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Sunday Terminology: Panentheism


Panentheism comes from Greek words Pan [Παν] meaning- all (pl.en [εν]- in,  theos [θεος] – god. So, panentheism is a system of belief that asserts God is in the universe. This sounds more like pantheism; nevertheless, many differences lie in their worldview. Panentheists affirm that God is in all as contrary to pantheist view that God is all. Or “all in God” is pertaining to the entire universe that is in God. Thus, God and universe are ontologically two different entities. “They believe that God is in the world  much like a soul is in the body or a mind is in the brain. In other words, God has two aspects of existence: finite and infinite. The finite world is God’s body, and the infinite side is the immaterial aspect located beyond the world. Since the world changes, God changes also.” [1] Moreover, God in panentheism is considered as the necessity for the existence of the universe. Instead, the entire universe itself is the part of God, and some sort of eternal driving force is animating the universe. Therefore, God is greater than the universe.

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[1] Norman Geisler and Joseph Holden, Living Loud: Defending your Faith (Nashville: Broadman and Holman Pub., 2002), 73. Print.

Not Such a Thing as Christian Yoga


The word, ‘Yoga’ has become a very marketable offer in the competitive marketplace of health and fitness. Many metropolises in the United States of America have been attracted to Yoga recently. The allies in those metropolises are decorated with commercial hoarding boards of Yoga centers. They seem, to great extent, succeeded to lure people by promising to change our lifestyle inward as well as outward through Yoga practices. In this enticement, not even churches are exception subscribing to Yoga without understanding its deeper meaning, purpose, and significance. Thence, Yoga has been adopted as a trendy idea of physical exertion among the Christians which has, in fact, surreptitiously invaded the Christian conscience as a counterfeit spirituality. Yoga cannot be taken as a mere form of ‘working out’ without the aspects of spirituality deeply founded in Eastern Vedic theology and Yoga philosophy.

Generally, Yoga is understood in terms of the system as a practical discipline that keeps our physical motors running in good condition through the techniques Yoga prescribes to its practitioner. In the west, it is largely viewed as the form of physical and mental exercise. And it is easily welcomed in the Christian communities in the pursuit of physical well-being. The common notion of Christian believers is that Yoga can be a better form of workout, since it is all about stretching limbs and controlling respiration through different body postures.

Before assessing whether Yoga can serve Christians without forging its core objectives, the fundamental principles of it should be discussed. The meaning and origin of Yoga, its potential adverse influence in our lives, and its adaptation and adoption throughout the ages in the Hindu Philosophy are the important areas of study that we need to pay attention afore we embrace the Yoga system. Continue reading Not Such a Thing as Christian Yoga