Does God Want You to Be Coloring Mandalas?
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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.
It is wonderful to find a creative way to express a Bible verse like many of us do in the Facebook community over at Jesus Journaling.
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!
Pray and ask the Lord to guide you in glorifying God in your Bible journaling and give you the ability to be creative.
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
How Eastern Meditation Differs From Biblical Meditation
Will God Protect You From Adult Coloring Books?
Adult Coloring Books and Mandalas – A Warning for Christians!
Did you know what a mandala was before reading this post? Was this helpful to you in your coloring choices?
Thanks, Judie, for clarifying what mandalas are. It’s so good to be aware of pagan influences and steer clear of them.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this posts about mandalas. I hope that it encourages many people to be careful in what they chose to color.
The interpretations you are sighting here are only one perspective. Mandalas are used repeatedly in christianity. One simple example i can think of is in the beautiful stained glass rosette windows in many churches and chapels. Even in creation, mandelaic images are created by God in nature over and over again such as snowflakes, prisims/colleidoscope effect, sea shells, flowers, etc.
We know to worship the Creator and not the creation and that any any anything can be made into an idol. This is where spiritual maturity and discernment are necessary. Let the Holy Spirit guide you as an individual though right, that’s what we are told to do. If this is a hot spot for you, than keep away, but if it isn’t for another brother or sister, than that’s their walk. Anyways, good conversation!
Thank you for this clear article. A year and a half ago I had been given a colouring Journal from a Christian, which included, with flowers, Mandalas and feathers (Dream Catchers?).
I was uncomfortable with it and looked up “Prayer Mandalas” = “container of sacred essence”.
So I drew a large circle with “Jesus be the Centre” on the inside cover.
Today I have torn out every page, and will redo the Journalling already done into another book.
This was clear guidance.
Thank you so much Alice! I hadn’t known anything about mandalas either until I started to research about them just recently. Yes, dream catchers are another thing that we need to be careful of that I have seen in coloring books. I love that you are willing to rip out and redo journaling you have already done.
I feel the same way about yoga. There is a really good testimony from a woman who came out of that belief system who says it’s not as innocent as Christians want to believe. She says that there is no way to separate the physical exercise from the spiritual. Anyway, thanks for the great article.
Thanks Heather! Yoga is another thing that I want to write about soon. It is so accepted in our Christian culture today.
I enjoyed this very much. I had seen mandalas but had thought them harmless. I will definitely be looking closer at coloring books for me and my children. But I was wondering… I crochet and I have seen patterns for crocheted mandalas which aren’t any different in looks or shape to doilies. Should I stay away from pattern that specifically state that they are mandalas or just doilies all together.
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment! It blesses me so much! It wasn’t long ago that I thought that mandalas were harmless too. We are all helping each other to keep on top of these types of things. Your question about whether to stay away from mandalas in crochet is very interesting to me. I Googled it and came up with beautiful doilies that looked just like my grandmother used to make. My grandmother died when she was 80 back in 1970 and I don’t think she was crotcheting mandalas! Crotchet doilies naturally are round or square. I have a lot of them that she made. She often used different pastel colors. Usually white and another color. Some of the designs I saw when I Googled it looked similar to my grandmother’s doilies and others had very complicated colorful designs that looked just like the mandalas in coloring books. So, maybe you have to be discerning when choosing patterns since any round doilie could be called a mandala.
Wow! I never saw the coloring like this. I thought they were just pretty patterns.
Hmmm… I need to think this some more.
Hi Mrs. Laura, I thought so too until I got chatting with a friend and then researched it. I love to color, just not a mandala! Thanks so much for stopping over!
You lost me at “I don’t think Christians need to learn too much.”
