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Does Meditation Conflict with Christianity?

thebestdebate
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5/24/2016 12:45:33 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
So this is a legitimate question. Does meditation conflict with Biblical law or beliefs? I'm a Christian myself and I'm a bit unclear on if meditation would somehow break Biblical law. I understand there is more than one form of meditation so if there is a form that doesn't conflict with meditation let me know. I'm asking this website because we have some analytical and very knowledgable people here. Thank you.
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5/24/2016 1:54:56 PM
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Psalm 119:15
New International Version
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
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5/24/2016 2:19:57 PM
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At 5/24/2016 12:45:33 PM, thebestdebate wrote:
So this is a legitimate question. Does meditation conflict with Biblical law or beliefs? I'm a Christian myself and I'm a bit unclear on if meditation would somehow break Biblical law. I understand there is more than one form of meditation so if there is a form that doesn't conflict with meditation let me know. I'm asking this website because we have some analytical and very knowledgable people here. Thank you.

I think it depends what you are meditating on. If the focus of meditation is to talk to the dead, or on an obviously evil directive, or an idol(Hinduism is big on this), then evil creeps in. If the focus is on Christ, God, an applicable Bible verse, etc then it's fine. IMO
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5/24/2016 2:37:37 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
At 5/24/2016 12:45:33 PM, thebestdebate wrote:
So this is a legitimate question. Does meditation conflict with Biblical law or beliefs? I'm a Christian myself and I'm a bit unclear on if meditation would somehow break Biblical law. I understand there is more than one form of meditation so if there is a form that doesn't conflict with meditation let me know. I'm asking this website because we have some analytical and very knowledgable people here. Thank you.

I have two comments.

The first is that although Jesus was Jew, the Jews both then and now have never believed that one must convert to Judaism to find or relate to God. Which is why Jesus never preached conversion to Judaism.

So as modern Christians, we are not obliged in any way to believe or adhere to ancient or modern Jewish religious laws and doctrines. Most of the quotes that modern Christians use to promote this errant idea that we must adhere to ancient Jewish beliefs and laws, were never intended for us. When Jesus spoke them, he was speaking as a Jew, to other Jews. He was not speaking to modern Christians. As a Jew, speaking to other Jews, of course he would admonish them to remain faithful to their traditions. But he never once suggested that non-Jews should do so.

Something for you to consider.

The other comment I have is that if you are interested in religious meditation, you might want to look up a writer named Thomas Merton. He was a Trappist monk who wrote a lot on the subjects of prayer and meditation back in the 1960s. Obviously from a Christian perspective. And I think you may find him very enlightening.
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5/24/2016 2:42:15 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
I'll check out Thomas Merton. I've never heard of him before.
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5/24/2016 9:42:48 PM
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At 5/24/2016 12:45:33 PM, thebestdebate wrote:
So this is a legitimate question. Does meditation conflict with Biblical law or beliefs? I'm a Christian myself and I'm a bit unclear on if meditation would somehow break Biblical law. I understand there is more than one form of meditation so if there is a form that doesn't conflict with meditation let me know. I'm asking this website because we have some analytical and very knowledgable people here. Thank you.

I think contemplative prayer is a form of Christian meditation. But I am not positive about that.
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5/25/2016 3:13:35 AM
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At 5/24/2016 12:45:33 PM, thebestdebate wrote:
So this is a legitimate question. Does meditation conflict with Biblical law or beliefs? I'm a Christian myself and I'm a bit unclear on if meditation would somehow break Biblical law. I understand there is more than one form of meditation so if there is a form that doesn't conflict with meditation let me know. I'm asking this website because we have some analytical and very knowledgable people here. Thank you.

