Friday, June 28, 2013

The word philosopher means “lover of wisdom.” The ancient church fathers referred to Hindu yogis (practitioners of yoga) as gymnosophists. The word “gymnosophist” is made up of two Greek words, “gym” meaning a workout or exercise and “sophist” meaning wisdom or a wise person. The word “gymnosophist” then means physical wisdom or dynamic meditation. Most people today see nothing wrong with yoga because they see it as just a stretching exercise. But in reality, it is an occultic form of dynamic meditation coupled with stretching. The ancient church had nothing bad to say about physical exercise.

Tertullian AD 197 Apology 42 – We are not like Indian Brahman, who practice the dark art of the gymnosophists, who dwell in the woods and exile themselves from ordinary human life.

Clement of Alexandria AD 195 Stromata 1.15 – The Indian gymnosophists are as the other barbarian philosophers. They are either Brahmins, Sarmanae, or Buddhists.

In ancient times the eastern form of meditation where practitioners empty their minds was called sorcery. For more information on meditation, see the section on Paganism. For full details and complete descriptions of the Canaanite forms of sorcery, see the book Ancient Paganism.

Ancient Church Fathers: What the Disciples of the Apostles Taught, by Dr. Ken Johnson, Th. D.
pg. 158
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    As far as thoughts are concerned, Paul wrote in Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Again in Ephesians 4:23 he said, “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” This renewing of the mind is done by praying, reading the Bible, and contemplating what it says. The Bible does use the word “mediate” but when looking at the original languages of the Bible (Hebrew and Greek) it's meaning is plain: The Hebrew word is siyach (see'-akh) and it means “to ponder or speak aloud to oneself.” The Greek word is meletao (mel-et-ah'-o) and it means “to revolve in the mind.” It is not pointless repetition of a mantra. Jesus said, “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matthew 6:7)

    “… Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15) Satan is a deceiver. Jesus said, “He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44) Satan delights in conning those who call themselves Christian into falling for ungodly practices.

    God created us to live in perfect harmony with Him. That is not possible now because of our fallen nature. Sorcery in any form is sin. “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12 NKJV) “Also he [Manasseh] caused his sons to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom; he practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger.” (2 Chronicles 33:6 NKJV) The ancient church fathers called yoga (gymnosophy) a dark art practiced by non-Christians. History is clear. Meditation may calm the mind but it opens a doorway to the occult.

    I would rather be “crippled up in a wheelchair or bedridden” living in the will of God according to His Scriptures than practicing a dark art that makes my physical body feel better while crippling my relationship with Him. The Apostle Paul was blind and happy to be so. He asked God three times to heal him. God said no. “And He said unto me, 'My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) In the Old Testament when Job's faithfulness to God was being tested, he lost all his children, all his riches, and his health, yet “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” (Job 1:22) In fact instead of blaming God for all the bad things that happened to him he said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.” (Job 13:15) Paul wrote to Timothy, “But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” (1 Timothy 4:7-8) There is not one verse in the Bible that says God's will for us is perfect health. There are many verses that say His will for us is godliness. God's foremost will for us is not the health of our bodies but the salvation of our souls.

    It is not “self-righteous" to tell you what the Bible says. I didn't write it. I just told you what it says. And “the wicked things [the church] has done throughout history to entire groups of people all in the name of the God” has nothing to do with whether or not yoga is Scriptural.
    2262 days ago
    I'm not sure I'm following you. Are you saying that yoga is bad? Are you saying that folks ought not be doing yoga or practicing meditation? If not - then please disregard my comments. If so, I have to say that I think you are dead wrong in your belief. Meditation helps calm the mind and eliminate stress on the body. Getting in touch with your breath, provides peace and comfort. Practicing yoga with or without incorporating eastern philosophies, beliefs and practices, benefits the mind and body (the holy temple). God did not create us to be ashamed of our bodies. He did not create us to ignore our minds. He did not create us to live in fear. And He sent his son to pay the price of sin. That means, we can fully enjoy our lives. We can celebrate our bodies as He does. We are commissioned to care for our bodies - because they are our temples. Meditation and Yoga are far more beneficial to our bodies then they could ever be harmful. Having the flexibility to move when I am 90 years old (because I practice yoga) would be far more pleasing to God than to see me crippled up in a wheelchair - or far worse, bedridden. Having peace of mind and connectedness with other people through meditation will also be more pleasing to God then if I just live life on an island - ignoring my thoughts and mind. I'm not an expert on the religions of the world. I am not a doctor, a nutritionist, a yogis, a guru, a buddhist, a scientist, a historian or a teacher. I'm just a simple person trying to live a simple life. But it seems to me that more and more people are completely turned off to the church and its teachings because of the wicked things it has done throughout history to entire groups of people all in the name of God, AND because of its self-righteousness. I wish you peace.
    2298 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/28/2013 7:45:06 AM
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