I have been thinking about how to respond to your comment and what comes to my mind is that we are not to dwell on the things that are of darkness but on the things of the light (Ephesians 5:8-13). In a nutshell, it says to have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness but instead to expose them. The fruit of the light consists of goodness, righteousness, and truth. It says in these verses that it is shameful to even mention what the disobedient do in secret. When light shines on the things that are done in darkness it exposes them. That sums up why I don’t think Christians need to learn too much about things like mandalas because of what God tells us in these verses. I know that many Christians aren’t aware of what a mandala is just like I didn’t at one point. That is why I think it is important to share about them since we can color them without realizing. Thanks so much Tdawn for sharing your thoughts. I hope you have an amazing day!
I really don’t see the jump you are making here. Nature is full of beautiful circles and designs.. amazing patterns. All these were created by God. Just because a religion decided to draw them and call them something doesn’t mean they get to have them. So the jump I am not getting is how drawing or coloring a detailed mathematical design in a beautiful way is honoring to a false god.
God created circles and designs. I am particularly referring to when they are used by eastern religion. I have seen how extremely similar designs as used in these religions are also found in Christian coloring books. For me, I want to be sure to be focusing on God and not on a design that can mesmerize into the wrong focus.
I found this, could you comment on this? “Mandalas can be traced in the Christian Church as far back as the 12th Century AD. Two brilliant mandala creators from the 1500s are Lutherans. Both Martin Luther and Jakob Böhme created these circular compositions to communicate Christ. We also find mandalas built into the circular stained glass windows of Europe’s cathedrals, as well as Christian churches in other parts of the world.”
Thank you Marc for sharing your thoughts in response to my post about Mandalas. Although there are similar things found in Christian church history, today, as I shared in my article, Mandalas are often used as a form of meditation for eastern religions. For myself, I want to be aware of that and not be color them. My apologies for being so tardy in responding to your comment.
This is why I don’t allow mandalas in my Christian coloring group. As Christians, we are to avoid idols and practices from other religions. Your article is Biblically sound.
Thank you so much Sheila for this encouragement! I love that you have a Christian coloring group!
Hold up! I’m a 16 year old doing research for a project on Mandalas. I have no clue why all of you are making such a huge deal out of literally JUST COLORING! Who becomes so unconscious that they open themselves up do demons while they color. Art to me is stressful, I constantly am changing colored pencils and wondering what colors to use. It IS all just about coloring inside the lines and choosing colors. I’m an artist, I know this. ALSO, you come at yoga like that! It’s relaxing and good for your body. Did you ever think that when you open up to ‘demonic power’ that you are also opening up to God and that you are always in the presence of God and that he will protect you from all demonic power. Don’t get me wrong, I am Christian and I love going to adoration with my youth group, but tell me how thats different than becoming unconscious. You sit there and stare at the alter while music plays with the same lines over and over. Going back to yoga, coloring and crocheting the lady up there was talking about, it doesn’t matter what you are physically doing like the movements in yoga, it only matter what you are thinking or what you intentions are. Like someone else said, all these things were created or adopted by other religions and are said to be symbolizing of something, but really what if one day a religion decided that going to space was religious. Would we all stop going to space if we weren’t that religion, NO! Things like yoga and coloring which you guys are flipping out about were just ‘discovered’ first. There is no justifiable reason for this irrational war you’ve declared. Another thing, meditating is Hindus and Buddhists way to achieve their spiritual goal and you saying that it opens them up to demonic power is basically saying that their way is flawed. We are supposed to be respectful of others beliefs and religions. I, who is taking a world religion class, thinks this article would be very offensive to any Hindu or Buddhist.
Hi Brian! Thank you so much for responding to my article on mandalas. I love how you are really thinking through the pros and cons of Mandalas. I researched about Mandalas before writing my article and found much of what I shared from websites that encouraged coloring mandalas. As a Christian, your main goal is to put God first in everything. The first of the Ten Commandments says that *You are to have no other Gods. If you remember the stories of the Israelites, they were constantly adding the Canaanite gods to their worship of the One true God. I love the people that I have met through the years who are Hindu or Buddhist. That doesn’t mean that I am going to include mandalas to what I color. They are the ones that encourage focusing on a mandala until you go into an extremely relaxed state or trance. My article was written primarily for Christian women who want to put Jesus Christ first in everything they do. Mandalas are Hindu and I choose not to color them. I hope you will find the answers that you are looking for.
