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Deuteronomy 12:29-30 • Do Not Inquire

"When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, beware that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?'"
    —Deuteronomy 12:29-30 (NASB)

Every generation of Believer has to come to grip with the issue of whether or not a belief, practice, or activity of another religion is applicable to Christianity. There are many things that "feel" familiar or that look the same. There are other things that look to be so successful and beneficial to the practitioners that one wonders if they wouldn't be useful tools in the pursuit of one's own spiritual goals. "Beware that you are not ensnared and follow them."

A successful trap hides from its intended victim the fact it is, indeed, a trap. The prey is made to feel as comfortable as possible in order to lure them in. But in the case of spiritual traps, we have the benefit of seeing the inevitable results and thereby to identify the trap at the earliest stages. We know that the practitioners of these things ultimately wind up in the completely wrong place, worshiping a false god instead of Christ. We can see beyond the "thing" to the inevitable place that particular path takes them. Therefore we should infer that even what looks and feels familiar or bearing "potential" needs to be entirely avoided and circumvented. It leads to serving someone other than Christ.

We don't need to inquire how others "serve their gods" because we've already been given everything we need to know to serve the One True God. There are no gaps or mysteries or missing data sets. That's the working of the deception of false worship, that there might be something missing from our own. I understand that yoga in and of itself might not appear outright threatening, nor chanting, nor labyrinth walking, nor any of a myriad of New Age or any other-age practices, but clearly see and understand where they lead: Not TO Christ but to false ones.

The best way not to be ensnared is to not inquire in the first place. Spend the effort instead on continuing to strengthen the relationship you've already established with Him.