Can A Christian Get Breast Implants?


Can a Christian get breast implants? Am I the only one who gets practical questions like this? It’s always amazes me the questions I get from people who really are looking to do the right thing. It’s actually more fun being a writer and blogger than it often was being a pastor – case in point – check out this email I just got from someone from my site http://LifeAbovetheNegativity.com (I’ve taken out the name because her friend may know she’s asking about her)

Hi, I have your book. I am a saved Christian. I have a question.

My girlfriend is a saved Christian since her childhood. Her kids are moms and now she wants to get breast implants. She said she wants cleavage.

I am in shock that a born again Christian would think so worldly. But then again, if I think of a body part I don’t like on me I guess I can understand how I would feel more self confident if that was changed. Still, because its a private sexual area I would think Jesus might feel different about it.

I am asking you: Do you think this is in God’s will?

I think it will boost her self esteem but I believe it will open the door to idol worship of ones flesh, in worth, and of course the attention in the wrong area.  Perhaps your wife could answer if this is not something you really can understand as a man.

Thank you…

Dear NameWithheld,

Yes. My wife and I had a good talk about this. I wanted to get her opinion before offering my own. She’s helped me write this.

It really amazes me how God works. Just before I got your email I was searching for something I know is on my computer, but as I searched for it I came across a file called “breast augmentation”. Now, I didn’t know I had a file on my computer about breast augmentation so I decided I had better check it out.

It was a file of PLR articles I got a while ago. PLR articles are articles that you’re allowed to use for content on blogs or articles. Usually they are so poorly written no self-respecting writer would even think about using them for content. I didn’t know that until I got these PLR articles.

Anyway, there was an article that caught my eye called “Thinking About Breast Augmentation” One of the paragraphs with no citations or proof of anything says this:

There are doctors that have found a link with breast augmentation and mental disorders. There is a pattern that a lot of doctors will see. It suggests women who choose breast implantation are slightly more likely to have undergone psychotherapy, have lower self-esteem, and have higher tendencies toward depression, suicide attempts and mental illness than the general population.

So when your email came through, I wasn’t so concerned that your friend was in danger of  opening the door to idol worship of her flesh. I’m more concerned that there are wounds to be healed in her life or lies she’s believing about herself and her worth. I know it would be freeing for her if she willing to let God speak truth to her pain, assuming there is some.

Do I think everyone who wants to make changes to their bodies has wounds or believes lies? No.

I had laser eye surgery to get rid of glasses. I told myself it was “to be practical” but now I need to wear sunglasses more so it’s not about practically and more about me looking better in sunglasses than eyeglasses.

What about laser hair reduction? We live in a society where women are not expected to have hair on certain private and public areas of their body.  Is there some deep spiritual healing that needs to take place if they want their body hair reduced? Maybe. But possibly it just provides the confidence they need in public.

What about

  • colored contacts?
  • make up?
  • removing gray from our hair?

Do you know high-heel shoes thrust the ladies shoulder’s back to give her the appearance of confidence? My wife has shoes she can only wear for a couple of hours. She still wears them…and looks great in them. Is that wrong?

I totally agree with Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” But does that mean we give up trying to look good? If it does I suggest we rip out books like the Song of Solomon that raves about a women’s beauty.

Now I do think breast augmentation is different than less invasive ways to change our appearance. I went through back surgery and the pain was gone as soon as I woke up. It was an ideal surgery. Everything went perfect…and I’m still determined to avoid any other surgery I can in the future.

Surgery is evasive.

(Assuming everything happening in the world in the right now is not pointing to the end of the age) I’m convinced in my kids lifetime they’ll look at procedures we see as commonplace today as completely barbaric. That’s just me. I do not want to willingly “go under the knife” for anything that doesn’t save my life and allow me to live life afterwards.

I think it makes more sense to “go under the knife” of the Holy Spirit and make sure everything is good between us and our Daddy. It makes more sense to get the revelation that we are children of God and what that position means now and for eternity.

Now I’m assuming your friend is not married because the first thing she would need to do would be to be in agreement with her husband.

If she’s considering breast augmentation to please her husband, there are other issues…both good and bad. My sense is that she’s not in an affirming relationship that allows her to know the value the Father has placed in her.