No! I need the receipts ? the truth? and the ?real? tea
Hi again Brian! Bible is the only place where you will find the truth. The Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
The gospel of John and the book of Romans are both good books to read when you are looking for truth.
Coloring mandalas is not idolatry. Idolatry is worshipping false gods. I cannot be worshipping an idol while coloring a mandalas if I do not believe in them. In Exodus when the Israelites worship the golden calf, they are dancing around it and they believe it to be their god. They truly believed that the golden calf was their god, which is why it is idolatry. On the other hand, when a Christian colors a mandala, they are not worshipping a god other than they one they believe in. Although mandalas are linked to Hinduism and Buddhism, when a Christian colors them they are not going accidentally go into a trance if they are not trying to purposefully trying to go into a trance. When a Hindu or Buddhist uses the mandalas to meditate, they are thinking about their own beliefs. If a Christian thinks about their own beliefs while coloring a mandala, then how are they opening their minds to “demonic influence”? For a Christian, coloring mandalas are just like coloring any other picture because mandalas do not have the same meaning in our religion than in other religions.
In addition, Judith, I do not think that your article was respectful of Hinduism and Buddhism. You equate their gods to demons when you say “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!” You are also disrespectful when you say, “We are becoming used to Eastern religion sneaking into our homes and culture to the point where we no longer think it is wrong.” Judith, these statements are very offense and I would never want a Hindu or Buddhist to stumble upon this article. Here are some bible quotes I think you need to remember: Romans 14:1 “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.” John 15:12: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” Jude 1:22: “Have mercy on those who doubt.” Romans 12:10 “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
Mary, thank you for sharing your thoughts on Mandalas.
I’m a dedicated Believer in Jesus and His Word & am open to being convicted of anything I’ve allowed, whether intentionally or blindly, into my life. My question is about the art form of Zentangle. I really enjoy it and have for years, to keep my attention on something other than my chronic pain. I make designs and often a piece of artwork including a Scripture or word of encouragement. Is this opening myself up to demonic influences even when I’m just focused on a pattern and color?
Hi Deborah, I think coloring is a wonderful way of relaxing and especially when we are focusing on God’s Word. I shared my research and several articles that you can read to help you find what God wants for your life. For me, it’s not that anything having a circle is wrong because all kinds of circles can be found in God’s creation and stained glass artwork in churches through the ages. I choose not to color mandalas because they are something that originated from the Hindu religion. I grew up in Asia and know how real the various Asian religions are and I have seen Satan’s power in the lives of people. God is greater but that doesn’t mean it is wise for me to think I can include elements of another religion in my life. My desire is to be holy and Christ-like. As you can see from the comments from this post, there are many different opinions. Read all the articles, read all the comments, pray for God to guide you in what you should color. Thanks so much for reading my article.
I actually think your explanation is too far fetched… I mean, if you color mandalas in order to worship some other form one Indian deity, that is really wrong. but being a christian is much more than coloring mandalas, or anything else;..
i have a mandala tapestry in my bedroom and it has certainly not changed to way I see god and the way I believe…
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on mandalas Marion. Each of us must make our own decision about whether to include mandalas in our artwork or as decorations in our homes or clothing. It actually isn’t all that far-fetched because it is how mandalas are described on sites of non-believers as well. For me, it is something that I have chosen not to color for the reasons I gave in my post.
The thing is, if we have to avoid everything that the enemy has used for his glory through other religions and demonic rituals, we have to forsake rainbows, stars, the sun and moon, earth, wind, fire, water, various animals, the human body, sex, even the cross (worn by numerous shameless demon-worshipping rockers, as well as other professions). Mándalas are not important to me at all. But as soon as the enemy uses one of God’s gifts to US, WE throw the baby out with the bath water. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof and all they who dwell in it. He gives us all things to enjoy. These things BELONG to us through Christ and from the Father. How is it correct to reject any gift from the Father just because a usurper and thief decides to take it for himself. The shape, the colors, the meditation, these are all created for us. Satan usurps it and we back off and cry, take it! We don’t want it any more. If we are truly children of the king, why don’t we, in the authority given us by the King Himself, take back what us ours through His sacrifice?
