Can You Use Crystals In Your Design Work And Be A Christian, Too?
This one is for the Christian designers who are wondering about using crystals and if you're going against God if you're interested in working with crystals.
I don't think so.
While I'm by no means a scholar of the Bible nor do I understand everything about crystals, I do know that with a bit of knowledge I think you can put your fears to rest.
God created everything on Earth and He didn't create anything evil. If you'd want to believe that those who use crystals to bring healing are being deceived by demons, then please remove your diamond ring or pearl necklace today.
Wearing a quartz watch? Better donate that, today. Get rid of any technology that you are using right now because there is a good chance that is has a crystal inside of it.
Did you know that crystals in the Bible are mentioned many, many times? Yes! That same Holy Bible that many a thumper uses to denounce working with crystals. So if they cracked open that thing that they thump on, they might have to stop and do some research for themselves.
Here are just some of the passages in the Bible that make mention of crystals and other minerals:
1 Chronicles 29:2
Do a search online you'll find lots of people who think they know everything about what it means to work with crystals while being a Christian. Here's the silly stuff they'll say:
Crystal healing is just New Age nonsense.
You don't know if the crystals you are using have been prayed over by occultists (crystals do not absorb negative energies).
The use of crystals as charms, amulets, or talismans is a type of occult practice, however benign it seems. (Only if you're worshipping the stones).
The most important thing to think about when working with crystals is to not worship them. Just like you wouldn't worship lavender or other herbs. Or an asparagus spear. But yet, we do use herbs and food, that also grow in the Earth along with crystals, to heal our bodies and no one says a damn thing about that.
This is about working with crystals to heal.
Ever hear about that crystal healing nun? Hildegard von Bingen was a Christian and she wrote a book in which she explains how to use crystals to heal along with using plants.
God had decorated the first angel as if with precious stones. Lucifer, upon seeing them shine in the mirror of the Divinity took knowledge from them and recognized that God wished to do many wondrous things. His mind was exalted with pride, since the beauty of the stones which covered him shown in God. He thought that he could do deeds both equal to and greater than God’s. And so his splendor was extinguished. But, just as God restored Adam to a better part, He sent neither the beauty nor the powers of those precious stones to perdition but willed that they would be held in honor and blessing on Earth and used for medicine. Check out her book.
What? Crystals in the bible? For realsies.
Remember Aaron and his breastplate? It was called the "breastplate of judgment".
Design of the Breastplate
“Then, with great skill and care, make a chestpiece to be worn for seeking a decision from God. Make it to match the ephod, using finely woven linen embroidered with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread. Make the chestpiece of a single piece of cloth folded to form a pouch nine inches square. Mount four rows of gemstones on it.
The first row will contain a red carnelian, a pale-green peridot, and an emerald. The second row will contain a turquoise, a blue lapis lazuli, and a white moonstone. The third row will contain an orange jacinth, an agate, and a purple amethyst. The fourth row will contain a blue-green beryl, an onyx, and a green jasper. All these stones will be set in gold filigree. Each stone will represent one of the twelve sons of Israel, and the name of that tribe will be engraved on it like a seal."
As for Aaron, the high priest, we could say that he had one of the first crystal grids embedded on his breastplate, but that is for another post. But the purpose of his breastplate was to communicate with God to determine His will.
In another writing I found this about the breastplate:
"The whole forming four rows in a vertical or upright position, with three stones in each row, and thereby representing and signifying the conjunction of all the truths of heaven with the good from which they are derived, and at the same time their high perfection.
Together with the names inscribed upon them, represented all the goods and truths of heaven and the church; that those on the right side (of the high-priest) represented the celestial love of good and the celestial love of truth, or in other words, love to the Lord and mutual love; that those on the left represented the spiritual love of good, and the spiritual love of truth, or in other words, charity towards the neighbor and faith from that charity ; while the three stones in each row denoted the perfection and fullness of each kind of love, from its beginning to its end. This signification arises as well from the colors of the stones, as from their number, which was in each row three.
