Is meditation or clearing the mind exercises OK for the Christian?

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Meditation or clearing the mind exercises are associated with yoga. The word yoga means “union,” and the goal is to unite one’s transitory (temporary) self with the infinite Brahman, the Hindu concept of “God.” Brahman is an impersonal spiritual substance that is one with nature and the cosmos. This view is called “pantheism,” the belief that everything is God. Because everything is God, the yoga philosophy makes no distinction between man and God. This belief is defiantly opposed to the personal God of the Bible.

Such types of mediation includes lectio divina, transcendental meditation, and what is called contemplative prayer. The focus point in such practices is that we need to “hear God’s voice,” in the mind but not through the scriptures. Therefore, when one “clears his mind,” he is opening himself up to demonic voices and not the Holy Spirit.

The Bible never gives us a prescription to free our mind as taught in Yoga meditation practices. The prescription that the Bible gives us is to do meditation on the scriptures and that which is of God.

  1. Psalm 1:1-3: “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.  He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water.  Which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.”
  2. Psalm 63:6: “When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.”
  3. Psalm 119:15: “I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways.”
  4. Psalm 119:23: “Even though princes sit and talk against me, Your servant meditates on Your statutes.”
  5. Psalm 119:27: “Make me understand the way of Your precepts, so I will meditate on Your wonders.”
  6. Psalm 119:48: “And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments, which I love; and I will meditate on Your statutues.”
  7. Psalm 119:97: “Oh how I love Your law!  It is my meditation all the day.”
  8. Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, 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.”

The Bible calls the believers for a Christ-centered mediation “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). Christian meditation is a live connection with God where individuals focus on the study of the Word through the guidance of the Holy Spirit that promises to lead them “into all truth” (John 16:13).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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