I appreciate the sincerity of the article to warn believers to be wise in these times…but in this I believe we are sincerely wrong if we forsake the things the devil chooses to use. A counterfeiter chooses the most valuable things for his benefit. It It is way past time that believers cease their surrender of the good in this earth just because a thief and liar dares to misuse what belongs to our King! Greater is He that is in us than her that is in the world. The Word says when the thief is discovered he must return seven fold what he has taken. Your article testified that HE IS DISCOVERED! The mandala is probably the least of our worries…but if we start there, so be it. Thank you for loving the Body of Christ and caring for its welfare. God bless you! I know He does. ?
Thank you! Our oldest daughter is into all of these things and doesn’t “know” the Savior in her heart. I always am “watching” with a “discerning spirit” especially what is happening with the
contemplative movement. Lighthouse Trails Publishing Research Project for the “truth”
We can pray for your daughter as knowing Jesus is more important right now than anything else! Praying for her!
If you can’t see god in thr universe around you, in every shape and circle of life, maybe you aren’t really seeing a mandala. Fear has a way of clouding your vision. I’ll pray you find clarity
Thank you Deedra for sharing your experience and for praying for me.
once in art class i had to draw a mandala as a project. I drew the mandala and was really happy about the beautiful designs i had created. so being me i took my creation home to show my parents. Of course i was gonna show my mom first. Now my mom is a christian but she has a mandala popsocket on the back of her phone. anyways, i showed her my creation and she was amazed on how good i did it. however, a few days later my art teacher made a new assignment related to the mandala. she said we had to look up an article about the following types of mandalas which included buddhism. when i heard that word i knew something wasn’t right. i had already had a feeling about how the mandals looked. i knew something was off. so i started googling it, and i read about how mandalas are not for christians and can bring demonic influences in your life. i had to tell my mom about this. When i did she was in disbelief and took the mandala off her phone immediately. i think god for allowing me to read this article..
Josie, I was so blessed reading your very special comment. Thank you very much for taking the time to share it. I am sure that the Lord will allow it to be used over and over as others read your testimony. Have a very special day!
Josie, thank you so much for sharing your incredible story about your experience with mandalas.
Great passionate discussion! Personally, I do not find coloring intricate patterns such as in mandalas, relaxing. As you briefly mentioned, the word “MANDALA” is actually the Sanskrit word for “CIRCLE” and as a graphic artist who uses circular design every day to create everything from adds to fine art, it is a reach to think that coloring a circle can somehow invoke demonic influence in the heart of a mature believer in Christ. [Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”].
The fact that, thousands of years ago, some Hindu and Buddhists monks decided to create circles in the sand, doodle inside of them, and give them religious meaning, is typical religiosity-man’s attempt to reach God. As a believer in Christ, that issue is solved-Christ reached me. So I wouldn’t give any more thought to coloring a circular mandala design than I would to coloring a Celtic knot or round stain glass window. As mature believers, we understand that evil thoughts and demonic influences occur in the spirit and mind not through a piece of white paper with circle drawings. [Matthew 15:19 “For out of the heart come evil thoughts…”] Circles and doodles are simply design elements… found throughout art history and in ever ripple we see after a rock is tossed into a pond. In my humble opinion, a lack of sound biblical teaching and ignorance of the Word, are by far the biggest threats in the lives of believers.
Paula, I really appreciate your input and for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment.
I found this via google search because I was curious if there was any reason not to look at or enjoy looking at a decorative circular design as a believer in God.
When I was younger I always steered clear of anything that had reference to Eastern roots, I was always on the fence about yoga or anything that didn’t feel “Christian” (I am a Messianic Jewish Believer).
But as I mature in my faith as a believer and embrace God and the Messiah, and am filled with the Holy Spirit I can comfortably look at God’s creation that may be circular or stretch my body to stay healthy without the fear of some kind of evil spirit taking over me.
