Today were going to conclude this series on walking a labyrinth. Should Christians accept this practice in their churches? Is walking a labyrinth biblical? Should Christians practice meditative prayer? Should Christians be using these labyrinths to connect with the God within? Should Christians seek new revelations through labyrinths? Should Christians walk a labyrinth?
Will God bless a practice that aims to bring together all faiths in unity?
Christianity is an exclusive faith. The Bible is clear that there is only one path to God. Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. We as Christians know that absolute truth does exist and that Jesus is the only way available to be saved. We love people of other faiths but we do not accept their beliefs as equally valid.
Matthew 10:32-38 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. (33) But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (34) Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. (35) For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (36) And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. (37) He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. (38) And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Is Jesus saying here that we should make war against others who believe differently? No. But he is telling us that our beliefs will cause disagreements. We should love those we disagree with, but we cannot compromise the truth found in God’s word.
Should Christians seek new revelations through walking a labyrinth?
When walking a labyrinth, you are to clear your mind, in order to receive whatever is there for you at the center of the labyrinth. This practice is exactly what Buddhists, New Agers and those practicing ESP do in order to receive new revelations. We are not told to clear our mind for new revelations. When we meditate on God’s word, we fill our mind with his words. Furthermore, we are not to expect special revelations while meditating.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Do we believe God’s word? Does he not tell us his word will make us perfect and thoroughly furnished (or equipped) for all good works? Why must we seek new special revelation and why should we use pagan practices to gain these revelations?
Why do Christians seek after subjective experiences?
Walking a labyrinth, is just one way that Christians will follow after an experience. Why are we Christians always seeking after experiences? Why do we chase after a subjective event and then hold what we perceive to be a message from God, above the actual words of God? Why are we seeking a renewal of our minds through this pagan practice?
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Ephesians 5:26-27 That he might sanctify and cleanse it (the Church) with the washing of water by the word, (27) That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
What about the repetitious mantras that are prayed while walking a labyrinth?
Mat 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
So why shouldn’t Christians walk a labyrinth?
As we wrap this series up, I would like to leave a few points with you guys.
- Its roots are pagan. God hates it when we take a pagan practice and use it in our faith.
- It emphasis looking within and to experiences, not to God and his word.
- Our prayers are not to be repetitious.
- We should flee all appearance of doing evil.
- We shouldn’t be yoking up with unbelievers.
- We should be seeking answers from God, not a pagan ritual
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