Christianity.com: Can a Christian practice yoga to the glory of God?-David Powlison

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  • 2011-12-01T23:04:00

Jews never practiced or were encouraged by God to use any of these things although it was practised at that time. Why the fascination in the "biblical" West now? We are being distracted by so many things from our pure devotion to Christ our Lord!

  • 2011-11-23T09:26:17

it's okay to take certain asana's as a form of exercise but there are certain positions which are designed to worship certain daities, god and godesses.I would personally before performing any asana would like to research about its background then only allow it in my daily routine of exercise.

  • 2011-11-22T07:37:40

@Ditas Irene Lopez-Pangilinan: Those who practice yoga should go to India and do something to liberate the Dalits. They don't. The Westerners who practice yoga are usually more selfish and vain. Healthier bodies mean nothing for purposeless humans. They need Christianity.

  • 2011-11-22T07:34:17

@Adam Exalted-with Your-girlfriend Atkinson : Self-reliance causes meaninglessness thus depression. There is no exception to it.

  • 2011-11-19T23:03:42

That is true. Homeopathy has nothing to do with any cult or religion. It is atrue branch of medicine.

  • 2011-11-19T19:50:24

That David Powlison is dead wrong- and it is unfortunate for him and those that listen to him-- he is misleading many people away from GOD's Truth contained in the Bible. The term "yoga" is sanskrit for YOKE or union it is a HINDU religious practise to unite the practitioner to the Hindu pantheon of gods = which are evil spirits in disguise. Yoga has been taught by Indian gurus for down thru the ages and has been sanitized and white-washed for the west. The same pagan gods that were written about in the bible are not fairy-tales and they didn't just "disappear" they have travelled along with civilization--- they are exactly the same-- Christ came to save the lost Luke 19:10 These new age occultism is "old age" witchcraft and pagnism re-packaged for modern times. From buddhism to wiccan, alternative therapy --don't kid yourself into thinking these are harmless. It doesn't matter ONE BIT as the one naive commentor said -- "what you believe" it MATTERS WHAT IS THE ROOT OF THESE PRACTICES--PERIOD!" The devil is working very hard these days to deceive as many as possible--don't let him succeed with you. People who think they can combine Christianity with these other practices are in great danger. Paganism & Occultism is infiltrating our pop culture and people need to be educated. Ignorance is NOT bliss.Ignorance or naivity offers YOU no protection in the spiritual realm nor your families. Please don't be fooled, and check your sources of info to get to the root. These are demonic doorways that are best left CLOSED! The Bible is our only authority on spiritual matters. Lord JESUS Christ is the only mediator between God and man. It clearly says Mathew:24 You cannot serve two masters...." 1 Kings 18:21 Elijah went before the people and said, "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him." But the people said nothing. 2 Kings17:41 Even while these people were worshiping the LORD, they were serving their idols. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their fathers did. Repent, accept Jesus as the only way, as your LORD and Savior, get Baptised in Jesus name. Get saved, study Find a church that studies Holy Bible as the indisputable Word of God. Hebrews5:14..." even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." http://www.thebereancall.org/topic/occult I recommend these books by Dave Hunt "The Seduction of Christianity " "Occult Invasion" and "America the Sorcerers new apprentice". all available on amazon.com.

  • 2011-11-19T14:28:27

Why do cults teach against basic science that energy is spiritual instead of 'material' ? Energy is 'matter' which can be measured in varing degrees in it's production.

  • 2011-11-19T08:06:12

I'm really trying to see where Homeopathy even fit into a discussion of yoga =/ Not really sure why David mentioned it.

  • 2011-11-19T08:03:23

You are misinformed friend, yoga is *not* a religion first off. Now yes, some religions have incorporated it into themselves. It would be more correct to say it is a philosophy, if anything. To paraphrase part of my original statement, I'll use bread as an example. Unleavened bread! Jewish folks eat it (matzo and the like) during Passover, Christians during Eucharist (more commonly called communion or The Lord's Supper). And countless sandwich shops the world over use it (flatbread!) My point is this: If person A includes yoga as part of their religion that does NOT mean person b,c or d does, or should for that matter. While I do not agree with your view, I respect your right to it, but I would ask you to please educate yourself before decrying something :)

  • 2011-11-19T07:55:09

Again with "enslaved by" I think the phrase you're looking for is "obsessed with" or perhaps "addicted to" ? I can see that, I know a few people that are quiet literally addicted to exercise, running for example is quiet common, as is weight lifting, the endorphin rush they provide can be quiet addictive.

  • 2011-11-19T02:53:43

Adam Kevin Atkinson Yoga is a controlling of your body by demonic spirits as is most all eastern religouns.

  • 2011-11-19T02:27:56

I agree one Hundred percent of David Powlison about practising Real Yoga; But I differ about Homeopathy. Homeopathy which started in Germany in the Nineteenth Centuray today is worldwide. There are Medical Colleges that teach this kind of medicine and well qualified doctors who treat patients very effectively.

  • 2011-11-19T01:58:26

I would say it would depend on what you believe when you practice yoga. I have friends who have been enslaved by it and have now been delivered from it after the Holy Spirit led them to encounter the one true God and His Son Jesus Christ. They will not go back to it because of their history with it. And yet, I also have Christian friends who use yoga as simply a physical discipline, and they are healthier and able to deal with stress better than before. Not everyone who does the yoga exercises are "putting (themselves) as a supreme being" because we are communing with our Lord and Savior Jesus even as we exercise. I am actually praying as I do the poses, most of the time trying not to laugh: "Lord, I'm gonna fall!!" (thud) or "No way (pant) am I doing (pant) another round (pant) of surya namaskar!" (pant pant collapse) or "Wow! I finally got that pose!! Thanks, Lord!" Romans 1 shows the downward spiral that begins with denying the reality and sovereignty of God. But not everyone who does yoga exercises deny God, and so they reap its true benefits: a stronger, more flexible body that can handle stress and even injuries better, and ages more graciously.The devil cannot create or even innovate: he can only steal, kill, and destroy. He did it with music. And I see that he did it with yoga as well. And if music can be taken back from him, so can yoga.

  • 2011-11-18T23:08:57

Ok wow.. there are so many non-related things here. Well for starters, Harvard would disagree with you on yoga promoting stress, http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&sqi=2&ved=0CD4QFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.health.harvard.edu%2Fpress_releases%2FYoga-can-blunt-harmful-effects-of-stress&ei=ceTGTorULcKEtgeB16X7Cw&usg=AFQjCNHTQlwsEo5rd058a0H3OvCce3nr2A I can't honestly conceive of how you could even come to that conclusion. Lets see.. ok you're saying the proof of the yoga failure is... that there are..more mental patients in the West ? that.. I just really don't even know how that's supposed to be related to this at all. It's a proven fact exercise is a wonderful form of stress relief, be it walking,swimming or yes, yoga! I'd be more than happy to listen to more of what you have to say if you can link me even 1 study that shows yoga causes depression.

  • 2011-11-18T23:03:19

a spiritual demonic act ? I have to admit you have me curious here. Might I ask how you came to the conclusion that yoga is "destroying your body" ?

  • 2011-11-18T21:00:03

I don't believe so as yoga is a spiritual demonic act on the body. God says if you destroy the temple and you are then God will destroy you.

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