I center my life and thoughts on God and the Messiah at all times. I am immersed in the Holy Spirit and don’t fear evil taking over my soul.
I just wanted to encourage anyone who may be curious or uncertain about these things.
If you are not completely comfortable, absolutely don’t look at or color circular objects. Don’t engage in an unfamiliar exercise if you feel like it is going to open up your mind to something that isn’t Holy.
But as a mature Believer I no longer feel these thoughts or feelings about these things. I will never voluntarily engage in anything satanic or occultic, but if I were to ever find myself in a questionable situation not by my own choice, I am confident that my mind, soul and body are rooted and belong to the Lord my God and Messiah.
I have a couple mandela tapistries, I had took them down. I don’t know what to think,I’m conflicted, they are so pretty but I’m scared
Hello Olivia, I don’t think you have to be scared because Jesus has won the victory over Satan. If you are feeling conflicted, pray about it and read the articles that I have linked and also do your own search. Be like the Bereans who searched the Scriptures.
Dear Judy, what an eye opener for this article. Any mandala coloring page I have will be thrown away. I have a question. I have a book with mandalas in them. There are other pages that seem harmless like animals, etc. Are these ok to color? As you said, our God is the only true God and we shall not be involved with any other false gods, idols, etc. Our God is the way, the truth, and the life and the truth shall set you free. Keep up the good job and God bless!
I think this is an individual thing that you’ll have to pray about. For me, I have some coloring books with other things in them. I mostly have them to get ideas for journaling art. without seeing your animal pictures, what I have personally noticed is that there is a style in the drawings that seem to be more like those influenced in Hindu influenced drawings. I use a great deal of discretion while knowing that God is greater and is victorious. Thank you, Ken, for taking the time to leave a thoughtful comment.
Dear Judy, you are absolutely correct. I prayed to God and He said to ditch those entire books. I have many more books that show the beauty, power, and grace that He has bestowed upon us. Thank you once again and God bless!!!
Thank you Ken, for sharing such a wonderful response. God is so good!
I agree and disagree. If a mandala is used in the way you’ve described here, I can see the possible danger, but what if it’s a matter of enjoying the design and symmetry. What if we’re meditating on the word of God while coloring or even THANKING him for the beauty of colors and shapes. I guess what it boils down to is this…Humans assign a meaning to everything. If mandalas are seen as worship to false gods, and coloring them causes the person to sin against their own conscience, then they should refrain from it. If it isn’t seen as an idol but an object of beauty (like a flower or butterfly) it shouldn’t be a big deal. BUT if coloring in a mandala causes my brother or sister to color them, and sin against their conscience, that is entirely different. God sees the heart and our intentions behind what we do.
1 Corinthians 8
Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge.  Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.
But the man who loves God is known by God.
So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one.
For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”),
yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled.
But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.
Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, won’t he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols?
So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.
When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.
Mandala’s are used throughout Christianity and in many church stained glass window designs. I don’t believe there is anything wrong with liking them, or coloring them, or having them in one’s home as long as they are not being prayed to or worshiped. Satan can temp us through anything is he wishes to, even a peaceful dove. It’s about the strength of our faith. As long as we are secure in our personal relationship with God I can’t imagine how a mandala could be harmful. God knows what’s in our hearts.
If one lives in fear then every circle and star pattern is a threat. If you live with a loving heart then you see art as something beautiful that a person made that we can appreciate, enjoy and learn from. I can’t imagine being grateful to live in creation and to also feel like I need to be on guard against evil through judgement and avoidance of the other religions of the world and their art.
Hi Lyndon! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and reading my blog.
Yes, I do agree, it is important to keep our eyes open and be aware of what we are engaging in to be careful of types of meditation such as yoga, poses, and the words that go along, certain non christian symbols, meditative practices, such as transcendental meditation. I thank you for speaking out about being aware of such pagan and non Christian practices. We live in a naive and anti-Christian world these days. It is important to be responsible and study the things we get into and even study our own faith. So many people don’t even truly know their own faith. There is a wealth of information available. I think is is fine to color a Mandala as long as you are for instance coloring one of a tiger and just making it pretty and adding color, therefore calming yourself and relaxing. .
