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Is Lap Band Surgery Biblical

Is lap band surgery Biblical?

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Matthew 5:30 says, "And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell." Gluttony is a sin and the Bible says if your body part causes you to stumble, cut it off. Lap Band is not literally like cutting your stomach off but helping one to cut off the amount of foods that the stomach can hold.
---friend on 2/26/11

The Bible does not comment on the matter of any surgery. It does make comments on health issues and other matters that may practical in nature. Since God is the one who gave us "brains", it only stands to reason it should be used in deciding matters, both spiritual and practical. Lap surgery is a serious matter and should only be reccommended by qualified physician when other forms of weight loss have failed and the person's health is in danger. There is nothing wrong with Lap Surgery when used properly.
---wivv on 9/2/09

Do you know why people do the lap band surgery? I have two friends who did it, one already died.

People with a strong will, a will that cannot be broken, will go to drastic means to have this surgery because they cannot diet on their own. After 3 years of having the surgery, my one friend that lived, is putting the weight back on. How? She eats chocolate every single day of her life and doesn't know how to stop. So why did she have the surgery? She was over 350 lbs. But like I said, she's putting the weight back on.
---anon on 8/31/09

Cluny --
This is my opinion. The question "Is it Biblical" is so often inappropriate.\\

Oh, I agree with you there.

I wonder why the moderator asked the question to start with.

As I mentioned, bariatric surgery might work for some people, but clearly, for whatever reason, doesn't work for all.
---Cluny on 8/31/09

Cluny --
This is my opinion. The question "Is it Biblical" is so often inappropriate.

There are thousands, actually millions, of items and actions in everyday life of this century, that are not mentioned, or even imagined, in the Bible.

We are not children that need specific "how tos" for every daily quandry that we face.
We need to use good sense in minor matters and be led by the Holy Spirit in consequential ones.
---Donna66 on 8/27/09

Why does everything have to be biblical? If we just concentrate on loving God and others as commanded. We will do ok. Leave everything else alone. Enjoy life and learn to please God in all that we do.Study the scriptures,pray,help others,attend church and so forth. Things are some of the things we should concentrate on. Who cares about a lap band? Our diet and weight is important but we should not carry it to extremes. We should do that with all things spiritual.
---Robyn on 8/27/09

If it's just a metabolic problem, how come it's showing up so much, now, after we have the present culture and fast-foods? and chocolate. And people saying emotions driving them to food can't be sin, have to be organic. Jesus has emotions, Satan and his spirit has emotions driving him. People are driven to pleasure. Emotions can indeed be deeper than physical. Spiritual beings have emotions and use these to drive people to do what they want people to do. So, we need to know for sure the real reason for our emotional problems. If we get the diagnosis right, we can even cure the problem, possibly, especially if it is sin. Because God does please to heal us of our sin problems (o: James 5:16
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/27/09

Lap Band surgery, until recently anyway, is not recommended for people who are less than 100 lbs overweight. Nor is it usually done just to give one a more pleasing appearance. It is often a life-saving surgery. As such, I see nothing unbiblical about it.

In cases where other weight control measures have failed and coronary-circulatory disease has resuted...where diabetes exists, endangering all other organs, or where respiratory capacity is diminished... surgery is the only immediate remedy.

What CAUSED the overweight can be addressed
---Donna66 on 8/27/09

Is recorded music Biblical?

Are refrigerators Biblical?

Are computer-accessed Christian blogs Biblical?

None of these things are in the Bible.

This might be a procedure that works for some people, but not for others.

Two women who work where I live had this surgery about the same time.

One went from obese to zaftig. I actually think if she lost any more weight, she'd look emaciated.

The other is still morbidly obese, the surgery did nothing for her.
---Cluny on 8/27/09

Obesity and medical problems resulting from it are non-Biblical issues. The technology did not exist at the time of the Authors of the books found in our modern Bible. Life was hard in Biblical time most people were were just trying to get by and make a living to feed family members. There were physically active and simply did not have enough food to become obese so it was never an issue and the treatment of it would not be a non-issue is well. Gluttony was a disease exclusively for the rich and powerful. The modern concept of disease or hereditary conditions did not exist melodies were attributed to sin and evil spirits. If you understand the Culture, history and economics of the times most of these types of questions answer them selves.
---Phil_the_Elder on 8/27/09

Weight loss surgery, whether band or bypass, is neither Biblical or nonBiblical. It just is. For some people, like myself, it is a last resort, and used to curtail life threatening comorbidities, and start a new way of life.

I had gastric bypass, and never was questioned by anyone about my decision being Biblical. My pastor and the people at my church supported me, and several others have followed my example.
---Trish9863 on 8/27/09

I am speaking from the "context" of a person who does NOT have any eating or metabolism disorder.

In my case, I am about 45 pounds overweight. Lap band surgery might be able to help me get back to my "ideal" weight.

However, I think that that surgery would just be a "Band Aid" for my actual, SINFUL, problem: I am eating too much and consuming too many calories. The Bible calls that GLUTTONY or "living to eat". Proverbs 23:20-21. I love "junk" food. Like White Castle and McDonalds.

Lap Band surgery would be a poor way to cover-up or "fix" my SIN. It wouldn't work either. :<(
---Sag on 8/27/09

I am speaking from the "context" of people who might have disorders involving their metabolism, drug therapies, genetic makeup, etc.

In these case, I don't see anything wrong with Lab Band surgery. However, the surgery may, or may not, accomplish what the patient intended. Whenever the human body is disturbed, as in surgery, there is always the "risk" of infections.

I've know some people who just couldn't seem to lose weight. No matter how much, or what method, they tried. Dieting, exercising, medications, etc. Lap Band surgery might be a "last resort" for them. The alternative, gaining even more weight, could be fatal.

---Sag on 8/27/09

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