You might be wondering what on earth is a mandala?! I have seen them through the years but really didn’t know much about them.
I have seen mandalas in several attractive adult coloring books too.
They really don’t look evil, so why should I take the time to write about them?
If you Googled adult coloring, you would come up with many different articles, pictures, and products. Coloring has become a popular hobby in the last few years.
As a Christ-follower, it is important to be aware of what a mandala is and how they can subtly influence you.
Two Perspectives on Coloring
It is relaxing to sit down at your kitchen table spread out with a coloring book and Prismacolor pencil crayons.
You might even be a creative who likes to trace from a coloring book or an example on Pinterest.
Coloring helps you unwind at the end of the day and is a good thing to do, yet, we have to “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:6).
We also must “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8).
It helps you . . .
- Meditate on God’s Word
- Pray as you color
- Focus on a passage or verse as you color.
BUT . . .
Should we take some of the practices in coloring mandalas and combine it with our experience in Bible journaling or coloring in ‘Christian’ adult coloring books?
What IS a Mandala?
A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol used in Hindu and Buddhist practices. It represents the universe and that life is never-ending. (Wikepedia)
These mandala designs are used in meditation to assist the person in reaching the point of becoming ‘one’ with the universe.
The mandala is used to gain knowledge from within one’s self.
The mandala is to be visually appealing to the individual focusing on the design.
The mind is supposed to be absorbed in such a way that irritating thoughts are unable to penetrate the mind and being of the person meditating.
Where Do Mandalas Originate?
The word “mandala” originates from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit.
When it is loosely translated it means “circle” but it is far more than just a simple shape.
It represents wholeness and can be seen as the organizational structure of life itself. It is a cosmic diagram that is supposed to remind us of our relation to the infinite or the world that extends beyond our bodies and minds.
The mandala represents everything we see in life. The sun. The moon. The universe. The circle of friends. Relatives and everything we know to be in our life.
When someone is meditating on a mandala, they are supposed to become ‘one’ with the universe.
They meditate on the image of the mandala until they believe they become one with the deities. This practice opens the door to demonic influences!
They are intended to tell the story of an individual’s journey through life.
There is so much more about mandalas but I don’t think it is good for a Christian to learn too much.
Why am I Warning You to Stay Away from Mandalas?
No Christian that I know would deliberately open themselves up to the demonic influences in meditating using a mandala.
But I believe the danger lies in the activity of coloring the image of the mandala. This is because as you color it, you are staring at it and unconsciously open yourself up to demonic powers.
So, when you color a mandala, is it really about coloring in the lines and balancing out the colors?
Is it actually relaxing or are you are you focusing on the design to the point where you are opening your mind up to demonic darkness?
It says in Psalms that we are to place no wicked thing before our eyes.
We are not to put anything before our God.
Is Satan subtly sneaking a spiritual host of wickedness into our homes?
Are we becoming like the frogs put in the pot and not realizing the water is becoming hot? We have become accustomed to the heat and have not jumped out!
We are becoming used to Eastern religion sneaking into our homes and culture to the point where we no longer think it is wrong.
We are being prepared for a one-world religion where we do not have the strength to stand up for Jesus!!
I realize that some that read this may not agree with what I have shared while others will be grateful to have their eyes opened.
Personally, I was shocked to realize that some of the ‘relaxing’ coloring books that I own have mandalas in them. What was more of a surprise was that some of them are called Christian coloring books!
I don’t think we need to stop coloring and creating as we journal. There are wonderful books such as the Complete Guide to Bible journaling. God is our creator and He created us to be artistic too!
We can glorify Him and worship the Lord through our amateur attempts to be artistic.
Instead of focusing on going into a trance and becoming ‘one’ with the deities, we can focus on Jesus and rest in His loving arms.
Just be wise as you select the images that you will draw. This is why I love creating around the words and letters from the verse I am illustrating.
I love drawing flowers and hearts. I am also learning to draw animals and the people from the Old Testament Bible stories I read.
As long as you stay away from a circular design that is similar to those used in mandalas, adult coloring will be good for you!
Open yourself up for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and you will draw closer to Jesus as you color!!
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. James 4:8
Bible Verses on Idolatry
You might wonder what mandalas have to do with idolatry.
In the Old Testament times, civilizations surrounding the Israelites worshipped gods that they made with their own hands. Often, the Israelites would start including these gods in their worship.
God is a jealous God and He hates this!
Nothing has changed because there are many religions around the world that worship other gods that are made with the hands of man.
Coloring a Hindu mandala would be replacing the only True and Living God with something other than Him.
God still abhors that!
These Bible verses will give you reasons from God’s Word to back up why we should not color mandalas.
And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. “You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor 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 generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. Exodus 20:1-6
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. 1 John 5:21
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. 1 Corinthians 10:14
Extra Reading Resources
Did you know what a mandala was before reading this post? Was this helpful to you in your coloring choices?