I am sad that you are even asking this. I meditate dragons, gods, me being a powerful angel, beautiful scenery, auras, etc... when i am done i feel relieved of all stress and tension. Why would any god - or yours specifically - get mad at me for such a peaceful practice? Christians have such a wonderful view; however, they are scared of their god... how do you think said god would feel if his/her creation was afraid ... ? I don't understand why empathy fails when the person is "god."
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5/25/2016 11:56:05 AM
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I am sad that you are even asking this. I meditate dragons, gods, me being a powerful angel, beautiful scenery, auras, etc... when i am done i feel relieved of all stress and tension. Why would any god - or yours specifically - get mad at me for such a peaceful practice? Christians have such a wonderful view; however, they are scared of their god... how do you think said god would feel if his/her creation was afraid ... ? I don't understand why empathy fails when the person is "god."

This is kinda why I was directing this towards Christians...
"The weight of the world would be far easier to carry if everyone lent a hand." - Me

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton
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5/25/2016 3:05:56 PM
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At 5/24/2016 12:45:33 PM, thebestdebate wrote:
So this is a legitimate question. Does meditation conflict with Biblical law or beliefs? I'm a Christian myself and I'm a bit unclear on if meditation would somehow break Biblical law. I understand there is more than one form of meditation so if there is a form that doesn't conflict with meditation let me know. I'm asking this website because we have some analytical and very knowledgable people here. Thank you.

Im not sure what you are asking here? Are you curious about a certain type of meditation being non biblical? Im sure from scripture that you know meditation in itself is biblical correct?
thebestdebate
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5/25/2016 5:44:06 PM
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I'm more referring to the common meditations. The meditation mentioned in the Bible is more of a philosophical reflection.
"The weight of the world would be far easier to carry if everyone lent a hand." - Me

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton
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5/26/2016 12:06:14 AM
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At 5/25/2016 11:56:05 AM, thebestdebate wrote:
I am sad that you are even asking this. I meditate dragons, gods, me being a powerful angel, beautiful scenery, auras, etc... when i am done i feel relieved of all stress and tension. Why would any god - or yours specifically - get mad at me for such a peaceful practice? Christians have such a wonderful view; however, they are scared of their god... how do you think said god would feel if his/her creation was afraid ... ? I don't understand why empathy fails when the person is "god."

This is kinda why I was directing this towards Christians...

It's bc you are Christian i asked... i would like to know why you think this is something worth judgment... that is offensive to me. I see nothing in the Bible condoning this practice... even if you want to get to the Witchcraft stuff... i see nothing condoning that either. (Yes i have read the verses, still see nothing against a good man/women practicing 'magic' or... a lessor worry of yours, and especially, meditation). So, i am also answering your question.
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5/26/2016 12:51:22 AM
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At 5/24/2016 12:45:33 PM, thebestdebate wrote:
So this is a legitimate question. Does meditation conflict with Biblical law or beliefs? I'm a Christian myself and I'm a bit unclear on if meditation would somehow break Biblical law. I understand there is more than one form of meditation so if there is a form that doesn't conflict with meditation let me know. I'm asking this website because we have some analytical and very knowledgable people here. Thank you.

What did Jesus say? "The Kingdom of heaven is within you" Take this as truth. What does meditation do? It allows you to go within.
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5/26/2016 3:59:19 AM
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At 5/25/2016 11:56:05 AM, thebestdebate wrote:
I am sad that you are even asking this. I meditate dragons, gods, me being a powerful angel, beautiful scenery, auras, etc... when i am done i feel relieved of all stress and tension. Why would any god - or yours specifically - get mad at me for such a peaceful practice? Christians have such a wonderful view; however, they are scared of their god... how do you think said god would feel if his/her creation was afraid ... ? I don't understand why empathy fails when the person is "god."

This is kinda why I was directing this towards Christians...

It depends upon what "meditation" is - and the word is sorta like "cult" and "pornography", it seems to me. However, the apostle Paul instructed Timothy, "Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all." The word was employed by the Greeks in reference to a sort of rhetorical questioning or reflecting upon, implying "pondering" or "thinking on" for longer periods of time.
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