Buddhism Not Cohesive with Christianity


Christian Meditation and Yoga meditation: What’s the difference?

by Karin Johnson

Recently in our local paper an interview was done for a local yoga studio on teaching Buddhism and meditation. A miss-statement was made about Christian meditation being able to co-exist with their meditation practices. I wanted to share my response in a letter to the editor of our paper:

In a March 2 story (Life, Page A6) on Buddhism, Brendan Reed said that “(Buddhist) meditation can co-exist with Christianity.” This is not correct.

Christian meditation is to be solely on the word of God and what it reveals about him. It is an active thought process where one studies the word, prays over it, asking God to give them understanding through the Holy Spirit and then putting these truths into practice living by the Scriptures.

In Reed’s meditation practice, he seeks “self-enlightenment” and looks inward for inspiration and direction, but the Bible teaches that our search for direction should be founded upon God’s word, and it is through Christian prayer or meditation one seeks God’s enlightenment of the believer.

Christians are not to empty their minds, but fill them with God’s greatness and to be in worship of him. We see this in Joshua 1:8, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night,…”

We also don’t focus on their concept of living in the moment. It is always good to be aware of one’s surroundings, acknowledging our blessings and being present with those around us, but a Christ follower should also stay focused on God’s faithfulness in the past (Psalm 77:12) and live with an eternal perspective rejoicing in God’s faithfulness to come in our future home with Christ.

Christians can find that the Bible is clear on what to meditate on. If a Christian feels void of a “spiritual experience,” they need not look to other religions, practices in Eastern mysticism or yoga.

In Christ we are born again and are filled with the Holy Spirit and his characteristics found in Galatians 5:22-23.

True Christian spirituality is produced by the spirit working in and through the believer.

Gotquestions.org sums it up: “Christian spirituality is a consciousness of fellowship with the Spirit of Christ, uninterrupted by carnality and sin. Christian spirituality develops when a born-again believer makes a consistent and ongoing choice to surrender to the ministry of the Holy Spirit.”

Buddhism and Christianity are not cohesive.

Karin Johnson