Regarding the letter by Jeff Scales (“Warning against yoga absurdly fundamentalist,” WCR, April 15), if Mr. Scales “understands and supports the Church’s position on dabbling with the occult,” he would do well to investigate, with minimal effort, the practices of yoga, kinesiology, therapeutic touch, etc.
He would find that the origins and purpose behind these practices is anything but Christian in mandate and ultimate fruits.
Just because he has never heard of “the scores of people who regularly practise yoga being subjected to Hindu propaganda” does not mean that these followers are not affected by it.
Even though a person may not practise yoga with the intention to seek the spiritual in the first place, one needs to realize that just doing yoga postures expresses Hindu meaning. We become what we do. Yoga definitely has physical benefits, but also has dangers that stem from its roots.
Yoga comes from Hinduism and neither acknowledge Jesus as the only way to God. Yoga is designed to draw people who practise it to seek the supernatural in ways other than coming to God directly through Jesus Christ.
Various techniques are used, depending on the type of yoga, to get in touch with the inner self with the hope of finding God.
According to the Bible, there are two kinds of spirits in the spiritual realm – the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) and the spirit of the antichrist “and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the AntiChrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world” (1 John 4.3).