Should Christians Meditate? | Christian Meditation

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Have you ever asked yourself the question,
“Should Christians Meditate? Wether it’s about Christian Meditation, Prayer Meditation
or Biblical Meditation, if you’ve ever wanted to know more about what the Bible says about
Meditation, stay tuned! Hi guys, my name is Justin and I want to welcome
you to That Christian Vlogger- a place where you get to join me and experience faith in
the first person. Today’s video is all about Christian meditation. If you’re like me
you’ve heard a lot of Christian teachers talk about the dangers of meditation. However
the question I want to ask , “What does the Bible say about meditation?” Most people when talking about Christian meditation
cite Matthew 12 when talking about the dangers of Christian meditation. In these verse, Jesus
talks about when an unclean spirit goes out of a person. This spirit wanders around and
eventually returns to the vessel and finds the house swept and clean again. The demon
is like oh wow.. this is kind of nice, time to throw a party and that demon invites 7
other spirits more wicked than himself. Wow… that sucks. This is why I keep telling
Emily that I don’t want to clean the house… Anyways…. People often use this verse to communicate
the dangers of emptying oneself in meditation. The reasoning usually ends up sounding like
if you just empty yourself ANYTHING can come in. But what about the rest of scripture? What
does the Bible say about meditation?… Well consider a few facts… The Bible uses the word “meditate” 20
times! Full list of texts below! Only one time is it spoken of negatively (Isaiah
33:18) God commanded Joshua to meditate! Joshua 1:8 The man after God’s own heart said that
he meditated on God’s Law all day! (Psalms 119:97) And Paul even instructed Timothy to Meditate!
(1 Timothy 4:15) So where then is the conflict? I think where many people get confused with
Christian meditation is that they associate what they see taking place in the eastern
world and think that this is what Christian meditation is all about. But the truth is
that the way Christians use the word meditation and the way others use that same word is vastly
different in practice. I’m in the middle of reading a book called,
“Celebration of Discipline” by Richard J. Foster (link below to the book) and he
has a word or two of clarification on Christian Meditation. He says, “Eastern meditation is an attempt
to empty the mind; Christian meditation is an attempt to fill the mind. The two are quite
different.” He later further clarifies that Eastern forms
of meditation are all about losing ones self and merging with the cosmic mind. In this
understanding of meditation, personal identity is lost and one ultimately becomes detached
from the world. However, this is not at all what the Bible
invites us to when it talks about meditation. The goal of Christian Meditation is quite
opposite to this. Christian Meditation is much more about connecting
with God and allowing space in your life for God to transform your life and speak to you.
David said multiple times in the Psalms that he would meditate on God’s laws or teachings
and his precepts. When David meditated, he didn’t empty his mind, but rather filled
it with the scripture. That latin word for meditation simply means,
“to reflect on, to study, and to practice.” On this definition of meditation, this is
something all of us Christians could benefit from! So here’s my challenge to you for
today, prayerfully ask God for a passage for this day. Instead of reading through many
chapters, meditate on this one passage. Hold it in your mind and reflect on it while asking
the question, God what are you trying to tell me through this passage today? Spend at least
5 minutes today in quiet thoughtful and biblical meditation. When you’re done, comment below
with the text God shared with you and any insights you gleaned in your time of reflection! Well that’s it for today! I hope this was
helpful in answering any questions on should Christians meditate! As always, if you’re
new to the channel thanks so much for joining us today and I would like to invite you to
check out some of our other videos and subscribe! Until next time, I’m that Christian Vlogger
and I want to encourage you to experience faith in the first person! God Bless!

 

100 Responses

  1. Stephanie Reynolds

    June 13, 2016 1:56 am

    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

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  2. manashantii

    September 12, 2016 8:46 pm

    I agree with this vlog. I am an ex-Buddhist and ex-Hindu. I have been Christian 11 years now, I believe Christians should not practice Buddhist or Hindu meditation. Manashantii

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  3. manashantii

    September 13, 2016 12:43 am

    My story on how I became Christian is on my website manashantii.com
    (ex-Buddhist, ex-Hindu British African female)

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  4. Michael Gray

    November 16, 2016 4:53 am

    Meditation is meditation. The stories of the bible were set in the east, where the Hindi beliefs came from. Where do you think the bible got the majority of their beliefs?

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  5. Meditate With Me - Christian Book Series

    December 1, 2016 9:59 pm

    This is an amazing video – everyone who watches, please like and subscribe to their channel. It encourages producers to keep making great content like this. Thank you for your hard work, know people do notice, care and appreciate what you are doing. The world really needs YOU now more than ever. God Bless always and forever!

