No doubt, you have come across many forms of meditation and teachers of the subject in your daily life. It is touted around the world, through various writings and social media, to mixed reactions. Some people claim great results, with relief from never ending stress and anxiety, yet fail to realize they are in a never ending cycle of having to meditate repeatedly. That’s not a cure, but meditation has become a multi-billion dollar industry. It goes in hand with the fact that some people claim all of their problems in life, along with stress and anxiety, got worse after meditating. Old world religions practiced meditation often to get deeper into prayer. The Word certainly discusses it many times. So, what’s the deal? Why so many broad results for different individuals? Is it’s origin demonic in nature? I will attempt to explain that and more.
To begin, lets take a broader look at how to approach subjects like this and how we should approach them as Christians. Anything you are involved in, any situation, or enjoy partaking in, if you are worried if it is the correct thing to do in life or detrimental to you, test it to Scripture. God provided us with the ultimate guides to life - our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and The Bible. This ideal can be studied in Scripture in Thessalonians 1 & 2. For example, 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 - 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good. I highly recommend you read all of Thessalonians, as it encompasses this idea and much more. But the consensus is simple - test everything to the Word, whether you feel good or bad about it, and therein you will find the truth.
So, is it dangerous, and demonic in origin? Absolutely, 100% yes it is, and it can lead to other dangers, physically and spiritually in your life. The first issue with meditation, at its core, promotes oneness with self. The emptying of your mind and thoughts to where you are separated from the world mentally, allowing any thoughts to enter or exit your mind. Yes - the Bible does speak of meditation often. It says to meditate on the Book of Law (Joshua 1:8). It says to meditate on the Lord as your Redeemer (Psalm 19:14). It says to meditate on the Lord so that it might be pleasing to Him (Psalm 104:34). It speaks of meditating on the Word and Command of Christ in the 1st Book of Timothy (1 Timothy 4:15).
After reading the Word, yes we realize it does talk of mediation often. But, it NEVER says to sit down and empty your mind of all thoughts and emotions to where your brain is almost in a vegetative state, completely unguarded and accepting of any other thought or feeling that might come into your mind. When you do this, you are completely unprotected physically and spiritually. You are inviting any possible thought to enter your mind, as well as leave your mind. This leaves you completely susceptible to demonic oppression.
Practicing completely emptying your mind may feel good in the short term, but in the long term you are also getting rid of good thoughts and emotions, such as those of the Lord. Quite simply, its like an antibiotic for the brain. It gets EVERYTHING out, and then rebuilds on new thoughts. Since you are completely unguarded, it is too easy for those new thoughts that enter your mind to be demonic in origin, even if you don’t realize the implications right away. For anything that does not bear good fruit is not of the Lord. And just like our bodies have to rebuild good bacteria after taking antibiotics, our mind will have to rebuild good thoughts of the Lord, and life in general.
The subtle danger of this is how it pulls you away from the Lord ultimately, sometimes without realizing it. If something, such as this type of meditation, becomes the main thing you do and put your efforts into with your time, then that is the ruler of your life, and the Lord no longer is. Dangers like this seek to pull you away from the Lord slowly but surely. Maybe one day you might realize you haven’t been to church in a while, haven’t read your Bible or prayed daily in a while, and maybe have a disregard for other people or Christianity. Overall, it can lead you to end up living a very unholy life piece by piece and before you realize it, you’ve built a mountain to climb back down from.
Another danger is that it is very easy to end up becoming almost emotionless with a higher disregard for other people when you practice this type of meditation daily and/or long term, which in itself is totally against the Word and the Lord’s Command for how we should live our life and respect others. Quite simply, its not being a good person. Consider the implications, such as how often you may see on social media platforms people claiming, “It’s ALL ABOUT ME! Don’t care about nobody else!”, or something to that degree. It is completely against the Word. Philippians 2:3 (NKJV) 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
Keep in mind, those are just two examples, and not every one will experience the same thing. Some people also are completely strong enough to not change one bit from their Faith or practices, but maybe don’t get the results desired either. And maybe for someone else, it just all works perfectly, no matter how dangerous it is, whether they realize it or not. My goal here will always be to help lead others to Christ, because for me, for all of us, He IS the cure. He’s not just a treatment. Once you get it, and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, and understand His teachings and how you can apply it to your life and problems in your life, it all gets easier and you understand that the Bible truly does have an answer for everything, even stress and anxiety, the main thing that meditation pulls people in as a cure for it.
Admittedly, we all face some level of stress and anxiety in life, but addressing the root cause of it and applying the Word to those issues will alleviate it. Philippians 4:8 In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.
Is it just that easy? Flip of a switch? Maybe for some, maybe not for everyone. I dealt with much personal stress and anxiety for the 5 years before I was saved over 2 years ago, and after I was saved the Lord spent time cleaning me up and showing me the things I needed to change in my life to completely give it all to Him and leave stress and anxiety in the past. It is a piece by piece approach. You truly need to get down to the core of the decisions you make in your daily life, and what you put your energy into, and test it to the Word. Pray often and read your Bible daily. Or do like I did when I was saved, and make a point to start from page 1 and read to the end, in chronological order. I can certainly attest, however, that it was like a huge breath of fresh air blown into my mind when I was saved, and instantly multiple things I needed to clean up in my life came to mind, and from there the piece by piece approach began.
I would also not rule out medicine. Some people are born with neurological disorders and chemical imbalances and choose medicine to treat it, or perhaps even need it, and that is perfectly OK and allowed by the Word, granted abuse of certain medicines is not and can lead to a host of other problems:
Ezekiel 47:……Their fruit will be used for food and their leaves for medicine.
Revelation 22: …..The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.
Isaiah 38:21 Isaiah had said to Hezekiah’s servants, “Make an ointment from figs and spread it over the boil, and Hezekiah will recover.”
1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming
1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Circling back to our overall point here, avoid meditation that involves completely clearing your mind of everything, and meditate on the Word and thoughts of the Lord instead. A personal recent example of this is when I studied the 1st and 2nd Book of Timothy (the letters from Paul). I read them thoroughly and thought about them for a few days and how they applied to everything else the Word says. I meditated my thoughts on the Word in which I read in 1st and 2nd Timothy. That is healthy meditation. Meditating on thoughts of the Lord and God is different, healthy, and safe compared to emptying your mind of all things and letting anything flow in and out.
Keep your mind and hearts on Jesus, my friends for He is the answer, and the Word truly gives us an answer to any problem we face in life.