Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G
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Is Bending To Touch Your Toes A Religious Experience? I Know I'D Consider It A Miracle....

Longtime readers may remember me taking cheap shots at PraiseMoves, "the Christian ALTERNATIVE to yoga!"  It seems there are some Christian people who feel that practicing yoga is sacrilegious because names are related to Hinduism.

Well, here we go again.  God, I hate reruns.

Albert Mohler is the President of the Southern Baptist Seminary, and he's decided to get in on the act.  The Southern Baptists, for the uninitiated, run pretty close to Puritans, being against any remotely human behavior.  They are borderline fascist, monomaniacal, and an affront to the understanding, love, and mercy that the God they worship grants us.  Any chance to denounce sin, they will do it, even if they have to make something up.

Anyway, this guy writes online essays, and urged his Christian flock not to practice yoga.  They "must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga."  He complained about "the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine.  That's just not Christianity."  Uh, actually, it is.  What do you think prayer is?  Even Catholics who think they have to use the Virgin Mary as God's receptionist know that.

I used logic last time.  Clearly, that didn't get me anywhere, so I'm shifting gears into "sarcastic jackass."  Let's talk about what's just not Christian.

Christmas.

The Christmas tree comes from pagan Germany celebrations.  In fact, Christmas shouldn't even be held in December (the mention in the Bible of shepherds tending their flocks suggest something around spring or summer).  It was moved to December to muscle in on the Winter Solstice celebrations.  Nowaday, Christmas has even less to do with Christianity, becoming a gift exchange instead of a mass dedicated to the birth of Jesus.  Most of what we accept as part of Christmas was created through opportunism or marketing (Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer was created for a Montgomery Wards marketing campaign).  Yoga as currently practiced has as much to do with Hinduism as Christmas as currently practiced has to do with Christianity.

It would be one thing if there was genuine concern over mixing religions.  But this has nothing to do with what is proper in a particular religious discipline.  We're talking about an exercise program that originated in another faith, not animal sacrifices.  This is about control, about bossing around other Christians.  The problem is, when you tell people used to doing their own thing to not do their own thing and don't give them a compelling reason other than, "Because I said so," you aren't going to get anywhere.  And if you read your Bible half as often as you say, you'd see what is wrong with your actions.
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