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22,086 hits 2.0 (3 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 5 years ago by thisone1

Should Christians do yoga?
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5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 11/1/14 - 10:28:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd say go to about 4 minutes in.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 11/3/14 - 5:00:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Can Christians still stretch, if the position resembles yoga? Maybe there there should be an addition to the bible properly defining what is acceptable stretching and what borders on sinful yoga positioning!
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 11/3/14 - 5:24:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think someone needs to write a guide.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/4/14 - 7:59:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Since when are Christians not allowed to borrow stuff from other religions and cultures? I thought that was like, a common Christian thing.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/4/14 - 8:48:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
I know. Christmas trees, Easter eggs, all that crap was stolen from the Pagans! But THOSE are okay. But YOGA is the DEVIL!!!
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/4/14 - 9:21:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 11/4/14 - 8:48:36 PM thisone1 wrote:
I know. Christmas trees, Easter eggs, all that crap was stolen from the Pagans! But THOSE are okay. But YOGA is the DEVIL!!!


The trouble is that the Christians aren't stealing yoga and making it a Chirstian thing- - they are keeping it separate.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/4/14 - 9:28:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
That anyone would say that Christians can't do Yoga is laughable and moronic.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/4/14 - 11:11:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 11/4/14 - 8:48:36 PM thisone1 wrote:
I know. Christmas trees, Easter eggs, all that crap was stolen from the Pagans! But THOSE are okay. But YOGA is the DEVIL!!!
On Tuesday 11/4/14 - 9:21:16 PM CowDung wrote:
The trouble is that the Christians aren't stealing yoga and making it a Chirstian thing- - they are keeping it separate.


why do Christians need to steal it? you still can do yoga, no one says that you need to make it a Christians thing, then only you can do yoga.
It was made for everyone, every person of every religion and how is yoga devil? it keeps you in good shape and doing yoga is good for health
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/4/14 - 11:33:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
They seem far more of accepting of things that they can call their own...
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 11/5/14 - 5:01:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
i'm sure lots of people, irregardless of their religion, use yoga for exercise.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 11/5/14 - 1:49:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
I get the objection. Similarly, I have a Christian friend who isn't big on mindfulness because of its origins in Buddhist philosophies (i.e. that enlightenment and 'truth' can be found internally through introspection/reflection/meditation, as opposed to finding truth through God).

I'm sure the physical activity can be isolated from the contentious spiritual aspects in principle, though I'm not sure to what extent they are in practice. They're often done in leisure centers/gyms here, and they may not be explicitly spiritual/religious, but they do retain some of the meditation-y aspects. A big part of the objection in that video seemed to be that the focus of that meditation (the self and/or emptying the mind) is at odds with what a Christian should be meditating on. I guess there could be a concern that getting in to it in that way could lead people astray.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 11/14/14 - 12:15:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
There is secular mindfulness.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 11/15/14 - 6:03:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. "Centering yourself" (being self centered) and other ideas connected to meditation on things other than God violate the second commandment. And that includes exercising for the sake of looking better (vanity) or living longer (see matt 6:27 and surrounding text).

Christmas trees and Easter eggs etc. are *secular* expressions of Christian holidays. Many churches refuse to display such things. I think they've been in the mainstream for so long that it really doesn't matter much. But I did have a few words with a man on the meaning of christmas once who said in the middle of a church gathering "It just wouldn't be christmas without a christmas tree."
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 11/15/14 - 6:11:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Can't tell if srs or not.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 11/15/14 - 6:44:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
ttly. I mean, if you want to base Christianity on stuff you read in the Bible. If you just want to make it up as you go along, then pretty much anything goes. You'd think that goes without saying, but I've seen lots of evidence to the contrary.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 11/15/14 - 6:50:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well, yes. If one is going to follow the Bible, they ought not pick and choose.
However, it may be difficult to follow the exact wording of the entire Bible every day of one's life.
I mean, do we really make burnt animal offerings as a sacrifice to God? No!
Do we stone adulterer? No!
And don't most Christians eat pork? Yes!
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 11/15/14 - 7:08:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 11/15/14 - 6:03:20 PM dacash wrote:
No. "Centering yourself" (being self centered)

Regardless of what else you said, this is one of the worst semantic arguments I've ever seen or heard in my life.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 11/15/14 - 7:19:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 11/15/14 - 6:50:15 PM thisone1 wrote:
I mean, do we really make burnt animal offerings as a sacrifice to God? No! Do we stone adulterer? No! And don't most Christians eat pork? Yes!

Considering the vast majority of your objections don't distinguish between what would be Hebraic law and Christianity, I can see how that could be a real head spinner. You are aware the 2 faiths have had distinctions for a couple thousand years, yes?

Bird, please indulge me. I'd love to hear how that point, which isn't meant to be semantic at all, isn't spot on. Or are you only going to quip, and not interested in pursing truth?
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 11/15/14 - 7:26:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
"Centering yourself" doesn't necessarily mean "centering ON yourself." Which is what you seem to be implying.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 11/15/14 - 7:27:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
Plenty of people center their thoughts so that they can better focus on god/whatever. It's not "self-centered," as you claim.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 11/15/14 - 7:27:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've heard that the New Testament was a new agreement between God and the Hebrews, or the people of God. Then the people of God became all Christian believers rather than the Jewish people. So the old laws were tossed, and now we had one of two things, according to who you ask. You either have the Ten Commandments or you have the One Commandment. You know the Ten, the One is the one that says to ... of course I can't remember what it says now. It's on the tip of my tongue.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 11/15/14 - 7:43:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 11/15/14 - 7:26:26 PM birdsong4j wrote:
"Centering yourself" doesn't necessarily mean "centering ON yourself." Which is what you seem to be implying.

Really? what else would it mean? If your center is not God, then what is it, and how would that not violate the second commandment? Don't give me "well, it isn't that" you may as well say "No, You!"

I think what you're might be looking for is found in matt 22:36-40. Pay close attention to 40. Pretty sure it means all 10 still apply.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 11/15/14 - 7:56:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passag...

This is what I am thinking of.
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 11/15/14 - 8:17:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
dacash, I don't honestly believe your grasp of the language is this weak, but just to indulge for a moment anyway - you can "center yourself" (or your thoughts) without being focused ON yourself. It's essentially a technique of shutting out distraction and extraneous thoughts. That can easily be applied to directing one's focus toward god or other spiritual aspects. It's by no means limited to "thinking about yourself exclusively."
5 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 11/15/14 - 11:03:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Same thing exact sentiment, thisone. Just less explanation.

Again, how would focusing on something other than God, centering on it, not violate the second commandment? And while you are doing that focusing on something thing... who is it for, exactly, if not one's self? Stop trying to pretend you're that dull just to try and make some pedantic semantic point, bird.

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