New Age and the dangers of “Mindfulness”

We’ve been talking about the concerning activities being promoted in many public schools in our nation and around the world. Today we’re turning our focus on one of the more worrisome lessons being taught to children as young as five. Eastern mystical practices like yoga, meditation and now something called “Mindfulness” are seeping into the classroom. Have you heard about mindfulness? It was promoted in a Scholastic Magazine and is heavily steeped in Buddhism. But what is it?

Today we have researcher and founder of a fantastic ministry called Christian Answers for the New Age (CANA), Marcia Montenegro. Marcia’s own story about how she once was a practitioner of professional astrology is a fascinating one, and we’ve linked a podcast of our show introducing you to Marcia here.


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Marcia ministers to those who are in the New Age philosophies, and her well-researched articles are must-reads for any Christian who wants to know more about the differences between New Age Spirituality and a life dedicated to learning the Truth of God’s Word and of following Jesus Christ.

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6 Responses to New Age and the dangers of “Mindfulness”

  1. Mr Davis says:

    Since higher education has ever been the gateway to paganism in the cultures in the name of enlightenment should we expect anything less than this.

    Give God Glory that it sin't worse than this. We still can opt out. That may soon change.

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  2. Matthew LeMay says:

    Mr. Davis,
    You should consider that without higher education, you wouldn't have
    any Christian tradition to inherit today, and certainly no Bible to
    read. Nor would you, one of the world's most fortunate and educated
    in that you are able to read and write, be having this conversation.
    Only in the last century or so has any significant amount of the
    population even been capable of reading. 2000 years ago, those who
    wrote and compiled the Bible were among the top less than %1 most educated in the communities. Without that education, we would have no Bible and likely no surviving Chrisitian tradition. There would also be no Internet on which to have this conversation at all, if not for higher education.
    To say that higher education is the gateway to paganism is incorrect and insults the intelligence and contributions of Christians to higher knowledge throughout the centuries.
    The vast majority of higher education in the last two millenia of history has been upheld by the Christian Church, and excellence in higher education is still upheld by rigorous, full-accredited Christian Universities today.
    It may be true that the "Bible Belt" has some of the poorest education
    in the country, and so you may be seeing some illusory connection
    between Christianity and being uneducated. However, those areas also
    have the most health problems (obesity, heart disease, cancer), the
    poorest racial integration, and the highest divorce rates. I don't
    think those are things that Jesus would be proud of. Education is an
    important part of correcting all of these problems, and we ought to
    pray for that, not fear it.
    Fortunately, this mix of pseudo-conservative theology plus fear of
    higher education doesn't reflect the majority of the Christian
    tradition, which has always, whether Orthodox, Catholic, or
    Protestant, been a champion of higher education, and has contributed
    vast benefit to the propagation of the Jesus's teachings as well as
    the enrichment of human life on Earth.
    However, what you have is a self-perpetuating belief, since if
    conservative Christians remain fearful of higher education, then
    higher education will naturally have a lack of conservative
    Christians, and will look "pagan" to you.
    Christians need not fear education– Christian doctrine is deep and
    profound enough to stand the test of academic rigor, both in the
    legitimate study of philosophy and theology, and in its relationship
    to natural sciences, which every single day are producing profound
    verification of the Glory of the Lord and the magnificence of His
    Creation.

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  3. Matthew LeMay says:

    Mr. Davis,

    You should consider that without higher education, you wouldn't have
    any Christian tradition to inherit today, and certainly no Bible to
    read. Nor would you, one of the world's most fortunate and educated
    in that you are able to read and write, be having this conversation.
    Only in the last century or so has any significant amount of the
    population even been capable of reading. 2000 years ago, those who
    wrote and compiled the Bible were among the top less than %1 most educated in the communities. Without that education, we would have no Bible and likely no surviving Chrisitian tradition. There would also be no Internet on which to have this conversation at all, if not for higher education.

    To say that higher education is the gateway to paganism is incorrect and insults the intelligence and contributions of Christians to higher knowledge throughout the centuries.
    The vast majority of higher education in the last two millenia of history has been upheld by the Christian Church, and excellence in higher education is still upheld by rigorous, full-accredited Christian Universities today.

    It may be true that the "Bible Belt" has some of the poorest education
    in the country, and so you may be seeing some illusory connection
    between Christianity and being uneducated. However, those areas also
    have the most health problems (obesity, heart disease, cancer), the
    poorest racial integration, and the highest divorce rates. I don't
    think those are things that Jesus would be proud of. Education is an
    important part of correcting all of these problems, and we ought to
    pray for that, not fear it.

    Fortunately, this mix of pseudo-conservative theology plus fear of
    higher education doesn't reflect the majority of the Christian
    tradition, which has always, whether Orthodox, Catholic, or
    Protestant, been a champion of higher education, and has contributed
    vast benefit to the propagation of the Jesus's teachings as well as
    the enrichment of human life on Earth.

