Christians: Yoga and Hypnosis are religions

If someone came up to you and asked you to join a new eastern religion and to make your children practice it too, would you so readily jump right in all ready to embrace it…  no worries? Well, then how did so many women jump on this Yoga bandwagon? Please consider the following post very carefully:

I remember a while back Al Mohler wrote an article on Yoga in which he described how we, Americans have turned an Indian heathen practice into a widely admired and practiced  American cultural reality:

Though yoga has no coherent tradition in India, being preserved instead by thousands of gurus and hundreds of lineages, each of which makes a unique claim to authenticity, we had managed to turn it into a singular thing: a way to stay healthy and relaxed.

Then, shortly thereafter, Yahoo picked up the story and posted it in it’s front page. I remember sitting dumbfounded as I read through the comments on the yahoo page, coming from self identified Christian women who were practicing yoga. You can read that post here Yahoo, Yoga, and Yours Truly.

Here is another excellent article from today’s edition of the Christian Post that explains the mystical side of yoga and a newer accepted phenomena (by Christians): Hypnosis.

Dan Delzell writes in today’s Christian Post about two spiritual practices – yoga and hypnosis, which are dangerous to the soul and as he puts it: „Altered states of consciousness and other mystical practices open doors in the spiritual realm. Once a door is opened, a person becomes vulnerable to any spirits which come through that door.” He notes that things such as

…a seance opens a door. So do animal sacrifices….and all voodoo rituals as well. Astrology is another spiritual exercise which opens a door. Even something seemingly as innocent as placing a Native American „dreamcatcher” above your bed opens a door in the spiritual realm.

As one New Age author put it, „Hypnosis can be an open door to psychic experiences of many kinds

These doors are „hidden” because they are invisible to the human eye. You also don’t see the spirits that come through these doors. Likewise, you don’t see the Holy Spirit or Jesus when you trust Christ for salvation. Nevertheless, God enters your heart through a door in the spiritual realm the moment you are converted.

Is hypnosis a religion? Delzell says this about hypnosis:

 Hypnosis is basic to the Eastern religions. Prominent hypnotists have estimated that there are probably over 100 different stages of hypnotic trance. Christians should never allow themselves to be put in a trance….regardless of who is leading you into that mental state of relaxation. No matter what obstacles we face, God will help us if we rely upon Him rather than magical or mystical experiences. It is very dangerous to open hidden spiritual doors through hypnosis.

Is Yoga a religion? Delzell says this about yoga:

Yoga opens hidden spiritual doors as well. The physical exercises of yoga are designed to prepare the body for the spiritual changes which yoga produces. Some of the reported symptoms of a „Kundalini Awakening” through yoga include: itching, burning, cramping, twitching of skin and body, severe emotional mood swings, anxiety, depression, rage, fear and dread, mental confusion, and even paranormal activity. In short, yoga never produces Christ-centered peace and joy. The Holy Spirit uses the Scriptures and our faith in Christ to produce that good fruit….not the mystical practices of Eastern religions.

Read Al Mohler’s article – http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/09/20/the-subtle-body-should-christians-practice-yoga/ 

RELATED POSTS on Yoga on Al Mohler’s website

8 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. savasana addict
    mai 30, 2012 @ 05:10:10

    We easily make the mistake of taking Asanas (the physical postures) for yoga. Yoga is so much more. Yoga encompasses (for example) the scriptures such as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita – Arjuna’s conversation with the Hindu God Krishna. Study of the scriptures will quickly reveal what yoga is all about. I am of course not saying Christians cannot practise. But there is a difference between practising postures and practising yoga.

    • rodi
      mai 30, 2012 @ 10:26:01

      Thanks for explaining yoga further. This is the point, for us as Christians, that yoga is not just fitness, but a spiritual experience. We serve the God of the Bible that tells us we should have no other gods and that is why we stay away from practices such as yoga which encompasses a whole other religion.

  2. Mahima Singh
    mai 30, 2012 @ 05:47:17

    Hi,
    Yoga make us a strong body fitness………
    Florist in Jaipur

    • rodi
      mai 30, 2012 @ 10:27:34

      That well may be, however the deep mediations and the opening up of the consciousness to spirits can be a dangerous practice.

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  4. Kris10Marie0523
    oct. 24, 2012 @ 10:28:38