That’s where my concern lies what I know about her.

Can a Christian get breast implants? Yes. There are all sorts of situations where this makes sense. For example in the case of a mastectomy it shouldn’t be a theological discussion.

Is breast augmentation in God’s will? He really gives us a lot of freedom in this life. It can be against His plan for our lives. It can also be right in line with His plan for our lives. She’s got to hear from Him if her concern is that she may be out of His will.

Your friend trusts you as a friend. Love her as a friend. You don’t have to agree with her decisions, but judging only unwraps strong bonds of friendship.

Thanks for trusting me with your question.

Trevor

  • sweet

    If god see’s what’s in your heart and you have plastic surgery ( nice way of saying you mutilated yourself for more attention), then what’s in your heart is vanity, selfishness, and greed! Girls that get them don’t cover them up there hanging out all over the place looking for rich guys! That’s why they got them in the first place it doesn’t take a genius!

  • sweet

    Messing with your private parts is against the bible……. breasts are for breast feeding they have a purpose (why would you mess with mother nature) !chopping off your penis, boobs sex change operations its all the same thing its beyond disturbing! You don’t need breast implants to survive and actually its dangerous on so many levels! Most girls get them for more attention (meaning the normal attention they were getting wasn’t enough) WHY? How much attention does one person need there’s enough to go around it doesn’t cost anything and we never run out of attention! Why do you need more than the rest of us! God has a husband already picked out for you (do you want to end up with the wrong guy), you want a pervert for a husband! If he marries you because you have fake boobs what will stop him from having sex with all girls with fake boobs he will cheat! Guys like that are sleazy you want a nice genuine guy not a perv! Eve ate an apple and look what happened do you really believe in your heart and brain that God will not care that you destroyed what he gave you ripped it apart threw it away like an old shoe! REALLY Its your breast its meant for breast feeding you think God wants you to turn your breasts into coochie central! There’s no words unfortunately its just a matter of time before guys start to get ball implants (expect your hubby to be walking funny in the future)! Would you want to be seen with him you would run for your life he would embarras both of you! Well how do you think he feels (he won’t tell you because it would cause enormous damage to the relationship)! Guys that like fake boobs are creepy stay far far away that’s my advice! Your beautiful the way you are look at the original charlies angels from the 70’s all sweet and petite their boobs weren’t bigger than their head and they were drop dead gorgeous! Look them up also look up Suzanne Somers from”threes company”, in the 70’s she was drop dead gorgeous now after boob implants she looks manish! She was sweet and petite look up her pictures look up farrah fawcett (her famous picture in the red bathing suit), all natural that poster is the top selling poster of all time! Marilyn Monroe was a B cup look at her pictures her boobs aren’t bigger than her head! Look at all the pictures of old hollywood before plastic surgery getting fake boobs! ! This is a money making scam! Fake boobs are ugly to big and sad! Hope this helps

  • J Alamo

    Hello Rev. Trevor,
    My issue is not that my wife shouldn’t get her implants. She has been feeling very awful about her appearance. I on the other hand, support her on any subject that she needs. We are done having kids and this a gift to herself, since she breast-fed all our kids. It has to do with the privacy issue. Of course she has done her research and found tons of vlogs and blogs as well. Thus giving her the idea of using YouTube to make her own. In her defense, I understand it’s only to inform everyone who tunes in about her experience. I quickly disagreed to it. I believe it is a private matter between a husband and wife that are under God, To keep this matter as private as one would with body parts. Does it not say in our vows, to keep our bodies to one another? Please help, am I being to stubborn about the issue at hand? Do I have a leg to stand on?

    Thank you and God Bless
    Jose

    • http://revtrev.com/ RevTrev

      Jose. It is a matter between you and your wife. It doesn’t need to be discussed in the public forum. You need to talk with your wife about her need to discuss it in the public. It could be therapeutic for her. Try to understand her need. That being said…it is a private matter between you two – you both have a right to veto what the other wants to take to a broader discussion.

  • Gracezyl Blanco

    Hi Trev!

    It is refreshing to be here in your site again and read all the posts I’ve missed :) Just want to say that I agree with this statement:

    “I’m more concerned that there are wounds to be healed in her life or lies she’s believing about herself and her worth.”

