Why would any sane person choose, even pay, to have a part of their body pierced? This strange practice goes back to antiquity. Mummies as old as 3,000 B.C. have been discovered with earrings. Nose piercings go back to about 1,500 B.C. African cultures proliferated with lip and tongue piercings. Nipple piercings go back to ancient Rome and genital piercing seems to have started in ancient India as early as 550 B.C.
A common belief among sailors during the Middle Ages that a pierced ear would greatly improve one’s long-distance vision led to a single pierced ear. Sailors also believed that their bodies would get a “Christian” burial if washed up on shore with an earring that would finance their funeral.
The Aztec and Mayan people pierced their tongues. The Mayans pierced their tongues with thorns permitting the blood to fall on bark which they presented as an offering to their pagan gods.
Lip piercing was done in African and American tribes and the Africans went into lip stretching resulting in women with vast lips and ears stretched into grotesque appendages.
The holder of the world record of permanent piercings is held by a woman in Scotland. The Daily Telegraph reported in February of 2009 that she now has 6,005 piercings throughout her body! About 200 piercings are on her face! How do you kiss a woman like that? Who would want to kiss a woman like that? How does she wash her face? The world’s most pierced man has 209 permanent piercings with 175 on his face! Such people are desperate for attention.
Piercings and body mutilation were practiced, publicized and promoted by homosexuals and rock groups in recent years. The young and impressed wanting to identify with “celebrities” went to the places of piercings and paid for the privilege of getting additional holes in their head and body.
I asked an acquaintance why he had silver rings in his ears, eyebrows, and nose. I told him it was his business why he did so but I couldn’t understand why anyone would pay to be pierced. It didn’t make any sense to me. He looked at me blankly and sought for an answer. Finally, I suggested that maybe it was because so many professional athletes and entertainment jerks did it so he wanted to identify with them. He hesitatingly agreed that that was his reason. That is insane!
One young lady wrote: “I go to a church in Indiana where most of the Church attenders have tattoos, stretched ears, piercings, and colorfully dyed hair. I believe it isn’t what is on the outside of a Christian, but what is on the inside. If God is in you, that’s all that matters.” OK but when I see you with your tattoos, pierced ears, stretched ears, and colorfully dyed hair, how can I concentrate on what you say when you look so weird? What is on the inside is most important but what is on the outside is much louder than your inner voice.
Christians are supposed to be peculiar, not odd. We are not to endorse pagan activity around us. We are told in Lev. 19:28, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” That verse should satisfy any Christian except those who are looking for a way to emulate the world and fit in with the crowd.
We are to avoid the very appearance of evil. Herodotus observed that the Arabs shaved their hair round, in honor of the pagan god Bacchus, whom they said, had his hair cut in that way. Moses commanded the Jews not to wear their hair in such a way that would give any credibility to paganism. Neither should Christians today. Piercings and paganism go together.
In I Kings 18:28 the pagan prophets of Baal, during their challenge from Elijah, cut themselves as was their custom. Cuttings and piercings have always been a peculiarity of the heathen. How can it be any clearer? It is wrong as Deuteronomy 14:2 commands: “For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.”
We are not to harm our body in any way and tattooing and piercings are harmful in many ways. It is expensive, faddish, unnecessary, and dangerous. It takes about a year for some piercings to heal and infections are frequent. There is danger of bleeding, swelling, and excessive scarring with very real danger of infection with HIV, hepatitis B and C. The hepatitis virus can live for months on dirty needles and other equipment. Navel piercings can take up to a year to heal and genital piercings can be disastrous. Even upper ear piercing can be very dangerous requiring surgery.
Christian women should even refuse to have their ears pierced in obedience to the Bible command! After all, if you can justify one hole in your head, you can easily justify two, three, or more!
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by Don Boys, Ph.D.
Only an uninformed fanatic says that evolution or creation can be proved scientifically. Christians believe in creationism because we believe in the veracity of the Bible but we also have scientific evidence to support our position. In every debate I’ve had with evolutionary scientists, the arrogant, asinine accusation is made, “Well, evolution is scientific while creationism is religion.” Evolution is about as scientific as a voodoo rooster plucking ceremony in Haiti. Almost.