I have watched in great fascination as the debate over adult coloring books has ensued on Facebook.
It started with this article: Adult Coloring Books and Mandalas, A Warning For Christians. In the article the writer reveals how many adult coloring books contain Mandalas, which is a symbol connected to Indian ritualism and Buddhism as a way to merge with deities.
I’ll admit, I love coloring. I’ll often drag out a pile of my kids’ coloring books and color with them. I actually think it is a healthy thing to do. It is not only relaxing and fun, it is creative and a wonderful bonding time with my kids. Plus, it encourages creativity in them and helps them to exercise their small motor skills. I talked about that in this article last fall: Why You Should Color With Your Kids
So, I want to preface this post by saying that I do not believe that all adult coloring books are wrong. Some of them are wonderful. Darlene Schacht has a lovely adult coloring book here that you can purchase.
What I do feel we need to take away from this article is the fact that there has grown a huge interest in adult coloring books for a very dangerous reason.
Zen coloring books that advertise mandalas, meditation, and stress-relief have flooded the market and are a dangerous trap for the believer.
What concerned me in reading the comments on Facebook was the number of Christians who essentially said: Calm down. God is big enough to protect you from evil. If you have faith in God, He wont let something like a stupid coloring book harm you.
Others said that they color in these adult coloring books and pray or worship as a way to relax at the end of the day.
The question is this: If Christians buy into these Zen coloring books, if they use them for relaxation and stress relief, will God protect them from any evil associated with them?
Does God really protect us from evil?
I believe the answer to the second question is that it depends on in which form we encounter evil.
The Bible says, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.
It is one thing when the enemy comes at us with an evil plan to destroy us. When we are living by the Word of God, standing firm on it, and the enemy attacks us with a demonic strategy to take us out.
In that case, God has promised that the plan of the enemy will not succeed, because God is fighting for us on our behalf! Indeed, He has already thwarted the plan of the enemy!
However, when we are willing participants in those things that are inspired by the enemy something very dangerous occurs.
You see, when we have centered our lives on God’s Word, when we have made God’s Word the handbook by which we live every second of our lives, we enjoy God’s divine protection.
Yet, when we choose to engage in practices that God’s Word condemns, we remove ourselves from that protection and leave ourselves an open target for the enemy!
God’s Word says over and over again that we are to reject witchcraft and that we are not to engage in the religious practices of the nations around us. God told His people over and over that engaging in the religious practices of the nations around them was an abomination! But sadly, the nation of Israel chose to disobey God’s command and removed herself from His protection. As a result they were taken captive by the nations around them.
The same applies to us today. It is no different now than it was then other than that the types of religious practices are different; such as horoscopes, yoga, transcendental meditation, dream catchers, and other items and activities connected to other religions.
I know that many churches offer alternate forms of yoga, but check out the passage below:
When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it. Deuteronomy 12:29-32
God strictly forbids us to worship Him using the practices other religions use to worship their gods! He has already told us how we can worship Him, and to mingle worship of God with the worship of other religious is an abomination to Him.
Can God protect us from evil? Yes, when we are living by the principles of His Word and the enemy combats us with his evil agenda, God has promised to defeat the enemy.
However, when we willingly engage in those things that God’s has strictly prohibited, when we mingle worship of God with the worship of other gods, when we knowingly engage in those things that invite evil into our homes we have chosen to remove ourselves from God’s divine protection over our lives. It’s not that God can’t protect us, it’s that we have, in disobedience, walked out from under that protection.
- Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.