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Is Cosmetic Surgery Biblical

There are sometimes imperfections in our physical, human bodies. Is it O.K. to seek out cosmetic surgery to remove these imperfections?

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Arit>>>You need to study on what made in the image of God means, because you do not got it.
---catherine on 7/7/08

I'm really not sure but I dont think its going to make us go to hell. I don't see it as sin unless we are doing it for the wrong reasons. We are all gonna give an account for what we do on earth.
---virga3334 on 7/7/08

God made Man in His own image. So, if I was born blind, or had a cleft pallete, or had a birth mark on the tip of my nose that made me look like a circus clown, would you say that is the way God is ?! If a person has a physical defect, I think it is his birthright to have it rectified. What about the Lord saying to the man with the withered hand (Matt 12:9), "Stretch out you hand"? To my mind to consider Cosmetic Surgery unbiblical is petty. Getting Cosmetic Surgery done to satisfy one's vanity is a different issue and may be debated with "sins of indulgence", but it should not be confused with whether Cosmetic Surgery is biblical or not.
---arif3353 on 7/4/08

Cosmetic surgery would not be considered biblical, but there may be valid reasons to have it done, such as a birth defect (cleft palate) or burns with a lot of scar tissue. I think what you are referring to would be for vanity purposes, i.e. face lift, br. implants or liposuction. God sees us one way. We see ourselves another. He thinks we're beautiful the way we are, whatever that is. By worldly standards everyone tries to put us in a particular mold. We are to be God pleasers and not people pleasers.
---jaden on 6/1/08

God created everything including cosmetic surgery, He knows everything including how some worry about looks, i dont think its wrong.
---vickie on 5/31/08

we are all created in God's image so we should love our selfs and appreciate how God has created as and love ourselves,be happy with how we look like i diagree with plastic surgery.busim 8456
---jacqueline on 5/21/08

Ithink we are perfectly craeted and we don't need some of those things,but when it comes to health wise it won't matter.As God himself would have, our body in one way or another repaired,lets take one example of our people in africa, we are heartless. we at times attact our enemies with acid. and in that case how will you handle it?
---HELLEN on 5/21/08


If I photograph you, the picture is your image. If I say "you are 4 inches tall, wafer-thin, and made of paper", I would be confusing the FORM (photograph), from the SUBSTANCE (your face).

Simiarly, we are made in God's image, but it is wrong to confuse form (physical, imperfect, temporary beings of flesh and blood) from substance (immortal souls made in the image of God). Altering our forms (which happens every day we age) does not change our substance.
---StrongAxe on 5/19/08

I don't believe that cosmetic surgery is unbiblical. If God says you can have it, you can have it.>>>You know the laws you people are always talking about, well this is one of them. Woe! to you.
---catherine on 5/19/08

It would despising God for how He made us, yet the Bible tells us that we are made in God's image.
---gasha5875 on 5/19/08

Scripture is clear, you are fearfully and wonderfully made, and the greatest blunder a christian can make is to gratify fleshly desires. Whats the motive is the question to ask in the event of these undertakings, if its for health reasons, then your conscience is clear, otherwise lets dwell on the unseen things than those seen and are temporary
---Lilliane on 5/19/08

Don't we all go to the dentist and when we have a tooth filled, the dentist fills it with a white filling for cosmetic purposes?

Unclear how the analogy of filling a decaying tooth to prevent the cavity from eating away at the root and destroying and damaging more of your mouth being filled with a white filling (I guess oppossed to the gold and silver fillings others choose) can be related to carving up your flesh to serve lustful purposes?
---Rhonda on 5/17/08

Like anything else we do, the "what" is less important than the "why".

If someone has cosmetic surgery to be able to move about in normal society (due to a birth defect, accident, or even advanged age, etc.), why should there be anything wrong with that?

On the other hand, if someone gets a face lift merely for vanity, or to look young and inspire envy in others, those are all selfish reasons that pander to sinful desires.
---StrongAxe on 5/17/08


If we should accept ourselves as we are, does this mean that we should also avoid seeing doctors, since any disesases we have are "part of who we are"? If we're prone to anger, should we revel in that because "that's how we are'?