    I think the devil wants to prevent me from writing about the horrible experiences I encountered from going to hypnosis to get rid of being a procrastinator and improve my organization skills to all of the sudden believing in reincarnation, different dimensions, aliens, oneness, unity … which were not even the words spoken to me during the hypnotic states but somehow firmly became my beliefs to the point that I blindly got initiated into a cult. I have never felt so violated in my life. While I was still under that influence I would hear white noise all the time and was regularly meditating after I just spent the four months before that allowing myself to regularly be hypnotized because I thought my habits would go away quicker. Now that I am out of it … well I hope I feel like my memory is getting weak in aspects of my entire life, I keep getting stuck in these trance like states that I snap out of … I was in the shower and thought I heard my son running up the stairs and yelling something to me. I stepped out of the shower and opened the door like he was going to be standing there (ummm…NAKED!!!!!!!!) … luckily he wasn’t there but I stood there just looking at the steps like he was going to walk up until I snapped out of it and realized I was standing there naked. Luckily, he never came up because he was laying on the couch downstairs anyways watching television soooo I don’t know what I heard. I don’t know anymore … I only believe in God, the one true God, but I feel like the person I became did and said things that I would never, ever do and now that I am out of that I will never say or do them again but I’m so scared … I get about two hours of sleep at night because I’m afraid to go to bed. I’m afraid of what I will see if I close my eyes or if I go back into that trance like state even though it has frequently been happening until I snap out of it anyways. I’m pretty terrified of the doors I opened and I talked to a Christian pastor and I really hope he was able to help me shut them. I am nervous at the way my memory is suffering, my sleep, my mind, I’m just afraid. I never felt so vulnerable and violated in my life as I did when I discovered the seeds this hypnotist was putting into my head. Am I losing the memory of it because he made time an illusion or I was brainwashed? Or am I losing my memory about it because it wasn’t me and it was some evil spirit I opened a door for? Why am I so scared? Why can’t I sleep? I pray to the Lord to forgive me for falling for a false prophet and denying the Bible … I did not know that hypnosis for two little bad habits was going to result in me joining a cult, i didn’t even know what I was joining when I did. Please stay away from it all, astrology, yoga, ‘The Secret’, hypnotists, psychics, mediums, … we are NOT God and these people are acting as their own God. We can’t find the answers to a perfect life from spirits within us, we need to look to God … that is THE ONLY WAY!!!!!!!!!!! Please beware … I spent three hours trying to type every detail of what happened before I feel like I forget and I wanted you to know that the things I told you to beware of are all things I dabbled with just out of curiousity and it lead me to blindly joining a satanic cult. PLEASE BEWARE, DON’T PLAY WITH FIRE OR YOU WILL SERIOUSLY GET BURNED! Nothing has ever frightened me the way this has and I really hope that nothing else happens and that I can sleep again soon and that I stop forgetting things and that I stop feeling like there is just something thats not right … I don’t know anymore if I am going crazy or if this is really happening but what I do know, is that none of it started until I went to get hypnotized or at least that was the tip of the iceberg after dabbling in the other things.

    THE DEVIL IS THE MASTER OF DISGUISE … DO **NOT** FORGET THIS!!

  5. Kris10Marie0523
    oct. 24, 2012 @ 10:37:36

    Oh and I just posted and I feel like my brain is being erased … seriously but what I meant to say WAS I spent about 2½ / 3 hours writing the whole experience so people could really understand and the whole computer messed up when I was pretty much done and ready to post it and I lost the entire thing. STAY away from this stuff … I went from being a Catholic, former Marine, republican, also someone who has agreed with many aspects of Christianity to the point where I believe that is the true religion we need to follow to get to God through accepting Jesus Christ as our savior and I was initiated into an ISLAM MUSLIM religion. I would NEVERRRR, ever do that, I denied the Bible and told people it was fake … IIIIIIII would NEVER, EVER dream or think of doing that. I would think I just committed a horrible sin just by saying and not only was I saying it, I was preaching it to everyone I knew. Was I delirious, brainwashed, or possessed by something evil that was not me? I don’t know … I’m beginning to forget alot and I hope it doesn’t progress. This new spiritual awakening is GARBAGE, it is not true … if you start randomly saying things about reincarnation, unity, one world, we are all connected, find peace and God within because we are all divine … seriously STOP where you are and beware because the road ahead will dig you so deep that you will be doomed by believing in a false prophet. Please, learn from my lesson

    • rodi
      oct. 24, 2012 @ 23:06:52

      Hi,
      I am so grieved by the things that have happened in your life, and at the same time so hopeful that you took the huge step of recognizing the situation you were in and getting some help. I am hoping that you have someone to support you through this, a pastor or friends who can help you through this.

      The only thing I can suggest is steeping yourself in the word of God, which the Bible says is ‘living and active’. If you are familiar with the temptation of Jesus spoken of in the New Testament, Jesus used scripture (old testament verses in His case) to answer Satan when Satan was trying to tempt Jesus to bow down to him. You can read it in the gospel of Matthew Chapter 4 starting at verse 11. Reading and knowing God’s word can help us prepare for when these spiritual assaults come against us.

      I have also heard folks recommend an older preacher named Derek Prince who had helped them in dealing with coming out of these New Age occult practices. If you search youtube, you should be able to find some of his sermons.

      And lastly, prayer to God through His son and our Savior Jesus Christ is the biggest weapon we have against the tempter and against any evil spirit that may be tormenting us. Again, I hope you have a qualified pastor who has dealt with this situation before to help you, and folks who can pray with you and for you for deliverance. And when you feel threatened, call out to Jesus for mercy and deliverance and most importantly for salvation. I pray that God delivers you and that He become Lord of your life. God bless you and your family!

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