What Is Meditation and Do Christians Do This?
Written by Christi Given | November 26, 2016
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?”
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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!