What is the mind of God on His children practicing the martial arts? What is His stance when they train in Kung Fu or Karate or Krav Maga, Taekwondo, Tai Chi or any of the many martial arts? Is the LORD delighted when His sons learn these martial arts to defend themselves, their family and their territory?
There are some things that sound good with Martial Arts, but just like Yoga, it does not originate from God, Jesus Christ or His word. It is deceptive and spiritually dangerous, let’s see why…
What is Martial Arts?
According to Encyclopedia, “Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practiced for a variety of reasons: self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, entertainment, as well as mental, physical, and spiritual development.”
Looking at the definition above, it is clear that martial arts takes your attention away from God and puts it on SELF, physical strength and ability, & what you can do – coupled with the spirit of competition, perfection, and pride. It also says you can develop spiritually with martial arts, which suggests that there are some things that you can do during this practice that open doors to forces other than the one true God – even Jesus Christ.
Martial Arts Roots
Rudgley (2000) argues that the martial arts of the Chinese, Japanese, Aleut peoples, and Mongolian wrestling all have “roots in the prehistoric era and to a common Mongoloid ancestral people who inhabited north-eastern Asia. The Lord (or King) of Dance) with a Martial Arts Pose is a depiction of the Hindu god Shiva as the cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to destroy a weary universe and make preparations for the god Brahma to start the process of creation (Encyclopedia). The central point of these poses and images depict fight, struggle & self-defense. Clearly, Martial Arts and the “likes” are rooted in the worship of idols, particularly the hindu god shiva.
Some Reasons For Martial Arts
Martial artists strive to improve physically, mentally and spiritually while polishing combat skills.
A true martial artist always strive for perfection (spirit of perfection/outside Christ is demonic -as we see in the case of Lucifer who wanted to be like God.)
When confronted by unjust threats, martial artist will fight back with an absolute resolve (by doing this, you make yourself a god – against GOD).
To use the body to reach and learn to master the mind (this is demonic because we can never use the body to master the mind. The spirit is supposed to have authority over the mind and not the other way round. This is the devilish, contrary to God’s will).
Meditation is the foundation of all true martial arts (When you meditate outside of God’s word, you pull energy from demonic forces).
As we can see above, in no instance does Martial Arts point you to God. It is SELF first and then how can you fight battles you are not sent to fight. Simply put, how can you play God? Besides, any form of meditation that is not rooted in God’s word is demonically influenced.
7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Practice Martial Arts ( Amongst Others)
- Any aspect of Kung Fu or Karate or Krav Maga, Taekwondo, Tai Chi or any of the many martial arts that requires you to open your mind to forces unknown is spiritual adultery against God.
- The root of these arts are not rooted in Christ
- If you truly check your heart, you will see that as you practice these arts, your confidence will be in SELF and your physical strength.
- Focus & Trust in “SELF” is the beginning of pride, the same sin that brought Lucifer down.
- Opening your mind to demonic forces and drawing energy from them puts you in spiritual bondage – whether you know it or not.
- The ruling demonic force for such arts of meditation is the devil himself, in the form of a serpent.
- The most dangerous part about this art is “meditation” & trying to use the body to control the mind.
Are There Any Exceptions?
But God said “all things work together for our God” (Romans 8:28). You may have been involved in this in the past before you became saved or born again. In this case, you need to seek God concerning this experience that you have brought with you and what He wants you to do with it. Thus, if you must use the experience you gathered before you came to Christ, you must seek counsel from God and a go-ahead from Him to use that experience.
For example, If you have the experience and have been called into this office to be used of God – then you must yield to the Holy Spirit. He can have you physically protect people but it is important that you know that your strength is from God and He alone instructs and empowers you to do. You must learn to see yourself as nothing but a vessel that can be used as God pleases; but if you let it get into your head, you may begin to operate in pride and this is not God’s will. You should move only as He instructs and not when you choose because if you do – you may be used as a vessel of the devil to oppress people and still think you are working for God. Remember, nobody can help God, He is God all by Himself.
God’s Protection Vs. Man’s Protection
You also need God’s full backup and protection to be successful in such an endeavor. You can’t protect yourself well enough. You may be strong with martial arts but if you end up dying from poison, you just lost the most important battle – so the fighter must know he is nothing without God. You do not want to spend the rest of your life trying to protect people and at the end of the day you lose your life so cheaply.
Consider this: There used to be a well-known fighter who won every fight he fought in the rings. One day, out of pride and confidence in self and experience, he aggressively and angrily tried to protect his girlfriend from a man whom he thought was trying to talk to her. Well, the story after that attempt is a very sad one because he lost his life to a small cut. He ended up losing his life. He lost his life over the most important battle. I can imagine he finally realized, at the very last moments of his life, that he was now fighting to live, but couldn’t win. Sadly, this was the most important battle he needed to fight. He had won every other battle but lost the most important out of pride and anger. He was moved by jealousy, anger and pride and these are fruits of the devil. When we are moved by such, we end up losing everything because God is not the one behind you, but the devil.
What is the mind of God on His children practicing martial arts?
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein (Psalm 24:1). God has created everything for His glory…however, Satan has found ways to pervert those things God has made – in an attempt to spite God. Martial Arts was first practiced by men who wanted to learn to defend themselves and inspired by demonic forces, ideologies and idols. Hence, Martial arts and any form of such arts is “tradition”; and for this reason, one can not only deviate from God’s plan for his/her life but can also make the word of God of non-effect in his/her life (Mark 7:13) …by practicing such arts.