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Buddha and Jesus: Should Christians do Yoga?

| February 8, 2012

Everyday across America you will find millions of Christians chanting mantras and “oms” while doing yoga in front of their TV sets, with a group of people in a gym, or in some martial arts class. Somehow these eastern religious practices have now become the new and cool thing for everyone to do. There is even a popular book out titled Living Buddha, Living Christ claiming that Christianity and Buddhism are perfectly compatible with each other and that you can practice both at the same time!

Is this true? Are Buddhism and Christianity really compatible with each other?

Flirting with other gods

Well I don’t know about you, but I’ve read the Old Testament, and God never seemed to take it all that well when His people flirted around with other religions and other gods.

In fact, I’ve read about Him getting so angry about this that He killed violators with pestilences and plagues, ordered them to be hanged, sent poisonous serpents against them, sent lions after them, sent foreign armies in to destroy them, and many other such things (See 1 Cor 10).

Buddha Statue

A statue of a Buddha doing “Yoga”

Stop right there, Pastor Ben! That’s the Old Testament, God is love now, we don’t serve a mean and cruel God anymore,” one might say

But a statement like this just shows a lack of understanding.

God never acted out of cruelty and never will. He has, and always will be a God of love and compassion, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8). And contrary to what some may think, He doesn’t need to repent or change His ways, for His actions are always just.

Besides that, I’ve read the New Testament too. And there we find Him still bringing similar judgments upon people for committing idolatry. Have you ever read what happens during the Trumpets and Vials of the Book of Revelation? (Rev 9:20-21) Wow, if you thought the judgments in the Old Testament were severe, wait until you see what He brings upon those flirting with false gods in the “future”.

A Jealous God

Hey can you blame Him? How would you feel if your husband or wife decided it was ok to sleep with all of your neighbors?

You would be hurt, angry, sad, and jealous, wouldn’t you? Well, God is no different (See The Greatest Love Story Ever Told). One simply cannot practice Christianity along with Buddhism, Hinduism, or any other religion and not hurt God’s feelings.

As it is written:

Thou shalt have none other gods before Me. Thou shalt not make the any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:

Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous GOD, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me, And shewing mercy unto the thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments.” –Deuteronomy 5:7-10

You know I once heard Oprah Winfrey say, “God is jealous of me?” And then went on to say that she cannot serve a God that is jealous of her. God is not jealous of anyone per say. So don’t flatter yourself Oprah! He simply gets hurt, angry, and sad when his people cheat on Him. Spiritually speaking of course.

Can I do Yoga just for health and wellness?

Now I realize there may be some of you reading this who may be thinking, “What’s wrong with doing yoga? It’s just stretching, meditating, and clearing your mind.” Others may say, “The version I do doesn’t include the chanting and spiritual meditation parts.

Yoga is an integral part of eastern religions like Buddhism and Hinduism. And even if you only do the stretching postures and skip the other parts, you are still participating in this religious ritual. For the different postures performed during yoga are actually the same postures Hindus perform as offerings unto their many gods. For some reason their gods are supposed to like this. (Photos taken from under the “Fair Use Doctrine”) I don’t know about you, but just the thought of putting myself in different prostrate positions to please the Hindu gods is enough to make me sick. Think about it. In the name of health and wellness millions of Christians are violated every day and they don’t even realize it.

And this isn’t even the half of it. If you’re a Christian, everything about yoga is defiling, from the name on down to all of the different aspects of it. Follow these links and you’ll see what I mean.

Chanting “om”

Buddhist Wheel of Life

A depiction of the Buddhist’s Wheel of Life as they are reincarnated through six different realms on their quest towards “godhood”.

What is the purpose of chanting “om” during yoga sessions? Well, when going to school for religious studies we were required to a read a book titled The Universe Next Door that explained the purpose of “oms”.

The author explains that,

“Hindus will commonly repeat a mantra, like Om, and thus induce a trance or trancelike state that is to be an ascent toward godhood.” -p.159

Towards “godhood”?

Yes that’s right. Buddhists/Hindus believe yoga is one of the necessary rituals needed in their quest to finally becoming a “Buddha” or an “Enlightened One”.

Oh, but it takes a long time to get there, perhaps even many different lifetimes! You know, after being reincarnated as an animal, ghost, demon, a human etc., eventually when you have enough good karma (good deeds) you will reach the state of nirvana and finally become a “god”. You can be a Buddha!

