Does the Bible teach it is wrong for women to wear makeup?

How do biblical standards of modesty and personal grooming apply to modern practices like the use of makeup?


Answer:

The modest use of makeup by women is culturally acceptable in the Western world at this time, and does not conflict with the teaching of the Bible.

This subject comes under the general topic of personal grooming. Perhaps the clearest statements in the Bible on a Christian woman's personal grooming are in 1 Peter:3:3-4 and 1 Timothy:2:9-10. Both references counsel women to concentrate upon the "grooming" of their inner character in a way that is pleasing to God, in contrast to placing undue emphasis on their outward appearance.

Personal grooming can and often does reflect one's attitude, as we see amply demonstrated in everyday life. It's easy to spot people—men and women alike—who want to "make a statement" of rebellion through grooming that is against the accepted norm. Grooming that makes a woman stand out as odd or different from culturally accepted norms of good taste detracts from a godly emphasis on her inner character. Such indiscretion—in stark contrast to the above scriptural guidelines—characterized the rebellious "daughters of Zion" mentioned in Isaiah:3:16.


emil65300p

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THE WORD OF GOD SAYS IN LEVITICUS 19:28 THAT WE ARE NOT TO MARK OR TATTOO OUR BODIES, IF ITS THE WORD OF GOD, THEN WE SHOULD RESPECT AND ABIDE BY IT, KNOW YE NOT THAT YE ARE THE TEMPLE OPF GOD AND THAT WE ARE NOT TO DEFILE THE TEMPLE IN ANY WAY..................




dziwczyna

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How does modest make-up defile women?

Christ Himself spoke to the Pharisees who were concerned about outward defilement that our heart (inward evil attitudes and thoughts) defile us:

"There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man." Mark 7:15

God made women to be beautiful, and modest makeup enhances a woman's beauty.




Steven Britt

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emil, the intent of Leviticus 19:28 is that we should not mark our bodies in the same manner as that of pagan religious practices. Tattooing is a custom of indisputably pagan religious origin, either in honor of their gods or in honor of the dead (as the scripture states), and until modern times tattoos have been used almost exclusively for that purpose. Though there may be a contingent of secular tattoo enthusiasts in America today who do not associate it with any form of worship, many people today do still use them for religious purposes, even well-meaning (but misguided) Christians who get tattoos that they believe honor God.

On the other hand, a history of the use of make-up shows that it has been commonplace for aesthetic purposes in almost every culture since ancient times with no apparent specific use as an act of pagan worship that I am aware of. There are some non-tattoo religious markings in various cultures, such as the ornate henna painting in India. I feel that these would distinctly fall under the jurisdiction of Leviticus 19:28 even for a person who does them for a secular purpose because, just like a tattoo, it is specifically imitating an act of pagan worship.



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