Our bodies are the physical structure, our temple; the encasement of our own very personal dreams and experiences, our beliefs and our hopes. I know this next topic will be a very sensitive one for many in this day and age. When a church—going woman with a husband and children was asked why she got her navel pierced, she replied, “I don’t know exactly why I wanted to get it. We might not always know exactly how to apply a biblical rule in a new setting. Maybe you’re basically right with God but just need some biblical teaching, correction, and training in this area of your life. They want to stay married, but the wife will become the husband, and the husband will become the wife. Don’t make God’s temple look like a copy of Satan’s temple. Are paganism and perversion really so different today than in the ancient world? Other, more extreme forms are also on the increase. It does contain footage of actual surgical and other body modification procedures, and is quite graphic at times, but it is well worth watching to properly educate yourself on body modification practices. For the last five or six years, I have been a body modification enthusiast. "Cosmetics, hair stylings, tattoos, piercings, body building, whatever it is you pursue for yourself, let it be to the glory of God and the benefit of your unsaved neighbors and the encouragement of your saved brethren. Moses declared, “You are the children of the Lord your God. If you think getting pierced or tattooed includes pain only as an unfortunate side effect, it may sound strange that many people actually want the pain and embrace it as a sacred sacrifice. Maybe so. That’s not just my opinion. Aren’t there bigger issues to deal with? People who cut themselves say that watching themselves bleed makes them feel better. Dr. David Feddes is pastor of Family of Faith Church and provost of Christian Leaders Institute, which supports mentor-based ministry training through online courses. Piercing is becoming more common, especially among younger people. But the spirit of rebellion says, “I am the master of my fate. Am I to be judged by what is in my heart or scripture regarding the quality of my Christianity? The Bible does not mention piercing of any body parts usually covered by clothing. Other people may jump on the BodMod bandwagon without being aware of its pagan roots and the modern—day pagans who are driving it. For a fee, you can get holes pierced in your lips, eyebrows, tongue, nose, navel, and other, more private body parts. Now, if your body sends signals by clothing and grooming, then making permanent modifications to your body sends an even stronger signal. In one case, a husband and wife both chose sex—change operations. If you’re a Christian, your body is blood—bought by Jesus. You have to be consistent otherwise you'll make a fool out of yourself. As one of the thousands of websites devoted to body modification puts it, “Through the lost tribal arts, we believe we can reclaim our forgotten respect and understanding of nature by symbolizing that the body is sacred like our planet mother earth.“, There’s even a group that calls itself the Church of Body Modification. The Bible’s teaching concerning this issue is complex, not because it is somehow difficult to understand, but rather because it is a “side issue” that the Bible really does not address head on. This childish dissatisfaction with our own body was always considered something to grow out of and get over. My left ear lobe is pierced and my tongue is pierced once. The Bible never specifically addresses whether or not piercings are sinful. Why deface the temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in me. As a pastor and father myself, I don’t want to speak against something just because it doesn’t happen to suit my taste. What Does the Bible Say about Piercings? Believe in his blood. To market to others that you are a Christian (if you use a Christian symbol). Interestingly, both are meant to signify submission and slavery to a master for the rest of their lifetime, with a body modification that will last for the rest of their lifetime. For some, BodMod is a fashion choice. It makes you feel more stylish or sexy. The human form, a sunset, a mountain, etc.. God could have forced everyone to follow Him, and he didn't have to give Adam & Eve the option to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good/Evil. To show that you are a man/women and no longer a boy/girl, 9. We feel that we deserve to bleed and suffer. So don’t count on the pain of body modification or the blood of mutilation to deal with the guilt of your sin. In the horrid mystery of sin, people actually love death. My baptism seals these things without hurting or marring my body. Thank you LegalEyes. But if we know what’s really happening and what the Bible says about these things, we’ll know that BodMod is not from God. “Through these mediums we can costumize our bodies and proclaim publicly that we are in control of our destinies. ; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. The other five piercings are covered by normal clothing attire. If you love the Lord and believe the Bible, then honor God with your body from now on. And both were performed at significant life changes: eight days after birth and after deciding to stay a slave for the rest of your life. Where your treasure is, there is where you heart is (. Please stop believing it is your responsibility to dictate what other adults should do with their lives. If your friends or favorite stars do it, you may want to do it too. Also, we wear pictures and word on our clothing, so why not wear pictures and words directly on our skin? And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. It may seem obvious to most of us that it’s crazy to cut off healthy legs. Throughout history BodMod has been common in cultures that worship idols or nature or mother earth or self. You don’t need to escape the gender you were born with. The hardcore disciples of body modification understand this. To me a tattoo is my embodiment of my spirit and soul, as well as an important step on my spiritual quest.“, Not only is BodMod viewed as part of a personal spiritual journey, it’s considered a way to save the earth. Even if you think this is an improvement to your body, is improving your body really the best use of your time and money? http://just1sojourner.wordpress.com/ My current post is "Enlightenment and the Bonfires of the Vanities". “Body piercing and Tattooing are sacred rituals,“ says a BodMod enthusiast. Piercing, tattoos, and other forms of body modification are increasing. The Bible does list at least two acceptable forms of body modification: Circumcision of a Jewish person whose life is being committed to God and the piercing of the ear of someone who volunteers to freely work as a slave for life. Anything that does not come from faith is sin ( Romans 14:23 ). Parents don’t know if BodMod is really wrong or if it’s just a harmless fad for a new generation. If you’re living a tame, safe life and want a little BodMod just to spice it up a bit, it may sound strange that some people see BodMod as a response to inner anguish and an abusive past. So, you let that slide. However, while the Israelites were forbidden from mutilating their bodies, piercings were a common practice both before and after the implementation of Levitical law. You don’t need to reinvent your body or take total control of your own body.