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  6. Truth Seeker

    December 12, 2016 7:33 pm

    meditation and prayer are simular Jesus says if your minds eye be single thy body be full of light sounds like the third eye

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  7. Truth Seeker

    December 12, 2016 7:38 pm

    Jesus was an Essene so if you follow him wouldnt you want to follow the church or belief system he followed? He did not start the roman church he fought against it.

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  8. Truth Seeker

    December 12, 2016 7:40 pm

    Christian lie to themselves all the time with thier pegan hollidays.
    Jesus not born on christmas yet christians dont care not important. truth not important to mainstream

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  9. Nicole Jenanian

    March 28, 2017 3:12 am

    love this video! recently I went on a "Spiritual retreat" that I just didn't get much out of because it didn't have any time for me to meditate on God's word, reflect, be renewed through him, etc. More of the focus was on frequent high energy and emotional testimonies and alter calls for people new or young in the faith to be saved… Anyway, it was just lacking and disappointing for me. REALLY was inspired by this video. This is what growing in Spirituality with Christ looks like. Thanks for posting!

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  10. existential

    April 15, 2017 4:42 pm

    Prayer is a form of meditation if one pauses afterwards and waits for an answer. The 23rd Psalm is a beautiful passage on which to meditate.

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  11. Jackie Jackie

    April 18, 2017 9:25 am

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  12. John-Julie Quick

    June 22, 2017 10:41 pm

    Thank you for your wise counsel. I am just beginning mediation. God can make all things work for his good. I have claimed yoga as God' gift and have found it very healthful. Now I have found meditation. Using traditional style meditation with a God-centered mantra is incredible.
    "ma-ra-na-the" is a prayer from the bible in Jesus's language, Aramaic – it means "come lord". "The Pilgrimage – The Way of Christian Mediation" here on Youtube describes this Christian meditation further. I have been very cautious here, but am finding amazing spiritual blessings from my new-found meditative prayer.

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  13. Jeffrey Douglas

    July 2, 2017 1:39 am

    I'm a Christian and have been meditating 45 years. Nothing "comes in". It's just a deep rest, a way of rebooting. It helps my asthma and stress.

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  14. ANGEL JOY

    July 5, 2017 7:13 am

    omg .. there is no eastern or western meditation …. there is only
    one meditation …
    which helps to empty mind so you can put fresh doubt or thoughts for
    solution .
    if god said to meditate … that means he needs to empty your mind from all thoughts and pray to him … so he/she gets fully aware about god & more closer to him ..

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  15. Nick Adams

    August 1, 2017 12:19 am

    I am sorry but a common misconception that 'Eastern Meditation' modus operandi is to empty the mind.
    Rather it is to still the mind in order to foster a deeper sense of awareness.

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  16. Pastor Rod

    September 13, 2017 10:43 am

    Great stuff, Justin. Thank you. I found you this morning through Video Influencers. After watching a few of your videos I subscribed, and I'll talk to my wife about becoming patrons. Though I'm much older than you, I'm working on launching a channel with a very similar mission to yours. I will be learning from you! God bless you.

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  17. Icybubba

    October 16, 2017 5:21 am

    Philippians 4:10-13 was the one I chose, there is some areas in my life that needs fixed and this scripture was pretty powerful to help that

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  18. Soviet II

    November 15, 2017 9:58 am

    TYVM for posting this video. I have been told I should learn to meditate to help with my anxiety, depression ,etc., but like mentioned in your post, people told me Christians don't do something like that, it is dangerous, and you can be inviting a demon to enter you. This more than clarified that is not so.

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  19. Gloria Jean

    December 5, 2017 4:27 am

    You don’t to focus on a biblical passage. I prefer doing a simple prayer for God’s guidance, and protection first. Then instead of emptiness, I merely
    let go by focusing on God’s love.

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  20. zombieinjeans

    December 27, 2017 4:28 am

    You actually have to do a rational analysis of secular buddhist meditation before come to the fallacious conclusion that it just “empties” your mind. Many people have full and content lives that directly correlates to their vipassana and samatha meditative practice, myself included. To be more present and aware in every moment, coupled with a deeper sense of truth, equanimity, compassion, and concentration, has only been beneficial in my life and other practitioners I know.

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  21. Peter Byl

    January 27, 2018 8:30 am

    http://www.abc.net.au/compass/s706523.htm
    The Jesus Prayer, Christian Meditation and others help you BE witg God who changes you. I decided to investigate and try meditation foe myself. I don't recall my pentacostal friends saying I'm possessed.
    Also check out Carl Maccolman.

