I don't particularly like yoga, myself. Still, I do believe that yoga, like many other forms of meditation is a tool. The user of the tool determines the result of the tool's use.
the practice of yoga influence the practitioner to think in ways that
the originators did? Probably. Is that bad an wholly unChristian? I
think not. Why? Well, because I believe that ALL truth can and should
and will be circumscribed into a whole unit. All truth fits together to
reveal an awesome whole.
know that the beast and his prophet will use this truth as a way of
lying to and convincing lots and lots of people and creating the one
world religion of humanism (or whatever)... but the: darkness precedes
the light precedes the darkness precedes the light... and so forth,
well, none of it decreases the truth that the man or woman determines
the tool and not the other way around.
who believe guns are evil and bad are fooled... the gun is neither good
nor bad. The gun is a good. The holder of the gun determines how the
gun is used. So, too, with yoga and any other form of meditation. The
person who is a righteous (striving to be righteous) follower of Christ
will process the energy that is always around us more efficiently into
Light by way of their Faith and using the tools available for that
processing. Prayer is one of those tools. Meditation is another. Yoga
it be used for negative and darkness? Certainly. Just as a gun can be
used by a murderer to kill... or by a loving man to protect his family.
The tool does not define the man or woman. The tool may bring the true heart forward, but does not change the person.
jmo, of course... but I do think it is Truth.
quote from the article (which is a quote of a Yogi explaining what yoga
is), "What do we join through yoga? Two eternal beings: God, the
Infinite Being, and the individual spirit that is finite being. In
essence they are one, and according to yogic philosophy all spirits
originally dwelt in consciousness of that oneness."
this truth mean the same thing that we can find as we study the Bible?
I mean, Jesus taught us that we are part of God. It's quite readily
available to most Christians that we were once a thought in God's head.
So... if yoga is joining the two who are one anyway... well, seems like
it's very Christian because that's what we're meant to be doing with
prayer, isn't it? I mean... we're supposed to be submitting our Will to
God so that we can fulfill His purposes for us. The only gift we have
that He has given, but will never remove from us, but that He wants very
much is our agency... our ability to choose Him... or not.
seems like, by the definition I quoted, that the purpose of yoga is to
become one with God, with the further explanation that they believe what
we do: we were once actually One.