The use of cosmetic surgery for vanity reasons raises moral questions for Christians, who believe God made them in His image. Nowhere in the Bible does it say "thou shalt not have cosmetic surgery." But people who are aging — especially women — feel a great deal of pressure these days to look young.
Here are five Christian arguments against cosmetic surgery:
It's unnatural. Altering one's body goes against the grain of what nature and God have given us, says Dr. Hans Madueme of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity.
He indicated people feel appalled and disturbed by the growing reality of nose jobs, breast and pectoral implants, buttock lifts and liposuctions, with that ‘yuck factor’ demonstrating a strong intuition that something is wrong or morally amiss.
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Plastic surgery that is not medico-therapeutic "can be aggressive toward the feminine identity, showing a refusal of the body in as much as it is a refusal of the 'season' that is being lived out," according to a document released by the Vatican titled "Women's Cultures: Equality and Difference."
Elective plastic surgery values appearances but not flesh, which contrasts with the example given by Jesus, who gave his body as a sacrifice to save his people from their sins, according to Christianity Today.
Likewise, God calls us to present our bodies as living sacrifices.
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The money people spend on plastic surgery could be better spent for other purposes than superficial enhancement, suggested a source quoted in an article in The Christian Post.
"When we accept invasive procedures that are simply for vanity's sake, we start believing that we're not okay the way we are — that we (and others) must be enhanced and physically altered to be truly beautiful and worthwhile," says Zoe Romanowsky, lifestyle editor and video curator for Aleteia
. "Our actions in accepting such procedures can consequently change our concept of beauty and our expectations of what is "normal" at each stage of our life — stages that have their own benefits and gifts."
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