On the dangers of yoga:
When one hears the word meditation, it conjures an image of Maharishi Yoga talking about finding a mantra and striving for nirvana. . . . The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself. . . . [Satan] is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it. That is why people serve Satan without ever knowing it or deciding to, but no one can be a child of God without making a decision to surrender to him. Beware of systems of spirituality which tell you to empty yourself. You will end up filled with something you probably do not want.
Here’s the problem with that quote. Even out of context, there’s absolutely no mention of yoga. That hasn’t stopped The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and others from jumping on board and mocking E.W. Jackson for making what is a theologically viable statement.
This has nothing to do with bending yourself to the point of getting your heel to touch the back of your head.
This segment was pulled out of a chapter in Jackson’s book that spoke about meditation as a Christian. The argument is that as one meditates to empty themselves, they leave a vacuum – nature abhors a vacuum. Instead, one should meditate on filling yourself up with “the promises of God for your life.”
Read for yourself. This isn’t war on Lululemon, guys. This is Christian theology.
Ten Commandments To An Extraordinary Life
“MEDITATE IT INTO EXISTENCE”
When one hears the word mediation, it conjures an image of Maharishi Yoga talking about finding a mantra and striving for nirvana. Put all such thoughts from your mind. While such meditation may appear to have certain physical and mental benefits, its dangers far outweigh any alleged good. The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself. The problem with that practice is the universe is not a spiritual vacuum. It has two diametrically opposed forces. One is good; He is God. The other is infinitely less powerful than God, but is completely corrupt and diabolical – Satan. God will never force Himself on anyone. If you do not invite God into your life, He will not intrude. Satan on the other hand has no respect for human freedom. He is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it. That is why people serve Satan without ever knowing it or deciding to, but no one can be a child of God without making a decision to surrender to Him. Beware of systems of spirituality which tell you to empty yourself. You will end up filled with something you probably do not want.
The meditation I am talking about does not involve emptying yourself, but filling yourself. What you meditate – fill yourself up with – are the promises of God for your life. We have talked about spirit, soul, body, social and financial. Every realm of life is included in the promises of God. That is what you meditate. God said to Joshua as he was about to embark on the battle to possess the promised land, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8) This is not God’s suggestion, but His “commandment.”
God says to Joshua, in effect, “Fill yourself up on My promises to you.” The result is interesting. God does not say, “If you do this, I will prosper you.” Rather he says to Joshua, “If you do this, YOU will MAKE YOUR WAY PROSPEROUS.” He tells Joshua that his destiny is in his own hands. God is the Supreme Authority, but He delegates to Joshua the key to his own success of failure. This is very different than what we usually hear in traditional church teachings. Trust in God and He will do these things for you. But this text says trust in God, in His word, and you will do things for yourself.