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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 1 Peter 3:3-4 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
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and 1 Timothy 2:9-10 1 Timothy 2:9-10 9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with modesty and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becomes women professing godliness) with good works.
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. 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 Isaiah 3:16Moreover the LORD said, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
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  • emil65300p


  • dziwczyna

    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

    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.

  • dshfrh
    About the fact when makeup or paint of the face is mentioned in the bible, it’s talking about whoredom. I don’t know why anyone would want to be like jezebel. She wore makeup to try and seduce. That’s not Godly at all. Not to mention. The Bible says that we were created in his image, of the Lord God, Jesup Chirst. So who are we to say that he messed up in his creation and try to fix that. He makes no mistakes and loves us for us, the way he created us not the way we think we should look. Makeup to me is very ungodly and should not be worn, regardless of what is accepted in our world today. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever
  • KARS
    Makeup hides old age. Lets face it; there is no “fountain of youth”. It’s used in the entertainment world to change the color of the actor or actresses hair to play the role they have chosen to play. My best friend put it this way; “They are never satisfied with what God gave them. So they think they have to change the color of their hair to be satisfied.” If we women just took the time to examine our eating and drinking habits, we could have a healthier glow about us and our skin wouldn’t age so fast. Just a simple walk each day can make a big difference. And a cup of water for inner cleansing.
  • theso
    About tatoos, i think it’s the same as piercings. If we shouldn’t have tatoos we shouldn’t have piercings either, though the majority of women in the world(all religions included) have atleast one pirecing on their ears and that does not mean that they think God made mistakes in creating them….that would mean that women shouldn’t shave their legs because God created them with hair on their legs. Not all people color their hair because they don’t like the color of their hair, somme do it for fun and most of the time , in that case it’s temporary and that has nothing to do with God. All the things people do with their bodies is not aiming to question Gods creation. What matters is the inner body not the outside.

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