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Christianity & Crystals

Today, we’re answering a question we get a lot at Whimsy + Wellness: can I be a Christian and use crystals? How do Christianity and crystals mix? 

These are deeply personal questions, and nobody can tell you what to believe! Since we get the question so much, however, we wanted to share some common perspectives about how Christianity and crystals can work together. 

This post will cover: 

  • Do crystals have the power to heal? 
  • How (and why) ancients cultures used crystals. 
  • What modern science can tell us about crystals. 
  • What is energy healing? 
  • Crystals and their use in the Bible. 
  • Common objections to using crystals. 
  • 5 ways using crystals lines up with Christian values.

Most people don’t grow up using or knowing much about crystals, so they’re understandably foreign. 

In fact, for a lot of our customers, their crystals journey ends up looking a lot like their journey with essential oils: they go from knowing nothing and being a little weirded out to understanding and loving both essential oils and crystals, and seeing both as an important and fun part of their wellness–both physical and mental! 

Do Crystals Have the Power to Heal? 

The first thing most people realize is that crystals are as magic and mystical as any other part of our world–dirt, trees, grass, insects, and yourself included! 

Crystals are simply rock formations (albeit, beautiful rock formations) forged under intense heat and pressure inside the earth. Different mineral compositions and combinations of heat and pressure make different colored stones in all different sizes. 

There are a lot of things in nature that we don’t fully understand, but benefit from and appreciate, and crystals fall into that category for many Christians.

Crystals and Ancient Cultures

Crystals aren’t just a modern obsession, and they certainly aren’t a fad–they’ve been around for eons, and have been revered, prized, and used for healing since ancient times. 

You have to remember that mirrors and reflective surfaces are largely modern inventions. We have televisions and all kinds of screens, glass in every color and composition imaginable, mirrors of all kinds, and so much more–but the ancients didn’t. 

Crystals were transparent and yet not–and there was nothing else like them in the natural world! Ancient cultures were mystified by how crystals looked, and their seemingly miraculous origins. And, like most of us, what they didn’t understand, they attributed to supernatural origins. 

Crystals and Modern Science 

Many people believe supernatural beings play a role in the use of crystals, but if you’re somebody who prefers to find a scientific explanation for how crystals work, there’s definitely one to be had. We actually know quite a bit about crystals and what’s known as energy healing. 

Crystals contain certain amounts of energy because of their geometric structures. This energy is extremely steady, and we’ve harnessed its power for use in everything from watches to telescopes. There are a lot of details that we don’t know, but what we do know is that most things–your body, included–contains some form of energy, and these types of energy can interact. 

What is Energy Healing? 

When people talk about crystals having a healing energy, they’re referring to the exchange that happens between a crystal’s energy and a person’s energy. Our minds are incredibly powerful, and we have just barely begun to understand the way energy is impacted by our minds and the way it impacts our minds right back. 

Believe it or not, this isn’t pseudoscience–the Princeton Engineering Department discovered that a machine could be designed that could be affected by people’s minds (this mind-boggling discovery led to the creation of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab). 

A common type of energy healing that you’re probably somewhat familiar with is acupuncture. Acupuncture has been studied by modern science, and while scientists don’t understand how it works, they understand that it does work, and uses our bodies’ electrical fields in some way. 

Many people recognize the impact crystals have on their mindsets, beliefs, emotions, and attitudes and attribute this to supernatural powers at work in or through crystals. But there are also lots of people, Christians included, who recognize crystals’ power, but choose to attribute it to science–albeit, a not fully understood science.  

Crystals in the Bible 

One thing many Christians are often shocked to learn is that crystals are mentioned in some pretty significant ways in the Bible! They show up early, in fact, in the book of Exodus. 

The Isrealite priests wore breastplates that held twelve precious stones. You might even recognize some of these stones from the Whimsy + Wellness shop! They are: ruby, topaz, garnet, emerald, sapphire, diamond, jacinth, agate, amethyst, beryl, onyx, and jasper. 

