Should a Christian try Past Life Regression therapy? How about Yoga?

Monday Musings for September 23, 2019

Good morning, Musers,

Have you ever played with a Ouija Board? Personally, I had little patience with those types of things growing up. Even before I was saved, something so obviously client-driven as a Ouija Board would have struck me as being spiritually fraudulent. Nevertheless, many Christians still play with them… or with their metaphorical counterparts anyway.

Yoga is a good example of one of those counterparts. It has become ubiquitous, and it is well-tolerated in American society. In fact, some churches run Yoga classes right on their premises! But can something with roots so firmly planted in Eastern Mysticism be changed enough so that it is harmless to Christians? I don’t think so.

I see a parallel between Yoga’s journey to acceptance and that of hair coloring. You see, coloring one’s hair would have been scandalous behavior back in America’s puritanical days. But look at us now; we’ve grown accustomed to it. So, although most women know who’s covering up the gray, the general population doesn’t think less of the people who are — let alone put them in stocks!

Yoga’s journey was like that. Most people are aware that its roots in Eastern mysticism have been naturally covered-up by Americanizing the practice — and we all live with that. But if we take time to think about it, we know that its dark roots are continually creeping up from right below the surface. My question is, is this a problem for Christians?

I say yes for two reasons. First of all, I would want to know if my roots were showing. Second of all, nobody wants to start a fight over something seen as harmless — or even beneficial! The problem here is that the absence of action is seen as implied consent. Now, Christianity does not “consent” to Eastern mysticism… but Christians don’t have veto power.

You see, in spite of our Christian heritage, America's constitution provides for a pluralistic country… and that promise is being realized. So, Yoga is growing, our population is becoming more diverse and our churches reflect those changes.

As a consequence, gray areas abound in our churches — and I’m okay with that. But I’m not okay with calling black areas gray areas… and, unlike Yoga, Past Life Regression therapy is just that — a black area. So, what should we do about this?

I usually recommend thinking about everything and not dismissing other people’s ideas without due process. But what’s there to think about here? Just look at the name! The price of admission is a belief in past lives! … and if you believe in reincarnation, you’ve wandered so far from the Bible that it’s no longer your touchstone for truth.

That’s what’s at issue here. Can we call ourselves faithful, Bible-believing Christians while supporting (or tolerating) Past Life Regression therapy among the brethren? I think not. So, have a look at today’s Q & A and speak out if you see your friends getting involved with this type of thing.

As to Yoga, though, I feel that it has passed into the meat-sacrificed-to-idols phase (1 Corinthians 8) where it’s more about how our stand might cause a brother to stumble than it is about its original intent… so I’m not taking a rigid stand on that today. Besides, those pants look pretty comfortable.

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