Does God approve of plastic surgery?

A. Foley on 23 Apr 2009 at 11:34am

For many contemplating cosmetic surgery, there's a search for an answer to "Am I doing the right thing?"

Beyond concerns of being accused of vanity, those with strong religious views may face the concern that plastic surgery is a sin, concluding, "God made me this way, so changing myself is going against his wishes."

One of our site members recently reflected on her decision to get a nose job and whether it was going against God's intentions.

MissIlinois2009 started out believing cosmetic surgery was a sin, then later rectified it as in line with her beliefs.  In her own words:

While I acknowledge that God made us all unique in our own way, I no longer think that getting cosmetic surgery is in any way a sin, especially if it can have medical benefits or even just make you feel better about yourself.

God does not want us to suffer?

MissIlinois2009 continues, "I do not think God wants us to suffer but to reach our full potential and be happy."

  • Another community member's post about her silicone breast implants reflects the sentiment that perhaps God had not intended her to be flat-chested.  "I have wanted [my breasts] done since I was young because I think GOD forgot to give them to me."

Feel free to share your opinion on whether you think God approves of cosmetic surgery.

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God himself will be adorning us in beautiful garments and jewels when we go to live with him. We will have new bodies, which will be flawless and incorruptible. In the beginning, God created us to be beautiful creatures without blemish. But, for now, we have flaws and corruption because of the fall of man. I find sometimes it's best to get rid of distractions that can sometimes consume our minds- such as- loose skin hanging over our pants, saggy boobies for our husbands-.. I want my mind to be on the more important things. Also, For now, by body is my husbands as well, and it's my desire to please him, because I know that God wants this as too. God has blessed us in a way that we may make a few improvements in these areas, so just as I put makeup in anc do my hair daily, I will be planning to put some finishing touches on the baby leftovers that are not necessary to keep. I want to look at my babies to be reminded on them, not my stretch marks. ;)
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i would like to know how do members post blogs or if they even can. I have alot to say and show points of view from both sides. Id very much like to make my own post about the mater
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Hey guys, I hate to be the bubble burster here but let me tell you something about plastic surgery. In short it is dangerous and people can die from it. How would you explain that to God? He said your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are Gods.(1 corithian 6:20) Doesn't matter how pretty someone is, it can't get you into the gates of heaven alone. If that's what youre planning. Todays world is stuck on too much (modern things) which the bible says we will be destroyed by. Looking prettier brings more temptation and sin and self destruction etc. All i'm basically saying, in the end when this world comes to pass, nobody will know nothing in the new world. So why make it matter now. Besides, msillinois, you are already gorgeous. Don't worry about something like that! contact me if ya wanna know more. Peace1
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I agree that looks won't get you in heaven alone. The thing is being ugly can also make you very sinful because beautiful people have more to be grateful for and more reasons to worship God. I'm also confused with this "Our body is a temple of the holy Spirit" thing, I'm not attacking. The thing is that that some people reveal the temple through their bodies. Why is it that some parts of the temple look ugly and others just, downright beautiful? Most of the villains in films are also displayed as ugly. We associate evil with ugliness it's in our nature. I can't see a good looking person going to hell, It's like throwing a Rolex watch inside an open flame. I love God. I really do and I have many blessings to be grateful for, it's just that being loved comes with the price of looking good.
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I really believe the whole "our body is a temple" means we shouldn't abuse our bodies by hurting them. I think smoking or drinking is worse than plastic surgery. There are also people who cover their bodies in tattoos. The bottom line is there are kids born with cleft lips and other deformities, so by the standards of these people who judge us for getting plastic surgery, then those kids shouldn't have the opportunity to fix the original self they were born with. It just boggles my mind. In the end, I have seen beautiful people grow old and get ugly. Sometimes I think when people are nasty inside, God eventually makes them ugly on the outside to reflect who they really are. Beauty is a gift and we should really be as kind as possible or God might decide to not let us age gracefully. Unfortunately, when we first meet somebody, they can't see our inside. Conversations get started by if somebody likes our outside. I do believe there are people who are obsessed with surgery and take it to the extreme to drastically alter their appearance. However, for the most part on this forum, we want to be ourselves. We just want to be the best we can be.
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Thanx for the response. Was an eye opener :)
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Wow, I completely disagree kenzo4000. Limiting conversation to only that which can be proven is a great way to squash lively debate, innovation, free-thinking, and creativity.

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Well considering this is all interpretive i don't think anybody here can prove whether god will judge you. So it is pretty pointless to talk about it.
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I say the same thing Jessemac does. I was shocked when I had so many people asking me about faith on my rhinoplasty review. Normally, I would not have felt comfortable talking about it. I had come on realself to talk about the surgery itself and things related to science... I felt that God should stay out of any exchanges on here. However, I had to address this because around the same time I was receiving some of these posts on Realself, my aunt was visiting in town. She is my mother's only sister and I expected her to be supportive of me, then she started telling me about vanity and that I had committed a sin. This is coming from a woman who gets her nails redone once a week to do nothing but sit in her house and has done pretty much everything except surgery. Who was she to judge me? Who is any human being to judge another? I feel that God will judge us in the end and unlike certain groups who believe that God is wrathful and vengeful, I believe that God is benevolent, full of forgiveness, and wants us to be happy. I will be judged by my charity and what I do to help and change this world, not by the fact that I had a surgery once.
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If 'God' doesn't care about us dying our hair, plucking our eyebrows, shaving our legs and underarms, applying makeup etc. why should s/he care about cosmetic surgery?
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i can not imagine god worrying about cosmetic surgery when so much evil is happenng in the world. i agree with the person who said god would want her to be happy.
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