Wednesday, August 02, 2006

What is Wrong With This Picture?


Would you consider this syncretism?

6 Comments:

At Wednesday, August 02, 2006 1:52:00 PM, Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

This is most definitely syncretism. I fear that this form of it will be a great threat to the body of Christ in days to come as believers become more and more at ease with New Age practices.

 
At Wednesday, August 02, 2006 2:03:00 PM, Blogger T A Blankenship said...

It seems to me to be a practice of paganism and trying to add Christianity to it.
That is what the Old Testament Israelites did in their worship. They would worship "God" on the Sabbath, then worship Baal the rest of the time.

 
At Wednesday, August 02, 2006 4:24:00 PM, Blogger Kendall Touchton said...

Yep. Definitely an attempt to reconcile some form of meditative new age philosophy/religion with Christianity. It also seems to be focusing upon an inward sense of good health, which is good, only this seems to be trying to making an inward peace primary.

The same author of 3 John also wrote of Jesus who said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Jesus Christ does not want to be mixed with other belief systems. Such an attempt diminishes the value and worth of Christ. The New Age movement is contra-Christ and we must defend the purity of Christianity and its reason for the glory of Christ.

 
At Thursday, August 03, 2006 9:17:00 AM, Blogger Doug E. said...

Thanks Guys,

I agree fully. I found this picture at a website called Yahweh Yoga.

Doug

 
At Thursday, August 03, 2006 2:42:00 PM, Blogger Ryan Setliff said...

I've given pulpit sermons and taught Sunday school before, and I am conscious about what syncretism is. But that is a bona fide Bible verse. Besides that point, both yoga and calisthenic exercises have a therapeutic value for health purposes. With respect to your opinions, I think this an inferential case of reading too much behind the lines.

When I was active in martial arts such as Jujitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing, I wasn't thinking of how new age I could be, and I was conscious about not wearing Yin/Yang or Eastern Symbols on my ghee or clothing. Kickboxing is a good cardio workout. Bodily exercise including calisthenics have a value for health and well-being. As long as you are not consciously integrating new age practice, or non-sense about your karma into it, I frankly don't see what is wrong with it. Even the Scriptures tacitly reminds us of the value of bodily exercise.

"For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come."
1 Timothy 4:8

 
At Thursday, August 03, 2006 3:09:00 PM, Blogger Doug E. said...

Ryan,

I would say that there are hundreds of other positions to sit in to get healty other than the lotus position.

Even the verse in the photo is out of context with this photo. When the passage speaks of our soul getting along well it is not speaking of some inner tranquill irrational meditation.

The first of the ten commandments deals with our internal worship. We shall have no other Gods before us. I do not think the Christian who does yoga is violating this commandment. They may know there is no other God but God. Nevertheless, the idea that sitting in certain positions will calm your soul, is anything but Christian. If the person doing yoga does not do yoga for this reason (eastern spiritual tranquility), they will soon realize that there are more effective ways to get healthy.

Nothing in Christianity says to empty our thoughts to be spiritual. On the contrary, they tell us to know truth to find it.

As far as martial arts go, I see no problem of learning the sport, but when we cross over into their meditions we gone too far.

God Bless,

Doug

 

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