Can Yoga Be Purely Physical?
Jul 15, 2021

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You’re listening to Search the Scriptures Daily, a program in which we encourage everyone who desires to know God’s truth to look to God’s Word for all that is essential for salvation and living one’s life in a way that is pleasing to Him. We want to welcome you to our series dealing with the religion of yoga, and the attempts being made to integrate that religion with Christianity. Dave, I can hear some objections out there right now—What do you mean, the religion of yoga? You don’t know what you’re talking about. Come on—I’m taking classes right now in my Baptist church right in the basement, and certainly, our pastor would not allow any false religion to be taught in his church! Well, it’s a pagan religion, folks, and we’ve been explaining that very thing for the last few weeks. If you would like to check out the documentation for what we will be discussing, Gary will tell you later in the program how to order a copy of Yoga and the Body of Christ, by Dave Hunt, subtitle:What Position Should Christians Hold?Dave, let me run by you an analogy, okay and see if it sheds any light on the religious connection between yoga and religion. You know my background as a Roman Catholic, 30 years a Roman Catholic, now what if I started an exercise program that I wanted you to participate in, and I called it Catholicizing? Now, that might raise an eyebrow on your part, but what if I tell you that I separated the religion out from the physical aspects, so I don’t want you to worry? And some of the exercises I had you do included genuflecting, and making the sign of the cross, and then I added some sort of manual dexterity exercise that involves working a string of beads, okay, while repeating, maybe a prayer to Mary or something like that, or not even a prayer, maybe some kind of a mantra, and so on—

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  • So a heathen culture determines that a particular combination of stretches and poses leads to better health, creates a phony spiritual framework to encompass those poses, and now the evil one supposedly owns certain body positions forever? As a counter-example, Bikram yoga is marketed explicitly in terms of physical fitness and has stripped the spiritual content away. There is no genuflecting or other idol-worship. If stretching is not inherently evil, then particular combinations of stretches cannot be inherently evil; it will be the intent that determines whether it's simply physical exercise or damnable pagan wickedness.

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