Is Plastic Surgery a Sin? A Biblical View of Body Enhancement
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Is plastic surgery a sin? What does the Bible say about body enhancement? Is it a trend Christians can also hop into?
These questions will be carefully answered in this article.
Plastic Surgery is becoming more of a trend than a solution.
Millions of people subscribe to plastic surgery yearly in one way or the other, and many factors are influencing this trend; advertisement, media.
The rise in demand for plastic surgery can be traced to the increase in concern over physical appearance in many societies.
This demand is increasing as a result of receiving information about what beauty is, and many women are advised by their husbands to do plastic surgery.
It is such a popular opinion that it is becoming a norm in society.
Can we say it is a good development or too risky as it is unnatural? Is plastic surgery against the laid out instructions in the bible or a blessing in medical advancement? Let us find out.
What Is Plastic Surgery?
Plastic surgery is a procedure that involves the alternation of the human body to repair or restore, plastic surgery consists of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.
The word Plastic is from the Greek word plastik ē that means 'reshaping', from its original meaning, we see that plastic surgery aims at correcting or 'improving'.
Reconstructive surgery aims at functionality; repair, while cosmetic surgery is meant to improve appearance, the main purpose for cosmetic surgery is beauty.
Reconstructive surgeries include breast reduction or breast augmentation surgery; men and women with unusually large breasts that cause back pain, breast reconstruction surgery can do this.
Cosmetic surgery includes Facial Rejuvenation: which has to do with the lifting of the face, eyelid, neck, and brow for a younger look.
Breast Enhancement: the lifting or reduction of the Breast, Facial Contouring: Chin or Cheek Enhancement, fat removal from the body is also a part of cosmetic surgery.
The function of plastic surgery dates way back, in Rome reconstruction of the pinna; the fleshy part of the outer ear was performed in the 1st century BC, although they did not dissect humans for religious reasons.
Does the Bible support plastic surgery?
The bible does not expressly say whether or not a believer should undergo plastic surgery, however, the bible instructs believers to keep their bodies sacredly.
It is not unusual for a person whose body is deformed to want surgery to fit into a regular or normal look, for comfort. It is not wrong because it is providing a solution to a problem.
When a person whose body is healthy or without faults, seeks to do plastic surgery, the motive should be considered, the motives are usually to boost confidence, or to get attention.
People go for body enhancement because they believe that something is wrong with their bodies.
Going under the blade to change your looks is not a natural procedure and is not safe, because a person can be exposed to scarring, excess bleeding, blood clots, and nerve damage.
When the doctor is not very good at what he does or makes a mistake, it could leave you with a deformity, causing discomfort, anxiety, and stress.
These side effects are usually physical and psychological.
Common cosmetic surgeries are nose jobs, breast lift, liposuction, fat injections.
The bible refers to the cares of this world as vanity, this shows that what is more important is taking care of the inner self-esteem, or worth should not be measured by how other people see you, rather you should define who you are to others, teach others how to see you.
A lot of people have undergone plastic surgery, and still did not get the desired feeling they wanted, and it is not unusual to see people going back to fix more things, undergoing more surgeries after their first one.
This shows that plastic surgery is not satisfying until you have fixed the problem in your mind.
A major cause of wanting to change what your body looks like, is that there is a symbol of perfection in your mind.
The question is, who sets the standard of perfection?
When people keep following trends, their life is run by world view, trends are unstable and subject to change, how many times will you subject your body to the blade to satisfy your desires?
The only reliable word is what God says about you, it never changes, when you see yourself how God sees your imperfections disappear in the mind.
It will not happen overnight but your mind will be renewed by consistently keeping your eyes and mind in the word of God.
1 Peter 2:9 KJV
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
Matthew 5:13-16 KJV
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.14) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
It would be wrong to say that plastic surgery is bad, but when a Christian woman considers breast augmentation surgery, she should honestly consider her motive and calculate the risks.
If she believes it will make her more beautiful, she needs to evaluate when she exposed her mind to that information.
True self-worth comes when you see yourself how Christ sees you, and she needs a man who sees her that way.
10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.”
Some people do body enhancement because of the effect of aging, and because their spouse demands for it, it is not wrong for Christian men and women to do plastic surgery to please their spouses.
However it must be understood that aging or plastic surgery does not reduce or increase a person's worth.
1 Corinthians 7:33,34
33) But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 34) There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
A lot of people fear midlife as it leads to old age, but this can be a time to pass down wisdom and virtues to younger people, idleness often pops up unnecessary ideas.
Examine your accomplishments and see how you can impact the world at a larger scale or the area you see necessary.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,
1 peter 3:3,4
3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
The information we receive forms our beliefs and eventually our actions, we must guard what we see, hear or pay attention to.
Many people want a slimmer waistline, and they can get it by developing healthy habits.
Plastic surgery in itself is not wrong, but you should question your motives, are you setting your mind on vain things?.
The bible teaches us to set our minds on eternal things.
Eventually, our bodies will give way to age because our bodies are mortal, and are not yet glorified.
The TV show Botched exists because of the fails of plastic surgery, and you don't want to go through that.
The Bible places more value on the virtues of a person than on physical appearance, look good, but do not put your body through unnecessary discomfort and pain to get approval, deal with the insecurities first in your mind.
1 Timothy 2:9,10 KJV
9) In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;10) But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
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