Mysticism & Medicine: A Dangerous Prescription

By Jan Markell The East has convinced the West that the greatest thing they have to offer is Eastern-style meditation. Because some Christians lack discernment, what we have is the complete hijacking of biblical meditation in favor of the Eastern brand. This is risky because it involves blanking out your mind and, by default, allowing anything in.

I guess this shouldn't be shocking when a major news story of 2009 had this headline: "More U.S. Christians Mix Eastern and New Age Beliefs." While you may think this is being done only by liberal Christianity, think again! It crosses all denominations. This is not just some kind of fad or an isolated phenomenon. It is building momentum month by month, and more and more people are seeing this mystical spirituality as a valid and powerful way to experience the presence of God. Many influential and respected people within Christianity view this practice as being perfectly in accordance with orthodox Christianity.

I have already presented the story of the Bethel symposium in early November that suggested there might be a common bond or "common ground" between Christianity and Buddhism in the realm of meditation. The symposium had information about "Christian Zen" but NO information about authentic, biblical meditation. There was no solid gospel presented in 75 minutes.

I have learned that hundreds of once-solid Bible colleges are flirting with the mystical so why should my school be exempt?

In 2009, we witnessed a huge growth in the new "mystical spirituality" so popular today. Mysticism is often presented as a gimmicky way to get closer to God through practices that are ungodly. Almost without exception, the practices are presented by professing Christians. One cannot help but recall all the Bible verses that warn of this.

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ" (Col. 2:8). Newsweek magazine picked up on the explosion of the mystical last year by writing that we're all Hindus now. Newsweek says, "A recent poll data show that conceptually, at least, we are slowly becoming more like Hindus and less like traditional Christians in the ways we think about God, ourselves, each other, and eternity." More: