There is something about the human condition that causes us to want to promote ourselves and make ourselves look better than others. That something is called pride. It resides, to some extent, within every human heart.
The bible tells us:
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard others as more important than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)
However, as clear as that is, there is something in us that wants to prove to others that we are better, or more important than they are. Exaggeration and caricature are often great ways of depicting sin issues and the following video from Brian Regan does a great job of exposing the ugliness of “The Me Monster”:
Do you ever find yourself trying to top someone else’s story? Do you ever notice yourself trying to posture yourself so that you impress others? The Apostle Paul says:
“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” (2 Corinthians 10:12)
Next time you have the opportunity, find a way to encourage others and build them up, rather than tearing them down to make yourself look better. Follow the way of Jesus!
New Age guru / consultant, Deepak Chopra, recently received this note from a concerned admirer:
Dear Dr. Chopra, I have been meditating for a little more than 5 years now. Sometimes, when I go to bed after meditation, from somewhere within the body, there is a pulsating, vibrating feeling. It usually happens when I’m just about to fall asleep. I feel like I’m getting sucked into a whirlpool and have no way of stopping myself. I am thrilled and scared at the same time, but mostly scared. I probably should relax, but cannot, and almost automatically start praying that it stops. It lasts for maybe 20 secs, and then passes away. I would be grateful if you let me know what this could mean, and if there is anything I should or should not be doing. Thanks in advance.
As you might expect, Deepak gave him a response that minimized the seriousness of this man’s spiritual danger.
It is ironic that this man’s natural instinct is to pray. Prayer is indeed the instant reflex of fallen man when he gets into trouble. Intellectually people reject the notion of a Creator to whom they are accountable, but in times of crisis, there they turn.
When the Bible uses the term “meditate” it is encouraging the focusing of the mind ON something specific, not the emptying of the mind.
Traditional Yoga and Eastern Meditation invites the involvement of the demonic “Spirit Guides” into your life.
Here is a great explanation of the dangers of Yoga by Dr. Ravi Zacharias (another Indian man) who has embraced a Christian worldview, as opposed to a Hindu / Buddhist or New Age worldview:
We need to meditate ON God and His perfect word, not to empty our minds. We are to love God with all of our minds and worship Him alone, not to embrace practices that deny His existence and promote joining our spirits with unholy spirits.
For further study:
http://www.ankerberg.com/Articles/new-age/NA1101W1.htm – The Dangers of Yoga
http://bible.org/article/biblical-meditation -Biblical Meditation