In addition to this stone-filled breastplate, God instructed the priests to keep two special stones in their pocket. These stones were called Urim (meaning “light”) and Thummim (meaning “protection”) and most historians believe they were probably crystals or jewels, like the stones on the breastplate. They were used by the priest in a kind of divination to determine God’s will for the people. 

Crystals are also mentioned in the book of Revelation and in the book of Isaiah. 

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Why Do People Object to Using Crystals? 

When most Christians have an objection to using crystals, they object because they believe crystals are “New Age.” Crystals are parts of some New Age practices, but as you can already tell, the use of crystals either predates or has been developed entirely apart from any modern New Age practices. You can choose whether or not you participate in New Age rituals or beliefs, or any other kind of spiritual ritual.

5 Ways Crystals Line Up With Christian Values 

For many Christians, the more they learn about crystals, their history, and the science behind them, and the more they hear stories from people who have experienced the power of crystals in their personal lives, the more they’re willing to have an open mind and investigate crystals for themselves. 

As they do so, they often realize crystals have way more in common with Christianty than they thought. Many people often come to believe that crystals can play a vibrant and joyful role in a Christian’s spiritual journey. Here are five ways crystals line up with Christian values: 

1. Crystals Encourage the Stewardship of Natural Resources 

In the book of Genesis, Christians are commanded to be stewards of the earth. This means nurturing it, caring for it, and benefiting from its resources in a way that benefits the natural world and people. 

Crystals are beautiful, shining symbols of the earth’s rich natural resources and can serve as reminders and encouragements to value the earth, and not take from it greedily, without concern for future generations. As a culture, we’re beginning to understand that whole health includes our minds and our spirits, and crystals help us see our natural resources as places to glean and learn from.  

2. Crystals Can Help You Cultivate Awe  

Christians believe the natural world displays the glory of God, and crystals are an easy, inexpensive, happy way to bring to display that glory where it can be easily seen and observed! You might not have the resources or vacation time to make it to an awe-inspiring place like the Grand Canyon or the Himalayas, but you can cultivate a sense of awe and amazement via crystals. 

3. Crystals Can Help You Show Up For Yourself for Good 

Crystals are neutral–they’re not good or bad–but the people using crystals can certainly be evil or have evil intentions. In the hands of a Christian who desires to be a good person, however, crystals are agents for good, and can intensify good desires. 

The truth is, even if you’d rather not believe in anything supernatural or outside of modern understanding, using crystals isn’t any different than putting on makeup in the morning, or turning on a great playlist to help you get motivated, or lighting a candle, or diffusing essential oils–it’s simply a way for you to show up for yourself and be your best self. 

4. Crystals Can Be Agents of Joy 

Christians are called to be joyful, and there’s a long tradition of Christians finding joy and happiness in the natural world–attributing the wonders of the world to God. If crystals, as natural resources, make you smile and bring you joy, they’re helping you–and that’s a beautiful thing! 

You can consider a bouquet of flowers, which holds a similar role. They can make you smile, bring you joy, and be a reminder of God’s beautiful creation. 

5. Crystals Can Be God’s Agent for Healing 

If you’ve ever been truly sick, you understand that healing is healing–whether it comes from an essential oil, surgery, pharmaceutical drugs, therapy–or crystals! Christians who use and benefit from crystals’ healing powers believe that God placed healing powers and resources inside the natural world for people to use and benefit from. 

Christianity and crystals don’t have to be at odds; in fact, crystals can become a precious part of a Christian’s spiritual journey. 

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If you’d like to learn more about crystals, we have lots of great resources for you! Haylee, Whimsy + Wellness’ founder, shares her story here about how she got started with crystals, and you can check out this great guide to using essential oils and crystals together.

28 thoughts on “Christianity & Crystals

  1. As a Christian who started getting into Crystals within the last year, I LOVE this blog post!!! I would also love to have more resources on Crystals!!

