BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 10, Day 3: Hebrews 3:1-6

Summary of passage:  The Hebrews writer calls brothers (believers) to fix their thoughts on Jesus who was faithful to God just as Moses was.  But Jesus is greater since he is the builder of the house (us) and not the house itself (Moses).  God built everything and Moses was a servant in God’s house.  Jesus is the son over God’s house.

Questions:

9a)  Praying, confessing sins

b)  When we are tempted, when we have fears, when we fear death, when we have sinned.

10)  According to Webster’s Dictionary, transcendental meditation is “a technique of meditation in which a mantra is changed in order to foster calm, creativity, and spiritual well-being.”  It is based on Hindu traditions.

Christian meditation, according to Wikipedia, is “a form of prayer in which a structured attempt is made to get in touch with and deliberately reflect upon the revelations of God.  Christian meditation aims to heighten the personal relationship based on the love of God.”

So, Christian meditation is to get closer to God, to learn who He is, to know Him better, to learn to hear God’s voice and listen and obey Him.  The point is to focus on God.

Transcendental mediation is more about the person, you.  It’s selfish.  It’s developing brain activity so you can have clarity in your life, reduce stress, unlock creativity, and calm the mind.  It has nothing to do with God.

Hebrews 12:2:  “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning hits shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

11)  Similarities:  Both were called to do God’s work.  Both were sent to save God’s people.  Both lived extraordinary lives because of it.

Differences:  Jesus showed a perfect faithfulness in his ministry.  Moses disobeyed God and took credit for a miracle (Numbers 8-12) and was thus punished and not allowed to see the promised land.  Moses received glory from God but Jesus was transfigured and resurrected.  Moses is part of God’s house but Jesus is the creator.  Moses was never called a son by God.

Conclusions:  I had no clue what transcendental meditation was so of course I had to google it.  I don’t think this question could be answered with just knowledge in the average person’s brain.  In this case, I definitely think going outside the Bible should be allowed when asking a question that the Bible never addresses.

Also, not sure the challenge part of this.  Hebrews 12:2 does use the same expression but what clarification it offers in terms of transcendental meditation is beyond me.

In instances such as these, I wish BSF would just come out and state their opinion on the matter (which they may do in the notes and/or lecture) instead of making it a question on a topic that was irrelevant in the days of Hebrews, the Apostles, and the early Church (transcendental mediation was not invented or popularized until the 1950’s).

The question would be more relevant in comparison to meditating on other gods, Confucius, or Buddha and their teachings, all of whom existed before Jesus and were legitimate threats to the spread of Christianity in the first century AD instead of singling out a “technique” that has only recently come into existence.