Can Christians Wear Evil Eye? Is Wearing an Evil Eye a Sin?
The issue of dressing and the use of jewelry is an age-long source of controversy in the Christian faith.
While some Christians believe in the act of modesty, others believe wearing pieces of jewelry is not a sin and is biblical.
An example of such jewelry is the evil eye.
The question on the tongue of many Christians is, is wearing the evil eye a sin? The simple answer to this is yes. There is much more to the evil eye jewelry than fashion.
This article will share why Christians who want to please God and uphold Bible doctrine should avoid evil eye jewelry.
What is evil eye jewelry? Can Christians Wear Evil Eye? Is Wearing an Evil Eye a Sin?
The evil eye is a type of jewelry believed to be endowed with the power to protect a person from the evil eye.
As such, in this situation, the evil is envious and jealous people who want to harm or attack a person for no just reason.
The evil eye is typically in the form of necklaces, bracelets, or rings.
The jewelry has a green or blue eye on it. It can be worn on the body or placed in a strategic place believed to be prone to an evil eye. So, the evil eye wades off the negative effects of jealousy, envy, or ill-wishing.
The evil eye is an amulet capable of deflecting the effect of jealousy and evil from the wearer.
It is, therefore, believed to have protective power. Those who wear it believe in its ability to protect them from known and unknown enemies.
The evil eye has nothing to do with Christianity.
Its use is not biblically based. Instead, it stands against what the Bible preaches.
Believers are to trust in the omniscient and omnipotent God and desist from putting their confidence in an inanimate object crafted by man.
What would you rather depend on? An object that leaves you vulnerable and open to attack from a so-called evil eye or a God who neither sleeps nor slumbers, an omnipresent God?
Ever since the beginning of time, the enemy has been tricking man into thinking that there are more things outside what God has given us.
In the Garden of Eden, the serpent told Eve that the forbidden fruit would make her like God if she ate it (Genesis 3:4). But Genesis 1:27 says God created man in His image and likeness.
Therefore, the devil’s mission was to deceive and cause them to sin, which he achieved.
In the same way, he made the Israelites believe that the golden calf, a hand-crafted god, was their deliverer from Egypt (Exodus 32:1–4). But the truth was clear for the blind to see that God, through Moses, performed miracles, plagued Egypt, and forced Pharaoh to let them go.
That is how the enemy operates.
He makes us believe that God is not enough or is not the one guiding us. So, we need something else, like the forbidden fruit, the golden calf, or the evil eye, to be wiser or protected.
We must be mindful of the enemy’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11).
We must be sensitive in the spirit so we do not become pawns in his hands and fall into sin.
One obvious reason a Christian should know that evil eye jewelry is evil is from the name “evil.”
Of course, we understand what evil means. To be evil means to be profoundly immoral and wicked.
Immorality and wickedness are two words used to indicate sin in the Bible. 1 Corinthians 6:18 warns us to flee sexual immorality, while Proverbs 14:16 and Proverbs 3:7 warn us to shun evil.
The evil eye is rooted in superstition and cultural traditions popular in many Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and South Asian cultures. It has no biblical backing. Therefore, a Christian must avoid it and depend on God for protection.
Here’s what the Bible says about traditions:
“Hear what the Lord says to you, people of Israel. This is what the Lord says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the heavens, though the nations are terrified by them. For the practices of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.
They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” (Jeremiah 10:1-5)
Why you shouldn’t wear an evil eye?
There are many reasons a believer must not wear evil eye jewelry.
“You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (Exodus 20:3-4)
Idolatry is a grievous sin before the Lord because He is a jealous God.
He does not share His glory with any man.
He is the Almighty.
All other gods are the works of men, but He is the only true God.
Anyone who uses the evil eye goes against God’s Word.
The consequence of sin or disobedience is death (Romans 6:23).
The children of Israel bowed before the golden calf and acknowledged it as their deliverer, ignoring God.
This is precisely what those that evil eye do. Although they may not bow to it, they believe it’s responsible for their protection. Therefore, belittle or ignore God.