  2. This is a very interesting article, and I totally agree with seeing crystals a way to remind us of God’s wonders. I think it will just be up to each individual on how they want to view the crystals. It’s just hard because most people, regardless of religion, view crystals as a way to open chakras, Indian philosophies, or pagan practices. As a Christian woman, though, I would love to use these precious stones as a symbol of God’s art in creation. Thank you so much for sharing and pointing out the areas of scripture to study and learn more about crystals.

    1. I am so glad it was helpful to you! Thank you for being here and for your input!

  3. I absolutely loved this post. As an christian and an aromatherapist I often have to explain that essentials oils are not just a new age phenomenon and they are mentioned throughout the bible. I was heartened to come across your post as I have been drawn to crystals recently. Thank you for being so candid and for sharing the experience. Blessings

    1. You are so welcome! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and kind words! Wishing you the very best on your crystal journey!

  4. Thank you so much for this! I’m exploring crystals right now and I appreciate that you’ve taken the time to explain why they aren’t “ungodly”!!

  5. Hi! I do not know if this article was written a while ago, but scientists DO know how acupuncture works… and it is not through a said “energy.” When the needles are injected into the skin, they create mini microwounds. These microwounds trigger the body to respond with healing and pain relief. Taken from “Acupuncture releases natural painkillers. Inserting a needle sends a signal through the nervous system to the brain, where chemicals such as endorphins, norepinephrine, and enkephalin are released. Some of these substances are 10 to 200 times more potent than morphine!” So, it is not “energy” mystery.

    1. Microwounds as an explanation for acupuncture’s effectiveness is fascinating! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Hi
    Can you reference some documentation on the science behind crystals and healing. I’m having a hard time finding anything that supports it on Google.

  7. This article is a literal answer, to a literal prayer, uttered LITERALLY within the hour! I bought my first crystal yesterday, after GRILLING a fellow artist selling them at a market last night. I was so nervous and skeptical…but after a grounded, and reasonable conversation, that my spirit led me to a rare pink heulandite.

    I still wasn’t sure how to move next, so I prayed about it. Then I read this. And it felt like God speaking to me personally. Thank you to Him, and you 🤎.

  8. Thank you for this! I wish more Christians would do research on certain things especially this before writing things off and automatically calling things evil.

  9. Thank you for this article,
    I am a born again Christian & i pray over my Crystals and ask God to fill them with his divine power & ask to sprinkle the blood of Christ over them.
    My partner was very on edge when i started collecting these beautiful stones Gods creations. I said exactly what you just said. I am not a witch & am not in the new age movement as these crystals are ancient.
    I consider myself a nice person with nothing but good intentions. Evil people who use Gods creations with evil intentions would cause halm simply to turn it around for evil to discredit God. I feel more connected to God with certain crystals like Selenite, Angelite and many others. It’s what you do with them that makes it good or bad.

    God bless you ❤

  10. Oh wow thank you immensely for this!
    I obviously found this blog because I wondered if I can also claim the powers of crystals as a Christian Jeweller. Or if I can agree with people when they buy my pieces when they say they need the healing or the protection and the energy. I have purchased crystals before for their powers and I looove them but I had a doubt. Today morning in the book of Revelation I saw the mentions of the many crystals and I marveled, even though I have seen in Isaiah, today was just the top, then found this blog and truly I have the revelation of crystals. I never comment on blogs but this one went straight through my heart and am refraining from writing too much. How beautiful is God if the crystals and stones have such beauty?!!
    God bless you and here is your newest follower!!

  11. Thank you for this article. I too am Christian. I have ALWAYS loved Crystal’s for their beauty and have quite a few of them, but always felt extremely guilty, because I too was taught that Christian’s shouldn’t have them. This article really has placed things in perspective for me and I am beyond pleased to know that it is ok to admire God’s beautiful creations. It’s like God allowed me to come across this blog. Thank you.

  12. Thank you for writing this! So encouraging, clear, and helpful! That reference from Exodus is fascinating! It makes me think that perhaps if we have teachable and discerning heart we will discover a good many treasures our Creator God came up with before humans used it for new age, hindu, etc…

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