Despite "being made in God's image", we are all flawed and imperfect. Part of being human is dealing with those flaws to minimize their effects.
---StrongAxe on 5/17/08

My answer will not take 85 words to answer but, my answer to that is that God made us in his own image, not to change it to better ourselves.
---Barry on 5/17/08

No, I do not think that cosmetic surgery is biblical. God made us perfect but due to Adam and Eve's sin we were cursed. Although our body cells are made to regenerate themselves, we still grow old and die. Cosmetic surgery is vanity. We are so busy worrying about the outer appearance and the inner appearance is what needs the surgery. People spend too much time pleasing man and not God.
---Kate_Shaw on 5/16/08

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idonot believe people shouldusecosmetic surgury to remove wrinklesorenlarge brests orto cover up aging it should onlybe used if any partof yourbody is damaged by burns or dis figured from an accident.
---greg on 5/16/08

Isn't it ashame that many people judge you by your appearances? Too many people in our modern advanced society still in a barbaric way still judge a book by its cover? Don't we all go to the dentist and when we have a tooth filled, the dentist fills it with a white filling for cosmetic purposes? We have cosmetic fillings. It is about appearances. I believe it is ok to go one step further and have a dentist do veneers or a surgeon to do cosmetic surgery to the body.
---Ron on 5/16/08

We are all fearfully and wonderfully made by God(Psalm 139) and He doesn't create junk. If we have surgery because of vanity then it is wrong because God looks at the heart and not the outward appearance.(Num 22:16-17).If surgery is required due to an accident/sumthing serious, than I think, in my opinion it's permissible.
---Judith on 5/16/08

An emphatical NO. The good Lord created us in his own image and likeness, therefore we should accept and love ourselves as we are.
---Judith on 5/15/08

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Except for certain medical reasons, cosmetic surgery is vanity...ok for the world, but when we belong to Jesus we ought to be spritually minded, not fleshly. As others have said, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. As for self esteem, we as christians have our esteem in who God says we are, His chosen, his loved ones and so much more. Believe God not the lies of the enemy.
---christina on 5/15/08

As far as the Bible is concerned,afer God had created everything including man,God looked at everything being perfect so why changing Gods image unless you were not created by God then you can do that.
---Thanda on 5/15/08

yes and no. yes only if accidantally you were hurt. No to natural causes as God created man in his emage so don't say God doesn't know what he did when he created you as you are his emage why change that.
---Sibon6463 on 5/15/08

I believe that if necessary yes, it is biblical, unless it changes your whole facial then no, if you just want to repair, ok.
---Alta on 5/15/08

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---Elizabeth on 5/14/08

I believe that a person who has an imperfection which is embarrassing or disturbing others, if it can be fixed, it is perfectly correct to do so. If it is just to make one beautiful or change a healthy appearance, then it should not be done. There are any number of people who have gone through life with some type of disability and have survived with no problems.
---Dorothy on 5/14/08

I feel that if the imperfection is a deformity and comestic surgery can improve or enhance that imperfection then I am all for it. I am sure this would help lift that person's self esteem
---wendy on 5/14/08

If it concerns a person's physical health, it's that particular person's desision. Otherwise don't bother. We were all wonderfully made by HIM.
---rae on 5/14/08

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I believe that we are made perfect as long as we have life. However there are imperfections and surgery is not questionable in those situation that's obvious, but if were talking surgery like Michael Jackson surgery well, it speaks for itself, It matters if your black or white and what on earth are you doing to yourself never mind the world!
---Carla5754 on 5/14/08

what i have to say cocerning this issue is that it depends on the faith of individuals.some may see it as noting while others may see it somthing wrong.the bible said if our heart judge us not then we that God is not against that.thanks
---Bravery on 5/14/08

andre5836 its ok.its no difference with weaves,ornaments and any other beutification thing,
---andrew on 5/14/08

yes,we should always help others to look pretty well too.example.the operation smile.
---andrew on 5/14/08

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No it is not biblical. In fact the bible teaches that we must not draw attention to ourselves by wearing costly clothes,fancy hair,and expensive jewelry. Beauty is in the inner-person. However, God still loves people who are hung up on themselves if they turn to Him. SELF consciousness is actually a sin that needs to be repented of. We are to be selfless and follow Jesus.
---jody on 5/14/08

