Rev. Artress of a very universalistic church called Grace Cathedral introduced her church to walking a labyrinth in 1992. Since then, Grace Cathedral has had over one million people of all faiths come to walk their labyrinth. Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, New Agers and even Wiccans have walked their labyrinth. Rev. Artress is one of the more influential people involved with making popular and promoting the practice of walking labyrinths, in the Christian Church and she describes the labyrinth as a symbol for the divine mother, the God within, the goddess, the holy in all creation. Artress also leads a “a holy sisterhood that reveals the other face of God”, called Whitefire.
The Labyrinth “Is truly a tool for transformation, a crucible for change, a blueprint for the sacred meeting of the psyche and the soul, a field of light, a cosmic dance, it is a center for empowering ritual.” (Lauren Artress)
Should we Christians allow this practice of walking a labyrinth into our church? After all we have covered in the previous days, is there any doubt that this practice is not of God? Will God bless us as we take a clearly pagan practice and try to use it in a Christian context? Is walking a prayer labyrinth biblical?
God chooses how he wants us to worship him
Deuteronomy 12:13-14 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest: (14) But in the place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee.
God hates it when we do what the heathens do
Deuteronomy 18:9-13 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. (10) There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, (11) Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. (12) For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. (13) Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
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