    Media and pop culture always dictate what beauty is and women falls as an easy victim of these standards. Indeed, insecurity is a driving force for most women to undergo any type of procedure just to look “good”. I think we all just need to be reminded that God and our family/friends love us for what we already are- with or without breast implants and such. There’s no need to alter anything, we are perfect in the eyes of God and for the people who love us! :))

    • http://revtrev.com/ RevTrev

      Thanks Graczyl

  • Janelle

    I am lying here in tears; I am a 21 year old female and have struggled with my appearance my whole life. I struggled with depression growing up because I didn’t like how I looked and honestly still don’t to this day; its a struggle. It greatly saddens me to hear and see these days that people, including christians are so accepting towards plastic surgery. God has really been teaching me my whole life that He made me EXACTLY how I am for His purpose. My Father nit me together in mymothers womb and knew before hand how precious and beautiful I was. For anyone, especially christian women to physically change their bodies to me personally is telling God that He messed up. Telling Him He didn’t do this or that right. Specifially breasts, “God you didn’t make my breasts right, so I’m going to change that and help you out.” God doesn’t need help, He doesnt make mistakes; He made you how you are for a great purpose you don’t know, a purpose so extraordinary even though we may feel ordinary. God doesnt make ordinary, He made us all extraordinarily BEAUTIFUL. As for self confidence, don’t go to breast implants for that, even if you think you are “right with God.” Its superficial and does not last. He is the ONLY set confidence in this life. You are beautiful just the way you are, pure beautiful.

    • http://revtrev.com revtrev

      Janelle,

      As a rule, you are so right.

      You are totally correct God has made you an amazing person, just the way you are. Never forget that and keep sharing it with others.

      There are some situations where it is appropriate, but inner healing is more important.

      Thanks so much for sharing.

    • karen

      I agree with you Jannelle!

  • http://drgrossman.com/breast-lift L. Grossman

    We exercise to keep our body and mind healthy. We eat the right foods because it makes us feel and look better than if we didn’t care what we put in our bodies. We pray to keep our spirit healthy. Just because someone is concerned with the way they look, or if they want to change it, doesn’t mean they are carnal. Cosmetic surgery is not for everyone but can help some individuals achieve a certain look they might otherwise be unable to and as long as it doesn’t change their heart or spirit I would say go for it.

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      Agreed.

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  • Eren Mckay

    If it weren’t dangerous, I’d definitely get a boob job. Lord knows I need it LOL

  • Kay

    This is my first time here and I kind of stumbled here by accident. I have zero interest in the topic of breast augmentation. But, I really like your blog. Your response is very thoughtful and I appreciate that you also respond to comments. It shows that you really care and you have a biblical basis for the thoughts that you share. I found this site through a google search and the website that I clicked on prior to this one, was somewhat similar, but the man responding to the users’ questions, (some “doctor” ) basically said things like, ” It looks like you’re dealing with a ver serious issue and you should seek professional help.”

    What a PROFOUND OBSERVATION Doctor! Anyway, you’re awesome…thanks for doing what u do revtrev!

    • http://revtrev.com revtrev

      Thanks so much Kay. I appreciate hearing from people. I’ve been working hard on another project lately but am so looking forward to posting more regularly on here again. I have a backlog of questions to answers that I’ve so much fun searching scripture for.

      Let’s keep in touch.

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  • mike

    if its wrong to have large sexy breasts why did God make so many of them???

    • http://revtrev.com revtrev

      @mike – The issue is not what God’s given. Read my concerns with augmenting what He’s given.

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  • DW

    Yea I think I agree with what you are saying if you are saying that actions in and of themselves aren’t really what matters but instead its the motivation behind them. However, I do think your motivation can be be wrong even if you think that it isnt.
    I knew a girl in college that was very”religious” but thought it was ok to do anything with a guy as long as she didn’t go all the way. So I guess i’m just saying that I am not sure that anyone can justify implants as a means of looking sexy though many will try and truly believe that their motivations are pure.

