meditating on God as she did so I think was the aspect that appealed most to her. I wonder why there'd be any opposition to it. Or does it specify a middle eastern faith or something?Pretty much from what I understand. It's the meditation part that causes problems for Christians.
Its origins are from before Christ and derrive from the Buddhist teachings. It was all part of achieving nirvana.I read something that surprised me earlier, that a Christian should not do yoga. I wonder why? Is there something anti-Christian about it? I don't know much about its origins.
Is there something about Yoga that expressly contradicts Christian teaching? If not, I fail to see the problem. It's like saying not to dine with a Muslim couple because they might invoke an unclean spirit in you. In neither case are you being instructed by anyone.I forget the name of the spirit but yoga meditation is supposed to envoke an unclean spirit into you. We are. To abstain even from the appearance of evil. Yoga is not for christians. If you want to strech and become more flexible or whatever people say is the benifit, there are other methods you can take to achieve this. The bible tells us not to even learn of thier ways. Stay away from yoga. Even if you are not doing it to bring a spirit in you someone in your yoga class maybe.
"Everything is permissible"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is constructive.Is there something about Yoga that expressly contradicts Christian teaching? If not, I fail to see the problem. It's like saying not to dine with a Muslim couple because they might invoke an unclean spirit in you. In neither case are you being instructed by anyone.
I'm just wondering out loud - this is all very fascinating to me - but from the way some people are talking about yoga it's as though some dark spirit is going to attack the practitioner Exorcist-style and take root in their body like a cancer. Is there something specific about Yoga that discourages or openly opposes Christianity?Saying its okay to do yoga is kinda like saying its okay to do cocaine only once. Sure if you're careful it might not be dangerous. But what are the chances of it causing harm? For yoga spiritual harm.
Some Christians would agree with you on that. They're under the position that if something has a dark origin, then that origin will remain in it and it must be rejected entirely. This is why people insist on celebrating Christmas and especially Easter.Another example. Me raising my middle finger at you. Maybe in your mind you believe it's bad, which would be understandable because the history of it. But what if I decided to say I believe it means God bless you, I changed what it means. So in my humble opinion, I don't think we can ignore the history of yoga and try to turn it into something good. I don't think any good can come out of yoga. We can't take away what yoga represents.