For as the precious stones in the breast-plate of judgment represented all the truths of heaven, so in like manner they represented all the truths of the Word, but in their literal or external form, and consequently in their effect ; while the different colors arising from the modifications of natural light, denoted the variegations of wisdom and intelligence which may be considered as spiritual light, both in angels and in men. And as the brilliancy and vibrations of the light in the stones, together with the audible voice from off the mercy-seat, presented both to the eye and to the ear of the person inquiring the desired answer; so the same but a more blessed effect is in our times produced by the extraordinary light of divine truth from the internal sense of the Word, which is spiritually seen to irradiate and as it were to vibrate through every part of its literal sense, while, instead of any external voice being heard, the best affections of the heart are excited, and the Divine will is clearly understood." Link
"Insert the Urim and Thummim into the sacred chestpiece so they will be carried over Aaron’s heart when he goes into the Lord’s presence. In this way, Aaron will always carry over his heart the objects used to determine the Lord’s will for his people whenever he goes in before the Lord."
Here's a little aside on Urim and Thummim from Henry E. Dosker:
"Urim and Thummim translate into Revelation and Truth. But most scholars agreed then that they were apart of the divine oracle. A step in the gradual development of divine communication.... But prophecy overlapped the latter."
What Crystals Were In The Breastplate?
Identifying the actual crystals in the breastplate is a difficult task because the names they used then for the crystals are different than the names we have for them today.
I did find this website that took an educated guess at what those actual stones were and they noted what the meaning behind those stones was:
The significance of the twelve apocalyptic gemstones is summarized by Rabanus Maurus, Archbishop of Mainz (786-856) as follows:
Jasper stands for the truth of faith, sapphire denotes the height of celestial hope, chalcedony reveals the flame of inner charity, emerald stands for strength of faith in adversity; sardonyx portrays saints’ humility in spite of their virtues, sard represents the blood of the martyrs. Chrysolite signifies true spiritual preaching accompanied by miracles; beryl stands for the ideal act of prophecy, and topaz represents fervent meditation of prophecies, chrysoprase reveals the work of sacred martyrs and their reward; hyacinth demonstrates celestial joy of the learned in their high thoughts and their humble descent to human beings. Finally, amethyst denotes the constant contemplation of the heavenly kingdom in humble souls.
In some of my other research, here's what I've found:
Carnelian (Powerful stone representing a force of will)
Blue Topaz (Clarity of God's Light and truth)
Chrysoprase (Represents God true love)
Almandine Garnet (To stabilize God's energy and for protection in the Temple)
Sapphire (God's Truth, God's Light, and Deeper Wisdom)
Green Lace Jasper (Healing stone to restore health)
Lapis Lazuli (Representing power and wisdom)
Agate (Used to connect us to God)
Amethyst (Thought to elevate your vibration to the level of God)
Chrysolite (Representing God's ultimate benevolence)
Turquoise (Represents the balance between Heaven and Earth, ultimate peace from God)
Jade (Strength, endurance, and wisdom from God)
As you can see, there's not any type of agreement on the exact stones, but you could always ask God ;)
Why Use Crystals In Design?
I believe we are attracted to certain crystals because there is something within our body that is lacking and then found in that specific crystal. Just as sometimes we crave certain foods because we have a deficiency, we also are attracted to certain crystals for that same reason.
That's not to say that there aren't people out there who use crystals in their own practices that Christians would call the occult, New Age or witchcraft. That happens, but that doesn't mean that everyone who is a Christian, that also works with crystals, is being led astray.
Does everyone that eats an apple instantly become a sinner?
So as a Christian how can you feel good about working with crystals? God made everything good and the only thing you need to be concerned with is knowing that you're not worshiping the crystals, only God.
I'm not trying to convince anyone here that you should work with crystals. I would just like to open some minds. If you're still concerned, please pray about it and do some research on what the Bible says.
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