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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Introduction

I'm starting this blog because there doesn't seem to be much good out there concerning meditation for Christians. I don't mean "Christian meditation," which most often is really just Christianized secular meditation; rather, I mean meditation (whether it be Yoga or anything else) as it relates to Christians.

There is a lot of misinformation out there, and this misinformation leads to deception. For example, have you heard of Contemplative Prayer? It's not prayer. Instead, it's Transcendental Meditation. The monk who came up with it even stated that it's for Christians who are uncomfortable with TM. The problem is that, by calling it prayer, it is suddently exalted from a way to exercise your mind and focus while having growing experiences in the realm of the soul, to a method of communicating with God and growing spiritually.

This is a very dangerous mistake to make, and we'll talk about it more in future posts. Long story short, this makes several false assumptions, including the logical conclusion that what we do isn't all that different from what the false religions of the world do. We practice basically the same things and have basically the same results. We repeat the words "Jesus is peace," while they repeat the words "I am peace." Both meditators are filled with feelings of peace, and communicate with a "higher power."

Where is Jesus? Is he necessary for communion with God? These questions will arise from involvement in or even knowledge of "Christianized meditation." A distinction must be made. The true nature of the soul realm (vs. the spirit realm) must be made. After all, we are all spiritually dead before we are born again (Ephesians 2:1). How then can we have spiritual experiences in which we are filled with "life" outside of Jesus Christ? We cannot. The realm accessed through meditation, then, must be something else, something lower.

It is the realm of the soul (the mental realm). And what you see and experience is not necessarily what really is.

We'll talk more about this later, as well as many other things. As you'll soon discover, I am not anti-meditation. In fact, I meditate every day (after praying and reading the Bible, that is more important). But I realize the great importance of realizing the nature of your experiences so everything can be kept in proper perspective and so you will not be deceived.

Peace!

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3 Comments:

At October 24, 2010 at 9:30 PM , Anonymous Egbert Halderman said...

Nice to see a Christian doing Christian meditation and trying to share it with others :-)
I hope more Christians will follow your lead, did the bible not say ""Be still, and know that I am God"
I'm not a Christian myself.
I don't have a particular religion.
But my personal teacher is Jesus.
I not choose Jesus because he is in the bible, I have seldom read the book, and when I read it then I read it differently than Christians.
I choose Jesus to be my teacher because I have been attracted to him my whole life, I'm able to recognize his words even when they are not in the context from the bible.
Jesus did never stop teaching us, even in these modern times his recent teachings can be found, they way to find them is with your heart, Namaste and Blessings, Egbert

 
At September 22, 2014 at 11:02 PM , Anonymous How to Know Thyself said...

Hey,what would it be advisable for us to concentrate on in Christian meditation?"Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things" (Philippians 4:8, NASB).Best wishes.~Jimmie Love.

 
At July 20, 2015 at 2:38 AM , Anonymous sailing gift said...

Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice found at the center of all the immense religious traditions,driving from the mind to the heart.It is a method for simplicity, silence and stillness.It can be practiced by anybody,wherever you are on your life's journey.It is just important to be clear about the practice and after that to start – and to continue starting.

Kathy Brooks.

 

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