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Where is the flock that was given thee?

November 22, 2016

 

A new trend has been sweeping schools across America. Instead of detentions, schools are now opting for meditation and transcendental meditation yoga. Some schools have this course embedded in their curriculum while others have it as an afterschool program. Transcendental meditation yoga " is a technique for avoiding distracting thoughts and promoting a state of relaxed awareness. ...When meditating, the ordinary thinking process is “transcended.” It’s replaced by a state of pure consciousness. In this state, the meditator achieves perfect stillness, rest, stability, order, and a complete absence of mental boundaries." [3]

 

Biblical meditation is not even slightly linked to transcendental meditation or yoga; you don't become detached in your mind from thoughts or images when mediating on the Word, rather you become connected by meditating on the Word. The object of Eastern Meditation practices is to focus on completely emptying the mind of thoughts or images. Biblical meditation is never a state that your mind becomes detached from thought or image.

 

In fact, biblical meditation is to focus the mind MORE on a particular subject. The objective of biblical meditation is to make the conceptual nature of the Word of God a reality in your life. Some people confuse bible reading with biblical meditation. It is very important to read the bible. But there is a difference between causally reading the Word of God and meditating on the Word of God.

 

 Matthew 12:43-45, speaks of a man who left his mind empty, detached, in a state of complete absence ; let's see what happened.

43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first...[1]

 

This parable tells of a man whose life was being controlled by a demon. The demon was cast out and the house(his mind) was now empty. The man never sought to fill the void of his mind with the word of God, so the same temptation, the same demon returned and when he returned, he found it empty. The demon then repossessed his mind and brought with him seven more demons signifying complete demon possession. 

 

We see here that a mind left empty or in a state of complete absence becomes the habitation of devils, making this new practice of discipline in schools detrimental to the well being of our children, their future life, their future contributions to society and their preparation for eternal life.

 

Train up a child...It is no wonder that these satanic techniques are being implemented at such a young age. Although highly misinterpreted and used for the greater evil, they understand  the principal being represented here  and the  far reaching extent of training a child;  in that if they must see change in the world, they must start with the youth, for whatever they are taught they will undeniably and inevitably carry out through the course of their lives. Are we training our children to become the receptors of demons and to trade their temples of God for the habitation of demons? Are these  possessed bodies the flocks we plan to present to God as living sacrifices?

 

These concepts of “divine energy” within us and the “evolution of consciousness” are foreign to Scripture. The apostle Paul admonished, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5). He also declared: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).

 

School teachers, faculty and staff have reported that they have seen a drop(although not significant),  in negative behaviors of the children participating in these meditation practices. The children themselves have stated that they do feel different and take the techniques taught to them in all aspects of their lives. However,  A feeling of a mystical spiritual presence does not necessarily mean that the “presence” is from God. Ellen White warned: “Under a religious guise, Satan will seek to extend his influence over the Christian world. [4]

As we meditate upon Christ's sacrifice on the cross we enter into the presence of the One who is love. We are instructed: “It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit." [2]
 
We do not seek salvation from within; we seek it from Christ. Looking to Jesus in His Word...

 

[1] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+12%3A43-45&version=KJV

[2] https://text.egwwritings.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=4T&pagenumber=374

[3] http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/transcendental-meditation-benefits-technique

[4] http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/04/health/meditation-in-schools-baltimore/

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