What's the Bible say about rhinoplasty?

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Carrie Prejean tells Christianity Today that breast implants are not forbidden by the Bible:

"I don't think there's anything wrong with getting breast implants as a Christian," Prejean told the magazine, which advertises itself as a publication of "Evangelical conviction."

"I don't see anywhere in the Bible where it says you shoudn't get breast implants," said Prejean, 22.
The list of elective surgeries invented long after the Bible was written and which the Bible doesn't prohibit is rather long. On the other hand, the list of biblical prohibitions (for example, in the book of Leviticus) that Ms. Prejean (along with the rest of us) ignores is also rather long. It is easy to mock Prejean here, who has made a name for herself as a spokeswoman for the bigoted Christian right, but it does raise an interesting point. When you rely on the Bible as a rigid guide to determine what is acceptable and what isn't, you end up losing your ability to think for yourself. And that's the real sin, as far as I'm concerned.

3 comments:

atimetorend said...

It is interesting that CT magazine would position Ms. Prejean as a Christian spokeswoman given the answers she provides in the interview. The interview is just a series of questions and answers without any follow up questions or challenges, but to print that without delving further into the issue seems senseless unless they somehow think she is providing a defense to her non-Christian right accusers.

CT said...

Excellent point Mystical. It shows the fallacy of using the bible as a textbook or rule book. Our job is to understand the themes and apply them using common sense

Desmond Ravenstone said...

Obviously Ms. Prejean has not heard about natural law.

This is the latest justification trotted out by her co-religionists to justify their stances on homosexuality, gender relationships, abortion, and so forth.

If you followed the reasoning of natural law, especially within a Christian context, then the idea of undergoing an invasive medical procedure to reshape one's body in order to conform to a warped cultural aesthetic of what a woman's body "ought to" look like ... well, wouldn't that actually be rather abhorrent?