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Is yoga sin?

Discussion in 'Ethics & Morality' started by LifebyChrist, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. LifebyChrist

    LifebyChrist Take heart

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    I do yoga but I am a Christian now and I am wondering if the yoga oms are sin because on this bible website

    Bible.com

    It has anwsers for witchcraft but this man who gives the answer says he was in bondage on yoga? (the black letters on the very bottom)

    Quoted from the site "
    Michael Sherif practiced mantra yoga (meditated silently on a supposedly "meaningless" sound which was really the vehicle that drew him into a "Hindu" deity or really a demon from our Christian perspective). He was in bondage to this, in combination with hatha yoga for six years. According to his testimony this was a horrible experience for him. Yoga involvement is really an exercise in a demonic activity which is portrayed as "fun" and "healthy" that can lead to demonic possession. He experienced different states of sensory consciousness which were dark and sterile until Jesus set him free. Since then he has written many articles exposing the works of darkness and New Age philosophies. You may read them at his website: www.earthharvest.org"

    I do not understand because I just do yoga for flexibility and for exercise so I would like if someone could please anwser me because I am doing yoga in college.

    I like doing yoga but I don't want to get Jesus mad, here is a verse that im also wondering about.

    1 Cor. 6:12
    "Everything is permissible for me" - but not everything is beneficial.
    "Everything is permissible for me" - but I will not be mastered by anything.

    I guess it means you can do what you want but you'll end up paying for it.

    Galatians 6:7

    "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows."

    I do not want to do yoga anymore if it is gonna jack me up can someone anwser please?
     
  2. Exiledoomsayer

    Exiledoomsayer Only toke me 1 year to work out how to change this

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    Anybody that tells you there is a real chance of "Demonic possession" should be laughed at. Regardless of what the topic is (No really any topic, demon worship included.)
     
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    Aradia Regular Member

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    What exile said. =D

    Ok, to be honest, I would have an extraordinarily difficult time believing that ANY christian could justifiably view yoga *as exercise* as being a sin. If hindu theology and/or meditation were incorporated, then I could see some christians being against that, but engaging solely in the exercises/forms? Nah. If chanting "aum" is a concern for you (which, honestly, it shouldn't be), just don't do it, and stick to the purely physical aspect. Just don't forget your breathing! =D
     
  4. mpok1519

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    no it is not. People will tell you it is a sin, but, they simply do not know better. Their exposure to radicalist religious philosophies lead them to believe in demonizing any practice that isnt what they believe to be within the christian spectrum. Demonic possession isn't real; and if it is, its usually the people who scream and shout "Demons! Demons! demons!" who have the most demons plaguing the inside of their souls for the most part. the people who harp rant and rave about demon possession imo are probably the only people who are really possessed by demons.
     
  5. LifebyChrist

    LifebyChrist Take heart

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    Thanks for the advice guys, well the only reason I was concerned about demons was ever since the Jesus and the herd of pigs

    Matthew 8:31 "The demons begged Jesus, "If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs."

    Well I will keep doing yoga then, but I will keep an eye out for demon pigs rushing into rivers.
     
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  8. The Nihilist

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    Because the 16th century is over?
     
  9. Girder of Loins

    Girder of Loins Future Math Teacher

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    Oh, haha(let it be noted that was dripping with oozy sarcasm). lets pick on the radical christians who were screaming "demons! Demons! Witches! aaaaaah!" Coming from a Biblical point of view, demonic possession is a yes. But I'm not going to jump to demonic influence or pssession when someone forgets to pray. Thats silly and irrational. *waits for the usual onslauht of "christianity is irrational" comments and remarks*
     
  10. The Nihilist

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    No, I don't think christianity is inherently irrational.
     
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  11. Good for the body, yoga is. Make you regular, it will. Injuries, from flexiblity, does yoga prevent. Of the dark side, yoga is not.
     
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    So when would you jump to demonic influence?
     
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    When the head starts turning around 360 degrees...

    btw, gishin in Korean means ghost. Irrelevant factoid of the day.
     
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    Can you prove this?

    Can you prove Satan actually exists? Can you prove he has any independent thought outside of God's command?
     
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    :thumbsup: ^_^
     
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    To the OP: I'm not sure if this is the best forum to ask other Christians your question, if you're seeking only the opinions of other Christians. I do Yoga and Tai Chi, because of my (feeble) physical health. Both of these exercises help me immensely, so much more than any doctor/treatment/medication I have had to endure because of my health. I don't incorporate anything from false religions, pray to false gods, or anything like that. I focus on God by listening to Praise & Worship music. I also mediate on God's Word while I'm exercising. Here's a thread, Yoga and Tai Chi, that may be more helpful to you.
     
  18. benglobal

    benglobal A square peg in a round hole.

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    Yoga has been around for many thousands of years, about 5,500 approx and was introduced in the vedic scriptures which is the Hindu text. The yoga was the physical conditioning that was taught to cleanse the body along with an Ayuavedic diet so that the body was physically balenced before meditation took place. The early Hindus acknowledged many gods but later moved towards just one ( Generally). Most yogi's ( advanced yoga Practitioners) or Hindu swami's (wise men) aknowledge Jesus as a prophet. Buddism branched off from Hinduism with less emphasis on God as he cannot be known and focuses on an inward stillness and peace with yoga and meditation as the core. If the Um or Aum part don't agree then don't use them.
     
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  19. .Iona.

    .Iona. I love Jesus!

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    Not at all. I do yoga and have done for years.

    Yes, Hindus view yoga as a spiritual act, but I see it as relaxation and exercise. It is not a sin at all in my eyes. If I do yoga as a means of worshipping a Hindu God - then yes it can be sinful. But, not otherwise.
     
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