Should Christians practice Yoga? – Jeremy Butler


Should Christians practice Yoga?

by Jeremy Butler

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a practice that has become very popular in the United States. According to a 2008 study, there are 15.8 million Americans who practice Yoga. Before we can answer whether Christian’s should practice yoga or not, we need to define what Yoga is.

Yoga is a practice found in all sects of Hinduism. There are different types of yoga, but all are touted as a means to achieve unity with the divine and thus to earn salvation. There are several practices within Yoga. These include, but are not limited to meditation, repetition of sacred sounds or syllables (typically “Ohm”), breathing techniques, acrobatic exercises, and positioning one’s body in difficult postures.

Meditation is central to all forms of Yoga. Meditation helps its practitioners to be able to find release from the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. “Yoga is a method of spiritual training whose purpose is to integrate or unite the self. A physical exercise, its goal is nonphysical-uniting with God. Yoga teaches that people should attempt to yoke the individual spirit to God, to Continue reading “Should Christians practice Yoga? – Jeremy Butler”

Did Christianity copy from pagan or other religions?


Did Christianity copy from pagan or other religions?

No, Christianity did not copy ideas from other religions. Generally, the criticism is that there were religions that were older than Christianity that had similar concepts, such as the Virgin birth, God becoming flesh, resurrection from the dead, etc. But, similarities don’t mean that Christianity was copied from other religions any more than similarities in two different paintings mean that one was copied from another.

Christianity is derived largely out of the Old Testament Scriptures which contain the themes that are found in the New Testament. If one religion is older than another and, as the critics maintain, that which is new was borrowed from that which is older, then we would have to conclude that many religions borrowed from Judaism because the Old Testament, which was written between 400 and 1600 BC, was before them. Take a look at the following chart.

Theme Old Testament
New Testament
fulfilled in Jesus
Ascension of Jesus to the right hand of God Ps. 110:1 Matt 26:64; Acts 7:55-60; Eph. 1:20
Atonement by blood Lev. 17:11 Heb. 9:22
Baptism Exodus 40:12-15; Lev. 16:4; Gen. 17:10; Ezek. 36:25 Matt. 3:16; 28:19; Col. 2:11-12; Heb. 10:22
Begotten Son, Jesus is Psalm 2:7 Acts 13:33; Heb. 1:5
Creative work Gen. 1:26 John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16-17
Crucifixion Psalm 22:11-18; Zech. 12:10 Luke 23:33-38
Damnation and Salvation Dan. 12:2 Matt. 25:46
Eternal Son Micah 5:1-2; Psalm 2:7 Heb. 1:5; 5:5
First and Last Isaiah 41:4; 44:6; 48:12 Rev. 1:8,17; 22:13
God among His people Isaiah 9:6; 40:3 John 1:1,14; 20:28; Col. 2:9; Matt. 3:3
Incarnation of God Ex 3:14; Ps. 45:6 Isaiah 9:6; Zech. 12:10 John 8:58; 1:1,14; Heb. 1:8; Col. 2:9; Heb. 1:1-3
Monotheism Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8; 45:5 John 10:30; Eph. 4:5
Only Begotten Son Gen. 22:2. See Typology John 3:16; Heb. 11:7
Priesthood of Jesus Psalm 110:4 Heb. 6:20; 7:25
Resurrection of Christ Psalm 16:9-10; 49:15; Is. 26:19 John 2:19-21
Return of Christ Zech. 14:1-5; Mic. 1:3-4 Matt. 16:27-28; Acts 1:11; 3:20
Sacrifice of the Son Gen. 22. See Typology Heb. 9:27
Salvation by grace Gen. 12:3; Gen. 15:6; Hab. 2:4 Gal. 3:8-11; Rom. 4:9
Sin offering Ex. 30:10; Lev. 4:3 Rom. 8:3; Heb. 10:18; 13:11
Sin offering made outside the camp Ex. 29:14 Heb. 13:12-13
Sin offering without defect Ex. 12:5; Lev. 22:20; Deut. 17:1 Heb. 9:14
Son of God Psalm 2:7 John 5:18
Substitutionary Atonement Isaiah 53:6-12; Lev. 6:4-10,21 Matt. 20:28; 1 Pet. 2:24; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 3:18;
Trinity Gen. 1:1,26; Job 33:4; Gen. 17:1; 18:1; Ex. 6:2-3; 24:9-11; 33:20; Num. 12:6-8; Psalm 104:30; Gen. 19:24with Amos 4:10-11; Is.48:16 John 1:1-3; John 1:18; 6:46; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14
Virgin Birth Isaiah 7:14 Matt. 1:25
Worship of Jesus Psalm 97:7 Matt. 2:2,11; 14:33; 28:9; John 9:35-38; Heb. 1:6

As you can see from the above chart, Christianity is in agreement with the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures. Many of the books of the Old Testament were written hundreds and hundreds of years before such religions as Mithraism. So, can we conclude that Mithraism borrowed from the Old Testament?

Furthermore, if the critics want to accuse Christianity of borrowing from pagan religions, then they need to establish their case. Simply making an assertion doesn’t prove it is true. But since the Old Testament clearly shows New Testament themes, we can conclude that Christianity did not copy from other religions. It fulfilled the Old Testament.

Πώς πρέπει να δεχόμαστε το Όχι του Θεού στη ζωή μας;


Πώς πρέπει να δεχόμαστε το Όχι του Θεού στη ζωή μας;



Το Όχι του Θεού πρέπει να το δεχόμαστε όχι ως άρνηση κακίας αλλά ως παιδαγωγία, θεραπεία και σωτηρία. Πολλές φορές προσευχόμαστε και επικαλούμαστε τον Θεό ζητώντας του πράγματα για την ζωή μας και περιμένουμε ότι θα τα κάνει. Μπορεί όμως, τα αιτήματα να πραγματοποιηθούν σε κάποια στιγμή που κρίνει ο ίδιος. Αυτή είναι η μία όψη του νομίσματος. Κάποιες στιγμές τον εκβιάζουμε, τον αμφισβητούμε, του ρίχνουμε ακόμα και ευθύνες. “Γιατί σε μένα ;, Γιατί να το πάθω αυτό , γιατί να μη έρθουν τα πράγματα όπως τα είχα υπολογίσει ;, Γιατί να μην αποκτήσω και εγώ εκείνο;, Γιατί να μην έχω την ζωή του τάδε, θέλω εκείνο γιατί δεν μου το δίνεις; κλπ”.

Ο Θεός ψιθυρίζει: “Για την σωτηρία σου γίνονται όλα”. Ότι επιτρέπει ο Θεός, το επιτρέπει για την σωτηρία μας. Όχι για να παίξει μαζί μας ή να μας ταλαιπωρήσει σαν δυνάστης.

Πόσο είμαστε έτοιμοι άραγε να υποκλιθούμε στο Όχι του Θεού μετά από κάποιο αίτημα μας;

Κάποτε μια Κυρία πήγε σε έναν γέροντα έχοντας μια σοβαρή ασθένεια. Ο ίδιος όταν την είδε της είπε “Ξέρω τι ασθένεια έχεις , μπορώ να σε κάνω καλά αλλά δεν Continue reading “Πώς πρέπει να δεχόμαστε το Όχι του Θεού στη ζωή μας;”