As a plastic surgeon i think it is perfectly OK. all said and done people with imperfections go around with low self esteem and feeling that they are not accepted. and moreover its a God given wisdom and talent that is used to change/ alter the consequence of chaos / imperfection in human being which has come as a result of human sin.
---Ashish_John on 5/14/08

Hi.. Florence here from Malaysia. I think that cosmetic surgery is ok as long as its not used for wrong purposes.. burn victims and those with cleft plates have the right to this
---florence on 5/14/08

Hi.. Florence here from Malaysia. I think that cosmetic surgery is ok as long as its not used for wrong purposes.. burn victims and those with cleft plates have the right to this
---florence on 5/14/08

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I had cosmetic surgery done I feel its perfectly fine.
---mary on 5/13/08

I believe that cosmetic surgery is okay, in moderation. I have seen people with extreme cases of physical features that were out of proportion with the rest of their features. Unusually large noses, exceptionally large ears, large bustlines that cause backpain.
---Dee on 5/13/08

Yeah,God Gave us the Ability, to operate ,I'm Deaf now ,yet Heard as a Child (Lost hearing,at 23 Yrs old)As far as People just getting Operated on,unessisarily,save your Money,or even better TITH ,it !
---ray on 5/13/08

I think we should really be satisfied with the special way that God has made us, however there are people that their looks disturb their inside thoughts so much, that I think rather than the depression and self loathing, occasionally it is the right thing to do
---Sheri on 5/13/08

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yes I think it is ok for medical reasons
---jimmy5733 on 5/13/08

My Daddy had a big, Jimmy Durante nose. Years ago I had to surgery. They had to remove bone that was growing and obstructing my breathing. The doctor said that he would like to take off some of the tip of my nose, but it was cosmetic surgery and the insurance would not pay for it. However, since he was already cutting my nose, he would do the cosmetic part for only $100. I prayed about it. I decided that my nose would probably be all that I would inherit from my Dad and I decided to keep it. :)
---Gena on 5/13/08

It is certainly Biblical for those who have congenital deformities such as cleft lips/palates in third world countries. One of the ministries I support is the Smile Train. I have had cosmetic surgery to correct a tumor on my chin. Now, botox injections, face-lifts, breast enhancements, and maybe liposuction - those may be another issue, but I would not say they are unbiblical unless the person is excessively vain and strapped for the money that would be spent enhancing their beauty.
---obewan on 5/13/08

Hi the Bible teaches us are Bodies are the temple of God so there for i believe cosmetic surgery or the sticking of needles for botics are against Gods words i myself had to have surgery of my eyes for medical reasons not to improve my looks if you need it for medical reason that for your health than in those cases i belive God would approve
---lawre3763 on 5/13/08

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i think it should be allowed.its no different with make ups
---andrew on 5/13/08

I think its something to pray about but i guess we all have things about our bodys we would like to change. but the lord made us the way we are and he makes no junk. im not sure of exactly how i feel.
---elizabeth on 5/13/08

You were made in God's image which is perfect. You should be happy with what you were blessed with and learn to love yourself as others love you.
---tab on 5/13/08

I can only say I wouldn't get surgery unless I had a life threating disease.God does not look at the flesh,but what's inside {heart/mind}.......many of us have little things on our bodies and there is not a person that ever judged me on a flaw.
I love the way God made me because He created ALL of US in His Image,AMEN!!!
---gabby8758 on 5/13/08

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Plastic Surgery can become an obsession and anything which rules a person is not Biblical. If there is a valid reason for the surgery,other than just vanity, then I think it is a good thing. It was in limited existance beginning in the 700's BC in India where skin from the forehead was used to restore the noses of people who had them cut off as a form of punishment. The Bible speaks of vanity and pride which are both to be avoided and if surgery done for those reasons its wrong.
---Darlene_1 on 5/13/08

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---Elizabeth on 5/13/08

We need to concentrate on being pleasing to God. And God does not judge us by how we look, but by if we have "the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, whch is very precious in the sight of God." (in 1 Peter 3:4) Are we noticing how we are in our spirit, or are we being decoyed to worrying about how the world sees us? How we *suppose* others see us (o: Why are we so interested in getting people's attention? They need to give their attention to You, our Father (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/13/08

