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Practicing Yoga Is Anti-Christian?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Practicing Yoga Is Anti-Christian????
According to
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr.
“Christians are not called to empty the mind, or to see the human body as a means of connecting to and coming to know the divine"

Maybe it’s me, but sometimes I feel like some of these religious leaders look for ideas to drive people apart instead of finding ways that will bring them closer together.
It is as if they are running political campaigns.
But to pick on Yoga?...OH PULEEZE, give me a break.

Some people need to take a hike

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  • BABS828
    First I will say that I am Catholic. Last night at my university I went to go see a real exorcist from Indiana. His name is Father Vincent Lampert It was cool and he talked about a lot of different things. What is involved when performing an exorcism etc. Some of his stories were very interesting. At the end of the talk we were allowed to ask him questions and this one came up! Father Vincent said that yoga (technically) is a form of pagan worship (so that messes with the first commandment), then the questioner asked, "what about christian yoga, the kind where there is no chanting or anything." The exorcist said you never know what you are getting yourself into. I am NOT saying that I agree with him just letting you know what Father Lambert said. If anyone is interested you can look at this link from and the Star Ledger:
    2203 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/14/2010 1:40:25 PM
    It would seem my Baptist friends always need to find something in which to find "devilish activity." Please be assured this is not the belief of the majority of Christians. While Yoga does incorporate religious thought it does not change one into a "heathen." Good for those who can set this whole craziness aside.
    2206 days ago
    You can do that for 5 seconds?! emoticon
    You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
    2206 days ago
    A friend showed me that article on the computer the other night - what an idiot!
    2207 days ago
    how often do you do yoga? do you like it, the boat pose aside? I tried one class, but may try it again.

    tell the crazy Christians to lay off.
    2207 days ago
    It's our puritanical heritage -- you're not supposed to connect the spirit with the body. Bad!
    2207 days ago
    Apparently, the Christian world is not listening to him (and why should they) --

    Here's some Christians who practice yoga and view yoga as a means for physical conditioning:
    Here is a condensed URL for that site:
    R>For some reason SPARKPEOPLE's website splits up URL (web addresses), and then causes odd bold text - the bold text below was unintentional.

    And they are not the only ones:

    Here is a compressed URL for that site:
    2207 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/10/2010 4:39:53 PM
    I heard about this. Religious leaders come up with the strangest stuff sometimes. I'm happy I'm an atheist so I can just laugh it off and keep practicing!
    2207 days ago
    Really, there is nothing else out there in the world this man can focus on! (Rolling my eyes)!
    2207 days ago
    I live in the heart of the Bible Belt. I was raised Southern Baptist. I went to a private Baptist College. I still live in the town where that college is. I am a Christian. That being said.....I have spent most of my adult life trying to "get over" my Baptist upbringing!!!

    an out your own house of sin before you tackle mine!!!

    Great Blog. I almost ran off the road when I heard this on my car radio the other day!!!!
    2207 days ago
    That's crazy. Most American use yoga for exercise or to meditate, not for religious purposes.
    2207 days ago
    Maybe if he spent more time twisting his body, he could untwist his mind!!! My daughter-in-law's yoga class is held in a church basement...........obviously not his!!!
    2207 days ago
    Oh my goodness how absurd!!!!
    2207 days ago
    Whatever will they criticize...Next!!!! emoticon
    2207 days ago
    There are a lot of fanatics in the world and some of them prefer to congregate in areas like religion. These loonies seem to ruin anything that are around no matter what is. Government, politics, religion, even the PTA. LOL. They have done away with Halloween here because it is pagan. Nutty.
    2207 days ago
  • STRINGI719
    I read that article on yahoo the other day!

    I thought to myself, "Seriously? All the terrible CRAP going on in the world, and this guy wants to take aim at YOGA???"

    I'm thinking he might want to refocus his attention somewhere else? emoticon Heaven help us if these are the people in charge of our churches!
    2207 days ago
    This "minister" would be better advised to spend less of his time knocking other people and more of it on working with the homeless, tutoring troubled kids, or ANY of the multiple positive things we can do to help others.
    2207 days ago
    So... this is a bit deja vu for me. On facebook, a guy I like posted this exact article. That means he can't be half bad right? By the way, sometimes I really think leaders need to think about things before they preach them... seriously.. yoga.. not christian? When you don't think before you talk, you sure can look foolish. At least, when I have I didn't do it in front of my church. emoticon
    2207 days ago
    As an athiest, I don't have anything to contribute to the religious discussion, but... I do love your sense of humor :)
    2207 days ago
    I saw that article yesterday and thought this person has has no idea what they're talking about. Many years ago I was part of a very fundamentalist group, some call a cult, that thought everything just about was "of the devil". I've changed a lot since then but know that group would probably have agreed about the yoga. But I think yoga can be used to help me connect with myself and my power greater than myself for peace within me. For me that power is God and in the peace and quiet I can connect with Him. But there will always be some people or groups who put down or call evil anything outside their narrow interprestation of good.
    2207 days ago
    I heard a wonderful radio commentary from a Chrisitian who said she uses yoga to pray and connect with Christ. When I hear guys like this minister, I just have to laugh and picture the look on his face when he gets to heaven - and finds his God conducting a yoga class!
    2207 days ago
    It is hard for me to respond to this without dripping with cynicism and a reflection of the lack of tolerance. These are Baptists. I've known many good people who are Baptist, and I've listened to a number of Baptist ministers play the "we're right, they're wrong" card, directed towards any other religion or domination.

    The fear of enlightenment includes the possibility that the clergy won't be able to control the intelligent thought of the enlightened one. They want followers and obedience not free-thinking.

    I have to stop now because I'm about to growl.
    2207 days ago
  • MRE1956
    I'm sorry, but I simply don't buy that line of reasoning - whenever I've done yoga, I've never found it to be religious in tone - in any way, shape or form......sheesh! What are some people THINKING?

    2207 days ago
  • TERRI289
    I am so with you on this!! That boat pose can be a killer!!!! emoticon
    2207 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    I agree with Kendall7261's comment. I dislike organized religion that very reason. They are so busy coming up with rules and regulations that many of the leaders fail to see the good in anything.
    2207 days ago
    He needs to go stand on his head!
    2208 days ago
    That is the most ridiculous thing I heard! Lol
    2208 days ago
    Don't even get me started on this subject! Yoga is good for your body and soul. It is even offered in my Presbyterian Church!
    2208 days ago
  • ALI_CAT9
    Totally agree!!!
    2208 days ago
    I am taking a yoga class and consider myself christian. I agree some religious leaders just look for things to find fault and to add to their control of people.
    2208 days ago
  • KENDALL7261
    Organized religion couldn't organize a picnic if the ants brought everything!
    Yoga is good for the soul!
    2208 days ago
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