It is in relaxing and being quiet and thinking on good things that we can then open the door to Christ to speak to our soul. Another example of a Mandala type image would be a beautiful rose window in a traditional Christian church, intended to beautifully reflect the light from the heavens and inspire us to think on and be inspired by God’s beauty. So long as we are choosing ones without non-Christian symbols. Symbols are like writing. Many of the ornate symbols used to decorate images in the early church were covered in holy symbology, for instance images of the trinity knot, the circle meaning eternity, roses to symbolize the virgin from whence Christ came, dots and circles of 3, meaning the trinity, doves, crosses, Bible numerology, etc. The ornamentation is also symbolic of Kingly adornment to remind us that we are a part of God’s royal kingdom and members of His royal family. I have found it helpful in meditation or contemplation while spending time with God as one I have used as an ornamented representation of Jesus intended to be colored while saying the Lord’s Prayer. God bless you!
Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for all that you shared. I value your input and am thankful for you stopping by to read what I wrote on Mandalas.
So… circular patters are evil because they can be used for evil purposes? (Please correct me if that is not what you were saying. That is basically what I got out of this article.) Pretty much everything has been used for evil at one time or another. Does that mean that Christ is powerless to redeem those things? Does it mean that Christ is powerless to use a mandala or “similar” pattern to help us focus on our oneness with him, or to help us rest in him? I don’t care for mandalas personally, but the leap from “they can be used in idol worship” to “they are idol worship” is too much of a jump for me. Do you chicken? Where I grew up, chickens were regularly used for various rituals. So by the logic you employ with mandalas, chicken is also evil and unredeemable. The Christ we see in Scripture redeemed all kinds of people who had been used by Satan (Paul, the murderer, or Rahab, the prostitute, for instance). He redeemed unclean animals. He redeemed slavery in Joseph’s case. He redeemed a cursed cross. He redeemed and continues to redeem every day. The argument you are making seems dangerously close to saying that God is powerless to reclaim what is his. Satan once had hold of me, but God has redeemed me (and I assume that he has redeemed you, based on everything I have read in this blog.) If he can redeem those of us who are able to actively choose evil, why can he not do the same for something that has no choice to make? Why must he submit to the Devil when the Devil lays claim to something?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Cynthia. I grew up in Asia where I saw first hand the influence of Satanic religions. Did you read all the other linked articles as well as what I wrote? Of course, not all circular patterns are evil. The sun and moon are not evil because they are round. For me, I choose not to color mandalas for the reasons I gave in my article. You can read my article and make your own choice. My desire is to live a life of holiness and for me, that means not coloring mandalas. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
You keep saying in your comments that YOU are choosing to not color mandalas for the reasons you gave in the article, but the article itself is very judgements of those that do and implies NO Christian should engage in the activity, no matter their motives.
Rainbows, while they have origins in Christianity, are used by the LBGTQ+ community. Does that mean Christians should ban all use of rainbows? It’s a little far fetched.
You’re entitled to your opinion on the matter, but telling Christians it is putting the mandala before God if you color it is just ridiculous.
It’s like Paul and eating the meat given up to idols and gods in the temple. In the end, it really doesn’t matter either way.
You have to make up your own mind concerning mandalas. Yes, I ‘choose’ not to color them and you may ‘choose’ to color them because each of us has a free-will. I presented the content of my post after careful consideration and prayer. I linked other articles to aid the inquiring reader to decide what the Lord would have her do. No matter how it is worded in my post compared to how my replies are given, it all comes down to personal beliefs and preferences with mandalas. As I have probably said before, I grew up in Asia around the Buddhist, Shinto, and Hindu religions. I saw the reality of satan at work and desire to wholeheartedly and totally follow Jesus Christ. Thank you Cassie for reading my post and leaving a comment.
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