Yoga and early Gnostic Christians share the understanding that each individual comes to knowledge of God through direct experience. This is the very essence of the teachings. In Greek ‘Gnosis’ means knowledge. Both teachings also consider reincarnation an obvious truth. For 200 years after Jesus, it is estimated half of the followers of his teachings, Gnostic Christians, believed in reincarnation. The Roman Church, to consolidate power, systematically destroyed chapters of the Bible discussing reincarnation. The modern teaching of Christianity descended from this tradition. Many Christian’s practicing yoga are relearning a direct relationship with God and to only accept as truth what they learn through personal direct experience.