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  22. Peter Byl

    January 27, 2018 8:44 am

    And this is by a protestant.
    http://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/article/protestant-barriers-contemplative-prayer

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  23. Peter Byl

    January 27, 2018 8:59 am

    Probably the the best article I've found re contemplative (meditation)https://www.carlmccolman.com/2016/01/20/is-contemplation-dangerous/

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  24. Dubbl H.

    February 6, 2018 10:48 am

    it seams like Eastern meditation is deleting the Apps on your device and Christian meditation is Downloading new Apps

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  25. AquaPlanet

    February 16, 2018 3:34 pm

    This is misleading and inaccurate. Here is a better perspective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLSYiBDq79Q&t=183s

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  26. RoiF

    March 6, 2018 4:58 pm

    Emptying the mind has no problem, if it means surrendering, it opens the understanding and not to be paranoid about.
    If you want to learn how a true meditation, you don't start with new testament, you will not learn it there, meditation is rooted in the understanding of the culture, you have to learn it how the Jews do it passed from their traditions and how they understand it. Meditation is ancient practice, it is the mindfulness, being aware of where you are, being one with the creation overcoming the disturbance of the mind and understanding your true nature, allow the Creator-given energies to flow with you with His Wisdom. Meditation has a joy of learning new Wisdom and His guides to life(The Torah). One of the method is the breathing and enjoying the life as a gift.
    A Sabbath is very good opportunity to meditate being one with God.

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  27. Juan Russo

    April 9, 2018 9:40 am

    Hello, I'm excited to let you know a way where you can find lot of new meditation procedures. Just type: "MindYoga4U" in Google. You're going to be a master with the tips available.

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  28. Doug Maverick

    April 27, 2018 6:21 am

    What I do know, though, is that Jesus preached a message of love for everyone. As did the Buddha. So, whether you call it prayer or meditation (and yes I know that those are two different things), as long as you do it with love, I'm pretty sure you're alright regardless of what God you pray to.
    I've been told on occasion that meditation is not a Christian act. To me meditation is neither Christian nor un-Christian. It simply is. It's an act that takes on whatever intent you've given to it. To say meditation is not Christian, well …. that's like saying singing is not Christian. It all depends on the words that you sing.
    Being mindful is pretty sin-free. I also know that acting with loving kindness and with compassion is pretty much okay across the board. I am also sure that all three of these ideas are concepts that Jesus Christ approved of.

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  29. Gregory C

    May 24, 2018 11:08 am

    So what I'm getting is that this type of meditating is to separate yourself from the god source instead of becoming one with the god source like eastern meditation.

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  30. Kind Panda

    May 28, 2018 12:36 pm

    Don't you think learning how to empty the mind of all other things would be useful in order to do this?

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  31. sling247

    July 4, 2018 7:04 pm

    Eastern meditation is not about emptying the mind but being aware and observing stimulus. Emptying the monkey mind is not possible. Observing and refocusing is.

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  32. Lemon Pixie

    August 9, 2018 12:04 am

    Hello, I am new to your channel. Can Christians use subliminals? It is a form of meditation that uses sound over instructions to cause physical changes through the subconscious.

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  33. Brianna Murphy

    August 14, 2018 10:23 pm

    I use the website/app Calm, a subscription service that provides guided meditation practices. They teach how to be more grateful, kind, etc. But I do not think this is the only way to learn from. I believe meditation is good, but you still need to incorporate God/Jesus Christ heavily in your life. For example, you can meditate but still read the Bible and focus on the Lord's word. From my experience with Calm, they have not contradicted with God's word. I don't meditate every single day or anything, but I do try to every now and then. As for my opinion on yoga, I think it isn't good for Christians, though I think it can be done. It is highly related to Hinduism, coming from my own personal experience of trying it one time. Like I said, these meditations on Calm are very untraditional from the meditation listed in the video and are not religion based.   Have any of you tried Calm? Please tell me what you guys think and if I am right or wrong. I would really appreciate any reply.

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  34. shyam pullum

    August 23, 2018 9:43 am

    I am a Christian and I have meditated in half lotus for 15 years. I fill my spirit with Christ Consciousness and the Holy Spirit. My deepest connections to GOD are because of Meditation. It truly is a way to have a personal experience of truth with Christ. Try it!

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  35. shyam pullum

    August 23, 2018 9:47 am

    Prayer and Mediation are not the same. Prayer is like walking toward God, while Mediation is like a supercar toward God. One get you there faster and allows you to stay in the palace longer.

