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Cosmetic Surgery: 5 Reasons It's Not OK for Christian Women to Get Breast Implants

By    |   Thursday, 26 March 2015 04:39 PM

Christian women today wrestle with many issues, including whether it's appropriate to get breast implants, as cosmetic surgery isn't mentioned in the Bible.

The Catholic Church has no official position, leaving people of faith to find the answer within their own beliefs, about whether it's spiritually acceptable to alter a body that God created in his own image. Without explicit instruction, it's left to the individual to consider the social, medical, emotional and psychological aspects to make an informed decision.

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Here are five reasons some say it's not okay for women to get breast implants:

1. Vanity. Most Christians feel that vanity is a type of sinful pride, even if it stems from insecurity. Altering one's body to improve self-esteem can lead down a never-ending path.

2. Cosmetic surgery appears to be unacceptable if it hurts a "good greater than the one to be achieved," according to the Catholic.com. "Goods that could be damaged by undertaking plastic surgery are varied. They might involve harming oneself — one's own physical, psychological, or spiritual health — or they might involve harming others, such as being financially unable to provide for one's family in a proper and timely manner."

3. Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, who tackles ethical questions as the Director of Education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, noted that low self-esteem alone isn't a significant reason.

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"Women who feel a strong need to augment their breasts may also be struggling with deeper personal and spiritual issues regarding their own self-image," Pacholczyk wrote. "All of us are keenly aware of the way that people react to us when they first meet us, and whenever they respond negatively to our appearance, it can damage our self-esteem. In our society, attractive people often end up receiving preferential treatment, and this seems especially true for women. The result is a peculiar kind of pressure on women: on the one hand, they are valued for their beauty and feel compelled to conform to the societal ideal. On the other hand, elective breast augmentation seems to go too far in an effort to meet that ideal. It seems to cross an ethical line by saying that women should alter their healthy bodies in very radical ways in order to conform to what is portrayed on television or in glossy women's magazines. The escalating use of pornography among men may also be contributing to this pressure to conform to the digitally enhanced and hyper-sexualized images of the computer screen."

4. Pacholczyk went on to say that the initial benefit to improved self-esteem can lead to increased self-indulgence.

"It can also lead to a shallowness and an unhealthy self-focus," he wrote. "I recall the story of a young man who got seriously involved with body-building and weightlifting. He worked many long months to build up his muscle tone and bulk up his physique by working out on various exercise machines. Soon he realized that his focus had become so intense that it had managed to turn into a completely self-centered behavior, so that whenever he would pass by a mirror he couldn't help flexing his muscles to see whether they had gotten any larger since the last time he checked. A similar self-centeredness and vanity can arise in the woman who focuses too much on her figure or her profile."

5. Elective plastic surgery of any kind prioritizes appearance over flesh, which goes against Jesus' example. The Son of God sacrificed himself to save his people from their sins, according to Christianity Today. God also instructs us to present our bodies as living sacrifices.

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