The Bible says our bodies are God's temple and to take good care of it.I believe that only when its really necessary that type of surgery should be done. Breast Augmentation I don't believe is right if it is for a sexual reason. Anything that really needs to be taken care of I believe thats okay but not so men will notice you.These are His Temples.
---barba4843 on 5/13/08

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I like the question. And here is my understanding, not biblical in any sense of the word just my understanding. Cosmetic surgery is perfectly permissible if needed for a "livelihood" profession. If gotten for vanity sake only it is probably not a good thing.
---mima on 5/12/08

I do not know if it's Biblical And sinse I do not know I will ask God if I may if I need it. Thank you.
---catherine on 4/5/08

Everyone's idea of what is 'perfect' differs. Look at Michael Jackson! Nevermind, its gruesome! There are some things about myself that bug me, but undergoing surgery for them is not in my plans. God made me this way and I have no intention of changing that. Do you think that when some face God, He'll say 'whoa who are you, I didn't make you that way?' LOL
---NVBarbara on 4/4/08

"Imperfections! Gravity has a way of making our bodies imperfect as we get older. But, cosmetic surgery should not be something people do to give themselves better self-esteem. Self-esteem is more than skin deep."
---Susie on 3/26/08
I've got it Susie! We stand on our heads for a few hours a day and try to reverse some of the 'evil gravity!'
---NVBarbara on 4/3/08

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it's not our bodies's the mind ...imperfections are in others minds ...anyone whose body doesnt "fit in" buy that thought process ...just like drugs or alchol ...surrounding yourself with others who are high on themselves or program yourself through tv and media spent to create a perfect body designed by artificial ingrediants ...feeds the self absorbed part of self ...just another form of vanity in disguise
---Rhonda on 3/28/08

Sure. If they are imperfections, and they detract from the quality of life.

But improvements (as opposed to 'fixing what's broke') should only be undertaken when they are expected to improve the quality of life, whether it be physical, mental, or fiscal ('pretty' people do earn more, especially when they deal with the public). This is because all surgery is hazardous and should not be entered into lightly.
---Nancy on 3/26/08

Imperfections! Gravity has a way of making our bodies imperfect as we get older. But, cosmetic surgery should not be something people do to give themselves better self-esteem. Self-esteem is more than skin deep.
---Susie on 3/26/08

Donna...My best friend was born blind. She is an acomplished pianist and singer and was an evangelist as a young woman. She is now 92 and helping a younger woman start a church. She isn't the most beautiful woman in the world, but she makes everybody smile when they meet her.
---Susie on 3/26/08

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There's certainly a need for plastic surgery.
Burn victims, car accidents, birth defects.
It's a blessing for those who need it.
If it's something you need, and your heart is not in conflict about it, go ahead.
Research for the best you can afford, board certified, and find out about the risks.
---Michelle on 3/26/08

I've spoken to several people who would like to get tatoos and/or birthmarks removed.

I've told them that either "cosmetic surgery" or "laser therapy" are good ways to get that done.
---sag on 3/26/08

I agree with RitaH and my heart goes out to Susie (((huggs)). If it's cosmetic surgery, I say no way. If it's something like Susie had, I say YES. My friend has a glass eye and she is a beautiful woman yet she has low self-esteem because of her eye. I can't get through to her that once she decides to accept herself as beautiful as she is with the glass eye, God may never give her her real eye back, but I'm believing for a creative miracle for her. It's been 52 years now and God is never late, amen?
---Donna on 3/26/08

I was born with an extra thumb. It was removed when I was 10 years old so I would be adoptable. It worked. I was adopted at the age of 11. I wish it had been removed when I was born because the kids made fun of me constantly over that deformity.
---Susie on 3/26/08

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My personal feeling is that it would depend on what the 'imperfection' was. Children born with very prominent ears can be tormented by their peers for years, but some children have died having the operation to pin their ears back. Squints can be corrected easily and some birth marks can be removed. There are many examples such as these. However if you are referring to total vanity surgery I cannot see God approving of that at all.
---RitaH on 3/26/08

If one is really self-conscience about their body and they are considering having surgery done and can afford it, then let them do it. It doesn't what anyone thinks, this is the person's body. This would be their choice. It is no different (other than money) for a person to lay in a tanning bed to get a nice tan.
---Rebecca_D on 3/25/08

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