Not all conflict is bad. You will often see me arguing with people in these forums simply because it is the way to understand them better. My world invades your world. Your world invades my world. We are still alive, we are not dead. The Gospels records how the Pharisees often came to "test" Jesus with questions. They were portrayed as villains in the drama of Jesus' life, that they were mean people who wanted to incriminate. But that just isn't the reason why everyone argues or asks questions. Now that you explain it that way, I can see how "yoga" can be made compatible with Christianity. Regarding devotion, I am less "devotional" than I was years ago. I don't think in terms of devotion anymore. I think of a martyr who stood up for something noble. I consider myself part of something important, but it's not devotion. My thinking on this has changed over the years. I cannot speak for all 2 billion Christians, but I can speak of what I know. Christianity isn't about spirituality, theology or mysticism. It is about integration and assimilation. Mysticism (or whatever it may be called) may have been part of it, but not all of it. There was something "greater" and "more important" than the spirituality, theology or mysticism in Christianity. It started with breaking down the walls of separation between Jew and Gentile and the purpose became a breaking down of walls between other Gentiles. In the first century the Jews considered Hellenism an abomination, but Paul defended it and Christianity was born. As long as they worshipped one God, they were fine. Christianity spread through much of Europe and beyond, assimilating pagan cults. For example, the way the Christmas tree became part of Christianity was St Boniface cutting down a tree to show that the tree god was false. Christians today, however, have forgotten about this integrationist agenda. When I speak of integration, I don't mean conversion. I don't mean a person confessing Jesus is Lord and saviour. I mean other religions becoming part of Christianity, just like Hellenism was mixed with something Jewish to get Christianity started. Most Christians think that becoming Christian is about accepting that Jesus is your saviour, that he died for your sins. But 2,000 years ago, people were applying Jewish criteria to becoming Christian and becoming circumcised. The idea of Jesus dying for people's sins was therefore used to explain why they didn't have to be circumcised. A less strict requirement replaced a stricter one so that more people could be included in the "collective." The idea of having to accept Jesus as your saviour, however, was not the requirement given by the Jerusalem church. This was Paul's idea, so there were differences in opinion. James the Just and the Jerusalem church proposed the Apostolic Decree, which is basically a derivation of the Seven Noahide Laws in Judaism. The teachings were less important than including more people in the collective. That's why even if Jesus did teach something mystical, that isn't what his religion is about. There are two reasons why I felt it was important to "argue" with you. One was that if Christianity was an integrationist agenda, then saying it's mysticism or yoga would give people the wrong idea. The second is that many Christians treat it as a "devotional" religion. It is one spirituality versus another. Saying it's yoga would put you in conflict with that category of Christian. If Christians were to remember that it was integrationist, they wouldn't be so offended by a statement that "Christianity" teaches "yoga." But because they have forgotten, you must remind them. The way to make "yoga" a part of Christianity is not to say that Jesus taught yoga. It is to say that Christianity allows yoga to be part of it. You have to mention the Apostolic Decree. It's not impossible to make it part of Christianity. You just have to know how. Let me use the analogy of citizenship. In the last century, Western countries introduced the idea of multiculturalism. When you go to another country and become a citizen, you have to agree to obey its laws. As long as you agree to its laws, you are accepted regardless of your race. In tribal cultures, there is often an initiation ritual. Saying that Jesus was an Essene, a mystic or taught yoga wasn't my idea of the "proper protocol" of making something Christian. This is what will get you in conflict with those 2 billion Christians. I don't think Jesus intended to be a "good teacher" -- not in the sense of teaching something consistent. If his goal, however, was for people of different backgrounds to come together, then half of that goal has been achieved. This is what he taught well without saying so much. I believe Christians try to be spiritual, but fail miserably. The reason is because they are jealous of other spiritualities. This is why I think spirituality should be avoided. Something else needs to be tried. Love is hard to learn when you are trying to be spiritual but are jealous of other spiritualities, and there are a lot of jealous Christians out there. Jealous Christians don't like yoga. The idea of love doesn't work for everyone. This is why you should invoke the Apostolic Decree. Make sure you understand the Apostolic Decree so you can explain it to them. Study its history and significance, get to know it inside out. You can't die?