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  36. owen ahearn

    August 24, 2018 10:11 pm

    Yeah this is why christianity fell off. There is no "right religion", for god is guiding all people and buddhist monks are the purest of all. There is no different between different meditations.. Meditationmeans being in the now, the only real existing moment. What comes from that is an understanding and wisdom that correlates with biblical, buddhist, hindu, ext. wisdom. Religion is not intellectual and has to be internal, not external searching. Mediation will never leave someone worse off, and the dissolution of self means becoming one with god.

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  37. Wesley Bengtson

    August 30, 2018 1:30 pm

    After i meditate on emptiness amf thoughtless ness i feel for conneceted to who i am, not less. I think we should be more selfless anyway, the ego will trip you up and thats where pride forms. Wish God would speak to me more though, if the Christian americaized version of God is true then please assist me. Some howi think God is greater than the depiction in the bible, that he can speak to my heart amd not just though the written letter. That God in the bible when i think and meditate on often leaves me feeling empty and un worthy, i feel no acceptance and love. God, if your real, please reveal yourself to my heart.

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  38. Felicity Ray Self

    September 18, 2018 3:28 am

    I don't think the world Meditate means the same thing. Relaxing in the presence of the LORD is not the same as the emptying your mind. I agree.. anything can get in. Thumbs down.

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  39. Rossy954

    October 1, 2018 1:02 pm

    Thank you for this video, in my school district they are teaching second graders too meditate and i am seeking guidance on the subject.

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  40. Rebecca Larson

    October 7, 2018 3:26 am

    Good explanation! In my religion, we are taught to meditate in the way you tell us that Christians should meditate. (Pondering on God's word) Thanks for sharing! Dreaming is a good way to empty the mind by the way. We all need our sleep.

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  41. Jibin T George

    November 9, 2018 3:47 pm

    I'm Christian I have initiated kundalini by a guru(yoga) I can feel the energy in all the Chakra, after meditating I feel intence energy, now I have serious confusion is it my mediation against my religion and Jesus I feel so much confused?

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  42. ICLts Brn

    November 9, 2018 10:33 pm

    1 Corinthians 2:13 King James Version (KJV)

    13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

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  43. XBLspartanx170

    November 9, 2018 11:09 pm

    this is exactly what i have been thinking about in comparison between western and eastern spirituality and when you really think about it, Buddhism is a form of spiritual communism in which individuality is demonized and your sole purpose is to be another cog in a higher spiritual consciousness "for the greater good".

    A Tibetan guru would say that's reassuring and something worth celebrating, but i think thats exactly what the borg from star trek is quite fond of, its reality is horrifying as much as it is immoral.

    meanwhile Christian doctrine is all about the cultivation and improvement OF the self and every persons path towards self improvement is different, in essence, Jesus respects our individuality and free will while the Buddha doesn't.

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  44. Leo

    November 12, 2018 5:05 pm

    You cannot empty your mind that is impossible. Do you empty your mind when you are sleeping? No. Same with meditation.

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  45. Ryan Courts

    November 14, 2018 1:48 am

    Mediation has helped me so much, I no longer have screaming voices in my head, rude words shouting at me etc. Bc I am much more aware of what I'm thinking and I'm able to say goodbye satan, I bind you up in the name of Jesus. So would U say watching ur breath is evil? I usually go to the lake focus on my chest going up and down, focus on the leaves rattling around me, the wind, the birds tweeting. I attend church 3 times a week to learn grow not living in sin, a year sober etc. However, I find when I don't meditate I feel angry, those thoughts come back etc. So what do yall think

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  46. Everlasting Kingdom

    November 21, 2018 7:09 am

    Im only a minute into the video, and for the past HOUR I have been taking notes…. 3 minutes left of the video and I spent 1 HOUR on 1 minute of what this guy is saying. 🤦‍♂️😂👍. EDIT: I loved this video. The rest if the video only took one more hour to finish. Try reading PROVERBS 3:5-6. My pastor showed me this passage when I got baptized!💜

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  47. Anna

    December 5, 2018 11:11 pm

    Ok but i have ADD so how on earth am i supposed to fill my head even more? I feel like my brain will explode if that happens :p

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  48. Ken Zedro

    December 20, 2018 2:02 am

    The word "meditate" is meletaō, "to care for, to attend to carefully, practice." It was used by the Greeks of the meditative pondering and the practice of orators and rhetoricians, but the context in which it is found in 1 Timothy, indicates that the meaning here is that Timothy is to carefully attend to the public reading of the Word, exhortation, and teaching.

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  49. djdamond

    December 30, 2018 12:10 pm

    I am a meditation guide, and you have confirmed my thoughts on this subject! Grateful that a fellow brother has spoken up about this.

