Cosmetic surgery

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  1. le bel

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    What are your thoughts? At what point is the line drawn? I know the Bible warns us not to be vain and draw attention to ourselves, but to what extent?

    I can understand women undergoing breast reductions because of medical reasons. I can also understand breast lifts and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) because of pregnancy and breastfeeding, and in a way it's restoring the temple. But what about augmentations, rhinoplasty, botox, face and rear lifts, and the countless other procedures, many of which draw attention to one's body?
     
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    There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under heaven

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    My grandmother several years ago asked my grandfather if he would support her having some cosmetic surgery (around her eyes). He looked at her and without missing a beat he said,

    "Baby-Doll, it's your decision. But my daddy always told me that when the barn needs to be painted, you paint it. That doesn't mean the farmer loves the barn less, or that it's not getting the job done, but sometimes a fresh coat of paint doesn't hurt."

    She had the surgery. Don't know if that helps.
     
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    But what if your hay loft sags?


    I'm so sorry. I had to.
     
  5. le bel

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    That's a cute story, JR.
     
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    I think that it's a decision of conscience. Anyone having the surgery should evaluate the costs, risks, motives, etc., and devote the matter to prayer.

    And the rest of us refrain from being too judgemental about it.

    See, I can be serious...
     
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    That seems like a personal decision.

    If it's not for medical purposes and not for a deformity, it seems like it *could* be a waste of resources that could be put to better use. For example, there are a lot of kids with deformities that would probably really benefit from having surgery.

    Then again, maybe it's a blessing for some to be able to afford it, maybe they already give a ton of money for other things and help others, and this is simply their choice of what to do for themselves with part of the money they've been blessed with. That's not wrong. It really depends on the situation I guess, on the person's heart, on their own convictions.

    I personally cringe at the idea of being anesthetized and cut on without a really good reason, it's not a risk I'd want to take, but that's just me. Especially since it involved needles. ~~shiver~~
     
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    I agree, cosmetic surgery is a personal decision. One should keep the scriptures concerning vanity in mind, but for the most part there is no right or wrong answer.

    Now for my part, I am the way God made me. My husband married me knowing full well what I looked like, if he didn't like it then he should have chosen differently. So, for my part I wouldn't consider cosmetic surgery to change the way I look now. However, if something were to happen (cancer, accident) and I thought I required cosmetic surgery to "fix" things back to something approaching normal, I probably wouldn't hesitate.
     
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    For my part, I do not think Scripture addresses the issue. As a pastor, I always find myself at a lack of words on such occasions. I mean what CAN I say? WOW Dolly, that looks better! I just pretty much do NOT address the issue at all...
     
  10. rbell

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    Now THAT'S funny.

    WOW! Dolly!

    [​IMG]
     
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    I think we'd be hard put to find anyone, Christian or otherwise, who objected to someone undergoing reconstructive surgery after some disfiguring tragedy.

    The other stuff is iffy, as demonstrated by the question itself.

    We age. We die. "It is the blight man was born for." Trying to hide it just seems so...

    ...so American!
     

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