by Jan Markell
Olive Tree Ministries
The East has convinced the West that the greatest thing they have to offer is Eastern-style meditation. Because some Christians lack discernment, what we have is the complete hijacking of biblical meditation in favor of the Eastern brand. This is risky because it involves blanking out your mind and, by default, allowing anything in.
I guess this shouldn’t be shocking when a major news story of 2009 had this headline: “More U.S. Christians Mix Eastern and New Age Beliefs.” While you may think this is being done only by liberal Christianity, think again! It crosses all denominations. This is not just some kind of fad or an isolated phenomenon. It is building momentum month by month, and more and more people are seeing this mystical spirituality as a valid and powerful way to experience the presence of God. Many influential and respected people within Christianity view this practice as being perfectly in accordance with orthodox Christianity.
I have already presented the story of the Bethel symposium in early November that suggested there might be a common bond or “common ground” between Christianity and Buddhism in the realm of meditation. The symposium had information about “Christian Zen” but NO information about authentic, biblical meditation. There was no solid gospel presented in 75 minutes. Click here to continue reading.