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CRYSTALS

Crystals have became synonymous with the New Age philosophy.   Included within this category are clear and colored quartz as well as semi-precious and precious stones.   Since the 1980's such stones have been used as amulets and talismans possessing reputed healing and magical properties.   Although such paranormal properties have not been scientifically proven those using the stones firmly believe that these properties are caused by the stones emitting vibrations.

The modern belief in crystal power is a reassurance of an ancient belief.   Past civilizations valued crystals for their alleged protective powers against disease, bad luck, evil, and sorcery; and for their physical and mental healing powers.   Crystals were worn as amulets and in breastplates by ancient people.   European nobility, especially during the Middle Ages, wore crystals to ward off the plague.   The stones are used against bad dreams, dissolve Enchantments, and were mediums for magical visions (see CRYSTALMANCY).   It was even believed that bruising crystals with honey would fill breasts with milk.  

Presently crystals are worn as jewelry in pendants and rings, and even carried in small pouches as in ancient times.   They are placed around the home and office, and crushed or soaked in water for gem elixirs.   The benefits of using crystals are said to be the alleviation of stress, stimulation of creativity, enhancement of dreams, and the awakening of the psychic powers and higher consciousness.   In some types of healing therapy crystals are laid out in particular forms on the chakra points and energy meridians of the human body.   In alternative medicine they are used on animals as well as humans.

Crystals are used in the work of the occult and magic too.   In some forms of divination they may be cast in lots or selected.   Also, they are used in crystalomancy and meditation.

Some New Agey crystal enthusiasts believe certain stones such as clear quartz can be "programmed" to perform certain functions.   There are certain procedures for such programming, one is to "clear" the stones by immersing them in salt, then exposing them to sunlight, then "programming" the stones through meditation or concentration.   Some stones are classified as "double-terminated" or having points at both ends, and are claimed to be stronger in mystical powers.

A Biblical Perspective:

Is there really anything wrong with crystal therapy and healing or crystalmancy?   While there's nothing inherently wrong with crystals by themselves, there is something wrong when it is used for healing or as a charm to keep you from harm.   One issue would be that it could be harmful to your body physically.   For instance, if you stopped taking medication prescribed for your illness, because you have placed your faith in Crystal Healing, you risk dangerous consequences to your health.

It can be dangerous spiritually, since this is a practice that calls upon powers to heal that are not from God.   People put their hope in a crystal to heal them, or even the "crystal healer", who "channels" and rely on the crystals to teach and heal.   Unfortunately, they are relying on spiritual sources for the healing.   Even if they claim that they are using the crystal to direct physical energy flow to help bring balance, it is rooted in the spiritual realm, meaning there is some source working behind it.   Ultimately, this is considered an occult practice, which God clearly tells us to stay away from.  

God doesn't want us to participate with these practices because it draws us away from Him and we begin to trust in spiritual sources other than Him.   At its core, Crystal Healing is a form of mysticism, witchcraft, and occult practices.   Jesus never used crystals to heal and it wasn't encouraged anywhere in the Bible.   Crystals are talked about in various verses, but not as a form of healing or for energy balance.   Instead, these scriptures tell us not to participate in any forms of sorcery, witchcraft, divination, etc... Some scripture references include:

Crystal Healing should be examined with caution.   Any form of healing that contradicts Gods Word is not from Him.   Overall, it's important to remember that the Evil One comes as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).   However, his real motivation is to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10).

see also: CRYSTALMANCY; GEM HEALING


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One of the major problems with 'defining' Paganism and/or its beliefs and practices is that it is an 'organic' movement, in that it is undergoing constant change and re-evaluation from within, and as such any 'one-size-fits-all' approach to understanding Paganism will be found wanting.

Due to the very 'organic' nature of Paganism, and the many differing Paths and Traditions within it, in many cases no one definition may be universally accepted by all Pagans.   Therefore, where such cases of possible conflicting and/or contradictory meanings of certain terms occur I have endevoured to give not only the generally accepted meaning, but also any major 'variations' in belief and/or practice.

Christians who believe this difference in meaning of certain key terms, beliefs and practices to be unique to Paganism need to remember that such conflicts also arise within the Body of Christ - the Church.   Take for instance the differing practices amongst Christians concerning Baptism and the different attitudes towards women in the clergy.

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