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Item Name: 5 Things You Should Know About Contemplative Prayer, Booklet by Ray Yungen
Category: Booklets - Lighthouse Trails
Item Number: LHT: BKT-CP
Price: $1.95
Many people may not know that there has been a 'Christian' element to this phenomenon of mysticism known as contemplative prayer or centering prayer. This form of mystical prayer has entered the Christian church primarily through spiritual formation programs. Despite the actual practice being centuries old, going all the way back to the desert fathers in the middle ages, it has only recently struck a chord with many people within the numerous branches or denominations that make up the panoply of Christianity.

New Agers and those practicing Eastern religion regard contemplative prayer as part of their own movement.

Major Proponents of Contemplative Prayer Advocate Eastern Religions. One of the outstanding characteristics of the contemplative prayer movement is what is known as interspirituality. In effect, this means you stay in your present religion but you absorb the spiritual perspective of those within Eastern thought -- Zen Buddhism, Sufism, Taoism and Vedanta.

Finding the 'God' Within It is important to note here that the purpose of contemplative prayer is to enter an altered state of consciousness in order to find ones true self, thus finding God, or at least an occult version of the One True God!

CONCLUSION: CONCLUSION The Bible reveals that in the heart (center) of man our true self is not 'God' but rather sinful and wicked. The Bible also clearly warns against repetitive prayer and also tells us we cannot find God unmediated (i.e., without Christ). Jesus never taught his disciples techniques to attain oneness with God, but rather spoke of Himself as the Way. In fact, the entire New Testament was written to dispute the idea that people can reach God through religious efforts and reveals that Jesus Christ is the only answer.

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