What is a Christian view of auras?

There is no biblical basis for auras, the supposed energy field that surrounds each living thing, including humans.

The belief in auras, which are supposed to help us identify feelings, experiences, health, or other qualities, is connected with psychics and is integral to the occult, New Age, Wicca, and witchcraft. Often, a clairvoyant or someone with supposed special spiritual insight is needed to see and understand auras. Such practices are condemned in the Bible, as is spiritism and the use of mediums and psychics (Leviticus 20:27, Deuteronomy 18:10–13; Galatians 5:19–21).

A few people see Exodus 34 and Matthew 17 as places in the Bible condoning auras. These passages describe the glory of God as seen on Moses and Jesus. Neither alludes to a personal energy field.

Others point to ancient paintings of Jesus and the disciples which show halos above their heads and say these are indications of auras. This artistic technique was used by ancient Greeks and Romans who shared it with those in India and other cultures. Early Christian artists picked up on the idea and incorporated it to show the holiness of those they deemed worthy. They were not signifying an aura in any way.

No biblical account identifies a halo or aura around holy people, including Jesus. However, many do identify Jesus with light, as in the "light of the world" (John 8:12; see also John 1:4 and 2 Corinthians 4:6). His followers are known as "children of light" (Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5). God is strongly identified in the Bible as light (1 John 1:5). Satan, the Bible says, "disguises himself as an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14).

Auras are not a biblical concept. Rather than concern ourselves with false spirituality, we should "walk in the light, as he is in the light" and so "have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).


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