More

    What Is Meditation and Do Christians Do This?

    Every week I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian walk of faith and any miscellaneous topics! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions and become bold in your faith. We love you, PI readers!

    This week, a PI Girl asked about meditation and if Christians do this practice. We will discuss what it is in the context of the question, and also what the general term “meditation” is commonly known for and linked to.

    “What does it mean to meditate on a Bible verse or passage? Like how do you meditate and what does it mean?”

    Click here to read the post and to join the Girl Talk forum and conversation!

    There are many questions about meditation and whether Christians do this or not. To meditate on something is to ponder or to dwell on and think about it. The actual official definition of meditation is “the action or practice of meditating…” and some synonyms are contemplation, thought, thinking, consideration, reflection, deliberation, concentration and so forth.

    Basically, we WANT to really soak up God’s Word and truth, so we do meditate on the Bible.

     

    Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Joshua 1:8)

     

    When it comes to other kinds of meditation, such as yoga or other forms of new-age or Buddhist meditation, we need to be cautious because some of the rituals and poses are linked to the occult and could be linked to other false idols and gods.

    Christianity Today published an article about the dangerous meditations, and they said:

    “Many Eastern religions teach that the source of salvation is found within, and that the fundamental human problem is not sin against a holy God but ignorance of our true condition. These worldviews advocate meditation and ‘higher forms of consciousness’ as a way to discover a secret inner divinity.

    Yoga, deeply rooted in Hinduism, essentially means to be ‘yoked’ with the divine. Yogic postures, breathing, and chanting were originally designed not to bring better physical health and well-being (Western marketing to the contrary), but a sense of oneness with Brahman—the Hindu word for the absolute being that pervades all things. This is pantheism (all is divine), not Christianity.”

    Of course, God knows your heart, and if you do dance, cheerleading or yoga, I think God knows your motive. For me personally, I want to refrain from anything that would be a risk for me to not honor God, so I try not to do those types of classes. I personally don’t look down on people who do yoga, but just be aware of the symbolism and the roots in which it started. The truth is in all of our life choices. We all have to personally walk out our own faith with fear and trembling.

     

    …continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12)

     

    I do believe that Christians partake in the act of meditation, but their focus is on God the Father and the Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit, not on blank thoughts and not centered around Brahman.

    The bottom line, PI Girls, is make sure to use wisdom when partaking in anything that involves idolatry. God is a jealous God and shall have no idols before Him…amen? We can think about God’s Word and can dwell or meditate on God’s truth, but be cautious of anything contradicting the Bible.

     

    Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 26:1)

     

    PI Girls, what are your thoughts? Comment below how I can pray for you!

    Christi Given
    Christi Givenhttp://www.christigiven.com
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.

    Project Inspired

    Hey there, welcome to Project Inspired. We're here to inspire you to know that God created you for a wonderful purpose. We are a community of believers who love God. You have gifts and talents from God that are unique to you, and we're here to guide you along the way.

    Read On

    God’s To-Do Lists Versus Our To-Do Lists

    originally published on lindsayfuce.com.  Have you ever wondered what God’s to-do list looks like? I’m a to-do list kind of person. Like the kind that plans...

    How Justin Bieber Is Leaning Into His Christian Faith to Build a Healthy Marriage

    Pop singer Justin Bieber hails from a small town in Ontario, Canada, where he found fame online at the young age of 13. Now...

    This Is The New Cozy Trend For Fall!

    There's something so special about autumn that's different than every other time of the year! As the temps cool off and school begins, fall...

    How to Prepare to Be a Godly and Faithful Wife

    As a little girl, I spent a lot of time dreaming about my wedding day. A big, gorgeous white dress. Beautiful flowers everywhere you...

    Sadie Robertson Shares How Faith Keeps Her Rooted in Her Identity

    Between facing peer pressure and deciding what to do with the rest of your life, there is a lot of uncertainty that comes along...

    Subscribe!

    Stay connected with Project Inspired.