Yoga and Christianity / Йога и христианство
Today, many people are taking up yoga techniques for physical exercise, and most don’t know the history of yoga. They believe there is nothing wrong with implementing this form of exercise into their daily regiment to promote a more healthy body. However, the practice of yoga is much more than a system of physical exercise for health. Yoga is an ancient path to spiritual growth, and originates out of India where Induism is practiced. The practice and goal of yoga dates back to the Upanishads, written between 1000-5000 BCThe history of yoga is based in the Indus Valley civilization. The techniques are practiced by the Indus to initiate spiritual growth. The yogis encourage union with the finite jiva (transitory self) and with the infinite Brahman (eternal self). Brahman is a term used by the Hindus to mean “God.” So, what are we supposed to unite with? Yogis usually think of God as an impersonal, spiritual substance, coexisting with all of reality. This doctrine is called pantheism which is the view that everything is God. In the Bible, God reveals Himself as the personal Creator of the universe.
Since it is taught by the yogis that everything is God, it then stands to reason, man is God. Christianity, on the other hand, teaches us there is a clear distinction between man and God. Since God is the Creator, we are one of his creations and created “in the image” of God.
Unlike the yogis, the Bible presents man’s primary problem to be sin — a failure to conform to God’s character and standards. The solution is Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. He calls men to freely receive all the benefits of His salvation through faith in Christ alone.
Yoga views man’s problem primarily in terms of ignorance. Man simply does not understand he is God so the solution is enlightenment, or an experience of union with God. In order to reach that goal, there must be a lot of striving and effort which is not needed in the Christian viewpoint.
History of Yoga — Is yoga safe?
Can the methods used in the yoga techniques for exercising be separated from the philosophy? The answer is a distinctive “no” because yoga is considered to be a practice of psychosomatic exercises. There is no way to separate the two. The yoga scholar will tell you that in order to practice yoga in the fullest, one must experience what is called the “kundalini” effect within meditation. What does this mean? For spiritual lessons to be grasped by the soul within the person, the chakra, or different locations within the body where a circle of metaphysical and/or biophysical energy resides, join together in the process. Kundilini stimulates the chakra center to open and release the energy held within. If not done properly, some believe that a person can injure the brain.
By researching the history of yoga, we learn that it is not safe spiritually. Yoga teaches us to focus on ourselves instead of on the one true God. It encourages us to seek the answers to life’s difficult questions within our own conscience instead of in the Bible. It also leaves one open to deception from Satan, who searches for victims that he can turn away from God (1 Peter 5:8).
The Meaning of Life: An Ageless Search
What is the meaning of life? This is one of the most frequently asked questions by all of humanity since the beginning of time. It is a question naturally asked by people because they have the ability to make choices about life. The question would appear to be difficult to answer and different for every individual depending on their circumstances. It is the ultimate search for truth and purpose in life; the reason we were born, wake up everyday and exist.
The Meaning of Life: The Truth
Although people have struggled for the purpose of their existence throughout history, the answer for the meaning of life is relatively simple and the same for everyone; it is to love God by choosing to have a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the simple and accurate truth about the meaning of life. There are many other ideas, definitions, theories and religions about the meaning of life that differ; however, if they do not include the above definition as the core truth, then they will ultimately be proven inaccurate and disappointing to anyone who accepts them. Skeptics that are apart from God throughout history have failed with their falsehoods of the meaning of life. However, knowing the truth is a very clear and easy answer. But, accepting and adopting the truth into your life is the ultimate life defining challenge that God wants to help you fulfill. The guide to helping you understand how to do this is the Holy Bible. The Bible clearly gives tangible examples and practical rules for living in accordance with God’s plan for your life.
The Meaning of Life: How to Move Forward
Once you understand the meaning of life, the next step is choosing to follow God’s plan for your life. God made you for a purpose. However, before you can fulfill that purpose, you need to establish a relationship with God. The start of a meaningful relationship with God is achieved by taking several steps, in faith, that are described in the Bible. First, in prayer to God, admit to Him that you have been living apart from Him and invite God back into your life as the leader. Next, promise from your heart to God that you will repent or change from your old sinful ways living apart from Him and will start trying to live according to God’s ways. Next, ask for forgiveness from God and accept Jesus Christ, His Son, into your life as the leader and personal Savior. Finally, begin learning about God’s will and plan by using your talents for His purpose in your life. God loves you like everyone else He created very much and it is the choice of everyone to accept or reject that love. If you just prayed the above prayer, then you are in harmony with God and the start of your adventure for the meaning of your life has begun.
The Meaning of Life: How to fulfill your Mission
The challenge to the meaning of life is being faithful to the calling of God and being dedicated to fulfilling the purpose that He created you for by accomplishing your life mission. The Holy Bible addresses these issues clearly to give people answers about how to lead their life in every circumstance, from poor to rich, from health to illness, from strong to weak, and from spiritual to sinful. Everybody has limiting circumstances, but God gives people this ultimate life instruction book called the Bible to help them understand how to make the right choices throughout their changing life. Also, it is important to fellowship with other Christians that have accepted Jesus for encouragement and support. The meaning of your life will ultimately be judged by God when you die. God will ask what you did with your talents. He will want to know if you chose to help others or were selfish. He will inquire if you accepted His Son Jesus and if you followed Him. Now that you know the meaning of life, choose to accept and apply this truth to your God-given abilities and circumstances. Learn about what God wants for you and submit to His plan for a life of fulfilling significance.
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