  • DW

    I know that some things lin life aren’t cut and dry but I think I hold a different opinion on this. I think that there are really two types of implants (1) you are having something fixed that embarrases you (deformality, etc) then there is the (2) “I wan’t to look sexy”implants. I think that the #2 IS cut & dry. If you are trying to draw attention to your private areas in any way, I con’t see how God would approve of that. Cleavage falls under that same area. I know there will be a ton of people who aregue that “it’s ok to want to look attractive” but is that not just an excuse to get what they want? I mean, really, how do you reconcile trying to please a hily God and trying to get people to notice your private areas? Because lets be honest, why would you get them if you didn’t want people to notice the change?

    • http://revtrev.com revtrev

      @DW…I’d like to take it a step further – if everything not done in faith is sin and if whatever we do can be for the glory of God – we have a simple (yet difficult) thought to include in any decision…I’ve got a series on RevTrev Radio called “Why the Why Is Important” it will be aired after the ones already scheduled

      Thanks for your thoughts.

  • Shay

    I’m a single, Christian 30-something & I have breast implants. I was born w/a genetic deformity that, while not severe, made me feel unattractive. Buying clothing was difficult. I was teased by ‘normal’ girlfriends as a teen. Yeah, it bothered me.

    I had the money, I had the surgery, & I’m happy with it. Did I expect it to ‘change my life’? No. Has it made me into a show off? Absolutely not. Do I think God cares? Not really. He looks at the heart of a person. I’m not really any different than I was before. I just feel more normal & I can buy clothes off the rack.

    • http://revtrev.com revtrev

      Thanks for sharing Shay. Everybody has their own reasons. Yours seem well thought out. Glad it’s worked out for you.

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  • eileen

    invasive, not evasive … surgery is invasive

    • http://revtrev.com revtrev

      Eileen,
      Grammatically you are correct…but something tells me subconsciously I knew what I was trying to say :)

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  • Catherine

    I know a wonderful Christian lady who had this surgery done; not because of a mastectomy or anything like that, but simply because after having her children she found that she had so little left in that department that any nice, tailored clothes didn’t fit properly. She certainly doesn’t worship the flesh or have more than the usual body or self esteem issues. Christian Women are still allowed to feel good and sexy to their husbands (if married).

    • http://revtrev.com revtrev

      Yes Cathy. You’ve got it right. “Everything not done in faith is sin.” That means everything we do can either please God or please ourselves. When we do it to please God it works out for good.

  • carina

    I was raised as a christian baptist in my home, struggled to be a christian as I felt like I always let my parents down but more importantly always let God down. I had a painful childhood. I walked away from my faith and ran away from home. I lived a life full of alcohol, drugs, sex and spun out of control. I had such low self-esteem, due to my sexual abuse and hated myself, especially looking at myself. Almost 10 years ago, I underwent breast augumentation and started to feel beautiful. That didnt last long, as I still hated myself. You can get as much surgery to try to feel and look beautiful but when you are in such pain and your hurting and your heart feels empty and you have no self worth it wont change how you feel. you need to work on your heart issues, start to love and accept yourself then you will see that you wont want or need that breast augumentation. Today, as a new christian, im asking God should I remove them as He made me perfect. I am still waiting for His response. God bless

    • http://revtrev.com revtrev

      Carina,

      Thanks for your insight. You add things to think about that I never thought of. It’s great you’re waiting on God. I don’t know if he’ll tell you something specific, but I do know He’ll let you know time and time again you are accepted…and loved…and altogether beautiful.

    • Sarah

      Hi Carina,

      I have the same problem. I am a new Christian, but ten years ago had breast implants. It has recently come about that I could possibly have these dangerous PIP implants. I have been given 2 options… One to get them replaced at a reduced rate or two, to have them taken out which is more expensive.
      I would like them taken out as I don’t need them anymore now that I have God in my life, but my husband is not a Christian and wants me to replace them. Do I replace them for him as that’s what I looked like when he met me? It’s difficult as our marriage is important and would God want me to do this for him? I guess I am thinking out loud and I already know I don’t want them, but don’t want to upset hubby…
      I hope you have come to a decision that makes you happy and at peace with God.

      God bless

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  • linda colleran

    thank you pastor, for making time for my question I already know god is blessing you, but god bless

    • http://revtrev.com revtrev

      Thank YOU for the question.

      Blessings

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