That’s awesome. I look forward to becoming a fat guy who sits cross-legged all day long in meditation so I can become one with the universe. Not. That’s the stupidest thing I ever heard of.

Ye shall be as “gods”

Buddha Tree

A depiction of Siddhartha Guatama, the first so-called “Buddha” sitting under a Bodhi Fig Tree where he supposedly received “enlightenment”.

You see Buddhism is nothing more than an expanded version of what Satan said unto Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. There he told them to go ahead and partake of the forbidden fruit for “Ye shall not surely die. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods” (Gen 3:4-5).

Well we know how that turned out. Instead of becoming “enlightened ones” like Satan promised them, they stood before God with nothing but fig leaves on waiting to hear what their punishment would be. Oh those poor suckers never even saw it coming, just like so many today.

But there is an interesting connection here with the fig leaves.

It is commonly believed that the founder of Buddhism, Guatama Buddha was first enlightened under a fig tree. So just like Adam and Eve, Guatama Buddha was also deceived in a fig grove. Coincidence? I don’t think so.


Well I hope you can already see from this short analysis that Christianity and Buddhism are not compatible and that yoga is more than just stretching. In fact I believe yoga sort of works like a gateway drug. It starts out as, “Oh, I’m just going to do it because it’s good for my body.” Then before you know it, you’re getting into it. You start thinking, “maybe there is more to this”. Then you start falling into a trance doing the breathing and mediating techniques, while chanting Om’s to try and ward off anything negative from you. And then while you have meditated yourself out of your body to explore the universe, something else jumps into your body to live with you (Matt 12:43-45).

Bottom line. Practicing Buddhism or any other religion alongside of Christianity is a direct violation of the first and second Commandments. Why is this so hard for many Christians to grasp? Why do they continually desire to whore around with other religions?

Besides all of this, there are major, I mean major theological differences between the two that I’m sure the book Living Buddha, Living Christ does not mention.

The most significant difference is that Buddhists do not believe in divine salvation or forgiveness, they believe in karma. You know, eventually when you’ve done enough good you can then become one with the universe and god, for you are god, we are all gods. But for Christians, divine salvation and forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ is the whole basis of our theology (Eph 1:7). This one major difference puts Buddhism and Christianity in complete opposition of one another.

If you would like a point-by-point comparison of the two please click here.

My dear friends; be on guard from anyone who gives you this crock and bull that Christianity can be practiced along with other religions, or that we can somehow synthesize them together into one and live together harmoniously in a glorious New Age. All roads do not lead to the same place, most lead to hell (Matt 7:14). There is only one path to God and that is through His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

Think about all of this the next time someone asks you to go to yoga class with them.

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  1. | March 10, 2012
  1. Brian says:

    Hey Ben,
    Just read your good Buddahism article here. One thing I learned a few years back is that the spiritual in-depth “side effect” according to the Hindu and Buddist practice of yoga is that one is unleashing what they call the “Inner SERPENT Kundalini” ie the highest level of consciousness and enlightenment. So not only do we have Buddah attached with the Fig Tree and Enlightenment and them becoming their own “God”, we also have one when really meditating ,posturing and chanting Yoga, they awaken the inner sleeping serpent (viewed as a female serpent) . Below is an article (one of many out there) discussing it. Here’s a quote from it:
    The serpent power, forming an eightfold coil above the “bulb” (kanda), remains there all the while covering with its face the opening of the door to the Absolute.

    Through that door the safe door to the Absolute can be reached. Covering that door with her face, the great Goddess is asleep [in the ordinary individual].

    Awakened through buddhi-yoga12 together with [the combined action of] mind and breath, she rises upward through the sushumna like a thread through a needle.

    Sleeping in the form of a serpent, resembling a resplendent cord, she, when awakened by the Yoga of fire [i.e., mental concentration and breath control], rises upward through the sushumna.

    Just as one may forcibly open a door with a key, so the yogin should break open the door to liberation by means of the kundalini.

  2. Thomas Simonds says:

    Excellent Teaching and Web site. Pastor Ben Heath. Thank you for All your Wonderful Works for our Heavenly Father YHVH. May God Bless All your Good Works. I Know he does. Teach the Whole World ! The Word of God, The Living Word. They Truly Need It. Get Ready ! Be Ready ! Stay Ready ! What A Blessing to Find Pastors Teaching the TRUTH of the WORD. With Understanding. Thank You and May God Bless You. In the name of Christ Jesus Yehshua. Amen.