Some Christians claim to believe in God for protection but still use evil eye jewelry for double protection.
The Israelites did the same thing during the time of Elijah. They worshiped God and Baal at the same time.
Elijah asked them a crucial question that left them mute, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him” (I Kings 18:21).
The Apostle Paul warns us not to be associated with evil.
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)
Lack of faith in God
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7)
Those who wear the evil eye do not believe that God can protect them.
They lack faith and so drift into sin.
The Bible says it is impossible to please God without faith.
Only those who believe and have confidence in God will get rewards from Him (Hebrews 11:6). One of these rewards is divine protection.
We have all we need in God to overcome every power that will stand against us.
We have the name of the Lord.
The Bible says in Philippians 2:9-11 that Jesus’ name is above every other name. And demons, envious, jealous, and evil people, fall and tremble at the mention of that name.
Proverbs 18:10 also says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”
We also have the blood of Jesus. Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” The blood of Jesus is powerful enough to ward off and conquer evil against us.
Therefore, we must have faith in God and the protective shields He has made available to us. Evil eye jewelry weakens our faith in God and opens us to evil because only God can guard us.
“Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve.” (Luke 22:3)
Demonic possession is real, and there are things we can do to open the door for demons to gain access to our lives.
They include idol worship, consulting witches, a medium, etc. (Deuteronomy 18:10-14).
The evil eye is an amulet with the false purpose of protecting the wearer against evil, such as disease or witchcraft. But the truth is that it invites evil into people.
This is the enemy’s strategy to deceive people.
Demons are destructive.
They cause sicknesses.
For example, a woman possessed by the spirit of infirmity was bent over and could not stand straight for eighteen years (Luke 13:10-13). Another person possessed was the madman of Gadara.
The demons drove him into the graveyard to dwell with the dead.
It made him violent.
He became super strong, breaking chains he was used to being constrained.
He also self-harmed, using sharp stones to cut himself (Luke 8:26-39).
The evil eye is evil and can open the channel of your soul to evil spirits.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Fear is at the core of the heart of everybody that wears the evil eye.
The fear of evil, envious and jealous people, and the unknown.
Fear is from the devil because it is the opposite of faith.
Fear is a spirit that stops us from living as God designed.
It limits us from maximizing God’s gifts in us.
Those who depend on the evil eye and other amulets live in constant fear. But those who have faith in God are filled with power, love, and sound mind because they have His Holy Spirit.
Instead of living in constant fear and depending on an object that does not fulfill its purpose, the Bible tells us to put on the whole armor of God, including the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the Gospel of peace, the shield of faith, helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit: Word of God (Ephesians 6:13-18).
With this armor, we are confident that we are secure against evil.
The idea of being very careful and vigilant has never favored anyone.
Those who are afraid of certain things often end up experiencing them. The major reason is that man is incapable of protecting himself.
That is why Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” Our trust in God obliterates the need to use objects to protect ourselves and gives us peace and freedom.
Does the Bible say it’s wrong to wear jewelry?
Some might ask, since wearing evil eye is a sin, is it wrong to wear jewelry like necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and more?
Maintaining outward beauty is good, but the Bible focuses more on inner beauty. Inner beauty is the state of our hearts, whether clean or impure.
God wants our hearts to be pure and clean.
This is because our hearts are God’s temple where He dwells.
So, we must maintain holiness to have a personal relationship with Him. Therefore, our focus as believers should be holiness and purity.
So does that mean we should take less care of our physical appearance? No.
By all means, we must look good, but in a modest way.
We should not use jewelry in a way that it will become a distraction.
We should not use it to oppress the poor or flaunt wealth. Instead, we should adopt simplicity.
We should also not be obsessed with jewelry.
They should not overshadow God’s love in us.
We must be careful, so our love for bodily adornment does not become an idol to us.
When the desire to wear jewelry takes over our desire for God, there’s already a problem. Sin is already creeping in.
Finally, 1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”