Monday, March 21, 2011

Your convictions?

So I've been thinking lately about my ear piercings. I've been told me that getting my ears pierced was okay, yet when someone asks about why tattoos are 'wrong' the same verse that declares piercings a sin is used to defend the belief. I've been told that that verse is later in the bible covered by another verse that makes piercing okay, but nobody has ever shown me that verse.

I have friends who have ear piercings, and I have friends who are extremely against it.

I myself wanted earrings so badly for years, and when I finally got them, I barely wore them. I wear small studs sometimes. I'm allergic to lots of metal, so thats part of the reason. The other reason is, I can't decided whether it is right to keep them or not.

Also my Nana had them done for me, I don't want to hurt her feelings.

Will ya'll help me out? Will you just share your personal conviction of it in the comments, along with the bible verse that gave you that conviction? READ: If there is no bible verse attached, I usually think of the comment as invalid.

Thank you! L<3VED


  1. Well, I have pierced ears and will never get a tattoo (all biblical feeling aside, I am deathly afraid of needles!) My thoughts about the bible verse that most people use it is specifically talking about doing those things to your body as a form of pagan worship and such. I've included a link to an article I've found a little while ago when a friend was surprised I wouldn't ever consider getting a tattoo but had pierced ears. My friend used the verse mentioned above to try to convince me I was wrong! I was curious as to why I felt one was okay and the other wasn't. The article only talks about tattoos but you could apply the same principles to piercing. I hope this helps! =)

  2. I have my ears pierced, but I wouldn't get any other piercings or tattoos. Now, I must first of all say that there is no "black and white" commandment about tattoos or piercings in the Bible (other than the verse in Leviticus that speaks of body markings in the context of pagan worship). However, there are a few verses that would apply to things like this that are up to personal conviction.

    “'I have the right to do anything,' you say—but not everything is beneficial. 'I have the right to do anything'—but I will not be mastered by anything." (1 Cor 6:12)

    "But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do. Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall." (1 Cor 8:8-9,13)

    Personally, my convictions in this area are based on my desire to honor Christ, even through my physical appearance. The way we dress, adorn, and carry ourselves reveals something about us, whether intentional or not. For many people, excessive piercings and tattoos are indicative of a rebellious attitude (not to mention, they can be repulsive to look at, and detract from a person's God-given beauty). The Bible is clear that we should not bring the gospel into disrepute through any action, no matter how lawful, but neither should we be legalistic.

    Ultimately, it is a matter of conscience, so I will not try to persuade you to decide one way or another, although I personally think ear piercings are completely acceptable and tasteful. In your case, I think you are right to want to honor your friends' views and your Nana's feelings, but ultimately, this is something that has to come down to a personal conviction, based on respect for others, and the freedom you have in Christ.

  3. Hmmmm, I understand this would be an invalid comment to you as stated above but piercing your ears really can't be a sin. I don't know, there are so many horrible, unethical, immoral things one can do and I don't see any of that represented at all in an ear piercing. The Bible was written so long ago and though I understand its pertinence in lives today, there's a general understanding that not all of it is applicable today. A piercing then would not be the same as a pretty girl in 2011 just wanting to wear earrings. I believe you are a good person and that faith is important to you, a religion that would devalue that due to an ear piercing wouldn't be worth your time and so I do not believe that is the case.

  4. The reason that clause is in the Law of Moses is because of the fact that the other pagan nations during that time frame all did those things as a form of worship to their unclean, false gods. God told the Israelites to avoid such things so that it would be very obvious to everyone that they were set apart from those people.

    In this era, earrings are not used as a form of pagan worship; they are just used to make oneself look nice. I don't see any issue with girls wearing them.