  3. Brian Kauffman says:

    Its very sad that you waste your time telling others what not to do rather than trying to find a way to get closer to God. If you spent even a little of this time actually following Jesus rather than telling others what to think about what he said, the world would change and perhaps there would be no need of Buddhism. Thank you, however, for the beautiful artwork on your site! May God open your heart and your mind.

  4. Brent Thompson says:

    This is unfortunate. I find it horrifying that Christians feel so insignificant in our faith that some simple positions and stretches designed to strengthen your core and your flexibility could lead to an unwinding of our belief systems and entire selves.
    Many of the patients I do yoga with have received unbelievable health benefits from doing so despite the fact that they’re Christians and are fierce believers. I guess they’re more comfortable with their faith than you are.
    It’s also really frustrating when those who are opposed to Yoga have literally NO understanding of it and how it works. Most have never done it, read a book about it or become educated in any single way. Obviously, you’ve done your best to find the most negative outlook you could find on the practice, but you may be surprised to know that despite what you’re saying, no one became enlightened or became a Buddha during our session last night. Also, no animals were slaughtered and no one decided to give up their Christian faith and replace it with and idol worship of any kind. Most of them drank water, a protein replacement shake and took an Epsom salt bath, then went to bed.
    I feel sorry for Christians who are so close-minded that they can’t see the forest for the trees. You’re one of them, and I feel sorry for you.

  5. Great info Brian. Thanks!

  6. God bless you too Thomas!

  7. Susan Y says:

    Wow! I had no idea yoga had a history like this. I have been doing it for a few years now with videos in my home. I didn’t know this is how they worship their ‘gods’. I am throwing out my yoga stuff. I certainly don’t want it now that I know the truth. I only worship the Heavenly Father above. Their are better ways of staying healthy for Him. Thanks Pastor Ben! Love your website. It has been helping my husband and I study deeper into His Word. God Bless. 🙂

  8. It is shocking isn’t it Susan. I did the same thing with our exercise videos that included yoga routines. Hey glad you and your husband are enjoying the site. God bless!

  9. StuOhQ says:

    “That’s awesome. I look forward to becoming a fat guy who sits cross-legged all day long in meditation so I can become one with the universe. Not. That’s the stupidest thing I ever heard of.”

    Ben… come on, my man. Firstly, God made all of Creation — the Universe. We are all the Universe. You don’t become it by being a Buddhist or a Hindu or eating bad cheese, you just are. Kind of like how people say they don’t believe in God. Belief doesn’t come into the matter. God IS just the same, whether or not you believe in Him.

    Second, There’s a reason that they called Jesus the Buddha of the West. He did a lot of meditating… It’s not coincidence that half of His miracles and sermons (walking on water)just so HAPPEN to take place after he’s been sitting alone, off in a quiet place, in silent prayer for the duration of the fourth watch — the last four hours before dawn. It’s not coincidence that the places his message diverts from the Old Testament teaching are always in the direction of Buddhism.

    As Christians, we have no need to fear that we may be offending out Lord. Just ask him yourself! If you turn your heart to Heaven, God will speak to you. If you take Jesus as your Savior, He will guide you on a righteous path. Don’t abandon something that is healthy and helpful like Yoga and Meditation out of fear — Fear no evil.

    Meditation will help you empty your heart so that it may be filled anew with the love of God the Father Almighty. It will help you deal with temptation, distractions, and earthy desire (greed, lust, pride, gluttony).

    I don’t know too many long term mediators (Christian/Buddhist/Hindu/Hebrew/Muslim/or otherwise) who are shallow, or greedy, or cruel, or sexually pernicious. Fear mongering is not the way of Christ. Jesus came to TEACH. Open your heart, clear your mind, and let him do the grunt work.

    If you think I’m some crazy, New Age hippie, look no further than the good old Bible for the very things I’ve just been saying.

    “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” (Col 3:2)

    “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” (Rom 8:5)

    “Things which the eye hath not seen and the ear hath not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for him.” (1Co 2:9)

    “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” (Tim 4:15)

    “For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.” (1Co 2:10)

    “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Rom 12:2)

    “and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” (Eph 4:24)

    “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2Co 3:18)

    “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. (Joh 14:20)

    “No one has seen God at any time but if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.” (1Jn 4:12)

    “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” (1Jn 4:18)