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  50. Моя Семья

    March 12, 2019 8:54 pm

    Lol.. That's just hilarious .. 😂
    You need some help with Bible reading buddy, you got all wrong.. Christianity has no idea of meditation whatsoever and there is a huge reason for that, the principle of teaching is Love to God not to yourself as resolt of selfishness and ego, it's about sacrifice for others, not search of "emptiness/silents" and by the way, it's about confronting your doings, all that bad that you do to others on daily basis, never regret.
    Bible says:
    Matthew 12:43
    “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order.  Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
    It's about confession of sins, you talk to God in Prayers, possible in tears for forgiveness not in happy La La land meditation..
    'impure spirit' means if you did confess but didnt keep your promise of change so the bad "attitude" of yours may come back in worse scenario.. softly saying.. 😂

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  51. Timothy 1:1

    April 3, 2019 4:11 pm

    Hmmm im a follower of christ, i roll a fat blunt, and open my 1611 King James and troll all u pagan christians. Ask ur church why they adopted sunday as sabbath when its actually saturday. Pagans. Check ur faith know the truth. I know the truth and ur pastors aint teaching the truth.

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  52. BARBARA HEUSSER

    April 15, 2019 5:26 pm

    Thanks. Very helpful. I am creating a post about meditating for a natural pain solution and as a Christian I needed some Biblical information.

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  53. Green Mastermind

    May 20, 2019 5:25 am

    ==FOR CHRISTIANS…
    You won't notice u've already been selling your soul to demons. Meditation is a trap and it lures you to do that activity for relaxation instead of praying to God. Satan has his own ways to draw you into an activity that will pull you away from jesus and meditation is simply focused in 'self consciousness' and being connected to 'nature'. You're then clearly worshipping the "creations" not the "creator". Those who find fault in their living and suffer negativities in their surroundings do not need meditation, they need more on christ. Another fact is that meditation is also the first step before practicing witchcrafts, you enhance your spiritual powers through feeding your higher self consciousness, you're tainting your souls without you knowing. You don't even know that chantings like 'AUM' or 'OM' is pleasing entities..

    One last fact: King Solomon sold his soul to the devils, he was so full on knowledge that his spiritual self already got devoured. He contacted demons including the higher ones summoning 72. Do your research.

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  54. GenXer82

    June 17, 2019 12:31 pm

    My favorite verse in the Bible to meditate upon is Matthew 6:22 (KJV) – "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light."

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  55. GenXer82

    June 17, 2019 12:36 pm

    When I meditate, I calm myself from all mind-chatter and focus on the light of the Holy Spirit to heal me mentally and emotionally.

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  56. Timothy Peterson

    July 7, 2019 2:00 pm

    Your right meditation is what you make of it meditatate in JESUS CHRIST YOU CANT GO WRONG!!!!!

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  57. Through Expression

    July 11, 2019 9:57 am

    Omg I made like a mistake im still learning and I medeited but when I was I was asking God for help and telling evil to back off so please help I don't know what I did if it was right

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  58. Amari B.

    July 14, 2019 2:03 pm

    Meditate on God's word day & night. This other form of meditating is prohibited. And it's sad to see on this comment section a lot of "Christians" on here misleading others. Do Not be deceived people. Take it from someone who was involved in the spiritual new age movement who practiced the whole meditation and yoga thing. You allow entities to come through and I was attacked that it resulted in the psych ward on Christimas Eve of 2017. Stop believing in this false doctrine and I encourage you to pick up your bibles and repent. Satan is out here devouring people up and for those who are encouraging people, having them believe and practice this, yes you so called "Christians" God will hold you accountable for your actions. For His people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. (Reference Hosea 4:6)

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  59. travel around the world

    July 15, 2019 3:26 am

    I talk to jesus and god when I sit and close my eyes and put my hand up and talk to god and I love him

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  60. Kolin Soots

    July 17, 2019 12:02 am

    I feel like you’re construing the scripture to fit an idea that you want. I’m not sure if meditation is bad for a Christian or not but just want to state my opinion. Example: you said scripture says meditate 20 times and all were positive but one but that is misleading because it doesn’t mean meditate in the connotation of meditation like we think about

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  61. Neo Amp

    July 28, 2019 6:24 pm

    So true, its even mentioned that meditating the meaning of a verse by keep rethinking it in a calm state is encouraged

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  62. Rush

    August 3, 2019 9:51 pm

    "Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he a darling child? For as often as I speak against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him," says the LORD."

    New Heart English Bible
    Jeremiah 31:20

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