Yoga And The Christian, A Yoke Of Defilement
Job said in Job 14:4 “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.”
What does this mean? Well take “yoga” for instance, that will be the “case study” for this verse.
To a Bible believing Christian, yoga is (or should be) a very unclean practice.
Why? Because yoga is deeply rooted in Hinduism, a widespread religion diametrically opposed to the God of the Bible and salvation through Jesus Christ.
Yoga is way more than just a few “poses”, and it’s a trojan horse in many Christian’s lives, because it is very damaging to a Christian’s doctrine, understanding of God and spiritual growth.
Yes that may take a little time or a long time for it’s effects to manifest and take hold, but rest assured, yoga is unBiblical and will lead you to false personal truths far away from THE truth in Jesus Christ.
What Job said here should be a guiding principle for the child of God living in this world who doesn’t want to get hopelessly tangled up in a web of Satan’s lies. If God has delivered you from the power of darkness, why would you want to go back?
As Christians, we constantly try to bring clean out of unclean, but God commands us in 2 Corinthians 6:17 to “… touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you.” So don’t touch the unclean at all, rather than trying to bring something clean out of it!
There are many examples where Christians are violating this principle. Like when churches study movies like “The Matrix” “Lord of the Rings” “The Shack” to draw spiritual truth from.
Or what about using rock music to praise God? Worldly music that has it’s roots in Satanism cannot be successfully adapted for the acceptable worship of Jesus Christ.
And indeed, violation of this principle is why much of modern Christianity is far more a reskinned version of Hinduism than “the faith once delivered unto the saints”, as many popular Christian figures lead masses into eastern philosophy rather than sound Bible doctrine.
And boy, as I’ve studied a little on Hinduism/Buddhism, I’ve realized that modern Christianity has taken after these religions far more than the Bible “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” It’s really bad, but just read books by popular “Christian” authors… it’s basically eastern philosophy and witchcraft with a “Christian” face.
But let’s get this straight, from God’s word, from this verse in scripture, that it is a grave mistake to believe that as a Christian, you can “take the parts you like” and “leave the rest”.
With relation to the example of yoga, heaps of Christians these days do “Christian yoga”.
Yoga has been greatly adapted to the West and “Christians”, but no matter how you alter it to suit what you are trying to get out of it, yoga is still a Hindu practice.
As a sidenote: note that “the love of money is the root of all evil” holds true with yoga. Because in order to get your mantra and learn yoga, you need to pay for each lesson and instruction. So if yoga truly is a way to God and truth, which it is intended for, then you are in essence having to pay for your salvation.
Yes, many Christians are quite ignorant about yoga, and they, like many people Christian or not, use yoga for varied wellness benefits that they covet without necessarily realizing it’s true nature. Which is ironic given that yoga is basically the path to “self realization”!
Firstly, the word “yoga” itself should be a giveaway, because yoga means “yoke” “link” and “union with God.” Because Hindus use yoga as a way to “God” and the “God life”, because linking with “God” is essential to personal spiritual ascension out of your problems and issues in life.
But to truly understand what that means and what yoga is trying to achieve, you first have to understand that the Hindu concept of God is vastly different to what the Bible teaches about God. For example, Hindus believe that “God” is in everyone and in everything, which is called pantheism.
As such… God is in you, they believe, but you just need to be liberated, and yoga is the way to transition from your false self to your true self that you’re yet to “realize”. This is because Hindus believe that the problem between man and God is disconnectedness with God, hence where yoga comes in, which is about connecting with God.
And so with this distorted concept of God Hindus view this world and the issues of life in this world. Take suffering for instance, Hindus believe that you are getting what you deserve. And that leads to not even helping people suffering, because that would be interfering with their reincarnation cycle that they are locked in to as they play a perpetual good karma bad karma reward and punishment game. Hinduism is basically like a social credit system.
But basically put, yoga is a tool and science used to purify and cleanse the practitioner from disconnectedness to God, “bad karma” and imperfect knowledge which is preventing their personal evolution to self perfection and ultimately nirvana (the Hindu idea of heaven, which is a state rather than a place).
Hopefully I haven’t confused you, but basically put, yoga is a series of physical, mental and spiritual exercises designed to bring you to a state of “true self” realization, spiritual “awakening”, and higher consciousness “the best version of yourself” through achieving oneness with the divine “God” within. When people talk about being connected to earth, land, nature and God, know that you’re dealing with eastern philosophy.
Obviously, this is all very unBiblical. And the Bible is very clear in denouncing the supreme errors of Hinduism and yoga. “Touching” yoga violates this principle in Job, but also yoga itself violates this principle of Job. How so? Well, because through yoga, you’re trying to bring the clean person or reality and consciousness out of the unclean person in yourself. Because remember, Hinduism says there’s a divine godly person in there just waiting to be “released” and “realized”!
Sorry not sorry to burst your bubble though, because the Bible states that “we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” and that “every man at his best state is altogether vanity”. In other words, there is no answer, solution, redemption, wholeness, fullness, completeness or divinity in any of us. We cannot solve our condition, and in Hinduism, they cannot even identify the problem much less fix it. Yoga cannot heal the curse of sin or link you to the true God who is separated you by your sin, and a condition which he heals through his own power, because we do not have any.
So where yoga seeks to bridge the gap between us and “God” and cross the divide that we know as Christians comes from the curse of sin… not an imperfect consciousness and yet to be realized reality… the Bible teaches that man can only be made right with Creator God through Jesus Christ, and salvation is a gift received by grace through faith… not by anything we “work” and do.
And where yoga is described and thought of as a “spiritual journey”, the Bible teaches that spiritual life only begins when you are born again by the Spirit of God when you believe in Jesus Christ. And until then, no matter how balanced and centered and mastered you are, you are and remain spiritually stone dead in your sins, separated from and at enmity with God.
Yes, yoga does attract and seem like a “right way” for many people, it is somehow seductive even to Christians, but yet the Bible warns “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Yoga will produce death in your life. It won’t stop you from physically suffering and dying, nor will it heal your lost spiritual condition. It is a bunch of exercises that only exercise you in self deception and devil oppression and possession.
Yoga is a lie. And the greatest lie is that when you die, you either advance up the reincarnation ladder or go backwards but with a never ending although excruciating opportunity to rise again. But the Bible says that if you die in your sins, there is no reincarnation, no second chance “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”. It’s going to be a big shame to realize the lie of yoga about who and what you are too late in hell.
So if you’re a Christian dabbling in yoga and other unclean things, it is time to reconsider what you’re doing, because it’s a dangerous path, and while we all prone to the thought that we are the exception, the fact remains that nobody can bring a clean thing out of an unclean. Yoga will yoke you… but not with God, and soon enough you will be in lockstep with the devil. Because yoga, like any other unclean thing, will get you in the end, even if it may be a slowly burning fuse to start.
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Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)
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