    However, what you have is a self-perpetuating belief, since if
    conservative Christians remain fearful of higher education, then
    higher education will naturally have a lack of conservative
    Christians, and will look "pagan" to you.

    Christians need not fear education– Christian doctrine is deep and
    profound enough to stand the test of academic rigor, both in the
    legitimate study of philosophy and theology, and in its relationship
    to natural sciences, which every single day are producing profound
    verification of the Glory of the Lord and the magnificence of His
    Creation.

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    • Roy says:

      Matthew, thank you for your reasoned reply. I'm so surprised by the venom that some on the right spew at universities, it doesn't make sense. I'm a professor at Penn State, raised as a Souther Baptist, I love our Lord and in all ways try to follow His will for my life, and in my experience the largest proportion of other faculty and staff are 'good Christians' too. For some reason, a few with megaphones grab hold of a headline, sometimes twist it or sometimes not, but use it to beat up all higher ed and all faculty. I'm sure I could walk into their congregation or organization and do the same thing, but I won't because that would be hateful.

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  4. lyn says:

    Matthew,
    All the education in the world will not give you understanding of God's word. God saw to it His word has endured, not because men are educated, but because God's word is eternal. God has at His disposal any and all means to use for His glory.
    When education is exalted as what is necessary to survive and must be attained for all things concerning life, the wrong message is being sent. The God of heaven and earth will and does provide, He sustains His creation, not because of our intelligence, but because He is the Creator of all. God gifts men and women with different levels of intelligence to be doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc. It all should be for the glory of God, unfortunately, sinful mankind has taken education and increased their worldly desires, such as wealth and materialism. The message in America is that we must be educated to get what we want, to please and pamper 'self', but the Bible does not teach that. We must forsake all that we have to be a disciple of Christ, see Luke 14:33. It bears repeating, whether one is educated or not is NOT the most important thing in life, nor is it the reason we have God's word today. IF you claim man has used his intelligence to preserve the word of God, you are giving credit and glory to man, and not to the One to whom it belongs.
    No true Christian is 'fearful' of higher education, they understand it is NOT the key to eternal happiness; and they know the dangers of government education. Yes, education is valuable, but only if rightly understood as a secondary issue, and used rightly to bring glory and honor to God. The most powerful men on the earth were uneducated fishermen, and yet, they turned the world upside down in the preaching of God's word. You do NOT need higher education to understand God's word, nor do you need a degree to avoid sins like gluttony, addiction, etc. Sin is not limited to a person's level of intelligence, the educated and wealthy are just as prideful, materialistic, and prone to addiction as the poor homeless person. To think sin is different in the educated than it is in the poor is unbiblical. God detests sin, regardless of a person's level of intelligence. The educated are just as wicked as the uneducated. Public education has NO desire to bring glory and honor to God, they seek to remove Him from society.
    It's sad you seem to think statistics prove the ignorant of the world are sinners because of their lack of intelligence, while the educated are 'better off' because they're 'smarter'. You claim education will 'correct' sins like obesity and divorce. Gluttony is due to lack of self control, it is sin, and it is NOT limited to the poor. Divorce is prominent throughout society, it is a sin, and again, is NOT limited to the poor…look at Hollywood. Education will not combat these sins, the proclaiming of God's word will; pointing sinners to their sins and then to the Savior, giving them the Gospel of Jesus Christ is their only hope. Even if you 'educate' them and they change their diet, are they not still in their sins? You may have changed their outward appearance, but they are still in bondage to their sins. Society thinks they need psychology, medicine, counseling, etc. to deal with life's problems; however, the only thing needed is trusting in and depending on God. This nation has a prescription drug addiction problem because the medical field and the pharmaceutical companies have convinced folks they are bipolar, or depressed, or have a chemical imbalance, etc. and they NEED anti-depressants and/or painkillers. It's interesting the 'diagnosis' that are made up for the sake of money; prescription drugs are a 12 billion dollar a year business. So, the educated are duping the 'uneducated' into thinking a pill will solve their problems, make them happy, free them from pain and bring them contentment. Do read these articles – madinamerica DOT com/2012/09/things-your-doctor-should-tell-you-about-antidepressants/ and beyondmeds DOT com/2009/11/10/chemical-imbalance-myth/
    as well as this piece csmonitor DOT com/USA/Society/2013/1007/Prescription-drug-abuse-now-more-deadly-than-heroin-cocaine-combined

    God uses the humble, the contrite in heart, to speak His truth; this could be either the educated or the uneducated, makes no difference. True born again believers in Christ do not put a great deal of emphasis on how smart they are, nor do they desire to be educated for 'self', it all must be for the glory of God. Praise God for uneducated men like the Apostle Peter and John!…
    "Now when they beheld the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." Acts 4:13

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