Many forms of Martial Arts
Are you or your children involved in Martial Arts? You will want to know the dangers and roots behind Martial Arts.
The question is, must one necessarily compromise his/her relationship with Christ and endanger his/her spiritual life in order to participate in the martial arts? Read the rest of this article and let the article answer for you.
There are many forms of martial arts and all are from Asia and are rooted in Hinduism. The term “Martial Arts” generally refers to the collective body of various personal or individual fighting systems or methods. It is the art of fighting or the body of “war-like” arts.
The real meaning is derived from Roman mythology – Mars, the Roman god of war. Mars was identified by the Romans with the Greek god of war, ares. Ares, in Greek mythology, was the god of war and son of Zeus, king of the gods.
Martial Arts is a contradiction and opposes the teaching of Jesus Christ. IN Galatians 5:23-26 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence. Against such things there is no law…. 26. Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another.”
Martial Arts are interwoven with Chinese religion, which consists of mainly Zen Buddhism. Martial Arts is not just combat-techniques but is an expression of an Eastern “spiritual” philosophy with spiritual aspects to increase self-confidence, assertiveness, etc. Meaning it is a mindset a new lifestyle that does not include Jesus.
Both Buddhism and Zen Buddhism have roots in Hinduism that has an emphasis on the sanctify of all life, belief in reincarnation. Martial Arts originated in Asian cultures permeated by a variety of Eastern Religions.
Then, to achieve the art form, the students will have to subject its mind to the practice of Buddhist meditation. Buddhist meditation is different from the meditation the bible talks about.
The Buddhist meditation which is emptying the mind creating altered state of consciousness, is utilizing the chi forces through breathing control techniques. This breathing technique is centered below the navel and the movements are based to animal movements.
What is happening is a person is opening themselves to another spiritual force, giving them supernatural power to do supernatural acts, control and strength. In Martial Arts, you are achieving a oneness with the Universe.
There is a practice of bowing to a master or to an opponent. In Exodus 20:5 “You shall not bow down yourself to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me.”
To answer the original question above, martial arts are little more than expression of Eastern Religion thought and are therefore wholly incompatible with Christianity.