Have you ever been robbed? How did it make you feel, angry? Christians and aromatherapy have been robbed by the “New Age” religion, and various other third world religions. For example rainbows are considered by some a form of after death communication. Some say it is an omen of good things to come. No, absolutely not. The rainbow was established, long before there was any such thing as New Age, by God as a reminder of His promise to never destroy the earth by flood. I am reclaiming the rainbow; it was created by God in order to glorify Himself!
Crystals have also been stolen. Crystals are used by New Age believers to channel or communicate with spirit guides, to affect emotional and mental stability and promote physical healing. Wrong! Unless you are taking minerals in a vitamin supplement then there is no healing power. It is just a pretty rock and I like pretty rocks! Heaven is paved with pretty rocks. God ordered that the breastplate for the high priest have 12 crystals, or stones, to represent the 12 tribes.
Christians and aromatherapy have been robbed of the wonderful healing benefits of essential oils. Most of the books you read about aromatherapy are full of New Age philosophies such as astrology, divination, channeling, an all inclusive definition of God, or Higher consciousness etc. The idea of uniting with the universe is so prevalent though out our society that many Christians accept the idea, as is the idea of visualization and mind over matter. And the idea that a plant oil can bring about spiritual healing is nothing but a lie.
I have read in several different books that say Christians and aromatherapy don’t go together because aromatherapy is used in the New Age religion we should have nothing to do with it. I disagree! I do agree that it can cause a less mature Christian to be lead astray or for them to put their trust in the created instead of the Creator. But instead of throwing aromatherapy out the window we should take it back from those that stole it! We should learn the truth about essential oils and share what we have learned.
The First Aromatherapist
In the beginning God created plants. He was the first aroma therapist and the first herbalist, and the first dietitian for that matter. He created the plants with healing properties, whether the plants are to eat, sniff or drink in tea.
In Exodus chapter 30 God ordered them to mix up a batch of anointing oil to be used in religious ceremonies. In the book of Song of Solomon there are several references to using aromatic oils for romantic purposes. Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with aromatic oil. And James recommends calling the elders if you are sick so they can anoint you with oil and pray for you. All this way before any one thought up New Age.
Essential oils are tools, created by God, a precious gift for us to use. All healing comes from God, just as every breath we breathe is a gift from God. Every Christian knows that spiritual healing can only come from God by way of Jesus. Thats the point. Only God’s forgiveness and love heal our sin sick souls. He loves us and wants us to be healthy and has given us tools to help bring it about. I reclaim aromatherapy for God and I thank Him and praise him for His wonderful kindness!
What is so bad about Christians and Aromatherapy?
Christians should be very careful when they use aromatherapy essential oils or join business of essential oils that they do not participate in or support these unbiblical beliefs. In some instances it is obvious but often it is very subtle. For example, when an aromatherapy product description says it can increase spirituality, or it was used to attract prosperity, or it can energize your life force, or it can harness the power of positive dreams or help you visualize your dreams. Even books claiming to be Christian fall in with these lies. The reason it is so dangerous to accept these beliefs is because they can draw you away from God. Only God can heal you spiritually and only He can increase you spiritually or increase your faith. Life only comes from God himself, to say there is some kind of life force or universal being is to deny God. The idea of visualizations and dreams is that you can make it happen, you can control the future. Only God is in control of the future, for which I am very grateful!
So, Christians and aromatherapy do go together as long as we can focus on the biology of aromatherapy. Just the facts. But there again, science has a way of denying God also (just ask Darwin) God created plants with healing properties because he loves us and does not want us to suffer unnecessarily.